The Carter Academy

Rules and Regulations

May 5, 2012
Dress Code
The center will provide each child with (1) uniformed shirt for children 2- 5 years of age. Additional shirts must be purchased, please see the receptionist for details. All children should wear closed toe shoes and socks to help prevent injuries to little toes. We also ask that no beads be used in children’s hairstyles for the one and two year olds to prevent choking hazards for other small children in the center. Parents are asked to provide a change of clothing daily and a blanket for their child at naptime. Blankets are to be taken home on Friday’s to be washed and returned on the next Monday. Please be sure to have your child’s name on all of his/her belongings. Every child has their own assigned cubby to store their belongings.
May 5, 2012
Toys/Jewelry from Home
We prefer that you do not bring toys from home, so that the children learn that all items are community property as they learn to share. You may bring comfort items that children use for nap time and other times as needed like pillows. The staff and center will not be responsible for items lost or damaged. All such items should have your child’s name on them. If your child has a favorite toy that you would recommend we 8 buy, feel free to suggest it to us. Jewelry is strongly discouraged at the center. We are not responsible for lost or damaged jewelry.
May 5, 2012
Discipline
The best way to teach young children good behavior is by practicing it ourselves by being role models. When a child does something that is not safe or beneficial for him/her or others, we first explain why the behavior is wrong. It is important for children to understand how they should behave in a social environment like a classroom with other children. We then redirect the behavior by gently guiding the child toward positive alternatives. Sometimes young children have to be taught how to play with each other. We never raise our voices to children, handle them roughly or spank them. In the event that a child exhibits behavior that is a danger to themselves or other children (i.e. biting, hitting, punching, verbal abuse, etc.) we will notify the parents that a conference is required to change the child’s behavior. After two or more occurrences, the child may be asked to leave the program to ensure the safety and well-being of the other children.
Illness at the Center

Guidance Policy

The goals of our child guidance policy are for our children to develop positive self esteem and socially acceptable ways of expressing their needs and feelings. This policy is preventative, not punitive, and designed to encourage the children to practice self control, develop decision-making skills, and take responsibility for their own actions. Common courtesy and respect for themselves, others and for property are values we believe in and encourage the children to learn.
Termination/Discon-tinuance of Services
It is our goal to work cooperatively and constructively with each family. However, sometimes problems arise that cannot be resolved. If this occurs the Director shall reserve the right to discontinue child care service when:

• fees are not paid
• medical records are not up to date
• a child has special needs that are beyond the resources of this center
• there is a major disagreement between family and center regarding policies and procedures
• there is a serious failure of communication between family and center
• there is discourteous treatment of staff
• the child exhibits behavior that is dangerous to themselves or other children (i.e. biting, hitting, verbal abuse, etc.)
• excessive absenteeism (each child can be absent from the center for no more than two weeks without a doctor’s note)
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