Curriculum

The Emergent Curriculum implemented throughout our facility is based on the children’s changing interest and their every evolving development. With the knowledge that children grow, learn, and acquire skills at individual paces, developmentally appropriate practices are executed to insure all activities are age-appropriate, yet challenging enough to inspire fortitude. Children simply learn best through exploration and play, therefore every attempt is made to foster there natural instincts within the child. It is with guidance, that amid play, children master new skills, acquire pro-social behaviors, and most importantly, develop a feeling of self-worth.

 

Positive Discipline

Through modeling and positive guidance of desired behaviors, teachers help children gain self-esteem and behave in responsible ways. Expectations must be realistic and are explained to children clearly so that they may come to understand what is anticipated from them. Providing children with alternatives empower them to make real life decisions while still providing a learning opportunity via natural or logical consequences.

 

Caregiver Participation

The open door policy embraced here at Little Sunshine means you are welcome and encouraged to stop by anytime your child is in attendance. Beyond this basic right, it is our belief that true collaboration between the school and home is essential in ensuring the emotional wellbeing of each child. We ask you to join with us in a conversation about your beliefs, your child’s special needs, and any cultural influences that are of particular importance. Although all requests may not be able to be satisfied completely, please know that we are always listening and want to hear from you.

 

Nutrition

The children are provided with an a.m. snack, a lunch, and a p.m. snack when in attendance during these scheduled meals. Children will be served the aforementioned meals contingent upon them arriving fifteen minutes within the start of food services. In participation with the Child and Adult Care Food Program all the food served at the center must meet the nutritional requirements established by the USDA. Monthly Menus are provided at the beginning of each month for review. In the event of allergies or other medical conditions, accommodations will be made. Treats provided for birthdays or special occasions must be store bought, with ingredients clearly listed to help combat any undesirable reactions caused by allergies.

 

Drop Off Time

The center opens promptly at 7:00 a.m. and drop off may begin at this hour. Each child needs to be signed in upon arrival. A “Daily Tattler” must also be filled out for each child in the process of separating, so please allow ample time at drop off.

 

Pick Up Time

The center closes promptly at 6:00 p.m. and authorized caretakers are asked to arrive before this hour to begin the process of reuniting. In the event of an emergency and an absolute need for a late pick up time, please contact the school as soon as possible to inform the teachers of the situation. A five dollar per five minute late fee will be assessed for late arrivals at pick up time. In the event someone other than the enrolling individual is picking up a child, the alternate pick up person needs to be listed on the authorized “Pick-Up Form” and must show a valid photo identification before children will be released.

 

Holidays

Little Sunshine Childcare is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

 

Daily Tattlers

A daily charting system is utilized by teachers to keep caretakers informed of each child’s daily routine including meal time consumption, sleeping patterns, and toileting habits. These “tattlers” are to be filled out by the caretakers upon arrival and serve a dual propose; informing teachers of need to know information alternate contact numbers for the day or unusual occurrences form the previous night or morning time activities.

 

Nap/Quiet Time

A period of rest will be offered each day and all children will take place in some downtime on a sleeping mat. In the event a child does not wish to slumber, a quiet activity will be offered after an appropriate amount of time, until all children resume the daily schedule.

 

Bedding

A fitted sheet to serve as a cover for the sleeping mat is also required. Pillows and blanket may also be provided for comfort. The sleeping items will be send home on Friday’s to be laundered and should be returned at drop off on Mondays.

 

Hand Washing

Consistent hand washing is the single most effective way to stop the spread of germs. With this in mind children’s hands will be washed on a regular basis including but not limited to;

  • Before and after eating
  • After the use of the restroom
  • When returning indoors from outside play
  • After all the sensory/art activities.

 

Accidents/Injuries

Even in the safest of environments bumps, bruises, and other abrasions are simply a part of your child’s life as they learn to navigate their surroundings. Barring any major injury that would take place, in which case the caregiver would be notified immediately, an incident report will be filled out for all minor afflictions and presented to the caregiver for review and signing at the time of pick up. These reports will then be added to the child’s records.

 

Sick Child Policy

If a child experiences more than two bouts of diarrhea, vomits, runs a fever over 101 degrees, is found to have lice, or is suspected of having any other contagious illness during the course of a school day, caregivers will be notified and asked to make arrangements to have the child picked up as soon as possible. State law then requires that the child be excluded from the center for twenty-four hours after the illness has subsided without the aid of symptom reducing medications. Notification of contagious illness will be communicated within the center to aid in halting the spread of such ailments.

 

Medications

If a medication must be administered to a child in attendance, the corrective must be in the original container with the medications name clearly visible, labeled with the child’s name, the prescribing physician’s name, dosage amount, and times to be dispensed. In addition, the caregivers will fill out a form granting permission for the medication to be administered, so that a written record can be maintained as to the specific times of treatment. Diaper rash ointment, powders, and other tropical creams will be applied using the same caregiver release form. 

 

State Mandated Reporting

In accordance with LIC 9108 of the California State Social Service Law, all staff members are mandated to report any suspicion of child abuse. The welfare of the child is of utmost concern and staff members are trained in child abuse, maltreatment indication, and prevention.