Philosophy at Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche

Please take a moment and read through this policy and procedure manual as we find it very beneficial to parents.

Children: Are entitled to a safe and nurturing environment with a schedule of routines that best meet the individual needs of each child in our care. Each child is treated with respect as a valuable individual.

Parents: Are entitled to individual respect, support and quality care for their children.

Staff: Are entitled to work in an environment which recognises and respects their training, skills and commitment to child care.
The Daycare: Enhances the lives of the children and their parents by providing a caring and supportive service.

Nutrition

Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche has been carefully designed to ensure it is a safe, comfortable environment that will accommodate the abilities and needs of all children. Our goal is to promote good health, safety and nutrition. Eating nutritious food is an important part of each child’s day.

The daycare provides lunch, morning and afternoon snacks for the children.
Snack is set out on a special snack table and the children are free to serve themselves.
Milk and water are always available to drink. We aim to have a healthy homemade range of snacks. During special occasions health fun snacks with coloured theme is provided.

Waiting list

A wait list will be formed when full enrolment has been reached in the daycare.

  • Children are accepted into the daycare on a first come basis.
  • The child’s name is entered on the computer according to the date of the initial phone call.
  • When an opening for the daycare occurs the Team Leader will contact the parents or
    guardians of the first child on the waiting list by telephone.

Children will be removed from the waitlist upon the following reasons:

  • Parents or guardians request
  • Family has moved away or phone number is out of order (the client is then unreachable)

Health

We value our clients’ health as well as the health of the staff, without healthy staff we are unable to provide effective care.

You will need to keep your child at home, or make alternate arrangements for the following conditions:

  • Fever over 38.3° C (101°F).
  • Infected eyes or skin.
  • Any type of contagious or communicable disease such as flu, measles, mumps, rubella, or chicken pox.
  • Immediately report to staff any contagious or communicable disease.
  • An acute cold with fever, runny nose and eyes, a “croupy” cough or congested to the point that he/she has heavy breathing.

Allergies

Parents/guardians need to inform the daycare staff in writing if their child has any allergies.

  • Required forms will be provided by staff as soon as an allergy is reported.
  • Allergies will be posted in the kitchen for all staff to see.
  • Parents will be informed immediately of any allergy attack and the steps taken.

Immunisation

The Daycare will keep an up-to-date copy of each child’s immunisation record in case an outbreak should occur.

  • Upon enrolment the daycare staff will ask for a current immunisation record for every child.
  • If a parent has decided not to have their child inoculated, the following procedures then apply:
    • The parent will provide a signed and dated letter stating that they have chosen not to immunise their child and that they understand the importance of immunisations, side- effects and dangers of not being immunised.
    • If an outbreak occurs, the parent will be asked to remove the child whop is not immunised from the centre until it has been determined that the child’s health is no longer at risk.

Emergency Transportation/medical attention

For children who require immediate medical attention, staff will call emergency services to respond.

  • Staff at Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche will phone for emergency transportation and/or medical attention when they deem it necessary for a child or children in their care. Getrude’s Children Hospital is 6 minutes drive from the Daycare.
  • The staff will then call parents or emergency contacts to inform them.

Release

A child will be released only to the parent or his/her legal guardian unless otherwise indicated on the registration form.

  • Each parent will have 4 digit number with the daycare name that they must present at the gate.
  • The staff must be notified in writing of any alternate arrangements.
  • Picture identification and the 4 digit number will be required if that person is not known to the daycare staff.
  • Children will not be released to anyone under the age of 18.

Napping

Infants and toddler all come with their individual sleeping patterns. The Daycare will try to meet the patterns while getting them into the routine of the daycare.

  • Each day after lunch will be rest time. The length of naps depends on the individual child. Other naps are on a as needed basis.
  • During the nap, infants will sleep on their backs until they can reposition themselves during sleep.
  • The monitors in the nap rooms will be turned on when these areas are in use.
  • Blankets, Teddy Bears and other comfort items may be brought from home to be used at nap time to help a child adjust to the centre.
  • Naps are not mandatory. Children who have outgrown naps will have quiet time, read books, do puzzles or other appropriate activities.

Diapering and clothing

Diapering and toilet training

Eco-friendly disposable diapers and wipes are optionally provided by the daycare.
As the diapering of infants and the toilet training of toddlers involves close adult-child contact, the care providers will (whenever possible) be responsible for changing diapers and assisting with toilet training. As this is an opportunity for one-to-one time with the child, the care providers will involve the child by explaining what is being done and encouraging the child to interact/help as much as possible.

Clothing and Possessions

As the children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor play activities each day, it is helpful if your child wears washable, comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather.

Confidentiality

All employees of Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche are required to carry an oath of confidentiality towards all children and families enrolled. They will not discuss any issue regarding your child with anyone other than you and fellow employees of the daycare.
Photographs

Pictures taken in the daycare will be for the enjoyment of the program participants, and for program promotion as needed. A consent form must be signed by the parent prior to the child being photographed.
Each parent will be asked if photos can be taken for their child. A photo consent form will be given to each parent.