ECE: 312 Administration of Early Childhood Ed. Programs
Welcome to Wee-Tots Learning Center! We are please that you have chosen to assist in providing childcare and early education for your child. We are licensed by the State of Georgia "Bright from the Start Program."
Our main goal is to assist you meeting your childcare needs by providing a healthy, safe, nurturing, and educational environment where children develop positive self-esteem, self-confidence and become excited about exploring their world.
You are encouraged to visit the Center and meet informally with the staff on a regular basis. We believe your active participation improves the quality of your child’s experience here. Connection between home and Center increases your child’s sense of security. We want to establish and maintain a relationship of mutual support, trust, and respect.
A newsletter is published every month. We welcome your contributions. In addition, we ask for your support during any of the various fundraising events we hold each year. (Excluded for pre-k)You are welcome to volunteer time and talent and we value your thoughts about what we do. Please feel free to speak with our Assistant Director. We want to hear your ideas and concerns. We look forward to getting to know you.
Wee-Tots Learning Center opened in July 2007 under the name of Wee-Tots Learning Center. The Center is located at 114 Evergreen Ave. Thomson, Ga. 30828. Operating is a non-profit organizations licensed by Ga. Bright from the Start. Wee-Tots Learning Center is dedicated to the care and education of children ranging in age from six weeks to twelve years old.
An elected Board of Directors consisted of the director Family and church members of the community.
The Board has the responsibility of setting general policies and guidelines, reviewing and monitoring finances and budgets, and hiring and setting the salary. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
Wee-Tots Learning Center believes the desire to learn is inborn and that learning is a natural process. Our goal is to allow that process to unfold and entrance it as it does. The most important things we can teach children are that they are lovable; they are capable; they are irreplaceable; and for them all things are possible.
We provide clean, well-ordered, and hazard-free rooms; by providing soft chairs/couches, rugs, and laps; providing rules, which are in place to protect. You must sign your child/children in and out daily. Wee-Tots Learning Center will not release a child to anyone without your authorization. A written permission card with names of those who are allowed to pick up the child must be completed upon registration. Any daily changes in picking up may be written on the sign-in/sign-out sheet, Picture identification will be requested of the staff is unfamiliar with the person picking up the child. Please inform all authorized escorts of this requirement. These procedures are required to provide a safe and protected environment for the children.
Wee-Tots Learning Center provides indoor and outdoor activities. The large-motor room is used daily by all classrooms and outdoor play is encouraged when weather permits. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather. During the summer, a bathing suit, towel, hat, and a bottle of sunscreen are necessary. Boots, hats and mittens should be sent during the winter months. Safe and appropriate shoes or sneakers are needed all year. Unless it is raining, bitterly cold, or dangerously hot will be going outside each day. All children are expected to take part in outdoor activities unless staffs are otherwise instructed by a note from child’s physician.
Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided daily. Menus will be posted weekly. Please do not send any additional food with your child. Food Substitutions are only allowed for children with diagnosed food allergies. A rest/nap time is part of each room’s daily routine. Security blankets or special sleep toys are welcome. Please bring a blanket to be left at the Center. Also a change of clothes in case of accident. Please write his/her name on all belongings. Please inform staff if your child is going to be pick up early.
Each curriculum is used to support children to reach age appropriate learning goals. We meet this need by supporting each child at his or her individual development level; at the same time gently challenging and encouraging extension of that level by providing materials which introduce basic concepts of color, shape, size, number, letter, time, measurement, and language usage. We provide musical experiences and art which stress the process, not the product; and we provide supportive teachers who observe and respond to your child’s use of materials in ways which expand that usage. Play is the primary activity of childhood. It is how children make sense out of experience Wee-tots Learning Center provides children with the time and space to play creatively. By providing with the tools and props of creative play, we provide them with the chance to tame the fearsome, transform the self, and test the infinite variety of possibilities that await them as they grow.
Currently there are five classrooms. The age groupings are as follows
1 Infant Room-Age six weeks to 12 months
1 Toddler Room-Age 12 month to 24 months
1 Twoodler Room-Age 24 months to 36 months
1Preschool Room –Age 4 years to 5 years
1 School Age Rooms-Age 5 years to 12 years
All staff members are First Aid & CPR trained and have their CDA or Early Childhood Associate Degree. Lead Teacher of Pre-k is certified also with a BA degree in early childhood Education.
The Infant Room – We provide a loving environment staffed by nurturing teachers who understand the needs of infants. Through our response to their cries, body language, or early verbalization, they learn that the world is safe, predictable, and trustworthy. By consistently meeting their physical and emotional needs.
The Toddler Room- it provides a safe, healthy environment in which our children have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences from paint and paste to pegboards and play dough, from blocks and beads to bikes and balance beams, and from stories and songs to slides and swings.
The Twoodler Room- These children no longer toddlers, yet they are quite Pre-schoolers. Their growing skills require opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of materials and situations. Like Toddlers. Twoodler are struggling issues of dependence versus independence, and so again provide both the security of structure and the freedom of making simple choices.
The Pre-School- Ga. Pre-k content standards ensure that the children develop skills in language and literacy, math, science, social studies, health and physical, personal and social, and art areas. Teachers have to assist and complete assessment in all several learning domains of each child daily and documented each week. This lottery funded program which is operated according to the public school calendar each year. The core instructional program is 6.5 hours per day. Require to have two teachers at all times five days per week for the entire 170 school days.
The School Age- We offer before and after school care, as well as full day care on school holidays and during summer months. The prime focus here is recreational.
Progress Reports and Conferences- Another way of increasing the effectiveness of what we do is by communicating with you about your child’s experience here. We do this formally through conversations as you drop off or pick up your child, more formally through monthly reports. Preschool reports are twice during the school year required by the pre-k program.
We believe that children learn to respect others when they themselves are treated in a respectful manner. We provide adult models who show rather than just tell children the appropriate ways behaving. We attempt to minimize situations where conflicts arise by providing materials and activities that challenge without frustrating We respect both individual differences and different developmental skills levels. We expect different behaviors from different aged children. We never hit, humiliate, threaten or intimidate. We give reasons for rules. We redirect. We suggest alternatives. We describe behaviors and reinforce appropriate ones with a smile, hug, or some other form of recognition and appreciation. We ignore that which can be ignored. We provide opportunities for children who need to gain control and the time to do so. We believe that with patience, firmness, humor, and warmth, teachers can guide children through many rough spots, reducing power struggles and avoiding conflicts of will. Parents and teachers need to work together to help children develop appropriate behaviors. Open-two way communication between parents and teachers is the key. Parents should keep teachers informed about concerns or changes in the behavior of their child. If a child continues to exhibit difficulties after classroom discipline strategies have been tried-teachers, parents and/or an administrator then meet to plan a cooperative effort on the child’s behalf. All parties involved develop a plan. Teachers and parents then monitor the plan to judge its effectiveness. The goal is to help the child behave in more successful, positive ways. Parental cooperation is necessary in this joint effort. Without this parental cooperation the child may be in jeopardy of not being able to remain at WTLC.
Before a child can attend WTLC, they must have a physical examination from signed by a health care provider stating that they are able to participate in a child care setting. Your child must have an annual physical. The medical examination must include current immunizations. Immunization reminders will be sent to you so we can update our files. Children with a chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, febrile seizures, etc. should have written instructions by a physician regarding any special procedures, observation or treatment. If a child is need of a emergency medical care and that child’s parents and those designated as an emergency contact can’t be reached, the center will call 911 to transport the child to McDuffie County Hospital Emergency Room for medical services. Medication must be in the original prescription container and be for a specific condition accompanied by the above form. This applies to prescription and non-prescription medications. The prescription label must include the information listed above and the dosage instructions. One teacher in each room is authorized to administer medication. One administrator is also trained to administer medication.
Accident Reports and Notes of Information
Teachers are required to complete an Accident Report for any injuries your child may sustain while in our care. The Accident Report explains any minor injuries or treatment you child might have had. You must sign all Accident and illness Reports.
Your weekly fee is due whether your child is in attendance or not. The Center has set aside a slot for your child; you are being billed for that slot. Credit days (if applicable) may be used. Fees may be paid by Monday (5:30 P.M.). If payment is not received, a late fee of ten dollars ($10.00) will be charged to the account. Repeated delinquency in the payment of fees may result in excluding your child from attending the Center until full payment is made. If an account is more than two weeks in arrears, child care may be suspended and he account turned over to collections. A finance charge of 2% per month will be assessed all balances over 30 days. Finance charges may be waived at the discretion of the Assistant Director.
A $5 weekly discounted is given to full time (5days a week).full pay clients who have more than one child enrolled WTLC. For example, if you have 2 children enrolled, you would pay full price for one and the second child’s tuition would be discounted $5. If you have more than two children enrolled, the additional children would also receive the same discount.
Returned Check Fee
A forty-five dollar ($45.00) charge will be added to your account if a check is returned because of non-sufficient or uncollected funds. If more than two checks are returned within a year, you will be required to pay by cash or money order for the next twelve months.
Late Pick Up Policy
Wee-Tots Learning Center closes at 5:30 P.M. It is essential that you pick up your child by 5:30 P.M. Any child remaining in the Center after 5:30P.M. Will be brought down to the office to wait for an authorized escort. Please make sure all escorts know of this procedure. A late pick-up fee of ten dollars ($10.00) is charged beginning at 5:30P.M. An additional ($10.00) per child is charged for each ten minutes thereafter. Fees will double if there are four more late pick ups in a calendar year.
The Center is closed for the following holidays (You will not be charged tuition for these days):
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr.
4th Of July
All field trips require parental consent. You will be asked to sign a permission slip for each planned bus trip. (Please give your child’s teacher or the office a two week notice if you do not wish your child to go on a bus field trip. If possible, we will try to make arrangements for your child). Parents are expected to inform the office by 10:00 AM, you will be given advance notice. Walking field trips occur often. We ask that you sign a permission form giving consent for us to take child these walks.