Policies and Procedures


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Policies and Procedures:

All policies and procedures are stated in detail and are included in our Policy and Procedure Manual. Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries or concerns regarding our policies.

A Parent Handbook is also available by clicking here.

 

Child Guidance:

The adults at Inspiring Minds ELC value respect, confidence, open-mindedness, persistence and independent thinking. We use these beliefs to guide our interactions, attitudes and relationships. They aid in the development of a secure environment which builds a sense of self-worth, belonging and well-being, as well as encourage the give and take of communication. Educators support and encourage the children to interact and communicate in a positive way. The children practice useful and appropriate strategies to regulate and express their feelings, remain calm, recognize the effect of their actions on others and build resiliency.

Following the premises that every behaviour has a reason and all interactions build relationships, we do not permit:

  • corporal punishment
  • the deprivation of basic needs including food, drink, shelter, sleep, toilet use, clothing or bedding
  • locking the exits of the centre for the purpose of confining children, or confining a child in any locked room or structure or being left without supervision
  • harsh or degrading measures or threats that would humiliate, shame, frighten a child or undermine a child’s self-respect, dignity or self-worth
  • physical restraint of a child for the purposes of discipline or in lieu of supervision
  • inflicting bodily harm on a child, including making a child eat or drink against his/her will or using food as a means to control and/or reward behaviour.

Suspected infractions of these guidelines will be reported to and investigated by the Director or Supervisor.

The goal is, in partnership with parents, to assist children in developing self-control, self-confidence and ultimately, self-discipline and sensitivity in their interactions with others.

School Age Behaviour Code:

All children come to Inspiring Minds Early Learning Centre (IMELC) with the right to develop their many skills as fully as possible. Children develop at different rates and come to care with different life experiences.  Therefore the consequences in response to inappropriate behaviour will take into consideration age; family dynamics that could impact the child emotionally, current stage of development and availability of external support.

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Arrival and Departure:

Parents are asked to accompany their child, regardless of age, to and from the building/playground and retrieve belongings from his/her cubby or hook. Please ensure that an educator acknowledges you when dropping off or picking up your child. If your child is going to be absent, please call the Centre in the morning with the reason for the absence.

Parents and guardians may pick up their child any time during the day; however, children will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the release form without permission.

Financial:

Upon registration a  non-refundable fee of $25.00 is required. Families will be invoiced  a 50% deposit of the last month’s fee which is applied when the required notice is given. One month written notice is required when you wish to withdraw your child from a program. Please note: There is no reduction in fees for absenteeism due to illness, inclement weather, school closures or statutory holidays.

Tuition is to be paid monthly in advance. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer.  If tuition has not been remitted by the 15th of the month, a 2% interest charge will be applied, unless advance, alternate arrangements have been made. A charge of $25.00 applies to all NSF cheques.

We ask parents to respect our closing time of 6pm. If parents are late, a /minute fee will be charged and is payable directly to the staff. Parents who are consistently late will be asked to withdraw their child from the program.

Vacation:

Inspiring Minds offers a 2 week vacation allowance for families under certain circumstances:

  • the child is enrolled in the toddler or full day preschool programs
  • the child has been enrolled for a minimum of one full year

The vacation allowance is based on two weeks of the child’s regular schedule. For example, if a child attends 2 days/week, the vacation credit is 4 days. The vacation credit:

  • cannot be used in conjunction with withdrawal notice
  • does not accumulate
  • is not refundable

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