Lil’faces Policies & Forms

The forms below are for prospective parents to read my policies and for child care providers who would like to have forms for their business.  Help yourself to my forms, but please copy them to your own computer, do not direct link to any of my pages.  If you have any forms that you would like to share, please send them to Lil’faces and we will be happy to add them to our list below.  All forms below are written by Lil’faces unless otherwise noted! *ÜPlease Note: New forms below are all in .PDF format.

All forms updated: 06.02.09

Lil’faces 2009-10 Policies & Illness Policies for Parents (All forms)

What is DAP - Play Based Curriculum

Interview Questions for Infants & Toddlers

Interview Questions for Preschoolers

Adjustments to Daycare

Lil’faces Discipline Policy

Sample Lunch Menu

Mini Kids Awards

Daily Big Kid Report for Preschoolers

Daily Baby Notes for Infants

Phone Interview Form for Providers

Providers Code of Excellence

Provider Checklist, unknown source

Just Playing, written by Anita Wadley

7 Ways to Show R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Your Provider

 R - Respect her position as a legitimate profession. Treat her with
     professional courtesy.
 E - Express your gratitude with thank you notes, remembering her
     birthday and occasional small gifts.
 S - Stay on schedule. Arrive on time. Keep changes to a minimum.
 P - Pay on time.
 E - Ensure your childcare provider that you will back her decisions
     and that your children know she is in charge.
 C - Compensate her wages with a yearly bonus.
 T - Time off. Give your childcare provider paid personal days. She
     needs to rejuvenate, too.

Quality Child Care is NOT Expensive...
it's Priceless!!!
~ Author Unknown

In our child care, you pay per "position", which means that the position is held just for your child and is not based on attendance. What does this include?

*Unconditional love & nurturing of your child - priceless.
*Dependability, always available when you arrive.
*Family environment, small ratio, family atmosphere, pets etc.
*Craft supplies: crayons, tape, scissors, glue, paint, markers, paper, pipe cleaners, etc.
*Daily reports on how your child is doing, what they ate, things learned etc.
*Nutritious meals & snacks according to the Child Care Food Program (and you know the price of groceries nowadays).
*Treats: pizza, candy, and other things not included on a normal basis.
*Toys, games, puzzles, books, chalkboards, movies, sand tables, upkeep of outdoor play equipment, riding toys, cribs, and bedding.
*Training for provider & assistants, CPR, nutrition classes, safety classes, safety abuse training, etc.
*Birthday & Christmas party supplies & gifts, as well as parties for other holidays.
*Sanitation of toys, extra dishes, etc.
*An extra load in the washer/dryer for blankets, clothing towels and wash clothes for the children.
*Utilities: electricity, gas, water, oil, cable, phone, garbage etc.
*Furniture wear & tear, cleaning, replacing, repairing rips & tears, etc.
*Cleaning supplies for floors, dishes, laundry, toys, furniture, vacuum bags etc.
*And the list goes on........

*Do you pay for a whole month of cable-even if you only watch it 24 days a month?
*Do you pay full price for your VCR if you only use it twice a week?
*Do you pay full price for your meal even if you don't finish it?
*Do you pay the same rent/mortgage even when you are at work 5 days a week?

You are guaranteed a spot for your child with your paid fees. If it is not paid, we will fill it with someone else.

We do not have a problem getting clients who are willing to pay as they need our services. We are paid for 52 weeks per year.

We want to be child care providers and in order to continue doing this, all clients must pay the fees.

Many parents assume teachers & child care providers are well paid since child care seems so expensive. However, the reality is that salaries are terribly inadequate for most child care providers. Licensed child care homes reported earnings (before costs) of approximately $15,000.00 or less per year. Such salaries are extremely low even compared to those of other female dominated occupations. Good, dependable child care is not cheap. The number of children per adult must be limited, because young children need close adult attention in order to thrive.

Breaking the expenses down by category on a per day basis & using the time/space allocation from the IRS, the average expenses total approximately $75.00/day for all children in attendance. In this example, if 8 children are in care, this breaks down to $9.37/day/child. At a daily rate of $19.00/day this leaves $9.63/day for the provider and assistants. breaking this figure down further, the provider's time is at or near poverty level. The price of quality, care, trust, responsibility & dependability is not as expensive as it could be.

It sounds like child care is a lot of work & it would be easier to just get a job on the outside. Yes, some days we all wonder ourselves. Usually we need a vacation & it is taken without pay, but we are all humans, so please respect us

for recognizing the need for a break & taking it. Just like any other job, it has its ups & downs. The only thing we ask of parents is to respect our policies as a commitment & not just a set of rules that they must comply with. And by committing to our policies that we are in turn committing to them also by choosing to stay home so that they can go to work each day. And when payday comes & it is time to pay your provider, take a few minutes to assess in your own mind where each dollar is going, even if it includes the days your child was absent. Remember if it weren't for your child care, many parents would not be receiving their paycheck.

And in closing, please remember this...

Please be considerate
please be kind
please remember to pay us on time
this is a real job
we have bills that are due
when we get paid late
our bills are late too
to defray the charges
that we may accrue
a $10.00/day late charge
will be passed on to you
when it comes to your children
we are caring, thoughtful, helpful & true
we just ask for the same respect and consideration from you.

*USDA Food Chart courtesy of The Food and Nutrition Service,
Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning.

Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for developing the
pyramid program, and for allowing us to share information with each other.

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