Lighthouse Kids In-home Child Care
This handbook covers important information regarding our childcare
policies and the care of your child. Please read it carefully and
thoroughly , so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Jessica & Jobie Lowe – 641-980-5099
701 E 2nd St.
Ottumwa, Ia 52501
All enrollment and medical forms must be turned in prior to
starting services. The medical forms (physical and immunizations)
must be updated on a yearly basis. You can get a copy of these from
your child’s pediatric office.
Parents work schedules need to be turned into me on a weekly basis.
If your schedule changes, you must let me know ASAP in order to
avoid scheduling conflicts here at the daycare.
Rates and Payment
Rates are $3.50 per hour per child Monday-Friday.
Payment is due every Friday at drop off prior to care of your child. No exceptions.
If one week passes without payment, this contract will be terminated and the position will be filled. If your paychecks are not weekly, you need to
make payment arrangements with me.
Cash is the acceptable form of payment.
*****Also note that if you have applied for child care assistance, and have
not been approved within the month applied, payment must be paid in
full before your child returns to our care.If payment for this is not made
within 1 week of being denied, the $20 per day late fee will back date to the
first week services were rendered. ***
We reserve the right to change our rates once a year.
You will be given a 3 week notice prior to any changes.
Termination of Services
Parents may terminate care with 2 weeks written notice. We reserve the right to terminate care with 2 weeks written notice. The reasons for termination can include but not limited to:
*Rude or disrespectful behavior towards any care giver by either the parent or child
*Discipline problems with child that cannot be resolved
*Chronic late pick-ups
*Chronic late payment
*Failure to provide proper clothing each day
After 2 no call, no shows, I reserve the right to terminate care immediately without notice and will consider the contract void and the position(s)
will be filled.
Children should be dressed properly forthe day and in a clean diaper/ pull-up, if applicable. Please do NOT send food in for your child, as this can create problems with the other children. We will feed your child here at the daycare.
Breakfast – 8AM
AM Snack – 10AM
PM Snack- 3PM
We will provide meals/snacks to your child at these times. Your child will
be offered the meal/snack, if they choose not to eat what is given, they will
not be forced to eat but will have to wait until the next meal/snack time to
before they are offered something to eat again.
Items From home
Please keep personal items such as toys and food at home. Failure to do so
will result in the items being put away for the day and given back at
pick-up time when they leave.
Sick children with a fever of 99 degrees or more, vomiting, or diarrhea
will need to be picked up ASAP. If your child has had any of these
symptoms at home, please do not bring them to daycare. They must
be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours or with a doctor’s note before
they may return. Children who have red/pink eyes, discharge and crusting
or a rash will not be allowed to stay in care and will need to also have a
doctor’s not before returning. Children who become ill will be kept separate
from the rest of the group in a comfortable environment until their parents
get here. If a parent can’t be reached, the person designated on the
emergency contact form will be contacted.
Please have other care lined up for occasions such as these.
Medications– Over-the-counter medications such as sunscreen, diaper
rash cream, and bug spray will be used under our care.If your child
has a prescription medication, it must be in an original container with
directions and dosage from the pharmacy and doctor who prescribed it.
Talk with us about usage and how to give the medication.
Accidents– When an accident/injury has occurred that has caused
bruising, bleeding, or causes a child to be uncomfortable, we will fill out
an accident report and/or notify the parents. A copy of the report will be
placed in your child’s file. And you will receive a copy. In the case of a
more serious accident, the parents will be contacted ASAP to pick up
their child. If there is an emergency with your child, and they need
immediate medical treatment, an ambulance will be called and will
provide transportation for the child to the Ottumwa Regional
Emergency Dept. The parents will be called to meet the ambulance
at the hospital. If you cannot be reached, the emergency contact on your
form will be contacted. It is very important to keep the phone numbers
of you and your emergency contacts information up-to-date.
Please be sure to bring pull-ups, underwear, and extra clothes for your
child while they are potty training. Also children need to be dressed in
stretchy pants/shorts, or dresses/skirts.
Parent Vacations and Sick Days
2 weeks prior notice is required for your vacation. If notice is
not given, you will be charged your normal weekly rate even
though your child is not here.
Upon notification of your full week of vacation, you will be responsible to
pay a portion of the normal rates in order to secure their child’s spot which is currently $50 per child.
We reserve the right to take 4 weeks of vacation per year, 2 weeks paid
and 2 weeks unpaid.Payment for these weeks will be due in advance. We
will accept payment arrangements in advance for the 2 weeks paid. It will
be very unlikely that we will take all 4 weeks at once. We will inform
you of any vacation at least a month in advance.
Occasionally there may be a need to close for an extra day throughout the
year or closer to the following holidays. We will inform you early in order
for you to make other arrangements.We are open on Black Friday.
Holidays– We will be closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Supplies Needed for Your Child
You will need to bring the following for each child:
2 Complete changes of clothes
Diapers/pull-ups, wipes, diaper cream (if applicable)
We ask that you bring supplies for your child to be left here so that we
don’t have bags traveling back and forth/loss of items.Each child has a
basket with their name and their supplies in it. We will notify you when
your child is running low on their supplies.