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Preschool & Summer Camp:
223 14th Street
(Corner Brinkerhoff & 14th St.)
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 592-6695
Fax: (201) 302-9729

ABCs of Les Enfants

HEALTH POLICY

  1. Upon entrance, and yearly thereafter, all children must present the Universal Child Health Record Form, completed by the child’s pediatrician. Children must have all immunizations appropriate to their age as mandated by the health department. They must be in good health and able to participate in normal activities at the Center.
  2. Les Enfants shall not permit a child who has any of the illnesses or symptoms of illness specified below to be admitted to the Center on a given day unless medical diagnosis from a licensed physician, which had been communicated to the Center in writing, or verbally with written follow-up, indicates that the child poses no serious health risk to himself or herself or to other children. Such illnesses or symptoms of illness shall include, but not be limited to any of the following:
    1. Severe pain or discomfort;
    2. Acute diarrhea, characterized as twice the child’s usual frequency of bowel movements with a change to a looser consistency within a period of 24 hours;
    3. Vomiting;
    4. Elevated oral temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or over an auxiliary temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or over;
    5. Sore throat or severe/persistent coughing;
    6. Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin;
    7. Red eyes with discharge;
    8. Infected, untreated skin patches;
    9. Difficult rapid breathing;
    10. Skin rashes, excluding diaper rash, lasting more than one day;
    11. Weeping or bleeding skin lesions that have not been treated by a physician or nurse;
    12. Swollen joints;
    13. Visibly enlarged lymph nodes;
    14. Stiff neck; or
    15. Blood in urine
  3. Once the child is symptom-free, or a licensed physician indicates that the child poses no serious health risk to himself or herself or to other children, the child may return to the center.
  4. Medication will ONLY be dispensed if:
    1. Accompanied by a signed, written permission form from the parent with times medication should be administered.
    2. Prescribed for your child by a physician.
    3. In the original container showing the child’s full name and dosage instructions along with medication dropper.
  5. Non-prescription medicine WILL NOT be dispensed without a doctor’s authorization.

FOOD ALLERGIES

Les Enfants is a “Nut-Free” Facility due to the amount and severity of nut allergies in children. Les Enfants will not serve and children are not permitted to bring in any foods or snacks that contain nuts.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

The doors open at 7:00 am and close at 6:30 pm. Children should arrive at the time the class begins. It is not necessary to arrive early. Please make sure you check your child in and out with a teacher. There will be a late charge of $15.00 for every quarter hour, or part of, that child is picked up after their scheduled departure time.

MEALS

  • Breakfast must be brought from home and is served to the children arriving before 8:15 am.
  • Morning and afternoon snacks are provided as well as milk, water and fruit juice throughout the day.
  • Lunch may be purchased through our hot lunch program or brought from home. Refrigeration is provided for perishable food. Hot lunches must be brought in a thermos, ready to eat.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  1. A seasonal change of clothes including underwear and socks. These should be brought to school and kept in a labeled plastic Ziploc bag and immediately upon use.
  2. One small labeled blanket if taking a nap. Blankets must be taken home weekly for laundering.
  3. One long-sleeve smock for messy art projects. An oversized shirt works best.
  4. Disposable diapers. Please check that your child has and ample supply for at least a week.

RATIOS

The following staff/child ratios are required by the State of New Jersey. Les Enfants prides itself in keeping with a higher staff/child ratio whenever possible.

AgeState Mandated
Staff/Child Ratio
Les Enfants
Staff/Child Ratio
2.5 - 3 years 1:10 1:8 plus floater
4 - 5 years 1:12 1:9 plus floater

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

Closings in case of emergency or snow are at the discretion of the Directors. Parents will be notified by our automated emergency notification service which can be activated in minutes. In case of closing or delayed opening in due to inclement weather, parents will be notified and a message will be left on the school voice mail by 6:30 am. Please do not venture out until you are certain of whether or not the school is open or if we are having a delayed opening.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS

Surveillance cameras are located in each of the classrooms and hallways. Monitors are located in the office and we record on a 24 hour basis. Parents are welcome to watch the monitors at any time during the day.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

We at Les Enfants both invite and encourage parents to be active participants in classroom activities, class trips, etc. If you or someone in your family has a special trade, job, or hobby we would love for you to share it with us, so sign up today to join us in the fun! For those of you who cannot join us as often as you would like, we also set aside an annual open house, back to school night and parent/teacher conferences.

ABSENCES AND VACATION CREDITS

Since Center expenses continue and space is reserved whether or not a child is in attendance, no refund of money will be made for absence. Vacations WILL NOT be credited during the school year. Extended Care families can receive up to four weeks of vacation credit during the month of August ONLY if the office is notified by May 31st.

BABYSITTING POLICY

It is Les Enfants’ company policy that employees do not take care of children enrolled in our program outside the Center at any time. Employees are not permitted to take children to and from the Center for any reason. Insurance does not cover our staff off of the premises. Furthermore, the job demands are high and we feel that professional stance is to avoid this conflict. Violation of these policies may be cause for employee termination.

TOILET TRAINING

Most children do not have the physical ability to control their bladder and bowels before the age of about eighteen months. Beginning toilet training early simply causes frustration for the caregiver and puts unnecessary pressure on a young toddler. Our policy is as follows;

  1. No child shall ever be forced to go to the toilet if he/she shows signs of fear;
  2. We shall follow parents’ toilet training procedures to the best of our ability if they are in the best interest of the child;
  3. We will encourage a child to go on the toilet if they exhibit any of the signs indicating that they are getting ready;
  4. No child will ever be punished or harassed by a staff member if they are not ready to be toilet trained;
  5. We will use positive reinforcement or rewards for children who are in the process of toilet training, but under no circumstances will negative reinforcement be used;
  6. No child shall ever be embarrassed or have anger shown to them by a staff member if they should have an accident, whether they are in the toilet training process or are completely trained;
  7. Parents will be kept informed of their child’s progress.

BITING

Although biting is a “normal” part of behavior, in that one out of ten toddlers and two year olds bite, it is a disturbing and potentially harmful behavior that parents and educators must discourage from the very first episode. If your child is experiencing difficulty in this area or is involved in a situation with a child who is experiencing difficulty, the staff of Les Enfants will follow guidelines as set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We are happy to speak with and discuss these guidelines with parents. When a biting incident occurs, parents of all children involved will be notified. We have found that it is in the best interest of the children not to reveal the identity of the child who is having the biting problem. If the behavior continues after a reasonable amount of time, and effort has been exercised in preventing a child from biting, temporary withdrawal from the center may be necessary.

Young children may bite for different reasons, and not all will respond to the same types of intervention. The key is cooperation and understanding for adults and children alike. Together, we can usually guide toward self-control and away from biting.

BIRTHDAYS / HOLIDAYS

It is Les Enfants’ policy to not allow families to give out "goodie bags", gifts, books, candy, pencils, etc. By allowing these or any items, to be sent home, Les Enfants becomes responsible for what is inside. Although the majority of what is being given out is safe, we cannot risk being responsible for something we do not prepare. Also, not all families chose to send home "goodie bags" or gifts and we feel this may cause children and their families undue stress and sadness if they feel they should have done the same. Please understand that these decisions were reached by us at Les Enfants after much thoughtful consideration, discussion and experience. We truly feel these policies are in the best interest of our children and hope you will feel the same. This policy applies to any holiday, birthday, graduation, etc.

Another note about birthdays concerns the treats served. Children are sensitive to excessive sugar as we are sure you are well aware! Please send treats that are not excessively sweet, such as muffins or cupcakes with little or no frosting. Or be creative!!! Lastly, we need to address lengthy or excessive celebrations. The proper place for families to gather and hire entertainers to be enjoyed is at a home/party place. We feel an appropriate celebration at school should be simple and short so as not to disrupt the class routine, therefore parties will be a classroom celebration only and will be held at snack time.

POLICY ON THE RELEASE OF CHILDREN

  1. Each child may be released only to the child’s custodial parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the custodial parent(s), to take the child from the Center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the custodial parent(s) cannot be reached. A child shall not be visited by or released to a non-custodial parent unless the custodial parent specifically authorizes the Center to allow such a visit or release in writing. This written authorization, including name, address, and telephone number shall be maintained in the child’s file. Identification will be required in order to verify identity. If a non-custodial parent has been denied access to a child by court mandate, the Center must be provided with documentation.
  2. In the event that the parent(s) or the other person(s) authorized by the parent(s) fails to pick up, or is late in picking up a child at the time of the Center’s closing, the following procedure will be followed:
    1. The child will be supervised at all times by at least one Center staff member;
    2. Staff member(s) will make every effort to contact the custodial parent(s) and/or persons listed on the child’s information sheet, and authorized by the custodial parent(s) to be called in case of emergency, and/or person(s) authorized by the parent(s) to care for the child.
  3. In case the custodial parent(s) and/or other persons authorized by the custodial parent(s) fails to pick up their child one hour or more after closing time, and provided that the Center’s staff has been unable to make other arrangements for returning the child to his/her custodial parent(s), a Center staff member shall call the New Jersey 24 hour Child Abuse Hoteline:1-800-792-8610 to seek assistance in caring for the child until his/her custodial parent(s) or other person(s) authorizes by the custodial parent(s) is available to care for the child.
  4. If the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), appear to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that, in the judgment of the director and/or staff member, the child would be placed at risk or harm if released to such an individual, the procedure shall be:
    1. The child may not be released to such an impaired individual;
    2. Staff members will attempt to contact the child’s other parent or an alternate person authorized by the parent; and
    3. If the Center is unable to make alternate arrangements, the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline will be called in order to seek assistance in caring for the child.
  5. No child shall be released from the program unsupervised.

LES ENFANTS DISCIPLINE POLICY

DISCIPLINE at Les Enfants DOES NOT allow hitting, shaking, corporal punishment, abusive language, frightening treatment, withholding of food or emotional responses, or making a child stay silent for long periods of time.

THERE ARE NO BAD CHILDREN, JUST BAD BEHAVIOR: Never call a child “bad boy” or “bad girl”. Children need to know that we love them unconditionally, even if their behavior is unacceptable at times.

SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES WE USE TO FOSTER SELF DISCIPLINE ARE:

  1. Focus on the positive- If a child’s behavior is unacceptable, suggest appropriate alternatives rather than focus on the negative attention or inappropriate behavior.
  2. Model good behavior- Say “please” to children if you want them to say “please” to you or to other children—DON’T SHOUT “BE QUIET!!!”
  3. Clarify consequences- Help children analyze the consequences of their actions by thinking about their behavior’s impact; develop children’s understanding of cause and effect relationships.
  4. Limit options- Do not overload children with choices- of time, space, material, or activities.
  5. Redirect- When unacceptable behaviors are specific to certain situations, divert the child to another activity.
  6. Reinforce appropriate behavior and ignore inappropriate whenever possible.
  7. Cue behavior- A flick of a light switch, or an upraised hand can signal fairly regular events such as transition periods and can give a child sense of order in their lives.
  8. Monitor behavior- Physical proximity- placing a hand on a child’s shoulder, standing quietly in potential problem area can say “I’m here if you need support”.
  9. Occasionally it is necessary to remove a child from a provoking situation. The removal is an adult supervised, neutralizing, temporary event that is ended when the child indicates that he/she has the desire and control needed to enter the group. It is NOT punishing a child, placing him in a dark or frightening situation, or demeaning him. It is providing him with an unprovoking alternative activity which he pursues by himself.
  10. Restrain behavior- When children are angry enough to make their actions potentially dangerous to themselves or others, restraint may be the only workable approach:
    1. Verbal restraint- simple, non-judgmental statements that say, in effect, “I can’t let you harm yourself or others. You are angry now, but once you calm, you will be better able to handle the situation”.
    2. Physical restraint- May be necessary to accompany verbalization- this should never be punitive or aggressive response. It is NOT hitting, shaking, pushing, or any type of corporal punishment. Instead the child is calmly but firmly held in a neutral way until regaining self control.
    3. Removal of the child from the classroom- When all else fails, the child can be brought to the office for his own good and the good of others. When a child is brought to the office by his teacher, the office staff is told why the child is there, and when he can return to his class. The child is supervised at all times.
    4. Removal if the child from the program- The minor day-to-day problems in child behavior are best handled on the spot by the teacher who knows and cares for the child. When behavioral problems cannot be solved, the child’s parent(s) shall be consulted in order to plan for the child’s development of inner control. It is our intention to promote respect and confidence in children, for themselves and others. However, should a child’s behavior continue to jeopardize the well being of other children, after steps have been taken to work with the parent(s) and child, withdrawal from the program may be necessary.

REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE / NEGLECT

Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that an enrolled child has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language, ridicule, harsh, humiliating or frightening treatment, or any other kind of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation by any adult, whether working at the center or not, is required by State law to report the concern immediately to the State Central Registry Hotline:
Toll-Free at: 1-877-NJABUSE (1-877-652-2873). Such reports may be made anonymously.

 

LES ENFANTS EXPULSION POLICY

Unfortunately, there are sometimes reasons we have to expel a child from our program, either on a short term or permanent basis. We want you to know we will do everything possible to work with the family of the child in order to prevent this policy from being enforced.

PARENTAL ACTIONS FOR CHILD’S EXPLUSION:

Failure of parents to pay or habitual lateness in payments
Failure to complete required forms or providing copy of child’s health records
Habitual tardiness in picking up child
Physical or verbal abuse or inappropriate behavior or language with staff or children
Failure to obtain or follow up on recommendations for professional intervention for child


CHILD’S ACTIONS FOR EXPULSION:

Failure of child to adjust after a reasonable amount of time
Uncontrollable tantrums or angry outbursts
Ongoing physical or verbal abuse or inappropriate behavior or language with staff or children
Behavior or learning disabilities which require professional intervention not provided at the center
Excessive biting


PROACTIVE ACTIONS THAT WILL BE TAKEN IN ORDER NOT TO EXPEL A CHILD:

Staff will try to redirect child from negative behavior
Staff will reassess classroom environment, appropriateness of activities, and supervision
Staff will use positive methods and language while disciplining children
Staff will praise appropriate behaviors
Staff will apply consequences for behavior consistently
Child’s disruptive behavior will be documented and maintained in confidentiality
Child will be given verbal warnings
A brief time-out may be given, if appropriate to age, so child can gain control
Child may lose some special classroom privileges if appropriate to age
Staff will verbally describe to parent or send home notes describing behaviors in detail
Literature regarding behavior will be offered to parent if available
Parent conferences will be required, if judged to be necessary, by teacher or director
Written parent and/or center action plan may be developed
Parent may be required to schedule an evaluation by a professional or local school child study team
Parent may be required to immediately pick up child if staff cannot handle child’s behavior

SCHEDULE OF EXPULSION:

If after remedial actions as described above have not worked, the child’s parent/guardian will be advised verbally and/or in writing about the child’s or parent’s behavior warranting expulsion. An expulsion action in meant to be a period of time so that the parent/guardian may work on the child’s behavior or come to an agreement with the center. The parent/guardian will be informed regarding:

  1. The length of the expulsion period
  2. Expected behavioral changes required in order for the child to return to the center
  3. A specific expulsion date that allows the parent a reasonable amount of time to seek alternate child care will be given if possible (approximately one to two weeks), depending on the safety of other children or severity of the problem with the child or parent, as judged by center director.
  4. Failure of the child/parent to satisfy the terms discussed and/or severity of the problems as judged by the center director may result in permanent expulsion form the center.

REASONS FOR WHICH A CHILD WILL NOT BE EXPELLED:

  • A parent made a legitimate complaint to the Office of Licensing regarding the Center’s alleged violation(s) of licensing requirements (1-877-667-9845)
  • A parent made a legitimate report of abuse or neglect occurring at the center (1-800-215-6853 or 1-800-792-8610 after 5 pm)
  • A parent questioned the Center’s policies and/or procedures.

INFORMATION TO PARENTS

Under provisions of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (N.J.A.C. 10:122), every licensed child care center in New Jersey must provide to parents of enrolled children written information on parent visitation rights, State licensing requirements, child abuse/neglect reporting requirements and other child care matters. The center must comply with this requirement by reproducing and distributing to parents this written statement, prepared by the Office of Licensing, Child Care & Youth Residential Licensing in the Department of Children and Families(DCF). In keeping with this requirement, the center must secure every parent’s signature attesting to his/her receipt of the information.

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Our center is required by the State Child Care Center Licensing law to be licensed by the Office of Licensing, Child Care & Youth Residential Licensing in the Department of Children and Families. A copy of our current license must be posted in a prominent location at our center. Look for it when you’re in the center.

To be licensed, our center must comply with the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (the official licensing regulations). The regulations cover such areas as: physical environment/life-safety; staff qualifications, supervision, and staff/child ratios; program activities and equipment; health, food and nutrition; rest and sleep requirements; parent/community participation; administrative and record keeping requirements; and others.

Our center must have on the premises a copy of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers and make it available to interested parents for review. If you would like to review our copy, just ask any staff member. Parents may secure a copy of the Manual of Requirements by sending a check or money order for $5 made payable to the “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”, and mailing it to: NJ Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing, Publication Fees, PO Box 657, Trenton, NJ 08646-0657.

We encourage parents to discuss with us any questions or concerns about the policies and program of the center or the meaning, application or alleged violations of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers. We will be happy to arrange a convenient opportunity for you to review and discuss these matters with us. If you suspect our center may be in violation of licensing standards, you are entitled to report them to the Office of Licensing by calling toll-free 1-877-667-9845. Of course, we would appreciate your bringing these concerns to our attention, too.

Our center must have a policy concerning the release of children to parents or people authorized by parents to be responsible for the child. Please discuss with us your plans for your child’s departure from the center.

Our center must have a policy about administering medicine and health care procedures and the management of communicable diseases. Please talk to us about these policies so we can work together to keep our children healthy.

Our center must have a policy concerning the expulsion of children from enrollment at the center. Please review this policy so we can work together to keep your child in our center.

Parents are entitled to review the center’s copy of the Office of Licensing’s Inspection/Violation Reports on the center, which are issued after every State licensing inspection of our center. If there is a licensing complaint investigation, you are also entitled to review the Office’s Complaint Investigation Summary Report, as well as any letters of enforcement or other actions taken against the center during the current licensing period. Let us know if you wish to review them and we will make them available for your review.

Our center must cooperate with all DCF inspections/investigations. DCF staff may interview both staff members and children.

Our center must post its written statement of philosophy on child discipline in a prominent location and make a copy of it available to parents upon request. We encourage you to review it and to discuss with us any questions you may have about it.

Our center must post a listing or diagram of those rooms and areas approved by the Office for the children’s use. Please talk to us if you have any questions about the center’s space.

Our center must offer parents of enrolled children ample opportunity to assist the center in complying with licensing requirements; and to participate in and observe the activities of the center. Parents wishing to participate in the activities or operations of the center should discuss their interest with the center director, who can advise them of what opportunities are available.

Parents of enrolled children may visit our center at any time without having to secure prior approval from the director or any staff member. Please feel free to do so when you can. We welcome visits from our parents.

Our center must inform parents in advance of every field trip, outing, or special event away from the center, and must obtain prior written consent from parents before taking a child on each such trip.

Our center is required to comply with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), P.L. 1945, c. 169 (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.), and the Americans with Disabilities Act, P.L. 101-336 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Anyone who believes the center is not in compliance with these laws may contact the Division on Civil Rights in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety for information about filing an LAD claim at (609) 292-4605 (TTY users may dial 711 to reach the New Jersey Relay Operator and ask for (609) 292-7701), or may contact the United States Department of Justice for information about filing an ADA claim at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

Our center is required to periodically review the Department of Law and Public Safety (DLPS), Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), unsafe children's products list, make the list accessible to staff and parents, and ensure that items on the list are not at the center. The list is available at www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/recall/recalls.htm. Internet access may be available at your local library. For more information call the DLPS, DCA, toll-free at 1(800) 242-5846.

Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that an enrolled child has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language, ridicule, harsh, humiliating or frightening treatment, or any other kind of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation by any adult, whether working at the center or not, is required by State law to report the concern immediately to the State Child Abuse Hotline, toll-free at: 1-877-NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). Such reports may be made anonymously. Parents may secure information about child abuse and neglect by contacting: DCF, Office of Communications and Legislation at (609) 292-0422 or go to www.nj.gov/dcf and select Publications.

OOL 4/17/08