Policies

TUITION FEES AND LATE FEES POLICIES

All payments are due in advance. Payment is due in full each 24th of the month in advance for the following month. (unless special arrangements are made).

There is a late fee of $10.00 per day added for each day that payment is late (up to 30 days).

Payment is due by 6:00 p.m. each 24th of the month. At 6:01 p.m. payment is late and the late fee will be added. It will be added at 6:01 p.m.
each day thereafter.

Children may not attend the day care unless FULL payment and ALL late fees have been paid up to date. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO
THIS RULE.

Partial payment is not acceptable.

Persistent late payments are grounds for termination of child care. Child care positions will be lost after two weeks of non-payment. (late fees will still occur until the tuition is paid in full).

Clients are responsible to pay for all late payments, late fees and two weeks notice even after termination of child care. Clients will also be held responsible for all court, attorney and collection agency fees involved in collection of late payments, late fees and two weeks notice.

Checks will be accepted only if they are from a local bank.

If more than two checks are returned unpaid, only cash will be accepted from then on.

There is a minimum $35.00 fee for returned check.


HOURS OF OPERATION

The day care is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
You may use any or all of these hours. The day care is CLOSED at 6:00
p.m. After 6:00 p.m. late charges will be added at the rate of $15.00 for
every fifteen minutes, added at the BEGINNING of each quarter hour. At
6:01 p.m. you are late! All times in and out are taken from the clock at the
day care.
The day care will be closed on all major holidays and notification will be
given well in advance of any other closed days. It is the parent’s
responsibility to find alternate care if needed during those times.
Please call and let us know by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be late or absent
for the day. This helps us know how many students to plan for at lunch,
activities etc.


SICK CHILDREN

Sick children may not attend day care. This is a state regulation. Sick
children make the other children sick too. “Sick”, according to the
regulations is any child that may be running a fever, has a rash, unexplained
symptoms, or who appears to be less that healthy. It is up to the day care
provider to decide if a child is too sick to be at day care. If a child becomes
ill at day care, the parents will be notified and expected to pick up the child.
Ill children will be isolated from the rest of the children. Please look at the
Sick Child Policy document for further information.


TOYS POLICY

The children are free to bring toys to day care if they wish. However our
rule is, “If you bring it, you share it”. The child must be prepared to share
the items they bring and let the other children play with them. If the toy is
delicate or of great sentimental value, please do not bring it to day care. We
will not be held responsible for toys that get broken when brought to day
care. The children are supervised consistently, but accidents happen and
toys break. Children bring toys at their own risk.


NAP TIME

Nap time is after lunch. ALL children are expected to respect this “quiet
time”. The children need this rest time and we need the quiet time to be
able to clean up and prepare for the afternoon.s activities, catch up on
paperwork etc. Please be reminded that we do not get “breaks” and “lunch
breaks” as in other jobs! Nap time is our only time to relax a little in a 12+
hour workday! Parents are discouraged from visiting during nap time
unless the child is being picked up for the day. It is very disruptive to the
other resting children. They do not understand why one child can get up
and play and yet others have to have quiet time.


FOOD AND TREATS FROM HOME

Unfortunately, homemade goodies cannot be brought from home. This is a
state regulation. If you wish to send treats with your child to share for
special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, the child’s birthdays etc., the
items must be commercially prepared and individually wrapped.
PLEASE!! NO GUM IS ALLOWED AT DAY CARE! It is a choking hazard. It
also gets into carpet and on to furniture and children have this horrible
tendency to “share it.”


DAMAGES

Small repairs and accidents go with the territory when running a day care
facility. However, parents / guardians will be held financially responsible for
damages that cannot be classed as accident or fair wear and tear. (Such as
deliberate breaking of toys, poking holes in furniture etc).


NOTICE OF TERMINATION

Two full weeks advance notice in writing is required to drop your child from
the day care facility. Payment is required for these two weeks even if the
child is not here.
Saddletree Montessori Child Care reserves the right to terminate this
contract for any reason. Two weeks notice will be given under usual
circumstances. However we reserve the right to immediate termination of
services under certain circumstances. (i.e. children who are a threat to
others, non-payment etc..)
As required by the state, the following regulations are in force at this child
care facility.


CHILDREN’S HEALTH

All children must have a complete health evaluation form and up to date
immunizations before enrollment in the day care facility. See contract for
policy on sick children.


INFECTION CONTROL

Provider and all children will practice good hand washing habits. Hand
washing is required after using the bathroom and before and after handling
food. Paper towels and liquid soap will be accessible in the bathroom.


EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PLANNING

This day care has an emergency plan on file.