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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Storm Days - Lil’ Folk Farm will be open during snowstorms unless conditions become hazardous. We will announce any closing due to weather on the local radio and news stations. (Channel 6 and 13)

Hours - Childcare will be available Monday through Friday throughout the year except for the holidays indicated. Lil’ Folk Farm is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We close promptly at 5:30 p.m. Sometimes unforeseen delays to occur and if this happens, please let us know as soon as possible for the benefit of your child. Parents picking up their children after 5:30 p.m. will be given a warning. After receiving one notice, a late fee will be assessed as follows:

  1. For a late pick up between 5:30 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. there will be a $5 late fee per child charged to your account.
  2. For a late pick up after 5:35 p.m. an additional fee of $1 per minute per child will be charged to your account.

Holidays - Lil’ Folk Farm will observe the following holidays. If a holiday falls on a weekend, it will be observed on the day before or the day after the actual holiday. If a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, we will create a long weekend by substituting the preceding Monday or following Friday for a holiday not taken. (For example, if July 4th falls on a Tuesday, we will also be closed on Monday.)

January - New Year’s Day September - Labor Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
October - Columbus Day
February - President’s Day
November - Veteran’s Day
April - Patriot’s Day Thanksgiving Day after Thanksgiving
May - Memorial Day
December - Christmas Eve
July - Independence Day Christmas

Payment policies - Payment is due on Monday or the first day of attendance for each week. Payment is due for the time that your child has been registered for including sick days, holidays, vacation days, snow days, etc.

There is a $10.00 late fee for late payments. For checks that do not clear the bank there will be a $15.00 charge. We will be charging an annual registration fee due each year.

Second child discount - Whenever two children from the same family are enrolled in the daycare full-time (5 full days) you will receive a discount off the rate of the oldest child each week.

Withdrawal procedure - Should your contract be terminated, there is a minimum of two weeks notice which should be given to the Director in writing. Whether or not you are able to utilize the service of Lil’ Folk Farm during this two week period, you are still responsible for payment during this notice period.

Family Vacations - Your child must be attend nine consecutive months to be eligible. You will be entitled to one (1) free vacation week per year; the vacation credit is the average of payments over the nine-month period. Please notify the office in writing when you will be taking your vacation. Tuition is due for all other days.

Parking - Parking is limited especially during the arrival and departure times. Parking between the “Fire Lane” signs is short term only.

Clothing and Supplies - Your child will need the following: a sleeping bag for rest/quiet time, a change of clothes, and outside clothing appropriate for the weather. A special blanket or stuffed animal is fine for rest/quiet time. We encourage you to label everything with your child’s name. We cannot be responsible for lost or missing clothing but will maintain a lost and found area. Diapers and wipes need to be supplied if your child is not yet potty trained.

Snack time - Lil’ Folk Farm provides a morning snack and an afternoon snack. Our menus are posted monthly. You will be responsible for sending a lunch with your child if they stay for a full day.

Administration of Medication - Lil’ Folk Farm shall administer prescription medication only upon written order from a physician or according to the labeled instructions on the original medicine container. We will also need a written, signed, and dated request from the parent. We shall record the administration of all medications. We shall not administer any non-prescription medications to a child without written, signed, and dated parental permission naming the medication and the dosage.

Illness Policy - Under no circumstances should you send your child to Lil’ Folk Farm if he/she has any contagious illness or is running a temperature. A sick child cannot do well in a group setting and it is difficult for the staff to give a sick child the extra attention he/she needs. We assume that any child who is sent to Lil’ Folk Farm is well enough to participate in our regular program including outdoor play. If a parent feels that his/her child is not well enough to participate in all activities, he/she must keep the child at home. Lil’ Folk Farm realizes that this may be a hardship for working parents, but we must think of the welfare of all the children. We will endeavor to use good judgment as well as the following criteria, when evaluating a child with illness.

  • An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrolled diarrhea or two or more loose stools
  • Unexplained rash
  • Discharge from eyes or ears
  • Highly contagious illness such as but not limited to strep throat, scarlet fever, chicken pox, impetigo, conjunctivitis, measles, mumps, viral infections etc.
  • Lice

Lil’ Folk Farm will follow our communicable disease chart as to when a child can return to Lil’ Folk Farm. A child must stay home for 24 hours if sent home vomiting or with fever. Most contagious illness requires 24 hours on prescription medication before being allowed to return.

Please keep in mind that these are only a guideline. If we feel that your child cannot fully participate in the program, you will be notified to pick up your child. We ask that you do so within one (1) hour of our request. Notices will be posted on bulletin boards outlining procedures to be followed in incidences of contagious disease.

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