Artful Start  childcare, training & consulting

Our Policies

As a professional child care provider, my goal is to provide your little one with a safe, happy, “home away from home” where he/she can learn and grow, and to provide you with peace of mind. To meet this goal, and at the same time run my business and my home efficiently, I have set up the following policies. Please read them carefully- everyone with a child in my care is expected to abide by them. If you have any concerns, please talk with me a soon as possible, so that we can maintain a comfortable working relationship, and best meet the needs of your child.

Enrollment: All forms must be completely filled out before a child enters care. A non-refundable deposit equaling the first four weeks of care will secure your child’s position and be applied as tuition for the first month of care. The deposit will be forfeited if the child does not come for care as planned. Enrollment forms will be updated annually. If your child gets immunizations during the course of the year, please let me know so that I can ensure that their immunizations remain current.

Authorized Pick-Ups: Only persons who have been authorized by the parent will be allowed to pick up children from care. Authorized persons shall bring a photo i.d.

Clothing: Please be sure to send children dressed for play in comfortable, washable play clothes, with 1-2 sets of extra clothing appropriate for the weather. The children will be asked to remove their shoes while inside the house. Raingear and rain boots are requested for toddlers and preschoolers so that we can go “puddle jumping.” Swimsuits and sunhats are requested for summertime.

Naps and Rest Time: Infants nap as needed throughout the day. Toddlers and preschoolers take a regular nap in the afternoon. Please be sensitive to potential nappers and do not use the doorbell, but knock softly instead.

Illness: Sick children are not kept in care, I am required by the State of Oregon’ early learning division to exclude children for the following reasons:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Severe cough
  • Unusual color to skin or eyes
  • Skin or eye lesions that are weeping or pus-filled
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache with one or more of the above symptoms
  • Difficult breathing or abnormal wheezing
  • Complaints of severe pain

A child must be fever free for 24 hours (without medication) prior to returning to care. If a child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours, please do not bring him/her into care. The child should be having normal bowel movements and eating regular meals without vomiting prior to their return to care. If your child develops any of these symptoms while in care, he/she will be separated from the group, and you will be called to pick them up within the hour.

Medications: The provider will not administer any medication without the written consent of the parent. For prescription drugs, the authorization needs to include the child’s name, name of medication, dosage, time to be given, and the doctor’s name. All medications and topical substances must be provided by the parents, and supplied in their original containers.

Schedule: Please let me know as soon as you find out about any changes in your child’s schedule, or if your child will be absent. Please be respectful of my needs, and pick up your child promptly by 5:30 p.m. so that I may attend to my other commitments. Childcare hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a late charge of $15 per 15 minutes, (or increment thereof) after 5:30 p.m.

Substitute Care Arrangements: At times there may be a substitute covering for me during the day. Barring emergencies, you will be notified when a substitute will be present. All substitute providers will have passed a Criminal history screening, and will be no less than 18 years of age. In the event that I have an emergency and cannot provide care on a given day, I will try to notify you via text, either the night before, or in the early morning. Parents are responsible for having a backup plan for childcare.

Damages: Please reinforce the importance of toys, books, furniture and equipment with your child. Parents will be charged the full replacement cost of any items in my home that are mistreated or broken by their child.

Toys and Belongings: I cannot be responsible for any toys or books that are brought from home that are lost or damaged. Please do not allow your child to bring items from home unless prearranged.

Celebrations: We will celebrate holidays that families in our Artful Start community celebrate. Parents are invited to participate by sharing a tradition, a song, an art project, or a treat, if prearranged. Each child’s birthday is celebrated, parents are also welcome to bring prearranged treats or participate in a group project. 

Guidance Policy: Pro-social behaviors such as cooperation, helping others, and taking turns are modeled and supported. Behavior expectations are reasonable, clear, and consistent. Children are encouraged to express their feelings, and then guided in solving problems together, remembering kindness, respect, and safety. Children are offered alternative choices and redirection to replace unsafe or unkind behavior. Physical, Mental or Emotional punishment is never used.