Heritage Park Preschool

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Heritage Park Preschool Policies

Potty Training

All children attending Heritage Park Preschool  must be potty trained.  Our program is for preschool children, and we do not have the facilities to change diapers or pull-ups. 

Potty trained is defined as:  A child who is able to attend preschool wearing underwear and is able to tell, on their own, when they need to use the restroom.  Diapers and pull-ups will not be allowed.  If a child starts preschool and it is determined by their teacher that they are not potty trained, that child will be asked to stop attending preschool until they are potty trained.  Heritage Park Preschool will hold the child’s spot for up to six (6) weeks while they are working on becoming potty trained.  When the period of six (6) weeks is over and the child is still unable to return to the preschool, then their spot will be given to the next child on the wait list.  The child who was asked to stop attending will then be placed at the top of the wait list and may return when they are fully potty trained and space is available.

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Children with Special Needs

Inclusion in our early childhood program refers to including children with disabilities at Heritage Park Preschool, together with their peers without disabilities; holding high expectations and intentionally promoting participation in all learning and social activities facilitated by an individualized development plan using services and supports to foster their development (cognitive, language, communication, physical, behavioral, and social-emotional) friendships with peers, and sense of belonging. This applies to all young children with disabilities, from those with the mildest disabilities, to those with the most significant disabilities.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Sign-in/Sign-out
For safety reasons, there will be a sign-in and sign-out sheet.  Parents will need to sign the sheets each time they drop off and pick up their child.  Please include the best contact information each day.

Authorization for Pick-Up
No child will be released to a person not authorized by a parent to pick up that child.  A staff member must have written or verbal authorization for any changes in this respect.  If an unauthorized person arrives to pick up a child, they will not be released until the parent has verified identification and the proper I.D. is shown.

Late Pick-Up Policy
If a child is picked up late, we will enforce a $1.00 per minute late fee.  If you are five minutes late picking up your child, you will owe the teacher on duty $5.00, ten minutes late; you owe $10.00 and so forth.  A written bill and warning will be given the following day after a child is picked up late.  After three (3) warnings are given, the child will be placed on the preschool’s wait list and will lose their spot in the preschool. If you know you will be late, please call the preschool at 879-7811 and let us know.  Again, please help us by picking up your child on time.

Clothing

Your child may get dirty or messy while involved in the activities at preschool.  Please keep this in mind when dressing for school.  Each child needs to bring an extra outfit to be kept at school.  A full outfit, including socks, underwear, and extra shoes, is recommended.  If your child becomes wet, dirty, or has any toilet related accidents, they will require extra clothes.  Please remember to label everything.

Inclement Weather

Heritage Park Preschool will follow Heritage Christian School’s decision to close due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions. In the event that this occurs, we will contact local radio stations, and attempt to contact all preschool families.

We will be going outside to play everyday, year-round unless it is extremely cold, hot, or raining.  Please make sure your child has all the proper clothing for each season.  On days we are unable to play outside, we will be in the gym for free play time.

Health

Immunizations & Health Records

Upon enrollment all children are required to have on record a Health Evaluation form and a Colorado Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Registration form.  If you have chosen not to immunize your child, the statement of exemption to immunization law must be signed.  There will be no exceptions!


Illness
As we are concerned with the health of all our children and staff, we ask that children be kept home when they are ill.  If an illness occurs at school, we will call and ask a parent to pick the child up.  We ask that you come within one hour after you are called.

Signs your child is too sick to attend school:

  1. Any fever in the last 24 hours.
  2. Child has vomited in past 24 hours.
  3. Child who has any diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  4. Any undiagnosed rash.
  5. Conjunctivitis (Pink-Eye).
  6. Profuse nasal discharge, which is green or yellow.

*Please notify the center if your child has a communicable disease.


Medication
By state law, we are only permitted to administer medication prescribed by your physician. All medication sent to school must be in the original container, labeled by the physician or pharmacy stating the name of the child, medication, and dosage.  We cannot administer non-prescription medicine.  Please do not send it to the school.  If you feel your child needs over the counter medicine, you must come to the school and give it to your child yourself.  Do not send it in the lunch box.  Please notify our staff of any medication that your child is taking.


Sunscreen
Please send your child to school with adequate sunscreen.  We will administer it when we go outdoors.  A hat is also a good idea and may be left at school if you wish.  If your child does not have his or her own sunscreen, we will use a paba free formula with an SPF of 30.


Insect Repellant
If visiting an area with a heightened amount of bugs, the preschool will apply insect repellant that contains 10% or less Deet. Your child’s teacher will apply insect repellant more to clothing than to the skin in order to limit the amount of Deet that is absorbed through the skin. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide insect repellant for children when requested by the preschool.

Lunch & Snacks

The family of the child will provide all snacks and lunches.  The child will need to bring a morning snack, a lunch, and an afternoon snack.  We have microwaves and will heat food up for children if it is in a microwavable container.  Please remember to send healthy, nutritious foods.  Please do not send junk food, pop, or candy.  Label everything.

If your child is celebrating a birthday, we would love to have you bring a treat for a.m. or p.m. snack time.  Please let us know so we can make it a special time for your child.

Rest Time

In the afternoon we will have a rest/nap time.  Each child will have a sleeping mat and the parents will need to supply a crib sized sheet and small pillow for their child to keep at school.  If your child doesn’t nap anymore, they will be allowed to lie quietly and read a book or do some other mellow activity.

Video Policy

Due to poor weather that would keep us from being able to go outside or on special designated days, we may choose to watch a video.  We will only watch age appropriate movies that are no longer than 30-45 minutes and are appropriate for young children.

Items from Home

Please do not allow your children to bring personal toys and belongings from home.  We cannot be responsible for their safety or return.

Exceptions include:
  1. Cuddle items for resting time (please do not send something that they can’t sleep at night without in case it gets lost or left at school).
  2. Items brought for show and tell.
  3. Items brought in with prior permission, such as a special item relating to the theme of the week.
  4. If a child brings an item that is disrupting the class, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

Discipline Policy

We strive to define and maintain limits so that each child can learn to show, release, and accept their feelings in an appropriate manner.  We want the children to feel secure within these limits so they can learn to control their own behavior and progress towards becoming a responsible member of the group, while developing their own moral character.  Positive praise for acceptable behavior and consistency in maintaining limits are the methods we use to discipline.  We believe that respect for the child’s feelings and providing good role models are important components to effective discipline.

If necessary, we will also have specific behavior modification plans in place for children who are displaying poor social emotional skills.  These will be given to the staff and the child’s family.

Parent Communication

It is very important for us to have open, daily lines of communication with our families.  Your opinions and ideas are valuable to us and we want your input.  This will be achieved through monthly newsletters, the bulletin boards in the hallway of the preschool, family surveys, and daily conversations.  We love parent volunteers and would welcome your help with any class projects or in any area you would feel comfortable sharing with our children.  Please let us know where you would like to help.  We will have two parent/teacher conferences a year.  All information is considered confidential.

Reporting Child Abuse

Under the law, any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect must be reported.  Should you as a parent have any concerns in this area, please inform the director.