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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions I have received over the years.

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    Are you CPR certified?

    I am certified in infant, child, adult CPR, First Aid and AED. 

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    Do you have any training?

    I have earned the Early Childhood Credential Level 1 certification and complete 15 or more training hours every year. 

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    How many children do you care for?

    I have a license capacity of eight, but I prefer a smaller group and only provide for five children at one time. 

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    Do you offer drop-in care or daycare by the hour?

    No. Only full day child care is offered.

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    Do you provide part-time care?

    There is an option for 3, 4 or 5 full days.

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    Does the daycare provide infant formula and baby food?

    Infant cereal and baby food is provided by the daycare.  Parents provide formula or breastmilk.

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    Do children have to be immunized to attend?

    Yes. DCFS requires that every child must have a current physical and immunization record on file in order to attend a licensed daycare home. There is also a written sick policy in place.

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    Are there specific drop-off and pick-up times?

    Families contract for specific drop-off and pick-up times. Arrivals are scheduled between 7:00 am and 8:30 am. Departures are scheduled between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. There are specific arrival and departure times in order to make meals and nap time scheduling run smoothly for all of the children in care.

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    Do I need to provide toys or other equipment for my child?

    Pack n plays, cots, high chairs, infant seats and a wide variety of toys are provided by the daycare. If a parent chooses to, they may bring personal equipment for their infant. These items will only be used by their child.  

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    Do we pay if our child is sick and does not attend daycare?

    Full payment is expected whenever we are opened in order to reserve space for your child.

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    Do you hold daycare openings?

    An opening may be held for up to one month with a reservation payment. This payment will not be applied to daycare services. 

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    Do you accommodate a teacher's schedule?

    There is an option for a 9 month contract.

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    Do you feed infants on demand or on a schedule?

    Infants are fed on demand and eventually will establish a pattern. As they grow older, when they are ready, they will follow a schedule.
     

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    Do you have a current state license?

    I am licensed by the state of Illinois and my license is current. 

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    What kinds of activities do you do with the children?

    We have outdoor play with ride on toys, balls, sandbox and a playhouse climber. The children enjoy coloring and crafts, play dough, puzzles, reading, ABC & 123 games, block play, music, pretend play and free play. 
     

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    Do you have a fenced in yard?

    The backyard is completely fenced in. There is constant supervision when children are playing outside. 

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    Do you have pets?

    Yes, a Jack Russell mix, a terrier mix and a domestic shorthair cat. They all love kids.

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    Polly and Penny, `The Girls`   Louie, `Mr Kitty`

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    Do you provide meals and snacks?

    Lunch and two snacks are provided. Babyfood is included in the tuition cost. 

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    What part of the home is used for daycare?

    The first floor of the home is used for daycare. The second floor is used for nap time for older children. Infants nap on the first floor near the provider. 

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    Do you have a disaster plan?

    A written disaster plan is in place and updated periodically. There are monthly fire and tornado drills. A map of escape routes and procedures is posted on the wall in the office.
     

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    Has the home been inspected?

    The home has been inspected by the Fire Marshal. It has been tested for radon levels and has a radon mitigation system installed. There is also a yearly unannounced DCFS inspection. Daily and Monthly safety inspections are conducted by the provider.
     

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    Do you provide references?

    References are available upon request.

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    Do you provide transportation?

    Daycare children are never transported in my automobile.

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    Do you receive personal visitors during the day?

    No. There will be no personal visitors (not related to the daycare business) during daycare hours.
     

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    How do you communicate with parents about their child's day?

    A daily report is provided with information about your child's day - naps, bottles, meals, diapers etc. 

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    Is the daycare non-smoking?

    Yes, the daycare is completely smoke free.

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    What do I need to bring?

    We have a wide variety of toys and child furniture available, so there is no need to bring these items. Lunch and two snacks is provided each day, as well as baby food if applicable.  Parents are responsible for providing the following items for their child:

    •Diapers & Wipes – we keep a supply for your child on-site so there is no need to lug this back and forth each day.  We will let you know when your child’s supply is running low.
    •Infant Formula

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    Is the home safe for crawling babies?

    The home is childproofed with safety gates, outlet covers, cabinet locks and a written plan for safety. Constant supervision is provided making it a safe place for babies to crawl, explore and develop physical skills.
     

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    Are children ever left unattended?

    No. Constant supervision is provided at all times.
     

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    What if my child needs medication during the day?

    There is a written medication request that must be completed and signed by the parent before a child receives medication during the day.
     

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    When are payments due?

    Prepayments are due on Friday mornings for full time child care. If there is a part time schedule, prepayment is due on the last day of the week child care services are provided. . 

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    Where do the children nap?

    The second floor is used for nap time. Pack n plays & cots are provided by the daycare. Parents may provide their own equipment if desired.  Infants sleep on the first floor near the provider. There is a nap schedule for children over 1 year.
     

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    Who may pick up my child?

    Only people authorized by the parent may pick up a child. If the provider has not met this individual first, a state id will be required at the time of pick up.