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Parent Handbook Information

Center Organization

Kids Corner Child Care & Learning Center is a non profit organization. It is licensed for 51 children through the Department of Human Services. We comply with all child care regulations set forth by DHS. The Child Care Center will perform in a professional manner in all areas of its operation. Kids Corner staff will develop all program areas to meet the individual needs of the children.

Days and Hours of Operation

Kids Corner Child Care & Learning Center is open year round Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.  With notice, a parent may request the center open as early as 5:30am. 

We do observe certain holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day we will be closed for.

Enrollment

The following must be completed to enroll your child:

• Child Health Exam form

• Permission and release form

• Immunization card

• Pick-Up Permission form

• Child & Adult Care Food Program Meal Application Form

Signed Kids Corner contract

Infant Room
Toddler Room
Three, Four, and Five Year Old Room
School Age Program
School Age Summer Program
Your Child's Development

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Infant Room (6 weeks to 24 months)
We are committed to you as your child's most important person, and we value your daily input.  we welcome and encourage your visits at anytime. 

In our infant room our emphasis is on the individual needs of each infant.  we provide the utmost security, love and nurturance for the children in our care.

Our caregivers provide ample opportunities for exploration of a stimulating and safe environment.  All of our materials are selected to provide a variety of natural learning experiences for your infant through manipulation and sensory awareness.  Language development is emphasized with planned and spontaneous opportunities for communication between the staff and the children.

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Toddler Room (18 months to 3 years)

We provide a relaxed and loving atmosphere for our toddlers. Our consistent daily routine will help these young children become familiar with their surroundings. Our day consists of group time when we have a story and calendar time, and discuss many other topics.  Your toddler's day is filled with many different activities to promote growth with their large and fine motor skills. There are opportunities for your child to learn to count, identify colors, identify shapes, work with puzzles, play with blocks, string beads, play with play dough, paint and color.  We have time for music, finger plays, dancing, flannel board stories, and other games. We have a time to stretch our muscles either inside or outside with large motor activities. Naps are also part of the toddlers' day.

When signs of toilet learning are shown, we will provide patient guidance using appropriately sized facilities to help establish proper toileting habits.


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Three, Four and Five Year Old Room

At Kids Corner we strive to provide your child with the best possible learning environment. These children also thrive for routine in their classroom setting. So their day consists of music, small and large motor activities, calendar time and also learning centers. At this age these children learn by doing. New skills are being developed everyday. They like to spend a lot of their time pretending. Dress-up clothes, pretend "prop" and puppets are a few of their favorites.

Lots of children at this age are very energetic and active. That's why large motor activities inside or outside are an important part of their day. Naps are also included in their schedule.

Your child's needs will be met by providing a daily schedule, which includes established routines, yet flexible enough to encourage spontaneity and take advantage of any new learning experiences.

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School Age Program

Kids Corner provides a special program for school-age children. Activities are planned around the special interests of the children involved, such as, arts and crafts, board games, and sports.

Before and after school care will be provided as well as full day care when school is not in session-- or on in-service days, winter and spring breaks and holidays that the center is open.

A breakfast (for a minimal fee) and a daily snack after school will be provided to the children.
We request that the children observe the same rules as during school and use courteous manners at all times.

Kids Corner staff walk the children to school and walk them back to Kids Corner after classes are done. Please notify Kids Corner by phone or in writing when your child will not be in attendance on any given day.

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School Age Summer Program

The School Age Summer program is planned to keep your child busy having fun while still learning.  The children walk to the swimming pool twice a week, participate in the Winthrop Library Summer reading program, staff walk children to swim lessons, and the children go on four out of town field trips. 

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Your Child's Development

Your child's development is important to us. We want to work with parents to make this the best experience you child can have. Resources are available to parents to help with promoting healthy development or child-rearing. Feel free to discuss any topic of concern with your child's teacher, we are here to help. Parent/teacher conferences are offered as requested.

Written curriculum plans are posted, as well as daily schedules in each room. Ask your child's teacher for further details. Our curriculum plans are based on developmentally appropriate practices and individual learning styles and needs.

Our daily schedule provides a balance of quiet and active, indoor and outdoor activities and child and adult initiated activities, as well as promoting gross and fine motor skills. Our planned activities take into account the development of the children. A general schedule for the Center is as follows:

6-7:15 am Free Play
7:15-8 am Breakfast
8-8:45 am Free Play
8:45-9 am Pick up and transition to circle time
9-9:30 am Circle time
Stories, calendar, weather, songs
9:30-9:45 Snack
Books/Puzzles
9:45-10 am Sharing/Stories
10-10:45 am Art Activity
Learning Centers
10:45-11:30 am Large Motor/Outside time
11:30-12:00 pm Lunch
12-12:15 Brush teeth
12:15-12:45 pm Quiet Activity
12:45-2:30 pm Rest Time
2:30-3:00 pm Snack
3:00-3:15 pm Snack
3:15-6 pm Free Play
Outside