a licensed family child care,
Promoting experiential growth & learning through organic, child-led play!
My name is Kim Edwards. I am a licensed family child care provider in HYDE PARK, MA for children ages 3wks to 4yrs old. This would be a great place for your child to spend time before preschool or kindergarten.I am a 50-something, married-to-a-fire-fighter mother of five sons, teen to adult. I've been a licensed provider for over 15yrs and a parent and babysitter to lots of friends and neighbors for many years.We live in a single family home, where the entrance is right at the home's front door (easy drop off, easy pick up.) There are two large yards, so no need to go to a park to run, jump & play! The neighborhood is very quiet with lots of nature & our house is located on a cul-de-sac.For a copy of the Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) application, click below.
My goal is always to learn as much as I ‘teach’, and I still do! My approach to parenting and childcare is basic: I get down on their level to play, communicate and solve problems. I speak clearly to them to encourage proper speech. We describe the basic things around us to encourage recognition of letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. There is a lot of emphasis on teaching manners, empathy and respect, both for themselves and others. I nurture and lead by example. I've created an environment that encourages experiential learning, fostering the development of social & emotional skills, healthy self-esteem, growth & development, cognition, & creativity. A natural development of gross motor skills is promoted by allowing freedom of movement at the child's own pace and readiness. My goal is to take the interests of the children and cultivate organic learning around them. We follow a learner-centered curriculum.Everything that your child needs for a full day of care is provided and included in your fees: diapers, wipes, USDA-structured nutritious meals (excluding formula at this time), nap linens, etc.
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Fees, Payment Policies, Etc.
HOURS AND RATES:
Monday thru Friday, 7:30a-4:30p
5 days $427/wk
4 days $378/wk
Summer schedule could differ; rates adjusted accordinglyEnrollment is subject to a completed application, signed enrollment agreement and a non-refundable $400 enrollment FEE, plus one week’s tuition as a non-refundable DEPOSIT, applied when child starts.To hold a spot for each child for more than 3wks from start date, an additional $100/wk non-refundable holding fee is due at time of enrollment.
FEES are NOT applied to any days or weeks of care.All payments are due on Monday, one week before the following week of care. Payments are due for the days that your child is scheduled to attend, whether the child attends or not (including paid holidays). A late fee of $20/day is due for payments not received by Saturday 8a. Additional/Extra unscheduled days for a child enrolled part-time are charged at the child’s current enrolled daily rate, upon prior approval ONLY. One day WRITTEN notice is required to officially add days to a child's regular schedule; two week WRITTEN notice is required to reduce a child's schedule. NO EXCEPTIONS.Payments are processed through a child care accounting software called KidKare. An invoice will be emailed weekly. It is advised that families set up auto-pay, but manual payments from the invoice are acceptable. Returned payments will be subject to a $40 fee, payable in cash before your child can return to care. Receipts provided upon request only.Late pick-ups are subject to a charge of $5 for every 5 minutes or fraction thereof that a parent is late, due before your child can return to care. These fees are PER CHILD, not per family. More than 4 (four) late pick-ups within 30 days may be grounds for termination without notice or refund.I am close and PAID for the following major holidays:
New Years Day*
Indigenous Peoples Day
Thanksgiving Days (x2)
Christmas Day*I’ll be closed Dec. 23, 2024-Jan. 3, 2025 for vacation, which includes 2 holidays.Provider vacation time off IS paid and will not exceed 3wks per year.
Provider sick and personal time off IS paid and will not exceed 2wks per year (excluding a longer Covid closure, which will be split between provider and family).
*or the weekday before/after if the holiday falls on a weekend.Drop-off and pick-up can sometimes be chaotic and/or exciting. Since Covid-19’s entrance to the mix, safety measures have been added. Parents should restrict drop-off/pick-up to no further than the foyer, and allow time and space for the next family coming and going. Please be conscientious of your presence and how it affects all of the children during these transitions and make them as quick and smooth as possible. If your child is attending for the day, there are NO drop offs allowed AFTER 9a. Children picked up early cannot return for the day. If your child is NOT attending for the day, please notify me, or I will contact you to verify, for the well-being of the child. DON'T FORGET TO SIGN IN AND OUT EVERY DAY, INCLUDING THE TIME.These policies are subject to change without notice.
Our Daily Flow
8:30a Breakfast over/cleanup/play/learn
12-12:30p down for naptime
4-4:30p Pickup/CloseSince we practice a learner-centered curriculum, everything else about our day is NOT directed by the clock, but is mostly led by the children: diapering, outside time, infant needs, play, art, etc.
HOUSE RULES/CHILD GUIDANCE: When it comes to interactions and the guiding of children's behavior, the goal of all Educators is to maximize the growth and development of children, as well as keep them safe. My Child Guidance Policy is as follows: under no circumstance will your child be struck, yanked, shaken, sworn at, belittled, discriminated against or otherwise made to feel threatened. That being said, I can't guarantee that I won't occasionally raise my voice in the interest of safety, for the sake of getting the child's attention in the event of an unsafe situation, but never in anger or frustration. Everyone will be expected (and taught) to respect everyone else. No bad language, no hitting, no biting, etc. Negative behavior will be verbally addressed and the child will be redirected to another focus/activity. Only if necessary will the child be sat down away from the group for a short period of time, but will not be left unattended. Excessive negative behavior will be addressed.OPEN DOOR POLICY: I have an open door policy with parents. I do allow parents to visit anytime during daycare hours/when your child is here (please be considerate of nap time...) That being said, the door will be locked to ensure the safety of the children. You need just knock, ring the bell or call… BUT please be aware of how your presence may affect your child, his/her mood, and the other children present, and use mature discretion.SIGNING IN AND OUT: Whoever drops off and/or picks up your child must sign the child in/out. Accountability is important. Also, it is expected that when you arrive, you take charge of your child and enforce the rules of the house (i.e.: no jumping on the furniture, no hitting of any kind, no going outside without permission, be respectful and speak kindly, no running, be quiet during nap/rest time, use indoor voices, etc.) Pick up time can be chaotic, so I ask that you help to make the transition as smooth as possible.ALTERNATE PICK-UP/RELEASE OF CHILD: Any adult 18 or over that is authorized to pick up your child must be noted on your child's original application, or an additional form must be filled out and placed in your child's file. Upon pick up, proper photo identification must be presented before your child will be released with anyone other than you. In the event of an emergency, you may call ahead to notify me of an alternate person not previously noted in your child's file; a photo ID will still be necessary and a description of this person's car make and model. I won't send your child with just anyone...PERSONAL BELONGINGS: I ask that personal belongings not be brought to daycare, but I do understand that sometimes exceptions need to be made. That being said, if you choose to allow your child to bring something from home, I cannot be held responsible for it at the end of the day. Items for nap/rest time will be kept with your child's bedding, if you so wish.SUPPLIES: Each child will need to have a complete extra change of clothes in his/her cubby everyday. This should include a top, bottom, socks, and undergarment (all appropriate to the season and size.) As only you know your child, you should feel free to leave more than one if you feel it would be appropriate.SICK CHILD POLICY: A child cannot attend care for the day if (s)he has any of the following symptoms ALONE, regardless of cause:
-fever 100° or above*
-vomiting more than 2x’s**
-diarrhea more than 3x’s
-discharge from eyes/ears that is thick and/or colored
-a communicable disease (chickenpox, conjunctivitis, influenza, COVID-19, HFM, etc.)State regulations requires that the child must be symptom-free without medication for a minimum of 24hrs before returning. This is also subject to the provider’s approval.A child cannot attend care for the day if (s)he has any of the following symptoms COMBINED, regardless of cause***:
-excessive runny nose (more than once every 30mins)
-excessive cough (more than once every 30mins)
-loss of appetite
-lethargic or irritable*teething does not cause fever and is not an exception
**motion sickness is not an exception
***allergies is the exception to this rule, and a doctors diagnosis/note MUST be in the child’s file, ALONG WITH the treatment that is being given to alleviate/control the symptoms.This policy will be strictly enforced to keep everyone as healthy as possible.If your child develops an illness while in my care, they will be isolated from the other children (as best possible) and you will be contacted so that you can immediately pick up your child or make such arrangements. This also applies to illness over the weekend or while at home. If your child is ill, please notify me regarding the nature of the illness, especially if it is contagious. I can then notify all the families of the children known to have been exposed.While I empathize with the challenge that this presents to the parents (likely caring for one child at a time), what needs to be understood is the plight of the singular provider who is, not only trying to care for the sick child, but also prevent the spread to the other children, all while running a program.It is everyone's responsibility to do everything possible to prevent contagious infections from spreading to the other children in care. This policy is important for the care and health of other children in care, their families, the provider and her family. Please keep in mind that bringing a sick child to daycare can result in me or my family becoming ill and me having to close the daycare for all the families in care.
COVID-19 AND RSV SPECIFIC PROTOCOL: In an attempt to avoid the spread of Covid-19, please keep your child home if (s)he shows any signs/symptoms stated above for illness, and take a Covid test.
-Families will be notified if another child or daycare family member tests positive. Families can decide if they want to send their children in. Daycare will remain open.
-Children with a household member who tests positive must stay home for 5 days, and may only return to care if (s)he tests negative on the 6th day AND is symptom free. Daycare will remain open.
-Children who test positive must stay home for 10 days and may not return until the 11th day AND the child is symptom free. Daycare will remain open.
-If the provider tests positive, daycare will close for a minimum of 5 days, at least until provider is symptom free, and provider will wear a mask indoors if less than 14 days.MEDICATIONS: Written permission from your child's doctor/pediatrician/dentist must be obtained prior to administering any medication, including over-the-counter medicines. I must also have written permission from you to administer medications. Prescription medication must be brought in its pharmacy container, appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or per with prescriptive authority. It must also note the dosing/administering directions. All unused medications will be returned to the parent if possible, or disposed of in accordance with Department of Public Health guidelines.Anything non-prescription to be used for diapering must be accompanied with a signed parental notice, valid for one year.MEALS: Nutritious meals will be provided but not forced. I will do my best daily to note what your child was served and how much he/she ate at each serving. I participate in a USDA-approved food program; more information can be provided upon request.NAPS/REST/SAFE SLEEP: Supervision of children is equally important during the times that a child is sleeping at the program, particularly when that child is an infant. EEC has very specific regulations around safe sleep practices. All infants are placed on their backs to sleep, with no extra bedding or other material, unless a child's physician orders otherwise (such an order must be given to me in writing). I check on children every 15 minutes during naptime. If your child is less than six (6) months old, I will directly supervise him/her during naptime for the first six weeks he/she is in care. For more information regarding Safe Sleep, please feel free to review the 'Family Child Care Policies' section of ww.eec.state.mass.us.I will make every attempt to put your child down for a nap no later than 12:30p, barring unforeseen circumstances. Infants, or course, will sleep on their own schedules. Each and every child will sleep on their own bedding, on their own cot, mat or Pack N Play (supplied by me, unless you prefer to supply your own). Bedding will be laundered by me weekly or as needed.TOILET TRAINING: If/When you feel your child is ready, I will do what is within my my means to assist you and your child with potty training. You will need to leave at least two extra complete outfits for your child, in case of (inevitable) accidents. Child cannot attend in underwear until (s)he can communicate their elimination needs and has proven some level of bodily control/has been accident-free for at least 7 days, both at home and in daycare.BIRTHDAYS/HOLIDAYS: Birthdays will be celebrated on the level of the child’s development at that time. The birthday child will have an approved-by-you birthday treat (like a cake, cookies, etc.) and a bit of special attention. However, as I feel that most young children either do not understand holidays conceptually or otherwise have specific family traditions that others might not share, we likely will NOT celebrate holidays much.A WORD FROM EEC: EEC is the agency that oversees the early education and care and after school services for families in Massachusetts. As the agency that licenses child care, EEC has quality standards for all licensed programs to ensure high educational value, as well as health and safety. Having a license means that I have demonstrated that I meet the standards outlined in the EEC regulations.To obtain your own copy of EEC Family Child Care Regulations, you may download them from the EEC website at: http://www.mass.gov/Eeoe/docs/EEC/regspolicies/20090122606cmr.pdfFor information about my regulatory compliance history, you may contact our local EEC regional office, whose contact information is as follows:Mass. Dept. of Early Education & Care
1250 Hancock Street
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU: The first day your child attends child care, I need a copy of the attached Family Child Care Enrollment Packet. Without these completed documents, which MUST BE UPDATED ANNUALLY, I cannot care for your child. The reason for this is so I have all the important information and phone numbers I will need in order to provide the best possible care for your child.Medical Information: Medical information about your child must be given to me within one (1) month from the day that your child begins care. There are three (3) pieces of medical information I will need:1) A statement from a physician or health care professional that says that your child received a physical exam within the past year;2) Evidence that your child has been immunized as recommended by the Department of Public Health;3) If your child is nine (9) months of age or older, a statement from a physician or health care professional which says that your child has been screened for lead poisoning.Please note that your child's immunization record must be updated and given to me in accordance with the Department of Public Health's immunization schedule. Also, your child's lead screening report must be updated as required by Department of Public Health Regulations. This report must also be given to me. If your child is school age, I can accept a written statement that the required information is on file with the child's school.MAINTAINING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT: EEC has a number of licensing standards related to safety in Family Child Care Home. Most of these standards outline common safety precautions such as making dangerous materials inaccessible to children, covering outlets, having a first aid kit, practicing evacuation drills, gating stairs, windows or heating elements, posting emergency numbers, and maintaining a clean, hazard-free indoor space. Also, the outdoor space must be safe and hazard-free and there should be no access to a busy street, water, construction material, rusty or broken play materials, debris, glass, or peeling paint.LEAD POISONING PREVENTION: All Family Child Care Educators are required by EEC to provide parents with information regarding the risks of Lead Poisoning. The following are some facts that all parents should know about lead and lead poisoning:-Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing lead. Lead is poison when it gets into the body.-Lead can stay in the body for a long time. Young children absorb lead more easily than adults. The harm done by lead may never go away. Lead in the body can:-Hurt the brain, kidneys and nervous system-Slow down growth and development-Make it hard to learn-Damage hearing and speech-Cause behavior problems-Most of the lead poisoning in Massachusetts comes from lead paint dust in older homes. Many homes built before 1978 have lead paint on the inside and outside of the building.-When old paint peels and cracks, it creates lead paint chips and lead dust. Lead dust also comes from opening and closing old windows.-Lead dust lands on the floor. Lead gets into children's bodies when they put their hands and toys into their mouths. Children can also breathe in lead dust. Children between the ages of 9 months and 6 years old are most at risk.-Important: Home repairs and renovations also create lead dust.-Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick. A lead test is the only way to know if your child has lead poisoning. Ask your doctor to test your child for lead. Some children may have:-Upset stomach-Trouble eating or sleeping-Headache-Trouble paying attentionAs mentioned earlier, if your child is over nine (9) months of age, you will need to provide documentation to me that your child has been screened for lead poisoning. Most children will be screened annually until either three (3) or four (4), depending on where the child lives.I am required to disclose to you if I am aware of any known sources of lead in my home. Information regarding known sources of lead in my home is as follows: NO KNOWN LEAD PER TEST PROVIDED MY LICENSED LEAD TESTER. Daycare space is brand new as of June 2016.For more information on lead poisoning, you can visit http://www.mass.gov/dph/clppp or call the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (800) 532-9571.CURRICULUM AND PROGRESS REPORTS: All Family Child Care Educators must carry out a routine that is flexible and responds to the needs and interests of children in care. The routine must include things such as meeting the physical needs of children in care, sixty minutes of physical activity every day, child-initiated and Educator-initiated activities and daily outdoor play, weather permitting. Additionally, the Educator must develop a curriculum that engages children in developmentally appropriate activities by planning specific learning experiences. The curriculum must include things such as learning self-help skills that foster independence, opportunities to gain problem solving and decision making competencies and leadership skills and opportunities to learn about proper nutrition, good health and personal safety. I am also responsible for providing an environment that promotes cultural, social and individual diversity.In addition, progress reports must be completed periodically for all children in care. For infants and children with identified special needs, I will be completing progress reports every three months. For toddlers and preschoolers, those reports are completed every six months, and school age children will have a yearly progress report completed for them.I will be sharing your child's progress reports with you, as well as offering an opportunity to meet and discuss your child's progress. Feel free to ask me about curriculum and progress reports and how they are implemented in my program.SUPERVISION: Supervision is critical to keeping children safe. I will appropriately supervise children in order to ensure their health and safety at all times. I will use good judgment and consider several factors in determining the appropriate level of supervision for children including age, developmental needs, behavioral characteristics, the nature of activities and the space we are using, as well as the number of caregivers present at any given time. If you have any questions about how I supervise the children in my program, feel free to ask me.TERMINATION POLICY: In order to cancel enrollment, written notice must be provided at least two weeks in advance.ENROLLMENT/CAPACITY: My current licensed capacity is 8, which is posted on my license. At any one time, I can only care for the number of children that I've been licensed for, which may include my own children, depending on their ages. In addition, EEC regulations state that I cannot care for more than three (3) children under the age of two (2) without an assistant, with one of those children being at least 15 months old AND walking unassisted. If you have concerns or questions about the number of children in my care, please feel free to discuss them with me.USE OF ASSISTANTS: I may have an assistant to help care for the child care children, provided they are approved by EEC. If and when I use an assistant, I will let you know ahead of time, and you will have an opportunity to meet the assistant that will be working in the program. I may also use volunteers from time to time, and although they will bot be directly responsible for the care of children in the program, they will be on the premises and assisting me.I am (Xnot) currently utilizing an assistant or volunteer(s).UNSCHEDULED CLOSURE: If a city or government agency releases a state of emergency for our city, as a precaution we will close for the safety of your children and our families. Although businesses around us may go on as normal, the safety and care of your children and mine are more important. Please be advised we will reopen as soon as we receive word that our city is safe.Ultimately, please understand that your provider is a person, a mother of her own children who has spent a whole day with yours. I love what I do, but under the best circumstances I still need a break, which I don't get during the long day with your children. Be considerate of my time and possible lack of energy at the end of the day. Two minutes late (or early) to you could feel like an hour to me or your child! Your child, also, has a long day of learned sharing, rules & structure. (S)he is likely as tired as I might be and probably wants nothing more than to go home to his/her own space to snuggle with you. All things considered, try not to leave your child longer than necessary.This institution is an equal opportunity provider.