Parent's Handbook Page 1
A designated RECE or a supervisor in their absence will administer prescription medication to children in accordance with provincial legislation outlined below:
Medication must be given directly to a staff member. You must provide your own labelled plastic medicine spoon. Parents are to complete a medication form each time their child requires medication to be given.
The daily menu is posted on the parents’ information board so that you will know what your child will be eating for the day. Children are served a full, well balanced lunch, a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. The daycare follows the Canada Food Guide and avoids processed foods wherever possible. Outside food is not permitted into the classrooms due to life threatening allergies. Please inform the Daycare if your child has any food allergies, any strong dislikes or any special diets. Parents are responsible for supplying their infant’s food until they are on table food and their own formula or breast milk. All food brought into the Infant Program must be in its original package or container. This will help avoid any cross contamination in the Infant room. The centre serves whole milk for the Infant and Toddler groups and 2% for the Preschoolers.
CLOTHING AND POSSESSIONS:
Your child should come to daycare dressed in play clothes suitable for active and sometimes messy play. Non-skid footwear is recommended for inside. Footwear that does not have a back strap will not be permitted for outdoor play for safety reasons. Since we go outside each day, your child will need to bring weather appropriate clothing. In winter this includes snow pants, hats, mitts and boots. In summer this includes a hat, towel, and bathing suit. Please provide your child with an extra change of clothing including underwear, shirts, pants, socks, shorts, etc. in case of spills or incontinence. The daycare will provide sunscreen for the children in the summer months. The daycare will not be held responsible for lost clothing. Please label all your children’s clothing, plastic bottles, pacifiers, food, etc. Parents are
responsible for supplying their children’s disposable diapers and wipes. Please check your child’s locker to ensure there is adequate amounts of diapers, clothing, etc.
SHARING DAYCARE PLACEMENT:
Full-time children will be given priority. Children who attend part-time care must share with another part-time child to make up a full-time position. Part time spots must be flexible and willing to change days as requested by the Director.
A drop off area is available in front of the Hobbins Building. A maximum of 15 minutes is allowed.
Monthly fire drills/ evacuations are practiced. Occasionally the hospital may use the daycare in one of their practice fire drills, which would be with the alarm system and the announcement of W1A daycare.
In the event of a real fire or evacuation the children are removed to the Parkwood cafeteria or the alternate location, the Western Counties Wing auditorium. In the event of an evacuation the children will be at the alternate locations.
Since parents would be unable to contact the daycare communication is directed to Quality Management and Communication ext. 42513 or 42534 Daycare staff takes children’s emergency cards with them. Parents or emergency contact person would be contacted regarding instructions to pick up the children.
We are in the process of moving to an emergent style of curriculum. The teachers have designated planning time each week to observe the children. Observations are recorded in a logbook for each child. The teachers may include photos and artwork with these observations. This process allows the teacher to be in touch with your child’s needs and learning style. Our curriculum is planned around the needs and interests of your child and recorded on weekly planning sheets. All areas of development are planned for on a daily basis. These areas include physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Centres are offered in the classrooms that include literacy, math & manipulatives, nature & science, gross & fine motor skills, and many activities are offered to nurture, model and develop social/emotional skills in your child.
Children have the opportunity to leave the daycare to visit other areas of the hospital and grounds of Parkwood. The Field Trip Permission form is for all trips out of the centre or out of the yard of the daycare. More extensive trips by bus will require an individual field trip permission form.
ROLE OF CAREGIVERS:
Arrival, Departure, and Release of Children from the Centre:
Your child will not be released to any person whose name is not on the admission form. Any changes should be provided in writing to the teacher in your child’s classroom. Please note that a person may be required to show photo identification when picking up your child if the teacher does not recognize this person. This is for the protection of your child. We reserve the right to not release a child to any person who, in the sole opinion of the employee, is impaired or otherwise unable to suitably and safely care for the child.
Caregivers need to notify the centre if their child is going to be late or absent. Please ensure that a teacher is aware that you have dropped off or picked up your child each time you bring your child to care. When delivering your child to the centre, please ensure the teacher has been informed of any special instructions regarding your child.
There are whiteboards displayed in the hallway to inform caregivers about their child’s day. Please take the time to read these so you can discuss your child’s day with them.
SERIOUS OCCURRENCE REPORTING:
Child care centres must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Day Nurseries Act. Of note, there are specific types of incidents that must be reported to the Ministry of Education as Serious Occurrences. These incidents are then to be posted publicly for families to view for 10 days. Updates are to be added to the posting by the Operator or her Designate during this time period. Names of those involved will not be posted given privacy laws. The rationale for the posting of Serious Occurrences is to improve transparency with families regarding incidents that take place on the premises. Serious Occurrence Notifications will be kept on file for 2 years after the incident. They will be posted in a public area, near the Centre’s license for 10 days.
Please inform the centre immediately of any changes in employment, home address, telephone numbers, immunization updates, and new allergies, etc. This is for the safety of your child. back to index
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit their children during the program. We also encourage all caregivers to attend our Annual General Meeting, Holiday Pageant, Graduation Ceremony, Parent Conferences and Parent Workshops.
Volunteers are required for field trips so we encourage you to sign up for these events. It is a great way to spend some time with your child. Volunteers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for field trips and they must have a current Vulnerable Sector Screening on file at the Centre.
Thank you for your commitment to Parkwood Children's Daycare Centre. We look forward to being a part of your family. We hope this information booklet gives you, the parent, a better understanding of what we are trying to accomplish with your child when they are in our care. If any problems arise, please feel free to contact us at: