When the temperature is 85 degrees or higher and the relative humidity is 60% or higher, the children will be kept indoors. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director/Assistant Director. Various indoor activities using large motor skills will be planned. Examples: dancing, exercise, relay races, etc.
When the temperature is less than 60 degrees, children will be required to wear jackets. We ask that you bring a jacket or a coat that can be left at the daycare. In order to comply with DHS staff to children ratios, it may not be possible to leave your child indoors if they do not have a jacket or a coat; therefore, we require a jacket or a coat to be left at the center.
If the temperature is below 32 degrees, and the wind speed is 15 mph or higher, the children will be kept indoors.
Per DHS, children will play outside during recess except in the above mentioned circumstances, or in the event of rain. If the rain has ceased at recess time, and if the play area is not too wet, the children will play outside.
Our nutrition program provides a nutritious breakfast, and a mid-morning and afternoon snack as well as lunch each day which is included in the tuition. Our entire menu is not only filled with food kids love, but it’s also planned to satisfy all federal and state guidelines. Foods with a high incident rate of choking are not used or are modified to reduce any risk of choking.
We ask for your cooperation by not allowing your child to bring any food to the daycare. The only exception to this is for School Age Children. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines allow for those children to bring meal or snack options from home. If we have special occasions that could include your participation in bringing food, our daycare Director/Assistant Director will inform you and give you all the necessary information.
Your child’s well-being is our top priority, so please help us by letting us know of any food allergies your child may have. Special dietary accommodations will be made upon written instructions of a licensed physician or health care provider.
The children are encouraged to serve and pour for themselves as much as possible during lunch and snacks, utilizing the “family style” dining method. This fosters more self-help skills than the “old way.” Prayer will be said by the teacher and repeated by the children at the table before each meal. Manners will be used and taught to the children. No child will be forced to eat, nor will food be withheld as punishment at any time.
In order for Harvest Christian Daycare to encourage the bonding between nursing mothers and their infants, a nursing mothers station will be set up upon request. The environment will be peaceful and private to provide as much comfort as possible.
A refrigerator is available for storage of expressed breast milk. Mothers should provide their own containers, clearly labeled with name and date. The center will follow guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Center for Disease Control in ensuring that breast milk is properly treated to avoid waste. Breast milk may be safely stored in the same refrigerator as other foods.
Frozen breast milk will be stored for no more than 3 months. Storage containers will be rotated so breast milk with the earliest date is used first. Frozen breast milk will be thawed in the refrigerator, under running water or in a pan of warm water. Frozen breast milk that has been thawed will not be refrozen. Breast milk will be warmed under running water or placed in a container of water that is not warmer than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Breast milk will not be microwaved.
Harvest Christian Daycare is committed to providing ongoing support to breastfeeding mothers, including providing an opportunity to breastfeed their baby in the morning and evening. We will also do our best to hold off giving a bottle, if possible, when mom is due to arrive. Formula will not be provided unless the mother has requested so.
Leftover breast milk from a bottle fed to a baby cannot be refrigerated and used later. Any unused refrigerated breast milk will be returned to the family at the end of the day (unfrozen breast milk can only be kept at the center for 24 hours).
To get through this challenging phase in development, teamwork is the key. We’ll make every effort to coordinate our program with what you start at home. We will not start any toilet training until you decide the time is right -- most children start around two years of age, but we will work with you.
When you do decide to start toilet training, we ask you to supply us with at least two complete changes of clothing (including socks and shoes), and an ample amount of underwear, pull-up’s, and/or training pants for each day your child attends. If your child has just started toilet training, he or she may still wear a pull-up at rest time.
We would recommend that you dress your child appropriately for potty training. We recommend that they wear clothes that are easy to pull up or down, such as pants with elastic waistbands. We encourage you to avoid clothes with a lot of buttons or snaps, such as overalls. There are many clothes available that have style and ease. Please be considerate of our staff as they help your child. During potty time, as well as during class time, workers will be available to supervise your child and assist them as necessary.