Family Handbook

Welcome to PeachTree!

Please read this handbook thoroughly, as it covers essential policies and procedures that govern our school contract agreement and pertain to the care of your Child. There is a lot of information, but it will help you to understand the type of care, environment, and education your Child will be receiving.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school staff or owner.

* The handbook, policies, and contracts are revised in January each year. *

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 7:45-5:15

Doors open at 7:45 a.m. All children should be picked up from care no later than 5:15 p.m.

Closed Days/ Holiday’s:

New Year’s Eve- Close at Noon

New Years Day- Closed

Christmas Eve- Close at Noon

Christmas Day- Closed

Memorial Day – Closed

Thanksgiving Day – Closed

Independence Day- Closed

Labor Day- Closed

Fee Schedule:

Fee’s are due by the 5th of every month. PeachTree uses a flat price, and this fee will remain the same for all age groups throughout a family’s time at Peachtree. This fee is $850 per month. Fee’s are considered late if paid after the 5th, and a late fee will be applied. Please pay your fee’s on our website. There is no tuition reduction for vacations.

Why is the fee $850?

The school’s owner believes that to provide high-quality care families deserve, we must first employ knowledgeable, educated staff in Early childhood and child development. The owner believes that staff should be paid a liveable wage. Peachtree requires training above and beyond what is needed for the state of Wyoming for Preschool teachers. You find that many of our staff hold degrees and or are working towards higher education degrees specific to Early Childhood Education. On top of that, they are required to do twice the amount of training hours required by the state of Wyoming.

Monthly fee: $850

Late Payment Fee: $50

Non Refundable Application Fee: $30

Birthdays and Other Special Days

We would love to celebrate your Child’s birthday or another special event at school. Parents may bring in a special snack for the day, and we invite you to join us for the party. Please speak with your Child’s teacher to schedule the celebration.

Program Evaluation

The Center conducts a semi-annual program survey to get feedback from enrolled families. The survey is anonymous and is a way for families to provide the Center their comments, compliments, ideas, and suggestions. If at any time you have a concern, please contact your Child’s teacher or the program owner.

Abby Lazarus

307-220-3051

peachtreesoece@gmail.com

lazarus5502@msn.com

Behavior Management Policy

 Our policy concerning behavior management ~ sometimes referred to as discipline ~ is based on the Child’s individual need, the ability of each Child to understand what he/she is doing, and the consequences of their actions.

A child is never made to feel that the outcome of an act will result in physical or verbal abuse. Children are not told to “sit out,” and “time out” is not used. Positive reinforcement is always encouraged, and children are told what they are doing well. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ascertain what has taken place as clearly as possible.

 If an altercation between children has occurred, each Child is spoken to with reason and with respect. Each Child is then given the responsibility of approaching the other Child in a friendly manner, with adult supervision, for the children to resolve the misunderstanding. This is done directly related to the Child’s verbal ability but can be accomplished even when the Child is not yet talking.

When inappropriate behavior occurs with the adult being the recipient, the Child will be approached either with a reasonable verbal response or with the technique of redirection. Removal from an activity for a short time is used only if it has been ascertained that other responses have failed or if a child is at risk.

 There is less likelihood of discipline problems when positive responses and remarks are the norm throughout the day. If a positive base is established in an atmosphere of respect and understanding, inappropriate or harmful behavior becomes the exception.

When any staff member feels that he/she cannot manage a situation with a child in an effective manner, he or she will direct the Child to another staff member and take a break. Staff members assist one another in creating a positive, relaxed atmosphere.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:

• Corporal punishment, including spanking;

• Verbal or physical abuse, humiliation, neglect, or abusive treatment;

 • Speaking to a child in a manner or tone that is disrespectful, sarcastic, demeaning, or threatening;

 • Withholding food, drink, or sleep;

• Force-feeding children;

• Disciplining a child for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet; forcing a child to remain in soiled clothing or forcing the Child to remain on the toilet, or using any other unusual or excessive practices for toileting.

Biting Behavior in Young Children

 The school recognizes that biting is a normal stage of development that some young children go through. It is something they will outgrow in time. Young children who bite, bite for reasons, all of normal and developmentally understood. Common Reasons Why Children Bite Teething, exploring, stress, frustration, imitating behavior, personal space is violated or crowded, lack of vocabulary, a sign of affection, to obtain attention.

 Classroom Strategies Used To Minimize Incidents of Biting

 We “shadow” the Child who has exhibited biting behavior. We carefully observe the Child who has bitten to determine if there is a pattern when the biting behavior occurs. We comfort the Child who has been bitten and firmly let the Child who bit know that “biting hurts.” and we offer an object to bite such as a teething ring or cold cloth.

Action Taken When A Biting Incident Occurs:

• The Child who was bitten is comforted;

• The Child who bit is firmly told that “biting hurts” while we continue to comfort and focus on the Child who was bitten;

 • The bitten area is washed thoroughly with soap and water and inspected for broken skin;

• If the skin is broken, an administrator is immediately notified. Both sets of parents are contacted and advised to call their pediatricians; open wounds on the face or hands are the most vulnerable to infection;

 • An injury/incident report is written for each of the children involved;

 • Ongoing dialog is kept with parents and staff on classroom and home strategies being used to address and curb the biting behavior;

 • Relevant articles are made available to parents and staff.

Cleaning:

Children will be expected to help clean up after themselves.  Our classrooms are kept sanitized and as clean as possible at all times. Handwashing is a must within our classrooms for parent volunteers, classmates, and teachers. Please encourage your Child to clean their messes at home as well.

Potty time:

Please keep your Child’s teacher aware of how you are trying the potty process at home so that we may keep it consistent. Your Child does not have to be potty trained to attend school. If they are training, please make sure they bring a change of clothes, and please make sure we have a supply of wipes and diapers/pullups/underwear for your Child. You will be expected to work with your Child’s teacher as your Child learn this new skill. Make sure your Child is ready and brings enough supplies to school.

Dress code:

Please have your children dressed weather-appropriate and ready to play. If staff feels that your Child isn’t dressed appropriately at any time, they will address the issue with you privately. Your Child will get dirty, so it is not recommend treasured or valued clothing be worn to school; students should come dressed to work. They should always have a change of clothes inside their backpacks which they are required to bring daily. Your Child should always wear shoes to school. Our students do go outside several times a day, weather permitting.

Lunch/Snack:

We do a morning snack, Lunch and an afternoon snack.

** If you would like to pack your Childs lunch yourself, please pack it in a lunch box with their name clearly labeled and we will store it in the refrigerator. We are happy to heat up anything your child brings for lunch. **

Parents are asked to bring in one snack per month that will be shared with the class. This can be brought in anytime. You may choose any snack your Child would like to share. We can refrigerate snacks, so go gurts, string cheese, vegetables, and fruit are welcomed snacks. Peachtree will provide all other snacks. Children will eat at least two snacks throughout their school day. If more than two snack is necessary they will be provided, children will not go hungry.

Naps:

Naps are not required. We follow the child’s lead in what they need from us at PeachTree. Infants to age 2 will nap as they choose. For children above the age of three nap times are offered, children do not need to participate. Those who do not participate will continue with their day and participate in quiet time activities. Naps are a choice for both the parent and child as each child gives up napping when they are ready. As a staff we will work with parents to accommodate any requests.

Weapons Policy: There are no weapons of any sort on the premises. There are no weapons allowed on-premises. I do not allow guns inside the school for any reason, no matter your occupation or license. Please remove all weapons before entering the school.

Sick children and Care:

The facility staff may refuse any child who cannot participate in a regular childcare program due to discomfort, injury, or other symptoms of illness Care.

EXCLUSION FROM CARE FOR ILLNESS

Any child who cannot participate in a regular child care program due to discomfort, injury or other symptoms of illness may be refused care.  A facility serving well children may not admit a child who has any of the illnesses/symptoms of illness specified below:

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Two or more episodes of acute vomiting within a period of twenty-four (24) hours;
  • Difficult or rapid breathing;
  • Yellowish eyes or skin;
  • Sore throat with a fever over 101º F or severe coughing;
  • Untreated head lice or nits;
  • Untreated scabies;
  • Children suspected of being in contagious stages of chicken pox, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella or diphtheria; or
  • Purulent conjunctivitis

Children with the following symptoms should be excluded from child care unless they are under the care of a physician and the physician has approved in writing their return to child care:

  • Skin rashes, excluding diaper rash, lasting more than one (1) day.
  • Swollen joints or visibly enlarged lymph nodes;
  • Elevated oral temperature of 101º F or over;
  • Blood in urine;
  • Mouth sores associated with drooling; or
  • Having a communicable disease or being a carrier of such, that is listed on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Reportable Disease and Condition List

The parent shall be notified immediately when a child has symptoms requiring exclusion from care.  The child will be kept isolated from other children until the child is removed from the facility.

Please do not bring your sick child to school. If you believe your child is sick, or getting sick stay home. If everyone does this we can keep colds and illnesses from running through our school. Our school does not provide sick day care for children.

Medication Administration:

Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, are rarely given at school; the only exceptions involve severe or unique problems where the physician deemed necessary that the medication be given during school hours.

With the help of your Child’s physician, the parent is urged to work out a schedule of giving medication at home, outside school hours, whenever possible.

Medications will not be administered at the Center unless accompanied by a doctor’s authorization, with written approval and instructions from a child’s parent/guardian.

The proper form must also be completed and submitted. Each Child’s medication is kept in an individual locked medical bag.

As medicine reaches its expiration date, it will be returned to the parent.

Suppose medication is to be administered at school. In that case, all the following conditions must be met:

➢ A signed request from a licensed physician/dentist specifying the condition for which the medication is to be given, the name, dosage, route, side effect, and specific instructions for emergency treatment must be on file at school. School staff is not authorized to determine when an “as needed” medication is to be given.

 ➢ Specific instructions are necessary.

➢ A signed request from the parent/guardian must be on file at school.

➢ Medication must be in your Child’s original, labeled pharmacy container written in English.

➢ An appropriate measuring device must accompany all liquid medicines.

➢ A separate form is required for each medication.

Suspension/Expulsion Policies:

Our staff is committed to the following:

● Creating a positive environment to nurture self-expression and opportune learning.

● Modeling positive behaviors to ensure children are treated with respect and kindness

● Be consistent and clear with expectations and rules of the classroom

● Use redirection and positive guidance and praise appropriate behaviors

Occasionally a situation may arise when a child is having difficulty adjusting to day-to-day life in child care. You should expect as a parent or guardian to work with the staff to create a plan of action in response to any situation that arises. As a program, we do not believe in giving up on a child. We believe it is our staff’s job to understand a child and work with the Child and their family during a difficult transition. Ultimately a decision in continuing Care will remain in the hands of the owner, Abby Lazarus.

Parent Involvement:

We have an open door policy and love when parent come to be in the room spending time with their child and getting to know their classmates as well as their Childs teacher. Please feel free to volunteer anytime. We would love for you to pop in and read a book or help the children cook or do a fun craft project!

Upon enrollment please let our staff know if your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time with our facility and feel the need to contact our state licensor, please call Michelle Tucker at 307-777-5151.

Facility owner contact information:

Abby Lazarus, M.E.d.

307-220-3051

lazarus5502@msn.com