When you and your child arrive at MIC Childcare, both of you will be greeted by the Childcare Provider. Please find the sign-in notebook and fill in your information. Please use a sticker label and put a name tag on your child.
Please try to put your child in the age appropriate room. We have two rooms Infant-Toddler and Older Toddler-Preschool. We do make exceptions from time to time because we understand that sometimes a younger sibling needs their brother or sister with them.
We ask that you come to pick up your children promptly at or before 11:00 a.m. We require the Providers to keep the children in the room until you come for them. This prevents little ones from escaping upstairs without their Mom even knowing they were released from Childcare. Please do not prop open the Childcare door for the same reason. If you should need to leave the meeting before 11:00 a.m., please pick up your children as quickly as possible so that the rest of the children are not disturbed. When entering the Infant-Toddler room, please ring the bell to notify the Providers you are there to pick up your child.
If your child is fussy or crying, you may stay until the child settles down or sometimes it is just easier to say “goodbye” and walk away. We will leave the decision up to you. Our Providers are very good at helping your child adjust to time away from Mommy. After you have left the Childcare room, we ask that you try to give the Providers at least 10 minutes to attempt to calm your child. If they feel they cannot calm your child, one of the Providers will bring the child out to the meeting room area. However, you may go check on your child before then as you know your child best. There is a bell located outside the Infant-Toddler room. Please ring the bell to let the Providers know a parent is coming to check in on her child.
Any item that is brought from home must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. This includes diaper bags, bottles, cups, pacifiers and toys. If possible, please attach your child’s pacifier to them. If your child is not potty trained, we would like you to bring a diaper bag with extra diapers and a change of clothes in it. If your child is in the process of being potty trained, please make sure to note that on the sign-in sheet.
Each of our Childcare Providers tries to create an environment that is supportive and respectful of your child’s needs. Different methods of discipline are used for different situations. When children are arguing or out of control, the provider will insist on a “time-out” or cooling off period. When children are doing something that is not appropriate, the provider will re-direct them to a more suitable activity. At times, the provider may choose to ignore misbehavior. We do not permit the providers to physically punish your child by spanking, slapping or hitting. Our goal is to help each child develop a strong sense of self-discipline and self-esteem while in Mothers in Christ Childcare.
Please do not bring your child to Mothers in Christ if:
• He/she is running a temperature or has had a temperature in the last 24 hours
• He/she has a cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, or other cold symptoms
• He/she has vomited in the last 48 hours
We appreciate your thoughtfulness in realizing that none of us want our children to pass around illness to each other or to our Providers, which happens easily with little ones who frequently put toys, hands, cups and pacifiers in their mouths.
Each week your child will be given a snack about half way through our meeting. Generally, our snacks are graham crackers, Goldfish crackers, animal crackers, pretzels, Cheerios (infants), or raisins (toddlers), and water. If your child has a food allergy or you have special instructions regarding snack time, please talk with one of the Childcare Coordinators.
We expect all children to help the Providers with picking up toys and cleaning up garbage. Clean up time usually begins 10 or 15 minutes before the end of our meeting. Please let your child know that you expect them to help clean up.
If you should ever have problems or questions, please talk to the Childcare Coordinators. Problems are easier to fix if we know about them right away!