Frequently asked questions
What is the daycare dicipline policy?
Yes. The goal of Cuddle Time Daycare Center’s discipline plan is to help your child develop inner control so he or she may move toward appropriate social behavior. Our methods of conflict resolution include:
A daily scheduled is followed so children can understand rules and routines. Cuddle Time has only a few restrictions – we set clear limits and praise good behavior. Our teachers serve as positive role models. When children are engaged in “unacceptable behavior,” our staff assist in redirecting the children’s attention Our staff continuously supervise children during disciplinary actions. If a child is overly aggressive or repeatedly destructive of other’s belongings and talking things through has not resulted in better self-control, children will be asked to make an activity choice in another area. Staff will not be abusive, neglectful or use corporal, humiliating or frightening punishment under any circumstances. No child will be physically restrained unless it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the child or another child or adult.
If a child’s behavior is inappropriate, an incident report will be written, and the child’s parents will be notified by the director. Because we strongly encourage parental involvement, we want to work together at all times in supporting children’s growth. All such instances are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Setting clear limits
Do you have a diapering plan?
Cuddle Time Daycare Center adhere to the following diaper changing procedure:
We only accept disposable diapers.
Staff will wash their hands and the child’s hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them with paper towels.
Staff will put on protective gloves.
Children will be placed on disposable changing paper.
Soiled diapers will be removed, ointment will be applied, and child will be cleaned with wipes.
Gloves will be removed, and a new, clean diaper will be applied.
Soiled diapers, wipes and changing paper will be disposed of in a plastic bag in a covered trash can.
Staff will wash their hands and the child’s hands.
Diaper area will be washed and sanitized with bleach and water solution.
Staff will again wash their hands and dry with a paper towel.
Changing paper will be replaced.
Do you have an emergency plan?
Cuddle Time Daycare practices fire drills. In the event of a fire, evacuation from the building will be through the closest fire exit. Teachers will be responsible for supervising the children under their care and leading them to the nearest of two fire exits. They will bring with them their classroom first aid bags with emergency files and a cell phone. The director or Chain of Command staff will take the attendance sign-in sheet. All teachers and children will walk to the designated area in the parking lot – behind the double rail fence in the grassy area. Wheeled cribs will be used to transport infants out of the building. The director will immediately take attendance.
If it is not possible to return to the building, teachers will keep their children at the designated area. Parents or emergency contact individuals will be notified to pick up their children. Teacher/child ratios will be maintained.
Cuddle Time Daycare will make every effort to open on time during inclement weather. On snow days or other events such as hazardous weather conditions that require a late opening or early closing, parents can check the weather closing listings on the following local channels: WTNH -8, NBC CT-30, WTIC Fox-61. Weather closings will be televised and available online. If early dismissal is required and televised notice is not available, families will be notified by phone. Ratios will always be maintained and at least two teachers will remain until all children are picked up.
In the event of other serious weather emergencies (i.e. hurricane, tornado) teachers and children will remain in a safe location at the center. Parents will be notified after the immediate danger has passed and any alternate or early pick-ups will be arranged as needed.
In the event that the facility must evacuate, parents will be notified as quickly as possible. Cuddle Time staff will work in concert with local safety officials (i.e. Police, Fire) to facilitate any required transfer of students. Hamden’s Emergency Shelter is designated as the Hamden High School at 2040 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.
For cases of extreme emergency, 911 will be called. An ambulance will take the child to the nearest hospital, accompanied by the center director or other childcare staff. The child’s Emergency Medical Permission Form will accompany the child. Staff members will notify the family to meet the child at the designated hospital. Ratios will be maintained on site.
In case of a minor medical emergency, a qualified teacher will provide first aid as needed. Another teacher will notify the family of the child. Please make sure your emergency contact information is always up-to-date. Parents will be notified and required to arrange the pick-up of their child within an hour of notification. If available, the program’s nurse consultant will be contacted.
If a child becomes ill while at the center, parents will be notified, and the child will be removed to director’s office with an available cot or chair. A staff member will remain with the child at all times. Parents are required to arrange the pick-up of their ill child within an hour of notification. Staff will provide an illness form which must be signed by a parent.
Do you have a nurse in the center?
Cuddle Time Daycare has weekly nurse visits. Our RN will check:
Children’s’ health records
First Aid Kits, Inhalers, Epi-Pens®
Observe each child during her/his visit
Offer health report updates to the director and teachers.
Make recommendations and/or provide guidance to the director and teachers pertaining to the health of the children.
Assist in any medical issues the center should have.
What do I do if my child is sick?
Ill Child Policy
No child should be sent to the daycare sick. This policy is for the well-being of your child as well as other children. According to pediatric guidelines, a temperature of over 100.5℉ warrants the child staying home. In compliance with the Center for Disease Control Guidelines, we ask that your child not return to daycare until she/he is fever-free for twenty-four hours.
If your child starts the day with a sore throat, stomach ache, excessive diarrhea, persistent cough or fever, he/she must be kept home. Should your child become sick during the day while at our program, center staff will contact you, so you can make arrangements to bring your child home before further symptoms develop or other children are exposed to infection. Staff will provide an illness form.
Three (3) alternate telephone numbers must be given to the Center in case you cannot be reached. Please make sure that we have all your updated emergency contacts in the event an emergency should occur. In order to protect your child, other children and our staff, we have developed some guidelines on illness. We also ask that when your child will be absent, or his/her arrival delayed, you contact the center before 10:00 a.m.
Sick children may feel irritable, sad, lonely, frightened and angry. Nurturing at home can reduce the stress of an illness. If you should be called during the day to pick up your sick child, please do so in a timely manner. In the meantime, your child will remain in a designated isolation or “get well” area. The purpose is to isolate the germs – not the child; nevertheless, such isolation can be very stressful for the child. Cuddle Time Daycare requires a doctor’s note stating when the child may return to daycare.