Q: What age range do you accept?
Generally, we only accept infants who are 18 months and older. However, we may make an exception for a child who can walk and feed him/her self. If your child doesn’t have these skills,it’s best for you to sign up for our waiting list at http://healthytoddlerscare.com/index.php/childcare/locations/waiting-list However, we will except school age students for drop-in purposes. We understand that families need services when their school may have an extended holiday break or school closer dates.
Q: Do you have a cut off age?
Yes. Our enrollment cut-off age is four-years-old. We strongly believe that children need to graduate from childcare to preschool at age four. Just as students in an elementary, middle and high school are usually grouped by age, we find that the four-year-olds are ready to break away from the toddlers and infants to prepare for kindergarten.
Q: Do you accept part-time enrollments? I was thinking of using a childcare service for two or three days a week.
As a family childcare home, we have a limited number of students we can enroll. It doesn’t make sense for us to allocate space for part-time students. You are welcome to enroll your child on a full-time basis and not send him/her every day. But we do charge full tuition for every child regardless of the number of days he/she attends.
Q: What are your hours?
Our regular hours are 7:30 to 5:30. There is an additional charge if you wish to drop off your child as early at 7:00. There are no exceptions to the 5:30 pick-up time.
Q: What is the student to teacher ratio?
On some days, our student to teacher ratio may be six-to-one. And it is regularly as low as three-to-one. We have an extensive network of caregivers who provide valuable support for our children. Our qualified, diverse team includes our staff, SDSU interns and the parents and adult son of our director, Bridgette Moss. We also have many volunteers including our students’ parents, SDSU volunteers, plus friends and community members. All adults go through the required background check to ensure our children’s safety.
Q: Do you have a sibling discount?
No. We usually have full enrollment with a waiting list for new students. It doesn’t make sense to discount a student when we have others waiting to come in at the full rate.
Q: What is the difference between Healthy Toddlers Care and a childcare center?
As a family childcare home, we provide care in a large ranch house in a quiet suburban setting. Childcare centers are larger, more commercial enterprises. We find it is often easier for children to make the transition to care when it is offered in a home when they are under the age of three. With limited enrollment, we have a smaller staff and fewer turnovers. And we have a higher teacher to student ratio than many larger facilities.
While we may be smaller than a childcare center, we still meet or exceed all state requirements. These include background checks for all adults, first aid and CPR training and staff and interns with a BA in child development or currently enrolled in college and studying child development.
Q: What is a typical day at Healthy Toddlers Care?
Here at healthy Toddlers Care, we understand the importance of offering a variety of structured and unstructured activities. Each day is filled with 30 minute blocks that have been developed to meet all your child’s academic, physical, and social needs. These blocks include two or more hours of educational programs, one hour of health and fitness, one hour of structured play, one or more hours of free play, one-to-two hours of rest and two nutritious, home-cooked meals plus one healthy snack.
To learn more about your child’s activities, click below to view our calendar. http://healthytoddlerscare.com/index.php/childcare/our-program/student-activity-calendar
Q: Is my child required to have immunization?
Yes, your child will not be enrolled without a current immunization record. The State of California law requires that all parents keep current immunization records and provide an up-to-date copy for their childcare provider. We review our files regularly and send parents a request to update when necessary.
Q: Do you accept government assistance programs that help with the cost of childcare?
No, at this time we no longer accept YMCA, CDA, or any other government programs. We also do have a discount for military families through a program called NACCRRA. This program pays for about $300 of your monthly childcare cost. To learn more about this program http://usa.childcareaware.org.
Q: Do you provide meals?
Yes, we provide breakfast, lunch and two healthy snacks. Healthy Toddlers Care places a big emphasis on teaching healthy eating habits. This is reflected in the foods served at every meal. The menu always includes fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and water, water, water ;-)
Students are discouraged from bringing their own lunches or snacks unless they are picky eaters or have special needs.
Q: Do the children watch television?
We don’t use the television to babysit! However, television can be both entertaining and educational. We use the television to support our academic programs and some of our physical activities, such as when we are learning music and/or movements. Television can open up new worlds for kids, giving them a chance to travel the globe, learn about different cultures, and gain exposure to ideas they may never encounter in their own community. Television provides reinforcement to our lessons, especially for those children who are visional learners.
Q: Do I have to pay for childcare for the days my son or daughter are on vacation, sick, etc.?
Yes. Tuition is calculated for the whole year, including holidays and school breaks. This amount is split evenly over twelve months. We do not discount for your child’s absence, such as illness or personal vacations. We often have a waiting list of students seeking to enroll and it wouldn’t make sense to reduce your payment when another child could be enrolled and paying the full amount. So your regular monthly charge holds your child’s spot at Healthy Toddlers Care. In summary, you are responsible for full payments regardless of the number of days your child attends each month.
Q: Do you accept students who are not potty trained?
Yes, children are not required to be potty trained prior to entering Healthy Toddlers Care. We will potty train your child. We charge an additional $25 per month for children two and older who need training. Once this goal is achieved, your rates will decrease. While a child is going through potty training, his/her parents must provide diapers, pull ups, diaper wipes and extra changes of clothing.
Q: Are there males on site?
In order to shake off any preconceptions about gender and develop a balanced view of society, children need both male and female role models in their early years. So we are firmly committed to making Healthy Toddlers Care more representative of the population by recruiting more male childcare professionals into our environment.
Q: How long are naps each day?
Each child will nap (or lie down) for at least an hour each day. We understand infants may have a different schedule but will work with them to follow our schedule.
Q: Do you have a curriculum?
Yes, we have a progressive curriculum that reflects current best practices for early childhood programs. Every child needs to master basic skills prior to entering kindergarten. These skills include recognizing letters, words, sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, directions and patterns. In addition, preschool students need basic skills in counting, matching and penmanship, as well as fine and large motor skills development.
Drop-ins: we may sometimes accommodate a parent for an odd day where care is needed. This age range from 16 months to 12 years of age. Sometimes we do drop-ins for trial runs. A drop-in schedule is no more than 20 hours per week with a minimum of 2 hours. Drop-in’s rates are $100 a day for infants, $75 a day for toddlers and $50 a day for school-age children who only need service for the holiday break and school closing days. We are currently servicing families who students attend Thrive Charter school.
Q: If my child becomes ill do you have health and wellness (sick) policy in place?
It is our policy to protect children who are well and to prevent sick children from developing secondary infections by excluding children with the following symptoms from school:
Child May NOT Return to School Until:
- Fever of 99 or above Temperature has returned to normal for at least 24 hours
- Cold/flu : Thick yellow or green mucus discharge is no longer draining from nose for at least 24 hours and coughing has subsided.
- Diarrhea/vomiting: Loose stools and vomiting have subsided for at least 24 hours and your child has returned to normal eating with no stomach upset.
- Earache/sore throat : A health care professional has written a release for your child to return to school or child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours or symptoms subside.
- Red eyes and/or discharge Eyes are clear or your child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
- Rash Spreading: itching and/or discomfort have disappeared or have been diagnosed by a health care professional as non-communicable.
- Head lice: the child has been treated with lice shampoo and all nits have been removed from hair.