Application Process

  • Welcome to Worry Free Preschool!

    The first day of school is an exciting milestone in your child’s life. Your child is embarking on a journey that will lead them on many roads of discovery and learning. As wonderful as this new experience may be, it can also be quite stressful for the young child. New situations and change can, at times, be unsettling for all of us. For many children this may be their first experience of separation from parents or care givers at home. It is common for even the most outgoing child to be anxious the first day of school.

    We have provided a few suggestions for assisting your child during this time. Remember the preschool staff will be available to provide support and assistance; making your child’s first school days happy days.

    • Prepare you child for the new school experience by explaining what to expect. Answer all questions directly and honestly.
    • Convey a positive attitude. Young children are aware of your feelings. Your enthusiasm will assure the child that school can be a fun and exciting place.
    • Establish a routine involving both the night before a school day as well as morning preparation. Rituals and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situations.
    • Bring something from home. This is acceptable and often reassuring in helping the child with the initial adjustment to school. This item may be a treasured blankie or even a photo from home.
    • Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
    • Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include warning the child you are leaving in 3 minutes, a kiss and hug, or a wave from the window. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with, “Ok just one more kiss, and then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting and makes the second day of school even harder.

      Again, please know we are here to help make the first day of school a happy transition and we look forward to an exciting and fun year.

    NEW PARENT FORMS

    With Florida’s new fiscal year approaching there are many changes on the horizon. The Early Learning Coalition of Marion ounty, Department of Education, Department of Children and Family Services and I have some new rules that we have to implement at this time. I would like to take this opportunity to go over some of the new changes with you.

    The new rules are as followed beginning July 1, 2012…

    Time off and Fees

    • Your payment will NOT be reduced if your child misses any days at Worry-Free Daycare. The only exception is if Worry-Free Daycare is closed for in-service or personal days.
    • Each family may take up to two weeks vacation while daycare is open. A two week WRITTEN notice of vacation is required. If no notice or less than two weeks notice is given the full weekly fee will be charge. You will not have to pay during my vacation time (Christmas break and one week in the summer).
    • Payment is due on Monday, but if it is not received by Tuesday morning you will be receiving a late fee of $25 (NO EXCEPTIONS, SO PLEASE DO NOT ASK!!!).
    • Return check fee: $50
    • Late pick up: $15 every half hour per child (we close at 5:30 p.m. SHARP).

    Sign in/out sheets

    • You must sign your child in and out every day!
    • You must bring your child in the facility and sign the child in; the same goes with picking up your child. Children cannot be admitted into our facility without parent/guardian signature.
    • You must sign your FIRST and LAST name CLEARLY on the sign in/out sheets.
    • Your signature for the sign in/out sheets must match the signature on your driver’s license.
    • For every time you forget to sign in or out you WILL be CHARGED $1 per signature.
    • The time must be correct. For example, if you arrive at 7:58 a.m. do not write 8:00 a.m. I need you to put the accurate time on the sign in/out sheet.

    Other rules and regulations

    • No toys shall be brought in by child or parents.
    • For medications to be given, be sure to sign the Authorization to Administer Medication Form.
    • If your child is sick, you will be asked to come and pick up your child. And remember your child will have to stay out for 24 hours.

    The illnesses are but not limited to:

    • Rash
    • Discharge from eyes or ears
    • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
    • Vomiting
    • Runny nose with colored discharge
    • Communicable diseases (chicken pox, mumps, measles, influenza, lice, etc.
    • Diarrhea

    Child’s Name    

    Parent Name    

    Date:

    Email


    Discipline Form

    Worry-Free Daycare guidance and discipline is preventative not punishing. We try to stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for children. Obscene language is not allowed, we also stressthat they treat material possessions with respect.

    To reinforce these behaviors we use the following procedures. Rules are first explained, and then followed upwith plenty of reminders and lots of positive reinforcement. For children age 3 and older, redirection and “timeout” are the only methods of discipline used when it is necessary. In a time out situation the child will be separated from the group. The child will sit in an appropriate place for 1 minute per year of age, not to exceed 5 minutes. When “time-out” is up, we will talk to the child and try to explain why that behavior was inappropriate. The child is encouraged to give the offended party an apology and assist in ‘fixing’ whatever went wrong, to the best of their ability.

    Children under the age of 3 years will not be given “time-out” they will be corrected with redirection. If something of a more serious nature or a persistent behavior should occur that is of concern to us, I will need to discuss it with you so that we can jointly decide on a course of action that is followed at Worry-Free Daycare. If the problem cannot be resolved arrangements must be made for the child to receive care elsewhere. I have fully read, understand and agree with the Discipline Form.

    Child’s Name    

    Parent Name    

    Date:

    Email


     Permission form for employees of Worry-Free Daycare to sign your child in/out

    I, (parent) give the employees of Worry-Free Daycare to sign my child, (child) in and out on their sign in/out sheet. I understand this signature is for but not limited to:

    • Going to the bus stop
    • Going to school
    • Picking up from the bus stop
    • Picking up from school

    I have fully read, understand and agree with the form for employees of Worry-Free Daycare to sign your child in/out.

    Child’s Name    

    Parent Name    

    Date:

    Email


     Permission Form for your child to be transported by the employees of Worry-Free Daycare

    I, (parent) give the employees of Worry-Free Daycare to transport my child, (child) in and out on their sign in/out sheet. I understand this signature is for but not limited to:

    • Going to the bus stop
    • Going to school
    • Picking up from the bus stop
    • Picking up from school

    I have fully read, understand and agree with the Permission Form for your child to be transported by the employees of Worry-Free Daycare

    Child’s Name    

    Parent Name    

    Date:

    Email


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