Lisa’s Wiggle Worms Statement of Philosophy
We believe that every child is their own unique being that deserves the right to learn and grow in an environment where they feel safe, loved, heard and respected
We respect and value the differences in each child as to her or his interests, developmental needs and personality.
We appreciate and value different family, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
We are committed to inclusion in our program and believe that children of all ability levels are entitled to the same opportunities for participation, acceptance and belonging in child care.
We recognize that parents are the child’s first teachers, and strive to build positive relationships and have open lines of communication with every family. Parents and teachers together can help the children develop to their full potential.
We believe in providing an environment where children can feel free to express themselves through daily positive adult and peer interactions.
We believe in teaching children to use kind words to express their feelings, develop independence and self help skills, use manners, make choices, follow rules and respect each other.
We believe that every child learns and develops at their own pace, and that every child is capable of learning.
We believe children learn best through meaningful play experiences, positive guidance and hands on activities.
Children construct knowledge as they play, explore, experiment and discover throughout the day.
Our curriculum (Experience Early Learning) focuses on social/emotional, physical, language & literacy, mathematics & reasoning, social studies, science, creative arts, and second language development.
At Lisa’s Wiggle Worms our goal is to build a foundation so that your child is ready for kindergarten and beyond.
A child's mind is constantly developing and growing.
The experiences they have as a child will shape the adult they will become in the future.
The ages of the children I serve are 1 to 5. I am occasionally available for after school or no school days to care for older children. Arrangements must be made in advance. Please keep in mind I do not provide transportation to and from school and my home.
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Lisa’s Wiggle Worms is open Monday - Friday. Childcare is never offered on weekends, evenings, or holidays. Childcare hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rates are based on the hours you contract for, not the hours that I am open.
If you at times require an earlier drop-off, you must call in advance to authorize this.
Lisa’s Wiggle Worms is proud to offer a preschool and toddler program. These programs target children ages 1 to 5 yrs. Activities include circle time, calendar time, weather chart, group activities and discussion and 1-2 crafts per day. We also incorporate morning and afternoon outside play when weather allows. Children under school age do not play outdoors when it is below 30 degrees. There are many learning stations in our childcare. There is a housekeeping area, blocks, puzzles and books, dress up items and much more!
OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
6:30-7:30a.m. .......Arrival times, free (quiet) play
8:30-9:30a.m. ......Writing/ discovery areas
9:30-9:45a.m. ...... Snack
9:45-11:00a.m..... .(Circle time) calendar, weather, songs,daily topic, preschool activity
11:00-11:30a.m.... Get ready for lunch
12:00-2:00pm.. .......Rest time
2:00-2:30pm ............wake up/writing work sheets
3:00-5:00pm .............outside play, free play,
This schedule is just an example of our day, and is followed as closely as possible. Also if you will not have your child here for a scheduled meal, please let me know so I can plan accordingly. Thank you!
Lisa’s Wiggle Worms is closed all major holidays. The following are observed holidays:
*New Years Day
*July 4th, 5th
*Day after Thanksgiving
*1 week in August
Please arrange for back-up care if needed. These are paid holidays/Closures and your fee will not reduce during daycare closure. Depending on the day of the week that certain holidays fall, I may also close the day before or the day after.
Please call for rates.
Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. AM Snack 9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30p.m. Snack 2:30p.m
These times are approximate.
All meals are nutritious and are served according to federal nutrition guidelines.
We practice manners at our childcare.
We use thank you, please, you're welcome and many more! All children join us at the lunch table, learn proper seating and table manners.
I pride myself in having a warm, loving and safe environment in which your child can explore, learn and experience many different things. Some features that help insure your child’s safety are:
*Adequate Ventilation through out the home. *There are no guns or firearms on premises. *Gates are used on stairways
*Fire extinguishers are maintained properly. *Toys are age appropriate and in safe manner. *Electrical outlets are covered.
*Pens, pencils and office supplies are out of reach. *Knives and scissors are kept out of reach. *Cleaners and chemicals are out of reach. .
* Medications are out of reach.
*A well-stocked first aid kit is kept near and expiration dates observed. *Provider is CPR and First Aid certified.
*Safe grassy area’s to play.
*Playground free of splinters and harmful objects. *Safety approved play equipment and toys. *Entire back yard is fenced
*Children do not play outside unsupervised.
ILLNESS AND SICK CARE
The health and well being of all of the children here are of utmost importance to me..
There are a number of immunizations required by law before your child may attend childcare. Upon application for enrollment you will be asked to bring your child’s immunization record
Children with minor illness may attend childcare at the provider’s discretion. It is important to realize that if a child is unable to participate in the normal routine or needs more care than I can provide without neglecting the others in my care, that child must stay home.
We have rest time each afternoon between the hours of 12:00p.m. and 2:00p.m. Children are not required to fall asleep, but are required to rest on a mat.
Quiet activities are provided for those that wake early from rest time. Cots/mats are supplied for the children, as well as travel cribs for those that still require them.
I am always willing to assist a child with toilet learning. However, you child must be ready and you must be ready as well. Training takes both daycare and home participation. Toilet learning must first begin at home, once your child has shown enough readiness and willingness, we will begin the training at daycare as well.
When weather permits, we will play outside every chance we get. Please send appropriate clothing. Please send your child in play clothes. We have lots of fun outdoors and don’t want to worry about grass stains in our new clothes.
OPEN DOOR POLICY
At Lisa’s Wiggle Worms you can always be assured that the door is open to you. Please feel free to drop in and check on your child, however keep in mind a child just adjusting to a new surrounding will want to leave with you when you pop in for a visit. These early drop-ins should be made when it is appropriate for you to take the child with you, or made when you can visit unnoticed as to not interrupt your child’s day. A child going through separation anxiety will most definitely react by a parent coming into the daycare and not taking them with when they depart.
You are also invited to call and check on your child during the day. Please keep in mind there may be times when it is not convenient for me to run to the phone. If the phone goes unanswered, please do not become alarmed, simply leave me a voice mail message and I do have a visual monitor on the phone which allows me quick notification of a message waiting. I will then return your call as quickly as possible. You may also communicate any information to me via email. There may be those times when something comes to you at work that you don’t want to forget to relay to me. If you have email, please feel free to email me and I will generally reply during rest time.
The primary goal of my program is to provide a loving, safe, stimulating environment for your child while you are at work. It is important that we work together as partners and that we feel comfortable discussing your child’s needs. I look forward to a long and rewarding friendship with your child and family. Thank you for your interest in finding the best possible care for your child!