March 2016 Newsletter

Week of the Young Child

Pleablocks-02se start collecting boxes of all sizes, cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper and anything cardboard, foam pieces., wooden pieces anything the children can use to build or construct. We are planning on having all the NCCCC Chil-dren build constructions as a group as part of the Week of the Young Child in April.

Each day of the week is designated as something different; Monday, April 11th is “Music Monday” TBD, “Taco Tuesday” we will do something about healthy food choices, “Work Together Wednesday” is when we will make our constructions, “Artsy Thursday” we will have an art Show with the children’s art work on display in the hall and “Family Friday” we will host an Ice Cream Sundae get together for our families and we also have a children’s author coming—Lisa Saunders—to read and sell auto-graphed copies of her book Once Upon a Placemat. We hope you and your family can join us on Friday!

What We Learn When We Play In the Art Center

art-easleThis is the second article in a series explaining how children learn through play. Art Center Creativity is the process of putting together new ideas and products based on past experiences. It is a natural developmental process that begins during infancy and is at its peak during a child’s early years. The use of self-expressive materials at the art center is one of the primary ways this creativity is developed. Child Development The Art Center offers many experiences to facilitate growth and enhance skills in all areas of development. Physical Skills: develop muscles used for fine motor skills, refine eye-hand coordination, fine motor control and the sense of balance. Social/Emotional Skills: enhance self-expression of feelings, the ability to channel frustrations and anger in a socially acceptable manner, instill p ride and confidence, foster an appreciation of differences, and promote cooperation and sharing on group projects. Language Skills: enhance verbal expressions as projects are described, increase vocabulary through exposure to different materials, tools, colors, texture, and positional words are refined. Intellectual Skills: provide opportunity for sorting, classifying, making choices, decision making, expressing knowledge of the environment; stimulate interest, imagination and creativity; and develop planning skills and concepts of cause and effect.

Understanding NAEYC

NAEYC AccreditedThis is the third in a series of articles on NAEYC to better help parents understand what our accreditation means to our program and to your child’s experience in our Center. Standard 3— Teaching—The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the program’s curriculum goals.

There are Ten NAEYC Standards and 57 criteria in Standard Three, this month we will be addressing criteria 3.B.12 Teachers address challenging behavior by:

  1. Assessing the function of the child’s behavior
  2. Convening families and professionals to develop individualized plans to address behavior
  3. Using positive behavior support strategies

The NCCCC teachers teach the children to use Tucker the Turtle to handle difficult social situations. The sets of four posters are in each classroom. The posters illustrate Tucker 1.) stopping, 2.) Taking a deep breath and 3.) thinking of the words to use to solve the situation. When a child is having a hard time expressing his frustration we ask him “What would Tucker do?” Then we give him suggestions of what words the child can use.

When a child has repeated behaviors that do not respond to our guidance, we begin a log to help us determine when and why a child is reacting the way they do. That way we can predict and redirect a child before an issue develops.

When the problem becomes a safety issue or we find we are not progressing with the child’s behavior, we consult the parent and with their permission call in a professional. The agency we have dealt with in the past is United Community Family Services/ECCP. They will send out an Early Childhood Consultant who will do observations, ask the teachers to do specific assessments and then write an action plan for the child which includes his strengths, objectives for the child and positive behavior support strategies for the teachers to help the child cope.

Spring Egg Hunt

easter-eggsThis year’s Spring Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, March 25th from 4–5:00 PM. Weather permitting we will take the children outside and they will have the opportunity to participate in the egg hunt. If the weather does not cooperate the egg hunt will be held in the dining hall. The Easter Bunny MAY also make an appearance.

We ask that each family contribute one dozen stuffed plastic eggs for each child attending from your family. Please remember we are peanut free so all candy must be peanut free and not processed in a plant with peanuts. Also in order for the candy to remain sanitary all candy must be wrapped. No lose jelly beans please. Please do not send in any small toys that a child can swallow and possibly choke on as most of the children are under the age of three. Please drop off your eggs by the morning of the 24th in order for the bunny to have a chance to hide them. Thank you! We hope to see you there!

New Volunteer—Emily Gregor

We have a new face around NCCCC. Her name is Emily Gregor and she will be volunteering in the classrooms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays fro 9:00—1:00. She has also volunteered at Lillie B Haynes in their Preschool program and Carelot.

Emily will be spending a week in each classroom to get a feel for which age group she likes the best. Her duties are limited as a volunteer, she is not considered part of our ratio, not allowed to pick up a child or change a child’s diapers. She has already volunteered in the Toddler, Preschool and Waddler Rooms. Once we get a feel for where she is best suited she may settle into one room.

In the mean time please help us make her comfortable and welcome!

Transitions

In December we transitioned a group of children from one age group to the next. In March we hope to transition another group. Parents whose children are being considered will have received letters by now informing them of our plans and asking for their input where their child is concerned.

As always, you are your child’s best advocate and biggest influence so we respect and honor your wishes. Please let us know if you feel your child needs to be transitioned or if you feel they are not ready to be transitioned. However, please bear in mind we are a small center and only have so many spaces, which sometimes makes it difficult to move children when we would like to. Also, not all children are ready to move up when we plan which may prevent another child from moving into that child’s slot. We need to be flexible in order to meet each child’s needs and do what is best for all concerned. Thank you for your understanding and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Illness in Childcare

I would like to address all the illness in the center and explain what we are doing to address it. I also want to remind parents of our illness policy.

Every room has a bottle with a combination of bleach and water that is refilled fresh everyday. We use this (with paper towels, not sponges) to clean all changing tables , tables and chairs after every use. We also use it at the end of everyday to clean surfaces like the tables, gates, fences door knobs, windowsills, toys, etc. We also have spit buckets in all the rooms so when a child mouths a toy it can be put in the spit bucket. This bucket contains a combination of bleach and water.

I have asked the staff to open the windows to let in fresh air before the children arrive and after they leave at night.

We ask that parent always wash their hands upon entering the center to both drop off and pick up their child. We ask that they also wash their child’s hands.

We ask that parents keep their children home if they have a fever of 100 degrees or more, have vomiting or diarrhea, or an undiagnosed rash. If you know your child has something contagious please let us know so we can inform the other parents. When we are informed there is an illness in the center it is posted on the double doors where you exit to inform you of what is in the center, the symptoms, and how to treat it.

It was brought to my attention that a filter-less humidifier in the infant room may help so I have emailed CT State Licensing to ask their opinion . I am waiting for a response.
As a reminder please find below the illness policy from our handbook. Thank you for helping us stop the spread of illness by following these policies.

B. Hand Washing

We ask that all parents wash their child’s and their own hands upon entering the classroom. This will help keep communicable disease out of the center. It is difficult for both parents and staff to have to care for a sick child so if we all work together we can eliminate a lot of germs from coming into the center.

C. Illness Policy

Children do get sick and certain illnesses require exclusion from childcare. We understand that it is difficult for a parent to leave or miss work; therefore it is strongly recommended that alternative arrangements be made in the event that a child becomes ill. The Center does not have the facility, resources or training to care for ill children Illness in Childcare and still maintain a healthy, quality program for the remainder of the children.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF HE/SHE HAS THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • A fever of 100 degrees, which may or may not be accompanied by other symptoms
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Any suspicious rash (may return with a Doctor’s note indicating that the rash is not contagious)
  • Any illness accompanied by open/oozing bacterial infection
  • Uncontrollable nasal discharge and uncontrolled productive cough

This is a judgment call at the discretion of the teacher or director, regarding the ability to control the spread of germs associated with rhinitis (runny nose) and cough droplets. Children with fever, any other symptoms requiring staff to provide one-on-one or the inability of the child to fully participate in usual program activities are also reasons for a child not to attend program or to be excluded.

ANY CHILD MAY BE REFUSED ADMITTANCE TO THE NIANTIC COMMUNITY CHURCH CHILDREN’S CENTER IF THE STAFF, WITH KNOWLEDGEABLE OBSERVATION, FEEL THAT THE CHILD IS TOO ILL TO BE IN ATTENDANCE.

If the staff accepts responsibility for a child who is marginally ill, the parent will be called to come and pick up their child early if the child’s condition deteriorates or he/she requires more care than is possible in the setting.

When returning your child to the Center after an illness, please remember:

  • A child must be free from fever, vomiting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours (or one full school day), without the benefit of medication, prior to returning.
  • Any child prescribed an antibiotic must take it for at least 24 hours prior to returning.
  • A child must be able to participate in all activities upon returning (including outdoor activities).

CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS:

If your child has a contagious illness, please keep him/her home and notify the Center immediately. Contagious illnesses include but are not limited to the following:

Strep Throat
Flu
Chicken Pox
Meningitis
Pin Worms
Coxsackie Virus
Upper Respiratory Infection
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Hepatitis
Measles
Ring Worms
Mumps
Scabies
Head Lice
Impetigo
Scarlet Fever
ETC.

A child suffering from any of the above must be symptom free for at least a 24-hour period (or one full school day), without the benefit of medication, before attending childcare. In the case of Scabies, appropriate treatment must be under way for a designated time period before the child may return. In the case of Head Lice, appropriate treatment must be completed and the child must be nit free before the child may return. Readmission will be done by the school nurse, the Director or his/her designee. A physician’s statement of good health may be required.

A child who becomes ill while at the Center will be isolated from the other children. He or she will remain in the office (providing there is supervision) on his/her cot. Comfort and cooling drinks will be provided. His/Her parents will be called to make arrangements to pick him/her up within one hour. A sick child may not be left at the Center as this may lead to illness of other children and/or staff.

When a child is dismissed due to illness, an exclusion form will be filled out and the par-ent will be required to sign it. The form will indicate the symptoms for which the child is being excluded and a reminder to the parent as to when the child may return.

Hospitalization and/or Surgery: A child will be excluded from the Center following hospitalization until the Director has met with the parents, nurse consultant, classroom staff and any other appropriate professionals. The Center MUST have a written plan of care or guidelines for return to childcare from the physician in order for the child to be accepted for care. It is important for the child to have a chance to recuperate at home before returning to full activity at the Center. The team will determine, based on the physician’s recommendations and the advice of the nurse consultant and other related professionals, when the child will be allowed to return to the Center.

After thought: Here at NCCCC we teach the children to “Cough in the Corner” meaning their elbow. Not into the air or their hand where it can be so easily spread. Please help us by passing this on to your child at home too. Thank you!

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