Handbook/Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Waverly Child Care and Preschool not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, children and families we serve, and volunteers.

Enrollment

To enroll, please call the center at (319) 352-4664 to make an appointment for a Visitation Day. Typically, Visitation Days are held monthly and involve a tour of our facility and a meeting with the director. More information regarding enrollment, registration, potential waiting lists, etc. will be given at the appointment.

Hours of Operation

The center is open Monday-Friday from 6 am to 6pm, with the exception of major holidays/special events. In the event of inclimate weather, announcements will be made on Facebook, KWAY 99.3 and KWWL Ch. 7.

Fees

Waverly Child Care and Preschool is a private, non-profit community agency. A schedule of fees is available from the director or bookkeeper. With flextime, job sharing, and other innovative work policies, child care needs can vary from week-to-week. WCCP continues to be one of the few centers to charge only for the time the child attends the center. Fees are calculated by time clock.
Parents are asked to reserve the time they will need child care according to their work hours. This time is then reserved by the month. This is the family’s responsibility to return these sheets in a timely matter. This policy ensures a fair distribution of openings to all children. WCCP reserves the right to decline child care to families on days when they have failed to make a reservation and accepting their children would result in inappropriate staff/child ratios. It is expected, and a common courtesy, to call the center when your child is not attending on a scheduled day. A “No call, No show” policy is in effect if we have not received notification of your child’s absence before 9am.
Hourly fees are determined by the age of the child. Payment in full is expected in the week the bill was received.

Illness

Please call the center if your child will be absent due to illness. Children should NOT be brought to the Center if they have a temperature of 100* F or greater, are vomiting, have diarrhea, undiagnosed skin infections, etc., or if they have had any of these conditions in the past 24 hours. Your child may return when he/she has been fever free for over 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, and is symptom free. These guidelines for exclusion are observed based on recommendations from the Iowa State Department of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Please remember:
1. Families may not administer fever reducer to lower a child’s temperature with the purpose of attending the center.
2. If your child becomes ill at the center, you will be asked to pick them up within 30 minutes of a phone call. Attempts will be made to reach a parent or guardian first. If they are not available, a call will then be placed to the emergency contact.
3.Regarding medications, prescription drugs, prescribed by the child’s physician, in the original container are permitted. Prescriptions for over the counter medicines must be on the doctor’s stationery and in the original container. Parent authorization must be on file for each prescribed medication.

Clothing

WCCP asks that you plan for the comfort of your child when dressing them for the center. Children are continually working on self-help skills so we ask that clothing is free of complicated fastenings. We also remind you that we are a hands-on program and your child may become messy. We ask families to keep a change of seasonally appropriate clothing at the center.
Outdoor play is a important part of our day. We will go outside on nice winter days when the wind chill is above 0*. Your child will need boots, snow pants, mittens, a warm coat, and a hat. All clothing and outerwear should be labelled, including hats/gloves/boots.

Items from Home

Each child attending WCCP will need the following items from home:
1. A set of clothing (outlined above)
2. Appropriate outdoor clothing, based on the season
3. A blanket for rest time. The center will provide a sheet for nap/rest times. We ask that you take it home and launder it weekly.
4. ALL BELONGINGS MUST BE LABELLED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME
We ask that children leave money, candy, jewelry, toys, and other small items at home. Personal itesm are easily lost or broken and can cause hurt feelings.

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

It is mandatory, under Iowa Code, Section 232.69 for the owner or director in charge of a child care center to report immediately to the Department of Human Services when, in the course of working with a child, the director or employee has reason to believe that the child has suffered abuse. This report shall be both oral and written.