WELCOME TO LAKER CARE
33 Months - 6th Grade
Located in the HLWW Middle School
6:15 am- 5:45 pm
Laker Care Preschool and School Age Care for youth 33 months -5th grade. We provide professional, quality care to meet each child’s physical, emotional, social and developmental needs while in our program. We do this by allowing the child space to grow by themselves, and to enjoy their time with other children and staff. We are open most days, year round.
The goals and objectives of Laker Care are to promote the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of the children in each age category. Our child-centered, curiosity-based approach uses curriculums to support children through their developmental milestones and encourages lifelong learning.
Laker Care strives to work in cooperation with family, school, and the community to provide year-round preschool and school-age child care in a nurturing environment by providing age appropriate activities to optimize development of social, physical, educational, recreational, and independence skills.
We strive to provide the best possible care for your child. It is the goal of Laker Care to provide a warm, loving, healthy, safe and stimulating environment for children while under the supervision of staff at all times. All aspects of your child’s development are considered as their needs are met. We strive to keep parents actively involved in the care of their own children while pursuing their own goals. We invite parents to review our program plans at any time and contribute their ideas to the Inclusion Specialist. We promote respect and understanding for individual differences by maintaining a caring and challenging environment that allows freedom of choice and exposure to new experiences.
Laker Care is sponsored by the Community Education
Department of Howard Lake -Waverly-Winsted Public Schools
Laker Care cares for children ages 33 months - 11 years of age or preschool through 5th grade. Children must be fully potty-trained and able to use the toilet independently in order to be enrolled in the School Age Care program.
- Children must be able to independently participate in developmentally appropriate group settings with children of similar age.
- Children must be able to independently follow simple directions appropriate to the child’s age.
- Children must have the ability to play and work cooperatively with similar age peers without adult facilitation.
- Appropriate to the child’s age, children must be able to safely and successfully transition from one activity to another.
- Children must be successful in a group setting that is consistent with the Department of Human Services staff-to-student ratios for child care.
- Children must be able to independently participate in the general education curriculum appropriate to their age.
DAYS AND HOURS OPERATIONS-
Laker Care operates Monday through Friday 6:15 am to 5:45 pm, year round with 2 seasons for registration. (Hours subject to change based on program needs)
School Year: September–May
The community education office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday–Friday.
Laker Care reserves the right to close on days preceding or following these holidays. Decisions regarding operation on release days will be made based upon a minimum child enrollment and school district policies. A list of closed dates will be updated yearly.
Families enrolled in Laker Care Child Care are responsible for closed holiday days during the program season. Families will NOT BE CHARGED FOR closed DAYS BETWEEN SEASONS.
Laker Care is staffed by a combination of supervisors, assistants, high school assistants and an inclusion specialist to meet required staff/children ratios at all times. The program offers two groups to enroll in.
- PRESCHOOL AGE: 33 Months to 5 years
Choice based programming for full or part day care provides children the opportunity for large muscle activities, dramatic play, community exploration and socialization. A staff ratio of at least one adult to ten children is maintained with group sizes not to exceed twenty children. Children are also provided an opportunity to engage and interact with school age children in choice based activities.
Choice-based programming that includes activities fostering social and emotional development; language and literacy; the arts; math and critical thinking; science and inquiry; social studies; and health and physical education. Laker Care also encompasses “youth voice” and incorporates a wide range of youth driven programming. Families can select before or after school and full day care on most non school days and summer.
HLWW PRESCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM
Children must be the correct age as of September 1. HLWW Preschool is the district's preschool readiness program, offering morning and afternoon classes for children who are 3 and 4 years old. Registration is separate from Laker Care Child Care. Staff will assist children in getting to and from their Preschool class via transportation to/ and or from Humphrey and Winsted Elementaries..
REGISTRATION (33 Months-11 Years or Preschool -5 Grade)
Registration is available through the HLWW Community Education. Laker Care reserves the right to delay enrollment due to the need to increase staff or to gather additional information about the child. Laker Care also reserves the right to deny or limit service due to non-payment of previous charges or outstanding balances. We also reserve the right to deny and limit enrollment if the child was dismissed earlier in the program due to behaviors. Families currently participating in the program have priority over new registrants. Enrollment is not always guaranteed and is always on a space available basis. Please allow 3-5 business days to process.
- Complete registration paperwork through Community Education
- Attend program orientation if requested
- Submit the following required forms:
- Immunization Record (must be on file)
- New Family Add Form (new to district/program)
Families will also be asked to review their child’s profile and care instructions to ensure information is accurate and up-to-date.
Inclusion Specialist may request a meeting to go over information provided for care needs of your child.
Families can also request a tour to go over program policies and procedures.
- Site Tour
- Program Policies & Procedures
Contract Types: Age 33 Months to 5 Years Preschool
- Set Schedule: Requires a minimum of two days per week, per contract type.
- Drop-In: For families who need one set contract day or sporadic child care. Drop-in attendance is subject to space availability and three-day advance notice is preferred. If the day needed is a field trip day, you may be subject to a field trip fee. No refunds are available for canceling a requested drop-in date after Friday at noon one week prior.
Rate Types: Age 33 Months to 5 Years Preschool
- Full Day: Child care from open to close is provided.
- Non-School Day: Families have the option of signing up for non-school days separately and will only be charged if they sign up for these days.
NEW CONTRACT AND REGISTRATION FEE ARE REQUIRED EACH SEASON
Contract Types: GRADES K-5
- Set Schedule: Requires a minimum of two days per week, per contract type.
- Drop-In: Drop-in attendance is subject to space availability and three-day advance notice is preferred. No refunds are available for canceling a requested drop-in date after 12pm the last day of the week.
Rate Types: SCHOOL YEAR ONLY
- Before School: Care is provided from opening to the start of the school day. Transportation to the elementary school is provided.
- After School: Care is provided from the end of the school day until close.
- Non-School Day: Families have the option of signing up for non-school days separately and will only be charged if they sign up for these days.
- Scheduled 2 Hour Late Start: Care opens at 6:15 am and will be open until the regular school day begins.
Rate Types: SUMMER ONLY
- Full Day: Child care from open to close is provided. Program hours are 6:15 am to 5:45 pm.
NEW CONTRACT AND REGISTRATION FEE ARE REQUIRED EACH SEASON
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $35 which must be submitted at the time of enrollment and renewed seasonally.. Registration fees help cover the cost of processing registration and program supplies.
If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line at 320-543-4670 or email mailto:email@example.com. If we need to search for a child who does not arrive for a scheduled day, a finders fee will be charged in the amount of $10. This amount may be raised if the family is a habitual offender. Accounts will be billed for all contracted days.
WITHDRAWAL/TERMINATION OF CARE
If you need to withdraw your child from the program, a 14 day written notice is required. If you do not provide a written notice in advance of your withdrawal from Laker Care you will be billed for all scheduled attendance.
Laker Care is a self-supporting program that requires prompt payment. Invoices are generated on a weekly basis. Invoices indicate charges for the week of upcoming care. Payments are due on the Friday of each week for the upcoming week and late fees are applied to accounts with balances on Monday’s. Failure to pay for child care in a timely manner may result in termination of child care until the account is paid in full. Unpaid accounts will be sent to the district’s authorized collection agency. Families are responsible for all costs associated with the collection, including legal fees.
All payments can be submitted in the program drop box or made online. An autopay feature is available. Payments accepted include; check, cash or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover). The school district charges a fee for checks returned due to insufficient funds. If repayment is not made within five business days of notification, Laker Care services may be suspended. We reserve the right to accept payment only by cash or cashier’s checks if a family has a history of insufficient funds. If you have questions regarding your account, please contact the Community Education Office at 320-543-4670.
All community education accounts for your family members must be paid in a timely manner in order to continue your enrollment or to begin future enrollment in Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education activities, programs, and services. If a family fails to pay their fees or make arrangements for a payment plan with Community Education, Laker Care retains the right to terminate participation in community education programs/services and to refer the account to the district’s authorized collection agency. Parent/guardian will be responsible for all collection and legal fees associated with the account.
LAKER CARE FEES
Late Payment Fee:
Laker Care is a non-profit, self-supporting program that requires prompt payment. Late payments are subject to a late fee of $35 for any outstanding balance. Payments are due weekly on Friday for the upcoming week and late charges will be applied on Monday for accounts that are not current. Late fees apply to any unpaid balance per account. Laker Care reserves the right to discontinue or limit service due to failure to meet payment obligations as defined by the contract.
Insufficient Funds Fee:
The school district charges a fee for checks returned due to insufficient funds. If repayment is not made within 5 business days of notification, Laker Care services may be suspended. We reserve the right to accept payment only by cash or cashier’s checks if a family has a history of NSF checks.
If a parent fails to notify Laker Care when their child will not be attending the program, they will be charged a finder’s fee. No credit will be given for absences. The fee will be $10 per time and may be increased for habitually not calling in absences.
*Other program staff do not have access to your account information.
DISTRICT POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Laker Care is a program of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education. As such, all District #2687 policies and procedures apply to Laker Care. Parents may refer to district policies, and district procedures at www.hlww..k12.mn.us.
Laker Care has an Inclusion Specialist managing the program on site on a daily basis. For questions or concerns regarding the program please contact the Inclusion Specialist. ( Jenn Sawatzke - firstname.lastname@example.org) For your bill contact Community Education at 320-543-4670.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Program complies with school district policy regarding data privacy and confidentiality. We will only release information about a child to parents/guardians with legal authority. Records are treated as confidential and are stored in a locked location where they can only be accessed with individuals legally entitled to access it.
Program staff comply with school district policy regarding data privacy and confidentiality. This confidentiality must be observed for all program participants. Staff may not discuss children with individuals not legally entitled to disclosure. The enrollment form includes a section to obtain parental permission to share information with district staff. Written authorization from a legal parent/guardian is required to disclose any information or records. Families must have a consent to release form on file for staff to disclose any information. Before a child can participate in any occasion of research, experimental procedure or public relations activity a parental permission must be signed before each occasion.
Staff will not be involved in custody disputes between parents. If parents have custody issues, they must provide the staff with a copy of any relevant court orders. It is the parent’s responsibility to work out the scheduling and payments for child care. The person identified as the primary account user is responsible for making payments associated with the Laker Care account. If families need to separate accounts, a separate registration fee will be applied to each account.
Laker Care provides access to information to parents and guardians with legal authority for a child. Written authorization is required for the program to release information or children to any other person. Child records will be treated as confidential by program staff and will be stored in a locked location where they can only be accessed by individuals legally entitled to access it. Families provide permission for District #2687 staff to view new child records at the time of registration.
UPDATING CHILD FILES
It is important that information is kept current for every child. We use this information to contact families in case of an emergency. Every child must have three emergency contacts identified as part of registration. Current work, home, and cell numbers are critical for us to have. Families are responsible for updating their online profile as appropriate, as well as providing updated health summaries and immunizations.
Laker Care is an inclusive program that makes reasonable accommodations to serve all children. We welcome children of any race, creed or religious affiliation. We will enroll children with special needs if we can safely and adequately meet the child’s needs through an individually developed care plan.
Each child brings their own uniqueness to the program. If your child has special needs please contact the Inclusion Specialist, so that we can best serve your child’s needs. The program reserves the right to have appropriate staffing in place to accommodate children who cannot be addressed in regular ratios.
Reasonable accommodation cannot result in an undue financial or administrative burden or hardship; require a fundamental alteration to the program, service or activity; violate accreditation requirements; or require the waiver of essential program or licensing requirements. Occasionally the existing program will not be the best environment for a child. When all interventions have been exhausted and integration has not been successful, the Laker Care leadership team will evaluate the ability of our program to serve the individual.
Laker Care is not designed to provide long-term 1:1 assistance for children. If a child receives 1:1 student support in the classroom or has a behavior plan developed, the program must have a meeting with the family prior to the start date in order to determine the appropriate level of support needed. Information regarding a student’s needs will not be used to prohibit a child’s enrollment in Laker Care unless it is determined they will need significant assistance beyond our program capabilities.
FIELD TRIPS/OFFSITE ACTIVITIES
Parents/guardians will be notified in advance of field trip dates, destinations, fees, and expected times of departure and return. Most field trips/activities are optional and additional sign up is required for activities with a fee. Children who do not have parental consent will not be permitted to attend. Parental consent is collected at the time of registration for the field trip. Parents/guardians will also be required to submit a permission form before children are taken offsite. Staff/child ratios will be maintained on all field trips. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend field trips. It is essential to arrive with adequate time before departures as activities will not be delayed waiting for children who arrive late.
Laker Care uses the district bus company, 4.0 Bus Company. Children will never be transported in personal vehicles for any reason. This policy is for the protection of staff and for liability. 4.0 Bus Company provides transportation for all field trips and when transporting children.
COMMUNICATING CONCERNS, SUGGESTIONS AND GRIEVANCES
A parent/guardian’s suggestions and concerns are considered valid and will be addressed. Your ideas and feedback helps us make continual improvements to our program. We will work with you in resolving problems that may arise. In order to address concerns and suggestions at the most appropriate and effective level, we suggest the following:
- Direct any concerns by speaking or scheduling a conference/meeting with the Inclusion Specialist..
- If issues are not resolved (within one week), or you have additional concerns, you are encouraged to contact the Community Education Director for more information or assistance.
- Laker Care staff encourages parents to raise concerns so that staff can work collaboratively with them to find mutually satisfying solutions to be incorporated into classroom practice.
If you ever have any questions or concerns relating to Laker Care, please contact the Inclusion Specialist. (Jenn Sawatzke - email@example.com )
It is Laker Care’s goal to create a child care environment that works cooperatively with its customers to meet their individual needs. Another goal is to regularly review and evaluate the program to ensure that the school district, school staff, administrative staff and program are working cooperatively to ensure the program's full potential. Occasionally problems with staff or parents in the program may be difficult to resolve. In all grievance procedures, the person with the grievance is obliged to make an attempt to discuss and resolve the problem on a one-to-one basis with the other person involved before moving on to the following procedure:
- Discuss the problem with the Inclusion Specialist. The Inclusion Specialist will resolve the issue or explain to both parties any limitations (program standards, licensing or legal) there might be to resolving the issue.
- If either party is not satisfied with the Inclusion Specialist resolution of the issue, they may file a written grievance with the school administrator/Community Education Director. The administrator will hear all sides of the issue and will provide a written decision to all parties involved within five working days.
Staff are selected for their education, experience working with children and their caring, nurturing dispositions. Our adult staff are trained in CPR, first aid and bloodborne pathogens.
Laker Care follows DHS Rule 3 guidelines for hiring and maintaining staff.
We follow the ratios of staff to children recommended by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Rule 3, Certification, and the NAEYC. Independence will be encouraged by allowing children to do things for themselves, however a staff member will be present at all times.
Preschool: 1 staff: 10 children (Max Group 20)
Grades K-6: 1 staff: 15 children (Max Group 30)
STAFF SUPERVISION RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervision is basic to the prevention of harm. Caring for our Children, a comprehensive set of health and safety standards for out-of-home care settings, defines supervision as “keeping children within sight and hearing at all times”. The rationale is that in order to prevent harm or to rescue in an emergency, an adult must be able to hear and see the children. This may seem overly cautious to some, but caregivers must remember that parents have entrusted the well-being of their children to their caregiver. Parents have a contract with caregivers to properly supervise their children and should not be taken lightly. Increased staffing helps to ensure proper supervision and child safety during high risk activities such as field trips, swimming or activities outside of the school building.
PROGRAM STAFF & QUALITY MONITORING
We strive to operate a quality child care program that is staffed by well qualified individuals. Supervisors monitor the program to ensure that staff expectations, supervision responsibilities, and ratios are met. We value input from our families, so please feel free to talk with the Inclusion Specialist about how the program is operating.
Community Ed Director- Rachel Bender 320-543-4670 Ext. 2302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Ed Secretary-Stacy Horsch 320-543-4670 Ext. 2300 email@example.com
Inclusion Specialist-Jenn Sawatzke 320-543-4670 Ext. 4339 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Laker Care Room (33mo-5yrs) 320-543-4670 Ext. 2016
SA Laker Care Room (Kind.-11yrs) 320-543-4670 Ext. 4339
Laker Care Cell Phone 651-304-4268
Laker Care is committed to developmentally appropriate practices. Children are especially susceptible to changes in routine, new environments, and to separation from their parents/guardians. It is particularly difficult for children to be placed into the care of someone with whom they are not familiar. Therefore, we have developed a highly effective, developmentally appropriate plan for transitioning children into our center as well as transitioning from one group to another.
One thing we must stress is that we do not trick children about parents dropping off.. At Laker Care, we encourage parents/guardians not to “sneak off” when dropping off their children. When parents/guardians leave without saying goodbye, children feel betrayed and cheated. It makes them fearful. They cannot develop trust in our teachers because they are waiting for the moment that their parents disappear. They are unable to relax and begin their day ready to learn and play.
At Laker Care, trust is everything. We encourage our families to stay for a few minutes to settle their children. They are welcome to play together with whatever transitional activity the teacher has provided for the children, such as playdough, cars, puzzles or building materials. Many families find it comforting to read a short book or two. Once they feel ready to leave, we encourage them to tell their child they are leaving, and that either they or another trusting caregiver will be back later. Teachers are aware and stand nearby in case the child has trouble saying goodbye. Many children offer a kiss goodbye and turn to their friends to continue playing. Sometimes a child will become tearful and the parent/guardian needs to hand the child to the teacher, reassuring them that they are coming back later. Some partings are especially tearful, and parents/guardians are welcome to call and check how their child is doing. Many children cry only until the parent/guardian is out of sight and then they settle down for some fun.
Families can access the building through the lower level Community Education Entrance. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or an authorized adult at both drop off and pick up times. Children are not allowed to enter or exit the building without an authorized individual. Children must also be signed in or out using the paper or electronic attendance roster.
Children must be signed in each morning upon arrival in order to transfer responsibility of care from the parent/guardian to the authorized Laker Care staff. Once the child is signed in, parent/guardian may bring the child to the group, allowing Laker Care staff to facilitate the transition and parent/guardian departure.
Upon departure, parents/guardians must sign their child(ren) out and let the Laker Care staff know that he or she is leaving. Once the child is signed out, he or she is no longer the responsibility of the Laker Care staff.
If a child is picked up after 5:45 pm there will be a late pick up fee of $1 per minute per child. Fees will be added to your bill. In the event of an emergency which causes late pick up, the parent may make a written request/explanation to the Community Education office. Habitual late pick-up may result in your child being removed from the program.
The clock in the LakerCare Room will be the one used for reference. Emergency contacts will be notified if a child is not picked up within 15 minutes of closing. If Laker Care is unable to reach anyone then the county sheriff will be contacted.
Child Care accounts will be assessed a fee for early arrivals of $1 per minute according to the clock in the Laker Care Room. . The late fee will be added to your next monthly invoice.
CONTINUED LATE PICK-UPS & EARLY ARRIVALS WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF YOUR CONTRACT.
OPEN DOOR POLICY/PARENT VISITING
Families are welcome guests to our program. Please check daily for posted notices, or other information about program activities. We appreciate input regarding program expectations, suggestions, ideas and suggestions on ways to improve our service to you and your family. You may direct suggestions, concerns, compliments, and complaints to the Inclusion Specialist..
Families are invited to participate in the Community Education Advisory Board to help advise on policies and procedures regarding the program.
PARENT FEEDBACK / COMMUNICATION
The connection and communication between home and program is vital to the success of your child. Please feel free to share information any time that may affect your child’s time with us at Laker Care. In order to maintain open and clear communication, Laker Care will strive to send out weekly group updates. You are welcome to email the inclusion specialist in regards to information about the classroom, schedule changes, absences or any other information to communicate. If you need to relay important confidential information regarding your child, please contact Community Education at 320-543-4670.
NEWSLETTERS / COMMUNICATION
Laker Care will strive to email a weekly newsletter in our Pre Laker Care program. The newsletter serves as a tool of communication between families and the program. Please read the newsletter and note the upcoming events on your calendar. Families are encouraged to reply via email or in person with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Our SA Laker Care program will strive to email a monthly newsletter.
To ensure a successful experience for each child, Laker Care has established expectations for staff, parents, and children.
- Provide a positive environment for children
- Accept and support each child as a unique individual
- Be a positive role model
- Communicate effectively with children, families, and staff
- Be involved in activities with the children
- Read information sent out by Laker Care
- Return information by the deadline date
- Ask questions when unclear
- Share information that helps staff understand/support their child’s needs
- Talk with Inclusion Specialist if there is a problem or an issue
- Follow the guidelines established by Laker Care
- Sign your child in and out of the program and identify authorized or unauthorized pickups
- Respect staff and follow directions
- Follow program rules
- Respect the rights of others
- Respect property
- Display appropriate social skills
- Be responsible for actions
- Physical encounters that hurt another child or staff
- Inappropriate language, songs or jokes including swearing, teasing, reference to drugs, alcohol, abuse, racism, gender, bias, etc.
- Leaving the program area or group without permission
- Interrupting others as they talk, work or play
- Vandalism to school or personal property
- Invading, using or taking other people’s property without permission
Children should be adequately dressed for both indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, it is recommended that:
● All belongings should be labeled with the child’s name.
● Children are responsible for their belongings and maintaining the space provided for them
● Children leave personal toys at home.
● Children should have a bag for their belongings.
● Children and parents are encouraged to check the lost and found area periodically for missing items.
● Laker Care is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings or clothing.
Children need to be dressed appropriately for active indoor and outdoor play. Laker Care is not responsible for clothing that becomes stained, lost, wet, or torn while at Laker Care. Families should provide appropriate clothes.
Children should wear tennis shoes daily. We are an active program and appropriate shoes are important to the safety of the students. Children must wear tennis shoes in the gym.
Laker Care is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken personal belongings or toys. Please if possible leave toys at home. Toys with weapons are not allowed.
No outside electronics are allowed in the classroom or outside. If a child brings in a phone, ipad etc… it will be confiscated by staff and given back at the end of the day at pick up.
Pre Laker Care students are encouraged to bring a small pillow, blanket, and a crib sheet from home for use on their cot during afternoon rest time. These items should be brought home weekly for washing.
Laker Care will provide each child a space for the items to be stored in. Laker Care is not responsible for washing or laundering blankets/pillows brought from home.
Youth will be assigned a cubby to place all of their items.Children should bring a backpack daily for transporting items to and from Laker Care.
PRE LAKER CARE CURRICULUM
Laker Care Preschool Age provides a high quality early childhood program that equally promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in a safe and caring environment. Laker Cares’ Company bases its learning program on the recommendations of developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the NAEYC.
Tentative Preschool Age Care Program Schedule
6:30 – 7:30 am combined with School Age Care
7:30 am - Light Breakfast
8:00 am- Morning Meeting/Circle Time
8:30 am- Learning Stations/Group Projects
9:30 am - Outside Time/Large Muscle
10:15 am - Music and Movement
11:00 am - Lunch/ Bus transitions from/to Preschool
12:00 pm - Story
12:05 pm - Rest Time
2:15 pm - Transition after rest time ( wake up, potty, nap items away)
2:30 pm - Quiet Play
3:00 pm - Snack
3:15 pm - Large Muscle Play (outdoors, walking track, gym)
4:00 pm - Learning Stations
5:00 pm - Story or Music and Movement
5:15 pm - SA Laker Care combines (free play)
The Pre Laker Care program uses the High Scope Preschool Curriculum which is aligned with MN Early Learning Standards. High Scope revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research-based and child-focused, the High Scope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process called “active participatory learning" to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
As teachers, parents, and educational researchers have discovered, the High Scope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving — the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.
The High Scope Preschool Curriculum Includes Eight Key Developmental Indicators:
- Social & Emotional Development
- Creative Arts
- Physical Development
- Language, Literacy
- Social Studies
Young children also benefit from being active participants in a learning experience while playing. They need to experience things in a concrete way, meaning they can see, feel, manipulate, touch, hear and sometimes even taste things to figure out how they work. Children need to play and experiment to learn important skills and figure out how the world works. When they learn through play, they are building incredibly important foundational skills for learning and for life.
Weekly activities include but are not limited to:
- Tactile, Hands-on Science and Sensory Activities
- Active Play (outdoor, gym time, walking track)
- Dramatic Play
- Music & Rhythm
- Letter and Name Recognition
- Creativity & Self-expression
- Story Time and Small Group Activities
SA LAKER CARE CURRICULUM
The Laker Care staff plan engaging opportunities that include a variety of physical, intellectual and social/emotional developmental activities. Activities are designed to complement without duplicating the traditional school day experience. The program is designed to optimize learning and provide individual learning opportunities.
Weekly activities include but are not limited to:
- Tactile, Hands-on Activities
- Active Play & Team Games
- Drama, Creative Play, Imagination
- Music & Rhythm
- Science Exploration & Experiments
- Literature & Story Time
- Environment & Outdoor Education
- Creativity & Self-expression
- Team Building & Leadership
- Problem-solving, Mind Games & Trivia
- Homework Time & Support
Typical Daily Schedule (Before School, After School, & Full-Day)
- Breakfast and snacks are provided only during the school year and on typical days, not non-school days.
At times, community education will offer enrichment classes that Laker Care students may participate in. Watch for your quarterly Community Education brochure for more information regarding upcoming community education offerings. Laker Care staff will escort children to and from activities taking place in the HLWW High School & Middle School.
For summer programming, please see summer registration materials for information on classes and transportation opportunities provided by Laker Care. . Laker Care will not be responsible for transporting students to or from any activities that are not district sponsored (4-H, Boy Scouts, VBS etc.).
Enrichment classes that incur additional fees are not included in the Laker Care tuition.
If your child is signed up for a community education class and will not be attending Laker Care per their set schedule, please provide this conflict in writing at least five school days in advance and you will receive an adjustment for that day.
EXCLUSION OF ILL CHILD
Staff supervise and isolate a child from other children in the program when a child becomes sick and immediately notifies the sick child's parent/guardian. We will post or give notice to the parent or legal guardian of an exposed child the same day the program is notified of a child's contagious reportable disease specified in Minnesota Rules, part 4605.7040.
Laker Care follows all current Covid Protocols implemented by the HLWW School District.
Laker Care adheres to the school district's illness policies. Children should stay home if they have experienced any of the following symptoms within the previous 24 hours:
- Oral temp of 101 degrees or more
- Any communicable or chronic disease
- Undiagnosed rash
For a child to be readmitted to Laker Care, it must be 24 hours after the start of medication or with a note from a physician if diagnosed with a contagious illness.
For all children’s comfort and safety, we ask that parents keep their child home from Laker Care if they experience any of these symptoms. Parents should contact Community Education if their child has any communicable diseases so that we can inform other parents that their child may have been exposed. If a child is too sick to participate in ALL of the daily activities, including going outside, arrangements should be made for alternative care until he/she can participate fully in our program.
Notification: Laker Care will post exposure to illness or disease for families in the sign in/out area for one week and send notification via email.
Lesions, open wounds, potentially infectious sores, or skin conditions that may discharge on a child’s body will need to remain covered while children attend Laker Care’ Company. This policy is strongly enforced to protect others from the potential of exposure to bodily fluids. Staff will change bandages or re-apply them as necessary. Parents may be required to supply bandages or dressings that are needed.
INFECTIOUS DISEASE REPORTING AND POSTING REQUIREMENTS
Laker Care will notify families if there has been an exposure to an infectious and/or contagious reportable disease specified in MN Rules, part 4605.7040, or scabies, impetigo, ringworm or chicken pox. Certain childhood illnesses pose a threat to pregnant women – ie. Fifth Disease, CMV and certain strains of measles; a pregnant woman who has been exposed should consult with her physician. If the illness is a vaccine preventable disease, any child who is under-immunized must be excluded from the group immediately and the family notified.
The program will notify parents of an exposure by posting information of the contagious disease in the sign in/out area that includes the illness, symptoms, treatment, preventative measures, and how many cases have been reported.
If your child is going to be absent, families should notify the program, accounts will be billed for all scheduled days.
- Attendance line: 320-543-4670
HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION
A medical record will be maintained for each enrolled child. A current health care summary, including any known allergies or health concerns, and an immunization record must be on file for each child. These forms must be completed and turned into Laker Care BEFORE the child can attend. The center will provide all necessary forms that must be signed by a physician.
Laker Care follows the HLWW District policy and procedures for screenings and immunizations. We require that by a child's date of attendance, the program must maintain or have access to a record detailing the child's current immunizations or applicable exemption per the Minnesota Immunization Law “No Shots No School.” Pupil Immunization Record is available on the district website. When a child is overdue for any routine health services, parents/guardians must provide evidence of an appointment for those services before the child’s entry into the program and as a condition of remaining enrolled in the program, except for any immunization for parents who are using religious exemption.
EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS
According to Minnesota law, all students must attend Early Childhood Screening (preferably just before age four) prior to enrollment in a public school to assess their current health and developmental status.
EXCLUSION OF STAFF
Any employee diagnosed with a communicable disease will not be allowed to work until the illness has been treated and is no longer contagious. Such will include but are not limited to: flu, strep-throat, measles, chicken pox etc.
PERSONAL HYGIENE / HAND WASHING
Children and staff members will wash their hands with soap and water when hand washing. This reduces the risk of transmission of infectious diseases to one another.
Hands are washed:
Upon school arrival, before and after eating, after toileting, before preparing or serving food, after handling any raw food that requires cooking, after playing in water shared by two or more people, handling animals, or materials that may be contaminated by contact with animals.
Adults also wash their hands:
Before and after feeding children, before and after administering medication, after assisting with toileting, and after handling garbage or cleaning. Disposable gloves are available throughout the school. Wet or soiled clothing will be changed promptly using the items the family has provided from home. Health guidelines prohibit us from washing out clothing that contains blood or feces. The school maintains a supply of extra clothing to use if there is not a change of clothes in the backpack. (selection is limited) Laker Care clothing should be laundered and returned the following school day.
Tables, Chairs and equipment are cleaned and sanitized frequently. Hand washing is required by all staff, volunteers, and children when hand washing will reduce the risk of disease transmission. Staff wears gloves when contamination with bodily fluids that may contain blood occurs, as required. Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand washing in any of the required situations listed above.
HANDLING/DISPOSING OF BODILY FLUIDS
The program complies with the following procedures for safely handling and disposing of bodily fluids:
- Surfaces that come in contact with potentially infectious bodily fluids, including blood and vomit, must be cleaned and disinfected according to Minnesota Rules, part 9503.0005, subpart 11.
- Blood-contaminated material must be disposed of in a plastic bag with a secure tie.
- Sharp items used for a child with special care needs must be disposed of in a "sharps container." The sharps container must be stored out of reach of children.
- The following bodily fluid disposal supplies are available for all staff: disposable gloves, disposal bags, and eye protection.
- Annual training includes universal precautions to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Training records are kept in each staff member's training file, kept on site.
Children should be fully potty trained and able to use a typical toilet independently when starting with Laker Care. If a child should have more than one accident in a day, the family will be called to come and pick up. Children should have a spare set of clothes left at the program that they can change into in case of an accident. If a child continues to have frequent accidents on a daily basis, the program may terminate care until the child is completely potty trained. Written warning will be given to families prior to termination of care.
Medical Conditions: Lesions, open wounds, potentially infectious sores, or skin conditions that may discharge on a child’s body will need to remain covered while children attend Laker Care’ Company. This policy is strongly enforced to protect others from the potential of exposure to bodily fluids. Staff will change bandages or re-apply them as necessary. Parents may be required to supply bandages or dressings that are needed.
MEDICATION & ALLERGIES
Written permission must be obtained from the child's parent or legal guardian before staff will administer prescription or over-the-counter medicine. Laker Care uses the district Medication Administration Form when administering medication that is prescription or over-the-counter. Prescription medication requires a doctor's signature before staff is able to administer the medication. We suggest keeping a blank copy of the Medication Administration form at home so it can be completed before coming to the program. This will help you have time to speak to staff about the medication.
- Nonprescription products are administered according to the manufacturer's instructions unless provided with written instructions by a licensed health professional to use a product differently. Parent/guardian permission provided at registration will allow staff to administer the following products.
- The program will ensure all medicine/products are:
- Kept in the original container with a legible label stating the child's first and last name.
- Given only to the child whose name is on the label and not given after the expiration date.
- Returned to the child's parent/guardian or destroyed if unused.
- The program will document in the child's record the administration of medication, including:
- child's first and last name,
- name of the medication or prescription number,
- date, time, and dosage; and name and signature of the person who administered the medicine.
- The center will store medicines, insect repellents, and diapering products according to directions on the original container.
PREVENTING & RESPONDING TO ALLERGIES
- Before admitting a child for care, documentation must be provided of any known allergies from the child's parent/guardian.
- We maintain current allergy information in each child's record. The allergy information must include:
- a description of the allergy, specific triggers, avoidance techniques, and symptoms of an allergic reaction;
- procedures for responding to an allergic reaction, including medication, dosages, and a doctor's contact information.
- Staff are informed of each child's current allergy information. Information is updated annually or as needed when a change is made to allergy-related information in a child's record, the program must inform staff of any change. Documentation that staff were informed of the child's current allergy information will be kept on site.
- A child's allergy information will be available at all times including on site, on field trips, or during transportation. Food allergy information will be readily available to staff in the area where food is prepared and served to the child.
Laker Care takes steps to ensure food safety in its provision of meals and snacks. Laker Care follows all best practices, which include: hand washing; maintaining food temperatures at safe levels; washing of food, utensils and equipment; and serving of food.
Laker Care staff work hard to assure that meal/snack times are a relaxed and enjoyable part of the day. Routine meal/snack times provide nourishment as well as a social activity and conversation. Children learn to eat independently and are encouraged to try new foods, staying at the table, and buss dishes at the end of the meal.
The following foods are considered choking hazards for children under the age of five years by the American Academy of Pediatrics and NAEYC. Laker Care does not provide children 0-5 with the following foods. We also encourage families to not send the following food items with their child.
Children must be in attendance during meal and snack times to participate. Milk is provided as an option with our afternoon snack. Milk is provided as a part of lunch for those who order hot lunch as part of our Pre Laker Care program.
For Pre Laker Care during the school year, families will have an option to purchase school hot lunch. We will work around the child’s Preschool schedule to either eat lunch prior to leaving for preschool or when they arrive from preschool. Meals are served in the Laker Care designated lunchroom sitting at suitably sized chairs and tables.
Children that prefer lunch from home, should bring a clearly labeled well balanced lunch with their name. The program will have access to a refrigerator and microwave.
SLEEPING & REST TIME
NAP & REST POLICY
Confinement limitation: A child who has completed a nap or rested quietly for 30 minutes will not be required to remain on a cot.
Placement of equipment: Naps and rest must be provided in a quiet area that is physically separated from children who are engaged in an activity that will disrupt a napping or resting child. Cots will be placed so there are clear aisles and unimpeded access for both adults and children on at least one side of each piece of napping and resting equipment. Cots, and beds must be placed directly on the floor and must not be stacked when in use.
PRE LAKER CARE REST TIME
Children are given the opportunity to rest each day. Children who do not sleep will be encouraged to rest quietly for at least 30 minutes. For children who do not nap or for those who are early risers, they will have the opportunity to participate in quiet enrichment activities instead of requiring them to remain on their sleeping surface for the entirety of the nap time.
Rest time is between approximately 12:00-2:00 pm. When a child falls asleep during our rest time it is because his or her body is tired and needs a nap. Students are encouraged to bring a small pillow or blanket from home for use during afternoon rest time. Blankets and pillows must be brought home weekly for washing. Laker Care will provide a cubby or tote to store items in. Laker Care is not responsible for washing or laundering blankets/pillows brought from home.
OUTDOOR PLAY / SAFETY
We spend at least 30 minutes outside each day, weather permitting. Children need to be dressed appropriately for outdoor active play. Children will have the opportunity to play in the shade. Watching the weather is part of a child care provider’s job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to monitor the health and safety of children. Laker Care follows the districts’ guidelines for inclement weather during regular school hours. Staff will be available to help children apply sunscreen and bug repellant to ensure that children are appropriately protected. Parents are to provide Sunscreen and Insect Repellent for your child. For temperature and wind factors Laker Care also references the Child Care Weather Watch chart (see below).
Children need to be dressed appropriately for active indoor and outdoor play. We cannot be held responsible for clothing that becomes stained, lost, wet, or torn while at Laker Care. We spend at least 30 minutes outside each day, weather permitting, so please provide appropriate clothes for your child, and label them. You may send an extra set of clothes to leave at Laker Care in case of accidents. Please bring a hat, mittens, warm jacket, boots, and snow pants during the winter months.
If parents/guardians send sunscreen it will be applied on all exposed areas, especially the face (avoiding the eye area), nose, ears, feet, and hands, especially May through September. If families wish for sunscreen to be applied October through April, they must provide their own product and inform staff.
SUN SAFETY INCLUDING SUNSCREEN
The following procedures are implemented to ensure sun safety for children enrolled:
- Children should wear a hat or cap with a brim that faces forward to shield the face;;
- Children are encouraged to wear safe shatter resistant sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection;
- Sunscreen applied.
SUNSCREEN BEST PRACTICES
- To ensure sunscreen is applied thirty minutes before going outdoors, families are asked to apply prior to morning drop off.
- In addition, children may bring SPF clothing and sunglasses for outdoor play.
- Sunscreen will be reapplied every two hours.
- If children are playing in water, reapplication will be reapplied more frequently.
- When providing your own product, label it with first and last name, in the original containers and include any special instructions for application.
Laker Care will apply insect repellent when provided by the family. We recommend sending when public health authorities recommend its use due to a high risk of insect-borne disease. We recommend repellents containing DEET are used and applied once per day, with parent permission. Products need to be labeled with the child's first and last name. These products need to be in their original containers and include any special instructions for application.
Behavior Guidance Plan for Laker Care
DISCIPLINE AND CONDUCT
Laker Care provides a safe, respectful environment for all children. In order to participate in Laker Care, students must be capable of interacting appropriately with other children of various ages in a large group setting. Laker Care uses three primary expectations that are emphasized and taught: Safety, Respect, and Responsibility. All individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a safe, respectful, and responsible manner. Staff members utilize developmentally appropriate guidance techniques that support these expectations. The school-wide behavior plan is developed in accordance with the Student Discipline Policy. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the school district’s expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school district’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. Laker Care will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by this policy.
POLICY ON BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
Children who have been specified as special education students or students whose behavior cannot be managed through the application of existing behavior guidance policies that are in place for the various programs, will be considered special needs children for the purpose of this policy. This definition will be applied whether behavior problems result from temporary individual stresses, mental impairment, as a result of neglect or abuse, or as a result of long term emotional and behavioral disorders. In cases when these behaviors are documented prior to the enrollment of the child, the program will try to adhere to the guidance plan implemented by school day staff to the best of the abilities of the program. If the problem surfaces after the child is enrolled, a conference will be scheduled in accordance with existing behavior management policies. The purpose of the conference will be to develop an agreed upon plan.
TERMINATION OF SERVICES
If the staff determines that an individual behavior guidance plan is not effective and no other options are available, it is possible that service will no longer be provided for that child. Termination of services will be considered if the child constitutes a danger to other participants, him/herself, if behavior is so disruptive that it prevents the accomplishment of overall program goals, if the child cannot participate in a group setting with similar age peers, wanders from the program, or if the child consistently requires more staff attention than is allotted in mandated ratios. The decision to terminate services will be the responsibility of the Community Education Director.
BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE POLICIES
The program’s daily scheduling, curriculum plans, classroom arrangement, and staffing patterns are designed to promote positive and enjoyable learning experiences, including respectful and trusting relationships between adults and children. To provide for the safety of all children, as well as the individual development of each child’s self-help and self-control skills, staff maintain daily routines and provide appropriate limits for each group. These routines and limits are frequently discussed and defined with the children. Consistency and knowing what to expect throughout the day helps children develop a sense of trust and understanding of their environment and encourages self-control. The goals of child guidance are to help children develop safe and appropriate ways of interacting with others and with the environment and to develop internal self-control. Young children learn by experimenting, testing limits, and experiencing logical consequences of their behavior.
Laker Care will at all times strive to provide a Supportive/Collaborative Climate Approach to guiding social-emotional development of children. Strategies will include sharing control between adults and children focusing on children’s strengths, forming authentic relationships with children, supporting children’s play, using encouragement instead of praise and adopting a problem-solving approach to social conflict. The staff at Laker Care promote a positive approach to manage the behavior of all children. Use of the following techniques can be helpful in encouraging acceptable conduct.
Prevention: A well designed environment prevents frustration, interruptions, and hazards. We strive to maintain stimulating classrooms so children can be engaged in productive and positive activities.
Positive Redirection: This technique involves directing unacceptable behavior to an acceptable alternative. We will recognize children for their appropriate behavior and successful interactions.
Modeling: Teacher and peer-modeled appropriate behavior is provided to help the children pattern positive responses.
Boundaries: Laker Care has clear and simple rules in each classroom. Such guidelines as “walking feet, inside voices, listening ears” help the children to achieve acceptable standards.
Problem-Solving: We appeal to the child’s growing intellectual and moral reasoning by using natural and logical consequences. Asking questions often helps a child to develop correct responses. We regularly remind children to “use their words” to resolve issues. Children are in the process of learning appropriate behavior. They are constantly experimenting with many different types of actions, and are looking for direction and limits. Our methods include recognition and encouragement of appropriate behavior as often as possible.
5–STEP BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE PLAN
When inappropriate behavior becomes apparent, the following “5-Step Behavior Guidance Plan” is carried out by staff in order to ensure the safety of all the children and staff.
STEP 1: Teacher Presence
Staff may need to stand near, look at, put hand on shoulder, etc, to show a child his/her behavior is not acceptable.
STEP 2: Redirection
Staff may lead a child to a new activity to avoid conflict; may separate from an activity, toy, etc.
STEP 3: Problem Solving with Children
Staff may help a child solve a problem by thinking of alternative solutions, modeling words to use instead of physical reaction, letting children voice their feelings, and acknowledging other feelings, etc.
STEP 4: Natural & Logical Consequences
Staff may call upon the child to assist in remedying the situation (after a child knocks over another child’s toy blocks purposely, that child would be asked to help pick them up, etc.).
STEP 5: Separation from the Group
No child will be separated from the group, unless staff have tried less intrusive methods of guiding the child's behavior, which have been ineffective.
We are committed to providing a positive, enriching environment for all children who participate in Laker Care. Staff establish clear and consistent limits and expectations for behavior, appropriate to their own classrooms. Laker Care encourages children to understand their behavior and its related consequences. We strive to help children develop safe and appropriate ways of interacting and expressing their feelings.
PERSISTENT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
If a child is consistently showing unacceptable behavior, the following steps will be taken:
1. The persistent unacceptable behavior will be observed and recorded by staff along with written or verbal documentation to the Inclusion Specialist on how the staff responded to the behavior. This documentation will be kept. Verbal communication will happen at the end of the day with the individual picking up, or a phone call will be made home.
2. Staff will inform the Inclusion Specialist of the inappropriate behavior, their observations, documentations and response to the behavior. The Inclusion Specialist will give feedback and offer suggestions to staff on other ways to handle the behavior.
3. If the staff and Inclusion Specialist feel the behavior is not diminishing after implementing the 5- Step Behavior Guidance Plan, or if a child has been separated from the group, the child’s parents will be notified.
4. A meeting will be set up with the child’s parent/guardian, and Inclusion Specialist to develop an individual guidance plan. If needed, other professionals will be consulted.
CONSEQUENCES, SUSPENSIONS, & DISMISSALS
Occasionally the existing Laker Care program will not be the best environment for a child. When all interventions have been exhausted and integration has not been successful, the Laker Care leadership team will evaluate the ability of our program to serve the individual. Community Education retains the right to refuse, suspend, or dismiss a child immediately if deemed necessary by the Community Education Director and/or the Inclusion Specialist.
Laker Care prohibits the subjection of a child to corporal punishment: This includes but is not limited to: rough handling, shoving, hair pulling, ear pulling, shaking, slapping, kicking, biting, pinching, hitting, or spanking.
Laker Care prohibits the subjection of a child to emotional stress: This includes but is not limited to, name calling, ostracism, shaming, making derogatory remarks about a child or the child’s family, and using language that threatens, humiliates, or frightens the child.
Laker Care also prohibits:
- Punishment for lapses in toileting
- Withholding food, light, warmth, clothing, or medical care as a punishment for unacceptable behavior
- The use of physical restraint other than to physically hold a child where containment is necessary to protect a child or others from harm
- The use of mechanical restraints, such as tying
- No child may be separated from the group unless the following has occurred:
- A. Less intrusive methods of guiding the child’s behavior have been tried and were ineffective
- B. The child’s behavior threatens the well-being of the child or other children in the program
No child may be separated from the group unless the teacher/assistant has tried less intrusive methods of guiding the child's behavior, which have been ineffective, and the child’s behavior threatens the well being of the child or other children.
A child who requires separation from the group must:
- Remain within an unenclosed part of the classroom where the child can be continuously seen and heard by program staff.
- The child’s return to the group must be contingent on the child stopping or bringing the behavior under control that precipitated the separation.
- The child must be returned to the group as soon as the behavior that precipitated the separation abates or stops.
If a child is separated from the group three or more times in one day, the child’s parent/guardian shall be notified and the parent/guardian notification shall be indicated on the daily log. If a child is separated five or more times in one week, eight times or more in two weeks, the procedures for Persistent Unacceptable Behavior must be followed.
Parents will be informed of behavior or concerns with either a conversation at the end of the day, phone call or email, or written report. A behavior communication report is to share with families both the expected and unexpected behaviors exhibited at Laker Care. Staff will describe the behavior and the strategies used to reinforce, or work to change the behavior using the collaborative program solving approach. Reports will include:
1. The child’s and staff’s name
2. Time and date
3. Antecedent (what led to the behavior)
4. Less intrusive methods used to guide the child’s behavior
5. Outcome as the result of strategies used
BEHAVIOR INCIDENT REPORTS
A Behavior Incident Report is completed when a serious disciplinary action occurs. Behavior such as violent outbursts, willfully hurting other children, throwing objects, inappropriate language, leaving the room/building/group, verbal or physical abuse of the staff, not listening to staff or following directions, creating an unsafe environment or the inability to adjust to the program guidelines will be considered serious disciplinary concerns. Charges will be assessed for behavior leaves resulting in 1, 3, and 5 days off. Should a child receive a sixth Behavior Incident Report, charges will end with the last date of service, and alternate care must be found immediately as the child will not be allowed to return to the program.
The Community Education Director and/or the Inclusion Specialist may alter the amount of the absence based on the severity of the behavior.
1st Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians, site staff, and child will discuss the behavior to resolve the situation. Parents/guardians will be informed that "should a second Behavior Incident Report occur, a meeting will be scheduled to include the parent/guardian, child, site staff, and Site Leader."
2nd Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians will be contacted for a meeting to include the parent/guardian, child, site staff, and Site Leader. The process continues should a parent/guardian refuse to attend a meeting. Parents/guardians will receive a written warning that "should a third Behavior Incident Report occur, the child will need to take a one day leave of absence from the program."
3rd Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone or in person that the child will need to take a one-day leave of absence from the program on the next scheduled day. (Fees will be charged during this absence.) Parents/guardians will receive a written warning that "should a fourth Behavior Incident Report occur, the child will need to take a three-day leave of absence from the program."
4th Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone or in person that the child will need to take a three-day leave of absence from the program beginning with the next scheduled day. (Fees will be charged during this absence.) Parents/guardians will receive a written warning that "should a fifth Behavior Incident Report occur, the child will need to take a five-day leave of absence from the program."
5th Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone or in person that the child will need to take a five-day leave of absence from the program beginning with the next scheduled day. (Fees will be charged during this absence.) Parents/guardians will receive a written warning that "should a sixth Behavior Incident Report occur, the parent/guardian will be required to find alternate child care immediately. The child will not be able to return to the program. Charges will end with the date of the sixth Behavior Incident Report.
6th Behavior Incident Report: Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone or in person that alternate care will be needed immediately, as the child will not be able to return to the program. Charges will end with the date of the sixth Behavior Incident Report.
Biting is a behavior that usually appears between the age of one and three years. While biting is an age-appropriate behavior it is important to remember it is also unacceptable behavior in a child care environment. Children bite for a variety of reasons: teething, sensory exploration, cause and effect, imitation, crowding, seeking attention, frustration and stress. Biting is not something to blame on children, their parents or teachers. Laker Care child care staff work with all children to promote socially acceptable responses and behaviors. Biting will be addressed in the preschool age classroom. The curriculum includes a variety of age-appropriate books about biting and an assortment of games that help children learn what teeth are used for and when teeth should not be used. Group times often include questions such as; “What do we put in our mouth?” and “ What can we eat?,” as well as having children practice “using their words.”
Should a biting incident occur:
- Staff address the biter saying “No biting, biting hurts! Teeth are for eating food” in a firm, matter-of-fact voice. Staff remain calm, being careful not to show anger towards the child.
- The biting child is removed from the situation. Depending upon the observed motive for the bite, the separation may include redirection or meeting the child’s needs. As little attention as possible will be placed on the biting child, to avoid reinforcing the behavior.
- Appropriate first aid will be provided to the child who was bitten. Bites will be washed with soap and water, and a cold compress will be applied to reduce pain and swelling. A bandage will be applied if necessary.
- Families of both the biter and the bitten are notified.
All information is confidential and names of the children involved in the incident are not shared. In addition, biting is always documented on a behavior report and provided to the family. Children who bite more than three times in a day will be sent home. This may be adjusted based on individual circumstances.
It is important to explore the reason for biting when it occurs. Teachers need to work with families to gather information about the child’s behavior and begin observations to determine the reasons for biting. Examples of triggers would be: communication deficits, transitions, hunger, lack of sleep, need of oral stimulation or teething pain. Once triggers are identified, staff can work on prevention strategies and start teaching replacement skills.
Steps staff will take to identify triggers and replace the behavior include:
- Examine the context in which the biting is occurring and look for patterns. The following questions should be asked:
- Was the space too crowded?
- Were there too few toys?
- Was there too little to do, or too much waiting?
- Was the child who bit getting the attention and care he/she deserved at other times?
- Change the environment, routines or activities as necessary.
- Work with the child who is biting to resolve conflicts and frustrations in more appropriate ways.
- Observe the child to get an idea of why and when they are likely to bite.
- Program administrators will meet to create an action plan.
- Program and family will communicate regularly to measure outcomes.
- If biting continues the teacher will observe the group more closely and work with families to seek out additional outside resources as necessary.
Laker Care staff adheres to the Howard Lake Waverly Winsted School District’s policy on bullying policy 514 found in the policies and procedures handbook.
See District No. 2687 – HLWW Public Schools Board or Education Policy – 514 Bullying Prohibition Policy.
Emergency & Accident Procedure Policy
EMERGENCY AND ACCIDENT PROCEDURE POLICY
1. Administering First Aid: All staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. In the event of an accident, a staff member will evaluate the accident and decide on the appropriate course of action. Minor accidents such as scraped knees, etc. will be washed with warm water and soap. A bandage will be applied. Parents will be informed of any such incidents upon pick-up. Accident reports will be filed any time it is necessary to call parents or if the incident requires treatment by a physician.
2. Accident Prevention Procedures:
- Injury: Equipment will be kept in good repair. All sharp items such as scissors and knives will be kept out of the reach of children. Blunt end scissors will be used by children.
- Burns and Electrical Shock: All outlets not in use will be covered. Cords that are being used will be placed in outlets out of the reach of children. Use of electrical equipment in the children’s play area will be kept to a minimum. Items that produce heat will not be allowed in the children's play areas. Water at the faucets will not be more than 120 degrees to prevent scalding. Flammable items such as gas or lighter fluid will not be stored at the center. Storage areas will be kept free of combustible material and trash. Furnishings will not be highly flammable.
- Poisoning: All medication and toxic substances, such as household cleaners will be placed in/on shelves out of reach of children. All staff will be instructed on items that are toxic and on the proper storage of such items. Staff will know procedures for accessing the poison control center.
- Aspiration or Choking: Food items will be chosen carefully and foods difficult for children to chew or eat will not be served. Toys will also be chosen for the appropriate age levels. Small and easily broken toys, balloons, and toys with loose parts will not be allowed. All staff will be trained in CPR.
- Suffocation: Plastic bags and other materials that could cause suffocation will be kept out of the reach of children. The area will be checked regularly for items that may cause suffocation and these items will be immediately removed.
- Traffic and Pedestrian Accidents: Corridors will be kept clear for easy exits and traffic patterns. Floors will be safely carpeted or tiled and the center will have adequate lighting.
Laker Care staff will conduct a daily inspection of potential hazards in the center and on the outdoor activity area.
3. Fire Prevention and Procedure:
- Fire Evacuation Plan: The fire evacuation routes are posted in each room. They are located next to the doors and show the closest outside exit as well as secondary exits. The center will conduct routine fire drills to be prepared for any fire that could occur.
- Fire Drills: All staff and children will participate in routine fire drills. The fire evacuation routes will be discussed and a record kept of all drills, indicating the date and time drills were practiced. A procedure to account for all children will be part of each drill. Staff will be trained to know who is responsible for which areas and the phone number of the local fire department.
- Procedure in the Event of a Fire: Staff will know the location and proper use of a fire extinguisher and how to close off the fire area. All staff will participate in fire drills to provide proper training in how to carry out fire procedures.
4. Natural Disasters:
- Tornadoes: In the event of a tornado, staff will gather all children together and go to the designated tornado safety area. All children will be instructed to remain seated until danger has passed. The center will maintain a log of the dates and times of monthly tornado drills from April to September.
- Blizzard: In the event that parents are delayed in picking up their children, the center will remain open to care for the children until the parents arrive. Laker Care will follow ISD #2687 school closing policies.
- Other Natural Disaster: In the event that there is a natural disaster, Laker Care will follow ISD #2687 policies and procedures.
5. Missing Child: When staff are unable to locate a child, all children will be asked to sit in one room. A check by all available staff will be made of the center and surrounding area. If the child is not located, the person in charge will notify the Wright County Police Department and the child's parent/guardian.
6. Release of Children: Children will be released only to their parent/guardian or persons authorized on the child profile. No one other than the authorized person will be allowed to pick up children from Laker Care.. If an unauthorized person attempts to pick up a child, parents will be notified, and if necessary, 911 will be called. Parents/Guardians can add authorized individuals online or by submitting a written request to Kids’ Company. By law, program staff must release a child to a legal parent unless a court order has been provided. No child will be released to anyone who:
- has not been named as an alternate pick-up for the day.
- is not identified as an authorized pick-up person.
- cannot verify identity with proper photo ID.
- appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
7. Incapacitation, Intoxication or Suspected Abuse: In the event a person who is incapacitated, intoxicated or suspected of abuse attempts to pick up a child, the caregiver is directed to release the child only to those persons who are authorized. If the caregiver suspects an authorized person of being incapacitated, intoxicated or a suspected abuser, the child must still be released. The caregiver is then mandated to report suspected neglect or abuse to the Wright County Police Department and/or Wright County Human Services Department.
8. Abandoned Child: If a child is still at the program after the regular closing time, the staff person will contact the parent/guardian.. If the parents/guardians cannot be reached, the staff will contact all other people listed on the child's emergency contacts. The center will remain open until the child is picked up. If a child remains at the center at 6:30 p.m., 911 will be notified.
9. Source of Emergency Medical Care: Buffalo or Waconia Hospital
10. Accident Reports: A log will be kept of all accidents that occur at the program . The written record must contain the name and age of the person involved; date and place of the accident; injury or incident; type of injury; action taken by staff; and to whom the accident, injury or incident was reported. This log will be reviewed at least semi-annually and steps will be taken to prevent accidents from reoccurring.
Should a serious injury or death occur while a child is in care, staff are required to report the incident within 24 hours of being notified of the incident. The report will be submitted electronically to DHS on the Child Care Center Serious Injury and Death Reporting Form.
All parking laws should be followed to ensure the safety of all. Please park in designated parking spots and turn your car off before entering the school during drop off or pick up times. We want to keep the areas close to the site available for emergency vehicles in the event of an emergency. Children should not be left unattended in a vehicle.
SAFETY & SECURITY
As a district we continually review and revise our policies and procedures around safety and security. Ensuring the safety and security of children is our primary mission. The HLWW Main Entry Point for Laker Care is the lower Level Community Ed entrance.
Guns, weapons of any kind, or toys that promote aggression are not allowed at Laker Care.
Laker Care staff conducts daily indoor and outdoor safety inspections to ensure areas are free of potential hazards. Inspection reports are kept on file and hazards are reported to maintenance.
Because animals can be a source of allergens, asthma triggers, and microorganisms that can cause infectious diseases, HLWW Public Schools restrict animals in school buildings. No dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, birds, exotic animals or other pets are allowed in the building without the prior permission of the building administrator.
If animals are present, they should be kept in an appropriate habitat when they are not being used for educational purposes. They should be kept away from carpeted areas in order to prevent the transfer of allergens to the carpets and the possible soiling of carpets.
Laker Care protects children and adults from hazards including: electrical shock, burns or scalding, tripping or falling, floor coverings are secured to keep staff and children from tripping or slipping. This program excludes baby walkers. Areas in the building or classroom that have been recently painted, carpeted, tiled or otherwise renovated are ventilated before they can be used by children. Staff supervise all children by sight and sound in all areas with access to water in tubs, pails and water tables.
Written procedures are in place to protect children and adults from environmental hazards such as air pollution, lead, and asbestos, according to public health requirements. HLWW ISD #2687 maintains a tobacco and smoke free environment as stated in Policy 419. The use of firearms and other significant hazards that pose risks to children and adults are not permitted, as stated in Policy 501.
Laker Care has a written emergency preparedness plan using the Child Care Emergency Plan form developed by the commissioner. This plan includes: procedures for an evacuation, relocation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown; a designated relocation site and evacuation route; procedures for notifying a child’s parent or legal guardian of the evacuation, relocation, shelter-in-place, lockdown, including procedures for reunification with families; accommodations for a child with a disability or a chronic medical condition; procedures for storing a child’s medical necessary medicine that facilitates easy removal during an evacuation or relocation; procedures for continuing operations in the period during and after a crisis; and procedures for communicating with local emergency management officials, law enforcement officials, or other appropriate state or local authorities.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES / CLOSINGS
EMERGENCY PLAN PROCEDURES
Situation: Disturbances, fights (if out of control), medical emergencies, out-of-control individuals, trespassing, etc.
- Staff clears the hall area near their room then locks doors.
- Crisis action team “clears” the halls, common areas, restrooms, and maintenance areas, assisting occupants of those areas to a secured classroom.
- Staff checks email and notifies administration of any students pulled into their room.
- Do not evacuate if you hear the fire alarm.
- Lockdown will be lifted when they hear, “Today is (date). All clear” repeated THREE TIMES.
LOCK DOWN & COVER
Situations: hostage situation, shooting, weapon
- Occupants remain in or go to classrooms; staff clears the hall area near their room.
- If in an unsecured area, staff and children will seek shelter in the nearest room that can be locked.
- Children, staff and visitors will lie on the floor out of visibility of doors and windows.
- Teachers will take attendance and inform administration
- Do not evacuate if you hear the fire alarm
- When indicated by law enforcement the release will be given by stating, “Today is (date). All Clear.” This will be repeated three times.
Situations: bomb, explosion, fire, hazardous material, regional-specific crisis
Off-Site Shelter– Performing Arts Center (PAC)
- When alarm sounds prepare to exit
- Close doors, windows and blinds in the room.
- Take a roster and backpack, emergency contact info, and first aid kit.
- Report any missing students to administration.
- Report back to rooms when ALL CLEAR is given by administration.
R - RESCUE – Remove those in immediate danger & close the door
A - ALARM – Pull alarm, if you are the first to see fire
C – CONTAIN – Close doors & windows
E – EXTINGUISH – Only if safe to do
- Notify the Building Administration or Secretary, who will call 911.
- Follow the Evacuation Plan outlined on the map in the classroom.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS & LATE STARTS
Please listen to WCCO radio, AM 830, any major Twin Cities TV stations or direct phone calls from the district or social media for information regarding late starts, early closings, or cancellations due to weather, power outages, or other such events.
Laker Care will follow the subsequent procedures regarding school delays, early releases or closures. Please refer to the Laker Care fee schedule for early release and late starts fees.
School Closed for the Day: Program Closed
School Delayed: Program will open two hours late. If it is due to the cold, Laker Care may choose to open on time. The determination will be made at the point of time of the individual call.
Early School Closing: Program will close one hour following school closing time.
School Delayed and then Closed: When the decision to close school is made, parents will be contacted immediately to pick up their child. Students must be picked up within one hour of notification.
Scheduled Two Hour Late- Laker Care will open on time