Leah's Place isn't just a childcare we are a family.

My childcare is a small licensed in-home facility.

All families enrolled are considered one big family.

I'm licensed for 8 children but if i have any child under age 2 I can only have 6 children enrolled.

I always have a child under age 2.

Open: Monday-Friday

7:00 a.m. - 500 P.m.

3 months -2 years- $250.00 a week (slot)

2 years-11 years-   $200.00 a week (slot)

slots are for entire week whether you need 3 days or 5 days your taking a slot

its the same weekly rate for everyone.

I do NOT accept DSHS subsidy

 

$50.00 per child registration fee (non refundable) due time of enrollment
 

Rate may increase if special needy child is enrolled, depending on the special need, we will discuss during our interview.

When you enroll your child/ren they are taking up a slot, this is your child's slot, you will pay for this slot even if your child is absent.

You pay your weekly rate under all other circumstances.


The schedule on the child care agreement form needs to followed. Don't be late with pick up time.!! I open at 7;00 and close at 5;00. Don't be late on your scheduled pick up time or you will also be charged $5.00 a minute late charges due before your next scheduled child care day.

(follow your Childcare Agreement form).
 

 

Paydays are Due in advance each week,
starting on Monday or the first day of the week your child attends. Pre-pay for services

(weekly is normal)
NO EXCEPTIONS! For everyday your late paying me I will charge you $5.00 a day. You can also prepay for weeks or a full month, whatever works best for you. Remember to fill out childcare payment by the sign in sheet.

Payments:
can be made by check or money order or cash. If your check Bounces at any time, I will charge you what the bank charges me, plus $25.00 and any additional bank charges.
I also will no longer accept checks from you, If it was a valid mistake ill allow you to continue to pay by check, if it bounces a second time Ill terminate . Make checks payable to ( Leah Lindsay )

 

Withdraw from child-care
Please give me at the least 2 week notice in a handwritten letter stating that you no longer need my services with a signature and date included, or you will be charged for those 2 weeks if you do not let me know. If you fail to pay the last 2 weeks I will add penalty fees, if you continue to avoid making your payment you will be sent to collections, an agency of my choice within 30 days of the date of your hand written withdraw/Termination letter.

You need to have in hand writing with signature and date of your 2 week withdraw Notice. Failure to do this will cause unnecessary fees, and penalties with possible collection agency involved if failure to not give proper 2 week notice depending on the situation.

Please be mindful and give more then a 2 weeks notice if possible as im sure you would also prefer your job giving you more then 2 weeks

Holding a Slot

If you want to enroll your child and do not need care for a couple months but want to hold your slot

it is $100.00 a month per child pre-paid (No exceptions.) Non refundable.

50.00 enrollment fee also applies for new enrollments, also non refundable.


In the unlikely event that I determine your child needs care in a different setting I can help you with referrals and resources.
This may happen in the first weeks of enrolling them. I do not guarantee that I can find care for your children, That is up to the parent. I reserve the right to stop care If I have any problems with Child or parents at no notice.

Please call A.S.A.P. TO let me know your child is not coming on their scheduled day. If you don't call me you will be charged 5.00 fee for not calling.
You have to pay your day rate whether your child is here or not because this is their slot.
If you call me on the weekend I may not be able to contact you till Monday morning. You can always leave a message for me, I will definitely get it.

I will be closed on these Holidays:

New Years Day, Memorial day, Martin luther king, presidents,
4th & 5th Of July, Labor day,
The day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving  and the day after
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day after
I may add more time off for Holiday's with proper notice.
You will still have to pay your slot on all holidays

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It will be your responsibility to find alternative care for your children on days I'm closed or when I am Ill or on Vacation or some Emergency situation. On Emergencies there may be no warning, or a short time warning if this happens. I recommend you have a back up provider Always! I will call you the night before or the morning of if I am too sick to provide care. If I'm extremely Ill I will put a note on the door.



House Rules:

Parents have free access to all child care area's during child care hours only when it's there child's scheduled day. Please No smoking on my property. Smoking is prohibited.

No alcohol or drugs or Guns are allowed in the childcare

we are a no shoes facility


Childcare Supply List, parent's must provide:
Infant: Diapers, wipes, Formula/breast milk, Bottles, Baby food, Bibs, Extra clothes, (base it on weather), sunscreen,special Blanket, (if needed) Parents Please Supply a Box of Kleenex- monthly or make sure your child's Kleenex is replaced, it will be stored in their cubby.
* and any other necessities that deem necessary.*

I need a signed form to administer sunscreen, which I will give you.
Please Bring a special sippie cup, You can leave the cup here if you like.

 

We do water sensory activities, so always bring extra clothes, we love the outdoors and we get dirty, please bring appropriate clothing, Remember By law I have to take the children out daily, unless its super stormy, wet, cold snowy weather.

Safety and Discipline:
In the event that a child is unwilling to change unacceptable behavior through discussion or redirection, there will be a time out on the thinking step for children 2 years old and up. This will be a time to learn behavior management, and I will be helping and using this situation as a learning tool for the children . No corporal punishment will be used or shame of any kind!!!

Children are supervised at all times, when im preparing lunch I am close enough to hear and see.

Children will not have access to unlicensed area's ,since the bathroom is located in my home , my home is also licensed and safe.

Daily schedule: Normal hours of operation, 7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday the schedule routine below has been known to change depending on season, weather, children's ages and for school children, and to help accommodate parents schedules. (We may do certain activities outside when weather is nice) There is no preschool for summer break. Preschool starts back up in Fall. This is are daily schedule below: (and does change)


Open at 7:00 a.m. welcome
7:00-8:30 Breakfast and free time
8:30-10:00 Free time ~ arts and crafts~ Preschool Program
10:00-10:30 morning snack and outside play (weather permitted)
11:00-11:15 free play (so I can prepare lunch)
11:15 lunch/ clean up.
11:30ish story time (winding down time)
11:30ish-2:00-ish Quiet time/Rest Time.
2:45- snack
3:15-3:30 circle time (preschool)
3:30-4:30 outside play (or inside group play)
4:30- FAREWELL GOODBYE!
!!!!!!!DON'T BE LATE WITH PICK-UP!!!!!!!
I plan my life around Pick-up times, so to make sure your here on your scheduled pickup time I will charge you $5.00 a minute late charges.


Meals and snacks:

I keep up to date on my food handlers permit
I will provide all healthy meals. I cook Organic healthy food, mostly warm meals, I make sandwiches very minimal. I can provide gluten free and non dairy to children who have allergies.

I may ask a parent to supply some of the meals if there is diet restrictions, we will discuss this during our interview.
If A child has a peanut allergy I will inform all parents to not bring peanuts into the facility/childcare. I will have fresh water at all times accessible for the children in there sippie cups. Please no Gum!! or lolli pops. Yucky Sticky Icky!!
We will have small parties and celebrations on Holidays and Birthdays, parents may provide snacks If they like to contribute. I LIMIT sugar intake when I provide meals, snacks, and treats. I do not provide juice or give children Juice.
Infants: will be fed on demand, and I will hold them while bottle feeding unless they can hold their own bottle..

If a child is on a special health diet, I may not be able to provide for them, if that is the case please bring their food or /and drinks as well..

I am apart of the USDA nutritional food program, every child enrolled will also be apart of the food program.

QUIET-Time:

As required by Licensing wacs/rules, through all licensed child cares, there will be a quiet time with comfortable clean nap mats and playpens, and clean blankets.
This is a time they rest with soothing sounds of nature.

11:30ish- 2:ooish. There is no talking or playing at this time. Most of the children do fall asleep. I do not have a T.V. In the child care area, I do not use one as a babysitter. I do for see some time in the future maybe rewarding the children with a special movie and popcorn occasionally. I also comply with the SIDS recommendations, which does change periodically

children under age of 12 months can not be put down to sleep with a blanket


Parents Please provide a special blanket or some form of security during Quiet time.
Children fewer than 24 months will not have a set nap time as they sleep and wake when it's their own time. Infants (not newborns) usually have 2 nap times in a day on their own schedule.

 

If a parent requests you can have your child have quiet time located on the other side of the childcare in a playpen . Some parents find there child gets better rest and does request it. This will need to be in writing if this is your preference.

please do not pick up your child in between 11:30-2:30 in case the children are having there quiet time, if you need to pick them up please let me know me know so i can make arrangements to not to disturb the kids during there nap time, Thank you.

safe time to pickup early would be 2:30.

Toilet Training :
is a very special time,

I will be happy to assist with the training that the parents started at home first,
I will be working with you in the training process. Please let me know what best works for your child, so I can incorporate your tactics in the training. Since potty training can be messy you will need to supply a box of baby wipes and a lot extra clothes. Remember I cant do all the work, parents need to do their part or the child wont want to be potty trained.

 

Because of covid 19 the below recommendations is no longer valid

unfortunately if there are any signs of illness you may NOT bring your child

even if they have a clear runny nose. In some cases before you return you may have to get a covid test. I'm aware this is stressful and now even some teething symptoms such as runny nose, and fever mimic some covid symptoms. you are required to take your child's temperature every morning before coming to childcare.

 

update

1/13/2021

If your child has any signs of an illness ( including a small runny nose)

They will Not be allowed in childcare.

I do not feel comfortable allowing a child to return any time soon as it could possibly be the covid strain we are all trying to avoid.

 

I would need to know definitely what type of virus it is before returning.

If it’s a cold your child should stay home for a minimum of 4 days as a common cold/flu 

 is contagious for the first 3-4 days.

Ain’t no one want even a common cold or flu.

I won’t budge on this.

 

If you decide to get a covid test 

It may speed up your return to childcare if it’s not covid.

If it’s covid then you can not return for 14 days from the first sign of symptoms.

14 days minimum. 

 

If you decide not to get a covid test then that’s fine too but you will not be able to return until after the 14 days of first symptoms. 

You will still pay your weekly rate regardless of any situation. 

 

So mask up and sanitize and social distance

and you will protect yourself better from all viruses.

this is not up for debate.


Illness:
PLEASE KEEP CHILDREN HOME IF:::::::
1. Green mucous discharge from eyes or nose normally 4  days minimal  stay at home
2. Diarrhea within 48 hours of last bout 2 days or more at home
3. Fever over 100 degrees normally 4 days minimal at home
4. Puking normally 4 days minimal at home
5. Any other contagious illness or rash.
6. Lice or nits (check your child's hair monthly)
7. If your child is lethargic and looks sick please keep them home.

(this is just a list, as a parent please listen to your gut)

If you are thinking, ~I hope my child isn’t sick,~ and you see small symptoms then that’s a clue to not have your child come to childcare.

I can not stress enough about this, I understand we all get sick but please know children who are sick are not allowed in my childcare.

If your child shows any signs of any illness I will call parents A.S.A.P. TO
PICK UP THEIR CHILD. I know the difference between teething and being sick,
I have no problem watching teething children, I also realize that some children have allergies.
So it's very Important to keep them home, If you need to work then find a back up provider who will watch your child.

 

Immunizations:

when your child receives immunizations please let me know so I can update the immunization form.. If you chose not to have your child immunized, that is okay but need you to fill out an exemption form with possibly a physicians signature. I will provide the form, please let me know if you need it, Thank you .

 

Medical Emergencies: in the event of a Serious medical emergency I will:
Call 911
Administer first aid or CPR
Contact parents and , or emergency contacts
I may have to have your child transported to the Hospital by ambulance.

I am up to date Always on my CPR and first aid .

My first aid kit is located on top (very high) of the diaper and wipes wall storage.

Medication:

I will not administer any medicine

Disaster Plan, Emergency Plan: Health care and emergency preparedness and evacuation plans

In the unlikely event of a natural disaster I am prepared with a week supply of food and water and all other essentials in a disaster plan kit.

If you want to know more about the disaster emergency plan and the other Emergency plans it is hanging on a clip board by the Entrance.

Religious and culture practices:

Your children will be exposed to Holiday celebrations.

Such as Christmas, Halloween, Easter. Out of respect I will not teach your children the religion that the holiday is attached to since everyone has their own religious and culture beliefs.
I will not force my beliefs on your children by no means. I respect all religions and beliefs and cultures, Out of respect I also include children's books and materials and arts and crafts on other cultures as well, (not religion) but culture.

Child abuse reporting:
By Law I am required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.
I will not discriminate against any child or adult in child care based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, disability, or marital or veteran status of the child or family members.

Sign in sheet:
It is also very important that you sign your children In/out with child's full legal name and parents full legal signature. This helps me keep up to date records that are mandatory for my job.
I will remind parents to do so if they forget. Hopefully you will get in the habit of doing this. Also please always Look at the Calendar and parent communication area to see any closures or anything Of Importance.


Children's property:
I am not responsible for lost or damaged property your child brings to my home. If you are worried about your children's property please then just leave toys  at home.
I also have a small cubbies /lockers for their belongings.

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We use good words in my child care home so if your child comes home saying not so nice words then that's unfortunate and I am not responsible for any language your children may pick up at my home. I do Not allow bad language, and will address the issue with child and parents if this happens. It is also normal for a child to express through words they have heard.

Reference's and license Information:

If you would like a few references, please just ask. I would be more then happy to supply you with them. If you would like a free copy of My background check I can supply you with that as well.

If you would like information about my license or have any other questions please let me know so I can provide the information.

Amendments to policy or any documents:

I reserve the right to amend, update or change any and all policies stated in this policy and any other documents at any time. I reserve the right to change rates with no notice. I reserve the right to Terminate a family with no notice. Changes will be made in writing. The policy will be reviewed annually, and If changes are made you will get a new Policy Packet. Some of my Rules may sound a little foolish but I have to make sure to incorporate The state Licensing rules as well. It's Just another Mandatory Rule That I also need to abide by.

Communication:

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask me.
This avoids any conflict, misunderstandings or hurt feelings. I am a very open and honest person.
I would love to visit with you at Pick up and drop off time If I can. You are welcome to have a conference with me at any time I am available or call during decent hours. Communication on the development of your child is our #1 goal we are a team, we are working together.

I will Periodically send home Newsletters, emails, notes, progress reports,documents, & child-care info.,
so please read them or you may miss out on very important information, Such as closures.
Please also check your children's Locker Cubbies daily and bags.

My Program philosophy can be found on the parent communications board. I am required by law to make sure my policy is followed, Failure to do so results in me getting hefty fines by the state ,We are a team please help me, and make sure your children's files/paperwork, immunizations are up to date.

 

 

My Policy is NOT up for debate, If you feel it is too harsh and you may not be able to follow the rules then my childcare is not for you. I am a professional and this is My business , I am a business owner and this policy that is in writing clearly states The rules. you will sign a agreement stating you understand the policy to avoid any misunderstandings and disagreements. I will Not change my Policy for you. Please respect my Policy and Me, thank you.
 

Leah Lindsay
Leah's Place child-care
599-3076
LchiL13@comcast.net

 

Phone: (360) 599-3076 Leave A message   /Best form of contact is email:  LchiL13@comcast.net

  5312 Belfern Dr.  Bellingham, WA 98226 Near Ferndale , North Bellingham.

                           Open: Monday-Friday:  7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Leah Lindsay

5312 Belfern Drive

Bellingham WA 98226

360-599-3076 landline

LchiL13@comcast.net

open Mon-Friday 7:00 am- 5:00pm