Handbook

Hey Diddle Diddle Day School Parent Handbook
Last revised 3/2015

I. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT
This preschool advertises in the public media to make openings known to all. Children are admitted regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or handicapping condition.

II. ADMISSIONS & SCHEDULING
A. Children ages twelve weeks to five years old will be admitted at any time during the year based on vacancies in the building. Openings are filled on a first come first serve basis.

B. The student schedule accommodates full time and part week students.  Part week scheduling as follows may be available: Four days a week, Three-day week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Two-day week: Tuesday, Thursday. Additional part week schedules may be arranged based on availability to best suit your needs.

C. Due to state regulations, schedule changes are not permitted without at least one-week notice, and are not guaranteed.  The attendance schedule you arrange at enrollment must be a consistent weekly schedule.  

III. DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Hey Diddle Diddle Day School operates twelve months a year, five days a week (Monday through Friday). The school opens its doors at 7:00 AM and closes them at 6:00 PM. We are closed eight days a year to observe the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day, The day following Thanksgiving day, Christmas Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. day and New Years Day.

We may close due to extreme weather. Our school closing number is 286 on KYW 1060 am, or www.kyw1060.com or on their sister TV station kyw-3. We send messages to your via text or email using the remind app.  The directions to join the  messaging system are located in your welcome packet.

IV. PICK UP AND DELIVERY OF CHILDREN
No child is to be brought to the school before 7:00 AM, nor picked up after 6:00 PM. If a child is left beyond our 6:00 PM closing time a baby-sitting fee of $5.00 every ten minutes will be assessed and collected by the waiting staff.

V PROGRAM
It is the philosophy of this preschool that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration and discovery. Preschool children are receptive to new information, and search for an outlet for their creativity. Our program nurtures these qualities. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere encouraging social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.  In accordance with our philosophy and purpose, the curriculum includes sharing and conversation time; stories, songs and finger plays; creative art activities; food preparation; science and nature activities; exposure to shapes, colors, numbers and letters; and celebration of birthdays and holidays.  Our lesson plans and classroom environments align with the Early childhood Learning Standards set forth by the PA department of education from infants to Pre k.  More specific information concerning the program your child or children are involved in will be relayed as you tour our facility.

VI FEES
The current tuition schedule is available to you online. The fee schedule lists monthly (which incorporates a 2% discount) as well as weekly payments for full and part time students. Tuition is to be paid in advance each month, by the fifth or the first day of the week if paying each week.  Because tuition is based on a calendar year and takes into consideration the few days we are closed, there will be no credit given for the months including a scheduled holiday, an illness, or vacation beyond one week. .
The first tuition payment is due on your child/ren’s first day, as well as one week of tuition to be held as a deposit. The deposit payment will be applied to your final tuition payment. You will be given tuition information and fee agreement, which will further outline the tuition policies.

VII ILLNESS
A sick child is to be kept at home. The wellness of all the children and staff at the school is jeopardized when a sick child is brought to school. It is beneficial for you to establish a back-up caregiver for the days when your child cannot attend. Many communicable diseases start with cold like symptoms. If at any time the staff feels your child is too sick to remain in the classroom, we will call you and expect you or another adult whom you designate to promptly pick your child up. We do not offer sick care. If any of the following conditions exist, you will receive a phone call from the school requesting you pick up your child immediately:
– A temperature of 101 degrees or more
– Contagious diseases, not exclusive of chicken pox, measles, mumps, roseola
– Vomiting or diarrhea
– Impetigo, lice or ringworm until treated for 24 hours
– Severe cold with fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose.
-Any type of throat infection until treated for 24 hours.

Please keep the staff aware of any illness your child may be experiencing to enable the staff to better care for your child as well as maintain the health of the other children at the school.

VIII MEDICATION
Hey Diddle Diddle Day School Inc. will administer medication on an emergency basis only. If it is necessary for your child to take a prescription drug please ask your doctor for a schedule that would enable you to administer the medicine while the child is at home. If that is impossible then we require:
1. Written instructions from the physician, which includes the date, name of the patient, name of the medication, the dosage and time, as well as the ailment requiring the medication.
2. The medication must be labeled clearly with your child’s name.
3. Please hand the medication to your child’s teacher.
4. Lastly, you must sign the medication log.

IX DRESS
Children are encouraged to wear play clothes and comfortable closed toed, rubber soled shoes. Daily activities include active and messy play, and we do not wish the children to be hindered due to their apparel. We ask a change of clothes be kept at the school to keep us prepared for the unexpected. To ensure the return of all clothing items to the proper owner, please write the child’s name inside the garment.

X FOOD
Children may eat the breakfast you pack here at school before 8:00 in the morning. Otherwise, please make sure your child has eaten breakfast before they arrive in the morning. Hey Diddle Diddle Day School, Inc. provides snack at 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM. You are responsible for providing a nut free lunch for your child/ren each day of attendance. Please bring the meal in a labeled lunch box or bag to be placed in the refrigerator. Due to severe allergies, we are a a tree and ground nut-free environment. Do not send any food item containing any nuts to Hey Diddle Diddle.

XI COMMUNICATION
Please feel free to direct concerns toward the director or the assistant director. We encourage phone calls to the teachers during rest time (1:00-3:00). In addition to welcoming you into the school, we offer the following to keep you abreast of the school activities; Monthly newsletters, individual updates when necessary, two student assessments per year with phone conferences to discuss, notices sent home and posted, and e-mail notification.

XII PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Toy guns and weapons are not welcome at our school. Please leave them at home. Please mark all items coming to school with a permanent marker. Hey Diddle Diddle Day School Inc. is not responsible for your child’s toys. We do recommend you leave them at home.

XIII DISMISSAL
The attendance of your child /ren will be terminated if one of the following conditions exists.
1. Tuition payment is two weeks delinquent.
2. Disrespect or abuse has been directed toward staff members or other parents.
3. Your child exhibits chronic discipline problems and parental cooperation is not evident.
4. Your child’s needs can be better met in another program.

IVX EMERGENCY PLAN
This school has a written emergency plan for in house as well as outside emergencies. A copy is kept in every classroom and reviewed annually by all staff members. If a change should be made to said plan the families we serve would be notified in writing.

IVX SUMMARY
Hey Diddle Diddle Day School, Inc. was established to provide a quality learning environment as well as offering a home like atmosphere. Every child is equally important to the staff and will be treated, as we would like our child to be treated.
We hope you find much happiness here.