About St. John’s Lutheran Childcare
All areas are supervised by loving, nurturing, qualified individuals, whose primary concern is the spiritual and physical well being of the children. Integrated into the curriculum are experiences that help a child understand God’s love of ALL people. Our curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best through their first-hand sensory experiences of feeling, listening, tasting, smelling, and observing. Activities are planned around age-appropriate objectives and units including art, music and creative movement.
Our program includes specialized rooms and trained staff for Infants, Tykes, Toddlers and Preschool ages. Before and After School Care is also available for students.
We look forward to meeting you! Contact Childcare Director, Toni Nuelk with questions or to schedule a tour today.
NURTURING ENVIORNMENT AT EVERY STAGE
Why St. John’s?
Loving, Christ-centered environment
Christ-centered environment, passionate staff dedicated to each child’s success and growth.
St. John’s is regarded in the northshore community as an esteemed, trusted and established childcare facility.
Programs are personalized for your child’s development stages and modified based on their unique needs to prepare them as they transition into each stage.
Infant – 3K
St. John’s Childcare offers full-day care in a safe, loving and nurturing environment.
Monday thru Friday 7:00am-6:00pm.
The current rates in effect January 1, 2018 are:
Registration Fee A non-refundable registration fee of $40 per child is required at the start of EACH new school year.
Infants /Toddlers(6 wks –2 yrs)
Full time weekly fee (4-5 days) $295/week
Two yr olds Full time weekly fee
(4-5 days) $265/week
*Multiple child discount 15% off oldest child.
Rates decreasing due to a child’s birthday will become effective the first month after the birthday.
Late Pick Up Fee
Our center closes promptly at 6:00pm. Any child picked up after 6:00pm will incur a $2 per minute, per child fee. This fee is not excused even if a call is made notifying the center that you will be late.
Sick Credit Policy
Each child receives a one week credit of sick days every 12 months. These are used for last minute days that your child does not attend care. They are not used on days you are not scheduled. Sick days are renewed in January. Any unused sick days may not be carried over and will be forfeited.
Sick days will be credited as follows:
Infants/Tykes/Toddlers attending the center… will receive 5 days credit at $55*/day every 12 months.
Two year olds attending the center… will receive 5 days credit at $49*/day every 12 months. *based on 2018 rate
At St John’s Lutheran Church, School & Childcare we respect the privacy of children and their families. All personal information relating to children and their families will be treated in a strictly confidential manner.
You are required to supply any items your child may need during the day (i.e. diapers, wipes, ointment, bottles, food, etc.) Bottles are sent home daily to be washed and sanitized with the expectation that they will be returned the following day. Blankets are sent home each week to be washed. We also ask that an extra set of clothes be left with us. Due to sanitary concerns, we ask that parents not send cloth diapers for their child at childcare. Have all items marked with your child’s name.
Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding what room a child will be placed in. Children are not transitioned into the next room based solely on age, rather their developmental readiness, maturity, social adjustment and space available. Parents will be notified prior to moving a child to the next classroom. Children will be given the opportunity to visit the new classroom prior to the move. Any questions concerning a child’s class grouping should be directed to the lead teacher or director.
At St John’s we want parents to feel like a part of their child’s education. You will receive daily reports, monthly calendars, newsletters and various bits of information. This will all be located in your child’s cubby. It is IMPORTANT that you check the cubby daily! Please also take the time to look over the board outside of your child’s classroom for more information regarding special events. It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any change in illness, injury or major events that may have an affect on your child as well as any changes in address or contact information.
We believe in positive reinforcement and redirection. These methods build self-esteem and self-control in children. We praise, role-model, set clear limits and promote consistency. We also believe it is important to guide children in making choices that are appropriate and encourage them to use communication skills rather than physical aggression to solve problems. For a child having difficulty with unacceptable behavior or one that is uncooperative, he/she may be temporarily removed from the situation/group for a “quiet time”. When positive reinforcement and redirection prove to be ineffective a parent/teacher conference will be held with the administrator to determine a future course of action.
Sometimes children bite. Biting can happen in the best families and in the best childcare programs. Children may not have the ability to verbalize what they want, need or feel, and use biting as a form of communication. Children also learn through imitation and sometimes may bite because he/she has seen another child bite. We will try to prevent biting in any classroom by first modeling kindness, caring and gentleness so that these are the behaviors that are imitated by children. Despite our best efforts, biting does occur.
When a bite occurs we will attend to the injured child first. The affected area will be washed with soap and water. The bitten child will receive comfort and lots of TLC. The biter will calmly be removed from the situation and given “quiet time”. We will use phrases such as “We don’t bite” or “Biting hurts”. We make it clear that biting hurts and we use our words instead. When a child is bitten, the incident is recorded in the room’s medical/ incident log book.
An Incident Report will also be completed and both parents will receive a copy for review and signature. It is our policy to keep the name of the biter confidential as it serves no constructive purpose to provide this information. If biting becomes a frequent behavior with a particular child, we will meet with the child’s parents to help us establish strategies to deal with the problem. If the behavior persists, the child may be asked to leave the center.
At St John’s we encourage healthy eating habits. Provided for our Preschoolers, Tykes and Toddlers, one morning and one afternoon snack is provided as well as milk. Once a child is able to drink from a sippy cup (and no longer takes a bottle), St John’s provides whole milk for children in the infant, tykes and toddler room. 2% milk is provided for the preschoolers. If you wish your child to have organic/soy milk, a labeled sippy cup filled with milk from home must be provided each day. Once this sippy cup has been emptied, children may be given milk provided by us or water. Due to space constraints we are unable to keep containers of organic/soy milk on site. Parents are required to provide a nutritious lunch for their child. A hot lunch may be purchased during the school year at an additional cost for children in the Preschool Room. Hot lunch is only available on school days. Menus are posted outside each room.
If your child is ALLERGIC to any foods we must receive written documentation from your health provider and a FOOD ALLERGY ACTION PLAN must be on file along with any required medications. Any child with a food allergy must provide their own snacks. All snacks will be kept separately in a marked basket. If your child’s allergy is to milk we ask that a labeled cup of “milk” (soy, rice, etc) is sent each day. Once gone, we will give your child water. If your child is an infant/toddler please send enough “milk” for the day. St John’s is NOT a nut free environment. We will do our best to keep children with peanut allergies away from potential threats and maintain a clean environment.
At St John’s Childcare we believe children learn best through PLAYful exploration. Teachers are facilitators of the learning process. Our role is to provide materials and opportunities that encourage learning through hands-on experiences. Our curriculum is based on the premise that PLAY can be used as a tool to teach children all of the most important skills needed to develop socially, physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
In an effort to help parents better understand what developmental milestones your child should accomplish at different stages, we have incorporated the Ages & Stages ASQ Questionnaire into our program that will assess these basic skills. These developmental checklists will be completed at 6, 12, 18, and 24, months. (A 36 month checklist may be performed if requested by a parent or if deemed necessary by the teacher.) The checklist examines your child’s abilities in three main categories: basic motor, communication, and social skills. We have designed these assessments in order to provide parents with important information about our observations on a day to day basis. Each checklist includes a section explaining things you can easily do at home to further enhance your child’s development. Should you wish to further discuss the evaluation, a parent/ teacher meeting can be set up. These checklists are completed based on our observations with your child. In no way do we believe that we are physicians, nor do we consider our thoughts to be absolute truths.
It is our belief that potty training should begin at home with the child’s parents and at a time when there are not a lot of changes in the child’s life. We will assist your child becoming potty trained once the signs of readiness are or have been observed by the parents as well as the child’s teacher. We will only begin helping to potty train a child if you have successfully began training at home for one week prior and only if the child is in the Preschool room.
A temperature of 100° or more -Discharge from the nose-thick yellow or green color mucus -Rash-other than diaper rash -Vomiting and/or diarrhea -Drainage or inflammation of the eyes. Should your child develop one or more of these symptoms while in care, a parent will be called to come pick up the child within the hour. In the event a parent can not be reached within a reasonable amount of time, one of the emergency contacts will be called. If a child is sent home from care, they may not return the next day. A child who has had a communicable disease must have a note from a doctor stating the child may return to care. Children must remain free of symptoms for 24 hours without medication before being brought back to the center.
Should you need us to administer medication to your child, an “Authorization to Administer Medication Form” must be completed, and we must have the medicine (either prescription or over the counter) in its original package.
Accidents and Injuries
In the event a child requires immediate medical attention, St John’s reserves the right to call 911 and have the child taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Minor injuries will be treated by staff. All incidents will be recorded in a medical/incident log book. Parents will be notified of minor incidents upon pickup. In the event of a more serious injury that could require medical attention, parents will be notified immediately.
In accordance with Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry law, St John’s Lutheran School/Childcare prohibits the possession of firearms and other weapons in our facilities.
Arrival/Departure of Children
All families should enter through the Early Childhood entrance located on the North end of the parking lot. You will need to ring the doorbell and identify yourself by name to gain entrance. All children must be brought in to and taken out of the center by a parent or authorized adult. Contact must be made with a staff member by a parent or authorized adult before leaving the center. All children must be signed in and signed out each day on the sign in sheets located in each classroom. If your child will not be in attendance on a scheduled day, we ask that you let us know by 9:00am.
Should someone else besides a parent be picking up your child, please notify us with written or verbal notification.
If a parent or authorized person arrives to pick up a child and that person appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, all reasonable steps will be taken to prevent the person from leaving with the child, including offering to call a cab or another contact person. While we cannot legally withhold a child from the legal parent/ guardian or authorized pick up, staff personnel will not hesitate to call the local authorities if we feel the child is in danger.
Issues Parents with SOLE CUSTODY must provide a copy of the COURT ORDER documenting the other parent’s DENIAL of rights. No parent can be denied access to his/her child UNLESS there is a COURT ORDER on file.