Rattles to Reading Child Care, Inc. believes a loving caring environment during the formative stages of a child's growth will have a positive impact on a child's social development; and this loving care, combined with the building blocks to allow each child to learn and progress at their own individual rate is an important and necessary part of each child's development. We urge children to be creative, and each child's individual and unique ideas of thought and problem solving is strongly encouraged. All our Staff is interested in the well being of the children and is committed to providing caring guidance to your child.
New York State Licensed Child Care Provider.
The Center is licensed by the State of New York Department of Social Services. The license is posted in the entrance hall and indicates the number of children authorized for each age group.
We provide care for children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12* years of age and will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We encourage social, emotional, cognitive, language, fine and gross motor skill activities depending on the child's age. All areas of development will be promoted through active play and participation in a variety of group and individual activities. These areas include social interaction, self-expression, exploration, communication and manipulation. Emphasis will be placed on learning to interact in acceptable ways; such as, sharing, participating in group activities, taking turns and making decisions independently. All children need to grow and learn through a wide variety of activities and experiences and the goal is to provide the opportunities to fulfill these needs. We will do arts and crafts, group activities, song and finger play. The rooms will include Learning Centers; such as, a House (dramatic play) Center, reading center, Art Center and Science Center, which are designed to provide needed stimulation for creative play, cognitive development and social growth. We will explore our surroundings and nature. Weather permitting; we will use our outside play yard. Daily planning will be done leaving room for unexpected interest that may have developed. Teachers will introduce a letter, color and weekly theme and our activities will be developed around this theme. The letter, color and theme will also be listed on the bulletin board for parents/guardians to read. This enables the parents to become involved in what their child is learning. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to reinforce at home what is being taught at the Center.
* - After School Program (5 years to 12 years) will depend on space availability.
Social Development is a very important area for children in their formative years. Group participation and individual personal relationships are nurtured and promoted. Dealing with one's peers is a cornerstone for future social and intellectual pursuits. We want each child to understand the value of sharing and cooperating as well as respecting the feelings of others.
Intellectual Development is promoted through our structural and organized programs; such as, learning and discovery centers, which have been designed by our Certified Teacher specifically for each age group.
Emotional Development is accomplished by installing a "positive" self image through positive reinforcement of social and learning skill.
Physical Development is provided through our Gross Motor Skills Program. We want to help each child develop full muscular coordination, as well as health and safety habits.
Cultural Development is nurtured by introducing children to different ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
Our Program encompasses these five basic and important areas of growth for the total development of your child.
We understand that it is difficult to leave your child with a child care provider, so it is important to us to provide a "home away from home" for your child--a place where your child can develop and learn in a loving, caring and nurturing environment. We strive to create an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable leaving your child and where your child looks forward to coming.
Each child is a unique individual growing and developing at his/her own rate. Our Center is small enough to provide individual attention though large enough to enhance your child's own individual, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
Rattles to Reading provides care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age and is open Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We strongly encourage parent involvement. We want each parent to feel secure about leaving their child in our care, and we welcome any suggestions or opinions you may have. We invite you to visit us anytime and observe the children in action. Also, do not hesitate to call us anytime to discuss any questions you may have regarding our Center and your child's enrollment.
OUR GOAL is to provide loving, caring, quality child care, creating a home away from home,
while meeting the child's developing physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs.
In the event of an emergency closing, please listen to Radio Station WBEN 930 on the AM dial or WYRK 106.5 on the FM dial for information regarding our Center. We will make every attempt to operate when possible.
ARRIVAL & PICK-UP:
Hours are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A late pick-up charge (after 6:00 PM) of $1.00 for every minute, per child will be applied and is due upon pick up of your child. This fee is to cover the cost of the Staff Members who are required to stay after hours for late pick up and is to be paid directly to these Staff Members. The Director will confer with parents/guardians to determine specific times a parent/guardian will drop off and pick-up their child. It is our responsibility to contact Child Protective Services should any child be left at the Center after 6:00 PM without prior notification from the parent/guardian.
* Please accompany your child into the Center through the front entrance into the care of a Staff Member.
* When leaving, be sure a Staff Member acknowledges your leaving. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD GO UNATTENDED INTO THE HALLWAY OR OUTSIDE!
* If you are going to be late for any reason, please notify the Center immediately, so we can reassure your child.
* If anyone other than yourself is to pick up your child, please notify the Center verbally or in writing to ensure the safety of your child. We can only release your child to an adult who has been pre-designated on the Child Release Authorization Form. If we are not familiar with the person picking up your child, we will also require a picture ID before your child will be released to that person.
All immunizations must be up-to-date and kept updated thereafter. Each child is required to have a complete periodic medical examination and appraisal of the child's development. Please make sure to submit a copy of all updated immunizations and medical information.
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING:
Please provide simple clothing that is comfortable and free of complicated fasteners. Also, provide a change of clothing in case of any messy spills or toilet accidents.
Children must always wear sneakers or sturdy shoes that are appropriate for play.
Please, also remember that we try to go outside everyday, so please dress your child appropriately for the weather. (And please label all outer clothing.)
Please send in a blanket for nap time only, if necessary.
Please do not send toys from the home unless authorized by the teacher. It is difficult for children to share their favorite toys at this age. Only on "show & tell" days should items from home be brought to the Center.
Parents are expected to provide:
*Prepared formula bottles with child's name on each bottle
* Baby food with child's initials and date on it (all open jars must go home each day)
PLEASE NOTE: That parents need to supply any food that is not table food. Once your child is on table food, please check the center menu for meals.
* Several changes of labeled clothing
* Ointments and powder
* Special toy
* Pacifier, if used
* Hat for outdoor time
* A written schedule of the infant's day - naptime, eating time and other special notes.
We support and encourage mothers who breast feed. We have an area in the infants' room if the mother wishes to come and nurse during the day.
Parents are expected to provide:
* Disposable diapers
* Several changes of labeled clothing
* Ointments and powder
* Pacifier, if used
The Center provides well-balanced meals and snacks that have been approved by a licensed nutritionist.* Breakfast and lunch menus are planned on a monthly basis. Menus will be sent home, as well as posted on the bulletin board. Teachers are encouraged to sit and eat with the children in order to provide positing modeling and encourage appropriate conversation. The children are encouraged to at least taste each item served for lunch. No child will ever be forced to eat nor will they ever be punished for not eating well. Taking away food and snack as a form of discipline is never allowed. Parents are encouraged to provide snacks for the classroom if they desire-especially for holiday and birthday parties.
* If your child has any dietary needs, please advise us.
Birthdays will be celebrated during afternoon snack time. Please advise the Teacher two days prior to your child's special day.
Due to State Regulations, only store bought treats may be brought to the Center.
WITHDRAWAL FROM CENTER:
A two-week written notice is required if you withdraw from the Center or you will forfeit your tuition deposit.
Please refrain from smoking inside the building.
The Adult/Child ratio is as follows:
6 weeks to 18 months 1:4
18 months to 36 months 1:5
3 years 1:7
4 years 1:8
5 years 1:9
6 years to 10 years 1:10
10 years to 12 years 1:15
Children must be between 6 weeks and 12 years of age.
Groupings are based on the child's age as of September 1st of each year. Groupings are flexible.
School is open to all children regardless of race, nationality, creed, color or religion.
Before enrolling, we invite parents and children to visit the Center. At that time we would conduct a personal pre-admission interview with you to discuss our Programs and Policies. Should you decide on Rattles to Reading Child Care, the following items are required prior to your child's first day of attendance:
A completed registration packet, including a medical report filled out by your child's physician.
A non-refundable annual registration fee
A registration fee is required at the time of enrollment and every year thereafter on the anniversary date of enrollment. This fee will be used to cover administrative expense, including children's accident insurance.
A one-week deposit (this may be applied to your child's last week in our Program, provided a two-week written notice is given to the Director).
A signed tuition agreement specifying the hours and days of attendance and the weekly payment schedule.
PLEASE NOTE: We will try to accommodate any changes to your weekly contract, provided we have space available. We will, however, need a 24-Hour notice in writing. There may be times when we are unable to honor your request.
Signed Parent Consent Form