There are so many childcare programs to choose from. Parents frequently ask questions about how our childcare benefits the needs of their families. So why choose this one? We answer your most important FAQ's.
Parents find my home to be comfortable, well, organized, and clean. We are not your average in-home daycare. The majority of the house is designed as a learning environment for children to experience daily life in a PRESCHOOL!
Convenience - We understand that parents are very busy and always on the go. We provide everything needed. Your tuition covers the cost of diapers, wipes, food, learning materials, funds for field trips and so much more. We are centrally located in Lee's Summit just minutes from major highways 470, 291, 350, 50, and I-435. Parents have a timely commute between home, preschool, work, and or school.
Professionalism - This may be a home daycare but it's run like a center. It's a lot of work but our daycare families deserve to have childcare at a higher level of quality.
Quality - Regulations allow us to have a certain number of children present at one time. We like to keep the group balanced so that everyone gets the love and attention needed. We're not concerned with filling all available slots
We understand that today's working-class parents are busy balancing the everyday task of raising a family, developing careers, and staying healthy. Parents make informed decisions on the well - being of their children's lives and take pride in doing so. We share the same values and want to provide a way to help simplify these important tasks.
Parents who have children enrolled in our program enjoy:
the #1 Are parents allowed to drop in unannounced to visit with their children while in preschool.
#2 When are payments due?
Every Friday by or before 6:00 pm. This is a PREPAYMENT that is credited towards the following business week. This is done so that all items, (ie. food, cleaning supplies, toys, etc.) needed are purchased during the weekend with that payment given on Friday. This assures that all items are available Monday morning. Payment after 6:00 pm is subject to a late payment fee. There are many ways to make each payment. We have an app, online sites, card readers, we also accept checks, cash, or money orders here at the preschool.
#3 Are there other fees other than the weekly service payment?
Answer Yes. There are additional fees such as late payment fees and late pick fees.
#4 Are parents expected to pay for days the preschool is closed or when children are absent?
Each account is given 5 days per year to use for vacation credits. Vacations days are allowed with full credit. Full credit is given for snow days. There is no credit given when children are absent unless a vacation day is being used. 10 days of holiday credits are given every year. The 10 days are deducted from the annual total cost. The credit is reflected in the weekly tuition. Parents have many convenient options to pay which include online and mobile apps.
Click HERE to view our Attendance Policy.
#5 Do you care for sick children?
Answer Yes, depending on the severity of the illness. We care for children with mild, non-contagious illness, and as long as they are comfortable. We are taking strict safety precautions to reduce the risk of anyone being exposed to any contagious illness such as the Corona Virus or COVID-19.
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#6 Do you have a backup provider for days you aren't able to care for children?
Our assistant teacher MAY BE available to cover me at times. Parents will need to secure a backup provider in case our preschool is closed. My husband is my current registered assistant for emergencies. My daughter is my part-time assistant. She is currently enrolled in college. In some cases, she may be available to stay with the children. Either way, I plan to inform parents a month in advance before taking a day off.
#7 Are there any pets in the home?
We currently do not have any pets. We may consider having a child-friendly dog someday. We understand that while having pets can cause a concern to most parents, we take special safety precautions such as not allowing children to be left alone with the pet. We do plan to get a fish and a hamster for the classroom to help teach responsibility. If we get a new pet, parents will be informed as soon as possible.
#8 Do you administer any medication to children while they are at preschool?
Yes. Only when parents fill out a medication form.
#9 What form of payment is accepted?
Cash, checks, or money orders. Credit/bank/debit cards payments There is a penalty for checks returned as NSF.
#10 Do you offer part-time childcare?
Children are allowed to be present for any amount of time up to 50 hours per week. Childcare tuition is not reduced for less time rendered.
#11 Do you accept children with state subsidy?
We only have private - paid contracts. Dealing with the state is more hassle than good for us. Parents aren't informed about how the process works and often assume that the state will pay the entire amount. That is never the case. In some cases, the state can take many months before the first payment is received. The state has many limitations on how much they will pay and when. It is our best interest as a profit-seeking business not to take state contracts.
#12 Do you offer sibling discounts?
Families of multiple children are welcome. We are limited to the number of children we have enrolled. We are unable to make up the difference in income once this discount is offered and it is not fair to the parents of one child in care to pay more.
#13 Do you take children on outings.
We try to get out more so when I have a group that is ready to go to places like the park, out to eat, the library, or on field trips like to the zoo. Children must be able to stay close to me, listen to my instructions when I explain what we are doing, and behave appropriately. We normally don't go anywhere during the cold winter months. Parents are informed of every field trip and are asked to join us. There may be times when I don't have an assistant to stay with the children while I go on appointments such as the dentist. I may take them all with me.
I've never had a problem with our preschoolers while out. They are well trained and enjoy the many compliments from the people we pass by.
#14 Do you take Paid - Provider Vacations
I take may take up 15 days of paid vacations each year. Each January I pass out a calendar that shows my planned days off. I've been working this business for almost 20 years and I need occasional days off to prevent burn-out. I treat my job just as everyone else should who works over 40 hours a week for over 15 years. I plan to have an assistant avaliable to cover additional personal vacations so the preschool can remain open. Without an assistant available, I have to close during my vacations.
# 15 Do you care for children in the evenings, overnight, or weekends?
I have other businesses that I work on some evenings and weekends. I am also busy with other obligations that take place after business hours.
For parents just needing a date night or just a time to themselves, we may have Parents' Night Out once a month. This care takes place on a Saturday evening. It is offered for children who are already enrolled,
#16 Do you care for infants and or toddlers?
At this time we only care for children between the ages of 2 years old to 5 years old.
Most childcare programs that offer a mixed age group separate classrooms by ages or they don't offer a planned curriculum. The infant rooms consist of children aged 6 weeks to 12 months. The toddler rooms are for those who are 13 months to 35 months. Potty trained children are in preschool classes. This is done for many reasons. Infants need calm environments. Too much stimulation from older children can cause serious developmental issues for them later on. Each group needs developmental toys and furniture placed in each setting. It becomes a challenge to care for infants and toddlers while being expected to work with older children with academic skills.
#17 Do you offer part-time care for those children who attend half - day preschool offered through the school district?
We offer a 5 - day - full-day preschool program here. We focus on all subjects needed for a transition into Kindergarten. I am unable to walk children to their bus nor meet them at the bus stop at drop-off. The district has 4 different sites in which their preschool program is held. The site each child attends is determined by the pick-up address and the developmental need of the child. This may change with each year. The program is only 3 & 1/2 hours for only 4 days each week. It may be a morning session or evening session depending on the site assigned to the child. The preparation for getting the child to and from the bus cuts into much of our time which isn't fair to our children who are present all day. The remaining hours' children will still be present here at my daycare still is considered full time.
For more information contact Great Beginnings - Head Start 816-986-2460
Lee's Summit School District Transportation 816 - 986 - 2400
#18 Do you care for children with special needs?
Depends on the level of need.
I am limited in my knowledge and training of caring for special needs children. My educational background doesn't focus on special education. I specialize in infant to preschool development. I have cared for very few children with Asperger's, ADHD, and Autism. Our facility is not equipped for children with physical impairments. Children may require specialized care that we aren't able to provide. I don't feel that I have the qualifications needed to provide the best care for exceptional children. We reserve the right to deny enrollment after making an individualized assessment (evaluation) of a child with special needs. If we find that any reasonable accommodations to include the child is too expensive for the daycare known as an "undue burden" or if the child's condition poses a "direct threat" to self or others, we will reserve our right to deny care.
#19 Do you care for older siblings?
Our current setup is only geared for children preschool aged. School aged children need activities, space and resources to keep them busy and interested. They also need staff available to assist them with school studies. We place our focus all towards preparing young children to enter kindergarten.
#20 Do you care for children who are NOT fully potty trained?
We are a preschool program that focuses on preparing children for Kindergarten. Our daily routine mimics that of a setting where children have the independent capabilities to manage bathroom self-care skills. We are able to train nomore than two children at a time. Our space is very limited. We generally train children who are between the age of 2 & 1/2 to 3 & 1/2 years old. Children who are older may need speciallized care outside of our program. We use a potty training system called Potty Train University. It is a stressless concept of how to train children with encouragement, patience, and focus on the positive. Our preschoolers are expected to be FULLY potty trained before turning 3 and a half years old.
To find out more check out our Potty Training guide at https://rightathomepreschool.com/potty-training.
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