Policies

Food and Nutrition
  • Children need proper nutrition to maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. We provide nutritious meals in the right quantity to meet your child's needs. Our approved USDA Food Program provides healthy snacks and a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day. Menus are prepared each week and displayed daily so you will know what your child is being served. The weekly menu is sent home every Friday for the upcoming week's menu selection.

    Our menus are filled with nutritious food that children love; and satisfy all applicable federal and state guidelines. Outside food may NOT be brought into the center except for special dietary restrictions and special occasions.

    If your child has any food allergies or special dietary restrictions, please indicate them on your Enrollment Agreement and discuss them with your Center Director. We will gladly work with you and your pediatrician to accommodate your child's dietary needs.

    Due to severe peanut allergies, Mini Miracles Learning Center has adopted a "No Peanut" policy.

Celebrations and Birthdays
  • Seasonal and cultural celebrations and birthdays are special days for children. We understand that you may want to celebrate your child's birthday or another special occasion at the center. If you would like to provide food for the celebration, we ask that all food items be commercially packaged with ingredient statements in order to properly account for child food allergies.

    We encourage healthy snack options such as whole-grain items, vegetables with dip, or fresh fruit platters. Please be sure to provide enough food for every child in your child's classroom. Prior to the special day, please make arrangements with a member from the administration team.

Clothing
  • A full day can include a wide variety of activities such as: painting, water activities, eating, dancing, and playing both indoor and out. We recommend easy- fitting, comfortable, washable, clothes. Be sure shoes are rubber soled and closed toe with a closed heel or heel strap.

    *Flip flops and sandals are not conducive to our environment*

    • Please provide two complete sets of extra clothes and a sweater or sweatshirt for your child. Clothing should be sent to the center in a sealed plastic bag and labeled; these items should be reviewed periodically as children grow to ensure a proper fit.

    • In hot weather, dress your child with hats, visors and tightly woven clothing to help prevent sunburn when playing outside.

    • In cold weather, provide appropriately layered clothing to create insulation, including: mittens or gloves, caps, hoods or hats, sweaters or sweatshirts, socks, and warm waterproof outerwear and footwear.

    • For their safety, children will not be permitted to wear any shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, jewelry, or articles of clothing that tie around their necks or waists. Please remove all drawstrings.

    Mini Miracles Learning Center cannot assume responsibility for lost, stolen, stained soiled or torn clothing. Please be sure to label all extra clothing with your child's first name and last initial.

Personal Belongings
  • Your child will be provided with fun and educational toys at Mini Miracles Learning Center every day. Children often find comfort in special objects; your child may bring a blanket, a special soft toy, or a stuffed animal for rest time. Please do not let your child bring other toys or belongings from home as bringing a treasured object to the center can create tension for the other children. In addition, each child's personal storage space is limited. It can be distressing for children and staff members when items are lost or misplaced.

    *We cannot assume responsibility for loss of or damage to personal belongings*

Outdoor Activities
  • We consider outside play an extension of our classroom. Our playgrounds include outdoor spaces and equipment designed for active play and exploration to provide your child with exercise, fresh air, and different learning activities. In the event weather conditions prevent outdoor activities, alternate indoor gross motor activities will be substituted.

    Please understand the use of sunscreen or sun block must be authorized by a parent or guardian.

Rest Time
  • It is important for a young child to have time to rest or enjoy quiet activities during the day. At our center, your child will rest in the afternoons for one to two hours or longer, depending on his or her needs and individual state childcare licensing regulations.

    Children who don't sleep are encouraged to quietly read a book, play with puzzles, or participate in other quiet rest-area activities.

    School-age children have typically outgrown the need to nap and are encouraged to participate in quiet activities midday to recharge and rejuvenate, but they are not required to nap.

    We provide cozy cots for naptime. Your Center Director will let you know about the required rest time items and any bedding your child may need. Please label all personal rest items with your child's first and last name.

Tummy Time
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Diapering and Toilet Training
  • When your child shows and interest in using the restroom, you and your teachers will discuss how to work together to encourage toilet training. We will commit to working with your child consistently so that toilet learning can be accomplished in a developmentally appropriate manner and with minimum stress for you and your child.

    Each child begins toilet training at different ages and progresses at an individual rate. As with all matter concerning your child, the Center Director and teachers are available as resources to answer any questions about your child's progress.

    Several complete changes of clothes should be kept at the center during toilet learning.

    Until your child shows an interest in toileting our trained staff will provide frequent diaper changes on a regular and as needed basis. Diaper changing procedures are posted throughout the center and specific changing times are also listed on your child's daily sheet. Please see a member in administration for more information on diaper changing schedules, and the training staff members receive on diaper changing procedures.

Behavior
  • Part of what children are learning in the early years is how to get along with others and what behaviors are appropriate in different situations. We take a preventive approach "redirection" that teaches behaviors rather than punishing them for negative behaviors. In extreme situations and as a last resort, separation from the group may be necessary for the benefit of the child and the rest of the children. Teachers use this time to help the child calm down before returning to group activities, and the child is allowed to re-enter the group when he or she feels ready to do so. Separation is not used with infants or toddlers.

    *Corporal Punishment is always forbidden*

    We ask that while on grounds, you refrain from using any form of guidance that is not consistent with Mini Miracles Learning Centers positive guidance approach or individual state child care licensing regulations.

    Any staff member, who witnesses any form of physical or corporal punishment, even if administered by a family member, is required by law to report his or her observations to the appropriate local authorities.

Biting
  • Biting is not uncommon among young children. Children at a young age have not fully developed language skills. Impulse control can lead children to bite as a way of making their needs known. We do realize that biting can be a concern to families, and we strive to minimize biting at the center.

    If you have any concerns regarding a biting incident involving your child, please talk to your child's teacher or a member of management.

Allergies
  • Please inform your Center Director about any allergy your child may have and list the allergy on your Enrollment Agreement so that we may take the right precautions to protect his or her health. If your child has severe allergies or those that require a medical response, additional forms may be required prior to your child's first day.

Hand Washing
  • Teaching the importance of hand washing at an early age helps to maintain the health of your child and assist in your child's ability to take an active role in staying safe. For this reason, your child will be required to wash his or her hands before eating, after bathroom visits, returning from outside and at any other appropriate times.

    We encourage your assistance by reinforcing hand washing at home. If your child sees hand washing as a fun activity, he or she is more inclined to make it a habit.

Contagious Disease
  • We recognize that preventing the spread of infectious diseases is an important and necessary component of quality childcare. We actively strive to monitor the health and well-being of all children in our care. If a child is recognized as having certain communicable diseases, control measures may require:

    • Sending the child home from the center.

    • Documented evaluation and treatment by the child's health care provider.

    • Notification of the families of other children in our center.

    • Notification of local health authorities (health department).

    • Notification of staff members.

    We will keep you informed of any instances of contagious diseases affecting children who may have had direct exposure at the center, and we will immediately report such diseases to the local health authorities. We will also distribute educational literature about children's health issues.

    If a child is absent because of a contagious disease, he or she may return to the center according to individual state child care licensing and health Department regulations, and with a physician's written statement indicating that the child is no longer contagious and is able to participate in group activities.

Medical Records
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released recommended guidelines for vaccinating young children. Mini Miracles Learning Center and the American Academy of pediatrics strongly support the program and urge you to follow its guidelines. We follow individual state child care licensing regulations regarding medical examinations and immunization records for your child.

    Medical examinations and immunization records must be provided upon enrollment and kept current. For detailed information regarding immunization regulations and recommendations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov.

    Attendance cannot be permitted unless immunization records on file meet individual state child care licensing regulations.

    If you wish to request a religious or personal exemption to our practice of securing necessary medical documents or immunization records, please contact your Center Director.

Center Management
  • Your center's management team is available to answer questions, discuss concerns, or help with your child's educational or developmental needs. If you have any questions or if there are concerns you have been unable to successfully resolve with the center's staff team, please feel free to contact a member of administration. Hours of operations are Monday-Friday, 6a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our Teachers
  • Our teachers are specifically chosen for their dedication to meeting the developmental and emotional needs of children. Mini Miracles Learning Center upholds the highest standards for staff selection and has a centralized process to confirm professional references and criminal background screenings. Each member of our staff team meets the qualification and requirements that are set by state laws and completes a full orientation and comprehensive training program.

Professional Development
  • Our goal is to provide the best early childhood education experience to each child we serve. Our Professional Development program allows us to dedicate two eight hour days annually to the professional development of our employees. In addition, these training hours meet many individual state child care licensing regulations for on-going training. Mini Miracles Learning Center selected Columbus Day and President's Day to conduct these trainings. Our goal was to select two days that inconvenienced as few families as possible, while still allowing the greatest number of teachers to attend.

    The training conducted during the two Professional Development days benefit the children by improving teacher performance and reducing teacher turnover. This provides a continued commitment to provide outstanding quality childcare for children and their families.

Educational Philosophy
  • We believe that all children are unique individuals who require personalized learning modalities that cater to their needs. We provide a warm and caring environment that promotes educational growth, and creativity while utilizing a holistic approach to educate each child.

    Mini Miracles Learning center helps each child reach their fullest potential of learning by developing independent critical thinking skills, effective problem solving techniques to support lifelong learning, and promoting individualized character traits and talents to encourage self esteem and self awareness. We will provide constructive guidance and positive reinforcements utilizing qualified educators as our role models.

Licensing
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center is licensed by the state in which they operate. Our center is subject to inspection by state and local health, fire, licensing, and building agencies. Regulations and inspections pertain to staff qualifications, the facility and playground, nutrition, health and safety matters, record-keeping, and child-to-staff ratios.

    If you have any questions regarding licensing or other regulations, please see your Center Director.

Adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center's policy is to accept children in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), its regulations, and any other applicable local, state or federal laws pertaining to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities. Mini Miracles Learning Center makes reasonable accommodations for all children who can safely participate in a group care environment. We review each child's needs on a case-by case basis. Please discuss your child's needs with the Center Director prior to enrollment.

    If your child is in special education at a public school, we will request a copy of his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP) or similar document for inclusion in the child's life. Having this plan will allow our teachers to provide the best possible care for your child.

Making Your First Day Easier
  • Becoming accustomed to a new environment can be challenging for any child. While some children adjust quickly; others may take a little longer to feel at ease in their new environment. Our teachers will make every effort to be aware of circumstances that can challenge your child when beginning our program, and they will work with you to help ensure a smooth adjustment.

    We suggest you spend extra time in the classroom during the child’s first few days. This will help both you and your child to ease into the routine and feel more comfortable.

    We encourage you to call anytime during the day to see how your child is adjusting. Also, we have implemented a camera feature called "Sneek-a-Peek" that will allow you to take a glimpse of your child interacting in their classroom throughout the day.

    Some separation anxiety is normal and expected, and the administration team will be happy to provide suggestions to minimize any potential stress for you and your child.

    Please remember that your child will soon feel comfortable in our center and attending the center will become routine.

Educational Programs
  • Toddlers and Two's

    Program features include:
    • A balance of nurturing, play time, and learning throughout the day.
    • Weekly thematic units that provide a rich array of daily activities and a variety of experiences.
    • Learning areas for dramatic play, creative arts, language development, and sensory exploration.
    • Development of confidence, self-esteem, and learning.
    • Daily notes and regular communication from teachers to keep you well informed about your child's day.
    Preschool-Prekindergarten

    Program features include:
    • Math and science skill development through hands-on experience
    • Weekly thematic units designed to encourage curiosity, self-direction, and confidence.
    • Daily language experiences to support literacy and language development.
    • Observation-based assessments that demonstrate your child's progress.
    • Portfolios created to collect your child's work and capture learning.
    • Preparation for kindergarten.
    • Classroom activities to develop social skills, such as sharing, listening and cooperation.
    • Learning with vocabulary, letters and words.
    • Development of independent learning skills through hands-on experiences.
    • Thematic units designed to encourage curiosity, self-direction, and confidence.
    School-Age

    Program features include:
    • Safe, familiar environment.
    • Educational field trips and school presentations, which are provided to enhance the curriculum.
    • Regular communication from teachers to keep you informed about your child's progress.
    Homework

    Mini Miracles Learning Center provides a quiet, comfortable place for school-agers to do their homework. We consider completing homework an important issue for you and your child, and our teachers are available to help.

    Summer Program

    Program features include:
    • Your child can enjoy a variety of special programs and activities in a camp-like atmosphere.
    • Flexible program options are available so you can plan around family vacations.
    • The center is open during normal center hours (Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
    • Your child will enjoy exciting field trips and center events.
    • Your child is in a safe and trusted environment.
Spring Break and Public School Breaks
  • When public schools are out on break, many families need temporary high-quality care and activities for their school-age children. Mini Miracles Spring break program gives your child a fun way to spend Spring break and gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child can be happy, safe and engaged in enriching learning activities.
Transition Plan
  • During the transition time, we help children become familiar with the new classroom, teachers and other children. Flexibility allows us to best meet the developmental needs of each child.

    Children in our programs are considered for transition according to their developmental abilities and maturation levels, as well as space availability in other classrooms.

    Before your child is transitioned to the next classroom setting, you will be notified in writing and asked to attend a conference to ensure both parents and teachers are adequately preparing the child for this process.
Holidays
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center will observe the following holidays during 2009, during which the center will be closed: (The Holiday Schedule is subject to change.)
Snow Days
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center is closed when the Virginia public schools close due to inclement weather. Tuition is structured to compensate for holidays and snow days, and therefore tuition credit is not provided. The full week tuition is charged for these weeks.

    Children enrolled on a part-week basis may not switch days to compensate for a holiday, illness, snow or any other reason without the consent of the director. Unused days from one week are not carried over to another week.
Health Assessment
  • Virginia law requires each child to be examined by a licensed physician. A completed child Health Assessment, signed and dated by a licensed physician, must be provided to the center no later than 30 days following the child's enrollment date. At the time of enrollment, a completed copy of the child's immunization record must accompany the enrollment agreement.
Medical Records
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released recommended guidelines for vaccinating young children. Mini Miracles Learning Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly support the program and urge you to follow its guidelines. We follow individual state child care licensing regulations regarding medical examinations and immunization records must be provided upon enrollment and kept current. For detailed information regarding immunization regulations and recommendations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov. Attendance cannot be permitted unless immunization records on file meet individual state child care licensing regulations.

    If you wish to request a religious or personal exemption to our practice of securing necessary medical documents or immunization records, please contact your Center Director.
Medications
  • Medications will be administered in accordance with individual state child care licensing regulations and as described below. In the event the two differ, the more stringent always applies.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
    • It is recommended that you dispense medications prior to arriving or after leaving our center, and request from your physician or health care provider prescriptions with 12-hour dosages.
    • To authorize the dispensing of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and topical-nonprescription medications, you must complete a Medical Administration Authorization Form (or other such forms as required by individual state child care licensing regulations) indicating the daily frequency and number of days the child is to receive the medication.
    • Provide all information on possible side effects of the medication.
    • Bring the medication in its original container in a clear bag. Clearly label the container and bag with your child's first and last name.
    • Prescription medication must include a prescription label with specific dispensing instructions and a current date.
    • Do not store medication in diaper bags, lunch bags, backpacks, or any other personal belongings.
    • Take unused medications home every Friday or on the child's last day. Medications cannot be stored at our center over the weekend with the exception of emergency medication and medication needed by school- aged children who did not arrive with their parents and guardians on their first day of the week.
Contagious Disease
  • We actively strive to monitor the health and well-being of all children in our care. If a child is recognized as having certain communicable diseases, control measures may require:
    • Sending the child home from the center.
    • Documented evaluation and treatment by the child's health care provider.
    • Notification of the families of other children in our center.
Illness
  • Any child with vomiting, diarrhea or an auxiliary fever of 100 degrees either alone or in combination with other symptoms cannot be brought to the center. If your child develops any of these symptoms while at the center, you or an emergency contact will be notified and asked to pick up your child within 30 minutes of the call. A sick child may not return to the center until 24 hours after the signs and symptoms have subsided, the fever is gone and treatment has begun. If a child shows symptoms of a suspicious rash, sores, purulent eye discharge, then a physician must verify the diagnosis and begin appropriate treatment. Written documentation must be provided from the child's physician concerning the condition of the child prior to returning to the center.
Withdrawal
    • A two-week advance written notice to the director of Mini Miracles Learning Center is required when a child is voluntarily withdrawn from the center. A minimum of two weeks tuition will be charged from the day that the written notice is given.
    • A child may be dismissed from the center if the director determines that the child has severe behavior issues to include hitting, punching, kicking, swearing, or any type of behavior that is inappropriate or causing harm to other children, staff members or themselves. If a child cannot adjust to the center's program, the parents will be notified and requested to attend a scheduled conference.
    • A child may also be dismissed if a parent's language or actions are abusive to children and/or to staff. If a child is dismissed from the center, no tuition will be charged from the date of dismissal.
Termination of Services
  • The welfare and safety of all children and staff members is "first priority" within the center environment. When a particular child's or parent's behavior threatens the safety of or becomes abusive towards other children or staff in the center, the Center Director or Assistant Director may disenroll the child immediately.
Relocation
  • Should a family have to relocate due to military transfers or deployment related issues; the family will need to provide a copy of their military orders to administration and the "two weeks" notice policies will not be enforced. For more information, ask your center director for details.
Communication
  • Open communication between you, your child's teacher and the administration team at Mini Miracles will strengthen this partnership and help your child to have a positive learning experience. We promote close communication between our staff members and families through:
    • An "open door" policy that encourages parents/guardians to visit or view their child at any given time throughout their day; to observe during class time, and to participate in special outings or center activities or events.
    • Family/Teacher communication to share ideas and discuss your child's progress.
    • Written updates and conversations highlighting each child's developments.
    • Recommendations for home-based activities supporting children's learning and enjoyment of the program.
    • Regular parent/teacher conferences to discuss your child's progress.
    • Daily, weekly updates for upcoming center events. Please check your family communication board located in your child's classroom for these updates. Very young children will receive individualized "What we did today" forms each day of attendance.
    • Newsletters published by your center about the center's news and updates.
    • Posted unit plans describing the planned activities for the classroom.
    We hope that you have time to speak with us when you drop off or pick up your child. We also invite you to schedule an individual conference whenever necessary. Please schedule longer discussions with teachers in advance so that another staff member can be available for classroom supervision. Also, remember that while we encourage communication between our parents and guardians on all issues related to their child and classroom activities, we ask you not to engage staff members in conversations regarding other children, as staff members are expected to keep such matters confidential. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your child's teacher, center director or assistant director.
Satisfaction and Resolution
  • At Mini Miracles Learning Center, we are fully committed to your child's well-being and to your satisfaction with our programs. We will continually look to your input of how we can improve our programs and services; and ask you to share your ideas, suggestions and concerns. Please feel free to share your suggestions with a staff member and we will make every effort to be available to discuss topics regarding your child or classroom schedules and activities.
    • Concerns or questions that you may have that cannot be resolved or answered by a staff member should be directed to your center director.
Referring a friend
  • We really appreciate your business and choosing Mini Miracles Learning Center as your childcare service. When family friends enroll, it's even more exciting and fun for your child, and helps strengthen the sense of community in our center. Please ask your center director about the tuition credit/discount you may receive through our "Refer a Friend" program.
Release of Child or Children
  • The center maintains an Emergency Contact / Parental Consent form. A child will not be permitted to leave the center with anyone who has not been previously given authorization by the parent/guardian. A child will not be released to a parent/guardian or other authorized person if the staff suspects that this person may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Mandated Reporting Requirements
  • Everyone working directly with children is required by law to report evidence of child abuse or neglect to individual state child care licensing agencies or law enforcement agencies. Those who fail to report according to individual state child care licensing regulations can be held accountable under law. It is also prohibited by law for anyone to interfere with an individual's attempt to report child abuse or neglect. Please contact your center director for more information on the mandatory reporting requirements for the State of Virginia.
Nondiscrimination
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of a person's religion, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, Vietnam-era status, or any other factors protected by law. We provide care for children and their families with various backgrounds and beliefs. We have designed our learning programs to teach love, caring, and respect for others, regardless of religious affiliation.

    In addition and accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, we are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability for meal service. To file a complaint of discrimination in regard to meal serving, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Solicitation
  • We prohibit any distribution of literature or products at our center.
Weapons
  • All family members and guests are prohibited from possessing firearms or other weapons on Mini Miracles Learning Center property and at any events sponsored by us. An exception may be made for sworn law enforcement officers if required by law. Please see your Center Director if you have any questions or concerns.
Security
  • Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built-in security features at the center, we ensure security by strictly following established procedures for your child's arrival and departure. All children must be signed in and out on our roster or computer system, and other attendance procedures must be followed in accordance with individual state child care licensing regulations. Please refer questions regarding the appropriate procedure to your Center Director.
Confidentiality and Children's Records
  • Information contained in our child's records, including your personal information, is privileged and confidential. Anyone who is not directly involved in the care of your child or affiliated with individual state child care licensing regulations or protective services agencies will not have access to the records without your written authorization or court order. Parents or guardians may have access to their child's records at reasonable times upon request. Upon withdrawal of your child from the center, records will be retained for the minimum period of time specified in applicable individual state child care licensing regulations. If you require a copy of your child's records, an administrative fee may be charged to offset copying and delivery charges.

    As an enrolling parent or legal guardian, you have the right to add and update information, comments, data, or other relevant materials to your child's records. Please contact your Center Director if you need to update your child's records.
Babysitting
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center discourages our staff members from providing private childcare or babysitting services on their own time. If a staff member does provide babysitting services, the staff member is acting in his or her own individual capacity. If you would like a member of our staff to provide babysitting services, both you and the staff member must sign a specific release form prior to the implementation of the services. We will not be responsible for the performance of babysitting services; or held liable for any accidents or injuries by members of our staff, including transportation of your child.
Public School Closures
  • If your school-age child does not attend public school due to a holiday, snow day, or for any other reason, an additional fee will be charged for staying the entire day at the center. Please see your Enrollment Agreement for specific information.
Late Pick Up
  • We really appreciate your business and choosing Mini Miracles Learning Center as your childcare service. When family friends enroll, it's even more exciting and fun for your child, and helps strengthen the sense of community in our center. Please ask your center director about the tuition credit/discount you may receive through our "Refer a Friend" program.
    • We will attempt to contact you or the person(s) authorized to pick up your child.
    • If we have not been successful reaching you or another authorized person within thirty minutes after closing time, the Center Director or person in charge will determine whether and when Child protective services or the appropriate authorities should be contacted.
    • If appropriate authorities are contacted, a note in a sealed envelope will be posted on the center door advising you of the specific information including name and phone number of the agency or person to contact.
    Please note that the Center Director or person in charge may NOT deliver your child to your home under any circumstances. Also, an additional fee for late pick up will apply to children picked up after closing time. Please consult your Enrollment Agreement or Center Director for further information.
Holidays, Center Closures, and Closures Due to Severe Weather
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center will be open whenever possible during normal operating hours on a regularly scheduled day. The center will be closed in recognition of various holidays throughout the year. Your Center Director will provide you a list of all holiday closings specific to your center. (The center's hours and holiday schedule are set and posted annually, but may change at any time.) In addition to holiday closures, our centers may be closed twice a year to conduct full-day in-service professional development trainings for center staff members.

    The procedure for notifying families if severe weather or conditions prevent the center from opening on time, or at all, will be posted at the center location. Center closures due to weather may also be announced on local radio or television stations. Please check with your Center Director or review your Enrollment Agreement for specific information. If it becomes necessary for the center to close early, it will be the family's responsibility to arrange for the child's pick up.
Emergency Situations and Evacuation Plans
  • In order to maintain a safe environment for your child, we will make every attempt to be prepared for potential emergency situations. We regularly schedule and practice emergency evacuations as required by individual state child care licensing regulations. In addition, an emergency plan and list of procedures are posted in each classroom. Please be aware of the procedures and evacuation location in the event of an emergency evacuation. If an actual emergency requires evacuation of our center, we will notify you as soon as the children have been relocated to a safe area.

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Child Accidents
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center takes every precaution to make sure your child is safe. This includes a comprehensive safety awareness program, as well as frequent inspections and maintenance of our buildings, playground and equipment. In spite of all our efforts, accidents do happen. If your child is injured at the center and needs treatment by a health care professional, we will make every effort to contact you and /or the health care professional you have identified on your Enrollment Agreement. If we cannot reach you, we will contact those you have listed on the Enrollment Agreement. In the event of an emergency, we will make sure your child receives any necessary emergency treatment until we can reach you.
Transportation
  • Mini Miracles Learning Center will have a licensed, insured van to transport children to and from school and on Mini Miracles Learning Center- sponsored field trips. We transport children five years of age and older according to the state childcare licensing regulations and specific region regulations.

    Children who weigh less than 40 pounds (regardless of age) must ride in a car seat that meets Federal Motor vehicle Safety Standards or state regulations, whichever is more stringent. These car seats are provided at no additional charge by Mini Miracles Learning Centers. Booster seats (FMVSS compliant) are also provided. If your child regularly rides in one of our vans you must notify us ahead of time with a written release if he or she will not be riding on a specific day. We cannot be held responsible for transportation of children to non- Mini Miracles Learning Center programs. This is the responsibility of the parents or guardians. Our staff members are prohibited from transporting children in their private vehicles.
Field Trips
  • Trips often include visits to nearby parks, museums, and other local educational sites. In order to make field trips both meaningful and safe we will follow these guidelines:
    • Children who are at least five years of age or older, may be able to participate in field trips that involve transportation in a vehicle; however, eligibility is dependent on individual state child care licensing regulations.
    • Families are notified at least one week in advance of each trip with the time, schedule, location, and any other extra costs that may be involved with the trip.
    • Permission slips are required for all field trips. Each trip requires a separate form describing details of the event, and we must have your written permission authorizing your child to participate. Permission via a phone or fax is not acceptable.
    • We welcome the participation of family volunteers on field trips. All volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old. You cannot transport your child or any other children in your personal vehicle.
Authorizations
  • Prescription Medications
    • A Medication Administration Authorization Form must be completed by a parent or guardian for a staff member to administer non prescription medication in accordance with the manufacturer's directions on the label.
    • Physician authorization is designated by the prescription.
    Nonprescription Medications
    • A Medication Administration Authorization Form must be completed by a parent or guardian for a staff member to administer prescription medication in accordance with the prescription label.
    • Any time the manufacturer's instructions require physician dosage or differ from the age and weight information on the label, a physician's written instructions are required.
    Topical, Nonprescription Medications
    • A Topical Ointment Authorization Form must be completed by a parent or guardian for a staff member to administer topical-nonprescription medications.
    • Subject to applicable individual state child care licensing regulations, a physician's approval may not be necessary for topical, nonprescription medications for example, sunscreen, teething medication, or diaper ointment. If individual state child care licensing regulations require a physician's approval, your Center Director will provide you with the appropriate paperwork in your enrollment packet.
Provision of Medical Care
  • Trips often include visits to nearby parks, museums, and other local educational sites. In order to make field trips both meaningful and safe we will follow these guidelines:

    Mini Miracles Learning Center is not licensed and our employees are not trained to provide medical care. Our employees do not provide invasive medical treatments, nor do they determine the dosage of medication. For example, our employees do not give insulin injections.

    As a general policy our staff will not administer injections. The only exception is the EpiPen in the case of extreme allergic reactions. If you have any additional questions about medical administration, please see your Center Director.