Parent Handbook

Welcome to Preschool! Please read this handbook thoroughly, as it covers essential
policies and procedures that not only govern our preschool contract agreement but also
pertain to the care of your child.

There is a lot of information, but it will help you to understand the type of care, environment, and education your child will be receiving. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • The handbook, policies, and contracts are revised in January each year.
  • If you would like to print a paper copy of this Handbook the download can be found at the top of this page.
  • This Handbook is Copyright protected.

Little Peaches Parent Expectations:
Open communication. Provide updates on problems and progress that your child is
making. Excellent communication helps us work together in the best interest of your
child. Keep in mind that Continuity of care is vital to a Child’s development.


You should fully understand the terms of the contract and the policies and procedures
that you, as the parent, are agreeing to. Be honest about how you believe the
arrangement is working.

Hours of Operation:
Monday’s 9:00-2:15
Tuesday’s 9:00-2:15
Wednesday’s 9:00-2:15
Thursday’s 9:00-2:15
Friday’s 9:00-11:30

Days we are closed or will close early:
Any closures will be noted on the website and in the parent lobby.
There is no tuition credit allowed for any closed days. Your full Monthly Fees are due
every month from September through May. A two-week notice is required before pulling your child from class. If you chose to remove your child from school any month between September- May, your child’s spot would not be guaranteed, when you decide to return.
If you chose to take a vacation, your child’s full fees are due every month.

Fee Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings: $185


Monday- Thursday Afternoons $215

Wednesday and Friday Mornings $175


Fees are always due on the last business day of the month, which
means you are pre-paying for the month to come. All fees will be
paid by the 5th of every month or a late fee of $50 will be charged.
There is a $100 deposit that each new parent will pay before their child will
be allowed to begin school. This fee ensures your child a spot in the program.
There is a $40 returned check fee. Payments should be made on the preschool website.
If tuition becomes delinquent after 30 days, you will have ten days from
notification to meet your financial commitment. Failure to do so will result
in the removal of your child from school.
There are no refunds on fees if you pay ahead. If you pay several months at
a time please do so after carefully thinking if your child will attend for those
months.

Pick-up/Drop-off
We assume responsibility for your child only when he/she is on Little Peaches’ property.
No child will be allowed to leave with anyone except parent/guardian, unless indicated
by the parent that particular day. Anyone unfamiliar to me will be required to show I.D.
and must be approved of by the parent before they leave.


Please be in control of your child at pick-up and drop-off times. If the person picking up
the child appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, another authorized
person will be called to pick up both parent and child. The Cheyenne Police department
will be called at the first sign of resistance to this policy. Please know this policy is in
place with concern for your Child’s health and well-being.


Television: None. There is not a television in our preschool.


Snack: A light snack will be given during the middle of the class. Please plan to
bring in a snack for your child’s class once per month.


Dress code: Please have your children dressed weather-appropriate and ready to play.
If I feel that at any time your child isn’t dressed appropriately, I will address the issue
with you privately. Your child will get dirty so I do not recommend treasured or valued
clothing being worn to preschool; they should come dressed to work. They should
always have a change of clothes inside their backpacks which they are required to bring
daily. Your child should always wear shoes to school, they don’t want to have to stay
inside if we decide to go out onto the sidewalk for an activity.


Potty time: Just make me aware of how you are trying at home, so that we may keep it
consistent. Your child does not have to be potty trained to attend school. If they are
training, please make sure they bring a change of clothes, and please make sure we have
a supply of wipes and diapers/pullups/underwear for your child.


Holidays/Birthdays: We honor major holidays and all children’s birthdays. Please
pre-arrange with me any food you would like to bring in for your child’s birthday. Also,
if your family does not celebrate certain holidays please make me aware. It is always
best to avoid any treats with nuts.


Cleaning: Children will be expected to clean up after themselves. Our classroom is
sanitized on a regular basis and kept as clean as possible at all times. Handwashing is a
must within our classroom, for parent volunteers, classmates, and teachers. Please
encourage your child to clean their messes at home as well.


Preschool Rules:

I do not have a lot of rules; the children will have clear expectations and we will
consistently remind the children of these expectations during the school day.
Please be aware as in Elementary school we try to solve any behavior issues
within the school. Parents will be notified AFTER we have exhausted all our
resources in solving the issues at school. This means if we pull you in for a parent
meeting to discuss the behaviors that it is not the first time and we need to plan
to work together to come up with a solution.

Discipline:
Discipline will be consistent, clear, and understandable to the child. When disciplining a
child, positive guidance, redirection, and setting clear limits that enable a child to
become self-disciplined will be used. Children will be encouraged to respect people, to be fair, and learn to be responsible for their actions. Aggressive behavior toward their
teacher or other children is unacceptable. Good behavior will be encouraged and praised. If there are issues at school, please know that by the time I come to you to
discuss any concerns it means it is not the first time we have had a problem. It means we have done our best to handle things within the school, but the issue is not going away and it’s time we address it together as teachers and parents.

The teacher closest to the child will handle any problems. A calm conversation will be had unless the teacher feels the child is too worked up yet to talk and they will be asked to take some chill-out time in a quiet place until they calm down, then they will talk with me about how things could have gone better and what a better choice would have been. All discipline goes through me and all teachers are instructed by me in what to do in any situation that arises. Every incident that happens in class is reported to me. All student behaviors will be discussed between the parent and me.

Exclusions from Care/sicknesses:

A communicable disease, or being a carrier of such, that is listed on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Reportable Disease and Condition List, unless:

(1.) They have been declared non-infectious to others by a licensed physician, physician assistant (PA), or nurse practitioner (NP); or

(2.) Approval has been given by the local or state department of health; or

(3.) In the case of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV the infected individual has been determined to be of negligible risk to other persons in routine childcare settings by a licensed physician and the facility director.

Diarrhea, when it is:

(1.) Due to disease spread by fecal contamination as verified by a licensed physician, PA, or NP; or

(2.) Accompanied by evidence of dehydration or fluid loss, identified by sunken eyes or poor skin elasticity; or

(3.) Accompanied by a history of poor fluid intake or unusual drowsiness; or

(4.) Continued beyond four (4) days unless a physician provides written documentation that it is safe to readmit the child for care.

Severe pain or discomfort;

Two (2) or more episodes of acute vomiting within a period of twenty-four (24) hours;

Difficult or rapid breathing;

Yellowish eyes or skin unless due to a non-infectious condition as verified by a licensed physician, PA, or NP;

Sore throat with a fever over 100 degrees or severe coughing;

Head lice, until after first treatment;

Scabies, until treatment, is completed;

Children suspected of being in contagious stages of hepatitis A, chickenpox, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, or diphtheria;

Skin infection or rash, excluding diaper rash.

Purulent conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Elevated oral temperature of 100 degrees or over.

Termination of care: Care can only be terminated by the parent with a two weeks’
notice. I reserve the right to immediately end care for non-payment, failure to respect
staff, and the preschool contract. A refund of fees will not be given if you have chosen to leave preschool after dues have been paid.

Teacher Vacation: It will be attempted to have a substitute teacher during staff vacation times. However this may not always be possible. Teachers have 10 vacation days per year.

Supplies: A needs list is posted on the website as well as in the parent lobby at school. This list is updated frequently. Items do not need to be bought new from the store. If you have some at home we will take what you have, no need to go shopping.

Blizzards/Snow Days: If Laramie county school district #1 closes for a snow day, we
will also close. If the weather gets too bad and the district closes early and sends students home before a bad storm we will also.

Tornados/Severe Weather: Weather is monitored at school. We do have emergency plans in place based on specific weather occurances. We have access to the buildings basement in case of extreme or hazardous weather.

Emergencies:
All staff is CPR/1st aid certified. In serious situations, 911 will be called, and parents
are responsible for any charges this may incur. In any and all situations, parents will be
called immediately to be notified, even if it’s a bruise.

Fire Drills: Fire drills are done monthly. In case of emergency, children will exit the
building and meet on the other end of the parking lot in the designated area, a safe
distance away from the fire. Even if no fire is visually seen, but the alarms go off we will
evacuate. Parents will be notified immediately.

Weapons Policy: There are no weapons of any sort on the premises. There are no
weapons allowed on-premises. I do not allow guns inside the school for any reason, no
matter your occupation or license. Please remove all weapons before entering the
school.

Anti-Bias Policy Statement

We believe all children have the right to high-quality early educational experiences that welcome and embrace all forms of diversity. In our community we acknowledge and respect everyone’s unique identity including their race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicities, abilities, and socio-economic background.

Our goal is to provide a nurturing, inclusive, equitable, and safe environment. We strive for children to gain self-awareness, confidence, and pride in their social identities as well as expressing comfort, joy, and compassion for human diversity in our classroom, our community, our country and our world.

We are committed to open and on-going dialogue among children, families, and our team at Little Peaches. This policy ensures all children, families, educators, and staff are welcome, valued, and treated with equity and respect.


Thank you for choosing Little Peaches Preschool, we look forward to working with your
family!

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