INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Country Home Daycare . My name is Jan Kromer, and I am a professional childcare provider. I am licensed by the State of Kansas.  
To facilitate greater understanding between us I have created this handbook. It covers my childcare philosophies, business policies and expectations.

In order to make our relationship as enjoyable as possible, the following pages contain mutually beneficial requirements, which are necessary to ensure that there are no misunderstandings between either parties. The words "I" or "me" or "my" refers to the childcare provider. The word "you" or "your" refers to the child's parents or guardian.

Please read this handbook carefully, and feel free to discuss with me any questions that you may have.

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MY CHILD CARE PHILOSOPHY

As a family child care provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace . I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property. I believe that every child is a gift from God .

COMMUNICATION

Communication is very important to me. When I accept a new family into my business, I like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar childcare philosophy between us.   I welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for your child (ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular childcare hours either by telephone or conference.

Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care, however, should you want to have a conference, you may request one at any time.   You are encouraged to call me at any time between the hours of 7:30a.m - 5:00p.m to check on your child. If you call during the day, please be aware that I may be busy with the children and may not be able to answer the phone. If you leave a message on my voice mail, I will call you back as soon as possible. The best time to call during the day is during our daily nap/quiet time.

I am looking forward to a terrific relationship with you and your child!

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

Your specific rates will be outlined in your Contract and Rate Agreement.

Payment is payable in advance and is due no later than 5:30 pm Friday for the following 2 weeks. If this day is a holiday, payment is expected on the previous day. If you go away on vacation, payment is due BEFORE you leave. If it is my planned day(s) off, your payment is expected BEFORE I leave. In cases of illness, your payment is still expected unless other arrangements have been previously made. If I close the child care due to my own illness or emergency, payment will be expected on your child's first day back to child care.

Payments may be made by check or cash and should be made out to Jan Kromer. Checks must be dated for the day they are due. No post-dated checks will be accepted. There will be a late fee of $10.00 per day for any payments received after the due date. If payment is not received by drop-off time on Monday, childcare will not be provided until payment and any applicable late fees are paid in full.   You will be liable for any and all costs of collection with regard to delinquent tuition fees. Repeated late payments may be grounds for termination of childcare services.   

The success of my business depends on the prompt payment of tuition for each child.   Tuition and fees are computed with the following expenses in mind:

1          Food

2          Craft and activity supplies                                                                               

3          Toys, games and equipment

4          Energy costs and use of provider’s home

5          Additional time spent for record keeping and clean-up each day

6     Bottles, formula, wipes, bibs, etc.

7     Yard and playground up-keep (i.e. replenishing safety chip mulch, sod, maintaining and upgrading
playground equipment.)

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