Parent Handbook

Admission Requirements:
  • Parents must fill out and sign an admissions form.
  • Each child must have a medical immunization or exemption form on file at the time of enrollment.
  • Parents must sign a waiver and consent form for medical emergencies and field trips. All forms are provided.
  • Each child must be accompanied by a parent or adult when they come to preschool. Written parental permission is necessary for non-parents to take child on file.
  • Kootenai Kids(K2) Preschool and Daycare is approved by the State of Idaho Central District Health and licensed by the City of Boise. We will follow their guidelines at all times.
  • Children must be at least 12 months of age.

Days/Hours:
K2 Preschool and Daycare operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Illness (See Health Policy below for more information):
If your child is not feeling well, running a fever, has diarrhea, vomiting or any open sores (from cold sores to chicken pox), please keep him/her home. It is not fair to expose others. The regular fee is charged for absences except those caused by an extended illness of two weeks or more. This policy is necessary since our operation costs continue as we save space for your child. After a serious illness, a medical clearance statement must be given to the director before the child is re-admitted. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be contacted. If you cannot be reached, one of your emergency contact people will be called. When filling out your emergency contact form, please remember to list cell phone numbers as well as land lines.

Arrival and Departures:
The east entrance, off Pond Street, is used to access the preschool and daycare. Please do not block access to others wanting to drop off their child. Park in a designated stall and bring your child in to check in. Never leave children unattended in your car or the K2 Preschool and Daycare lobby. Preschoolers are anxious to leave after school, so please be on time.

Pickup Authorization:
On the enrollment forms you will find a line asking for the names of individuals who will be able to pickup your child. You may authorize as many people as you need. We will not allow your child to leave with an unauthorized person. You may send a note adding names at any time during the school year. Please have the individuals bring photo ID so we can confirm who they are.

Late Pick-up Charges:                                                                                         
Occasionally, you might be late when picking up your child. We allow two grace periods for unforeseen mishaps. On the third and each subsequent offense, a $5.00 charge, for every 10 minutes you are late and $1.00/minute thereafter, will be assessed. You will be asked to pay the teacher directly upon your arrival.

Staff :
Children will be with responsible adults at all times:

Director: Marcia Davis
Manager: Randy Winn
Teacher: Pam Hyneman
Teacher: Challis Crist
Teacher:  Brianna Craner


Volunteer parents are welcome to assist when possible.

Volunteers:
We can always use an extra pair of ears, eyes and hands. We welcome volunteers anytime. Volunteers are especially appreciated on holiday celebrations, field trips and special days which will be announced in advance.

For Rates please call (208) 424-5055

Payment Policy

Fees: Prepayment of fees is required.

In order to meet our obligations, we require timely and complete payments from our participants. When you enroll your child, we ask that you choose between two time frames for your payments: monthly or bi-weekly. You will need to select one or the other payment method and stay with it. Our fees are relative, prorated on an annual basis, and work out to be consistent whether our parents choose bi-weekly or monthly. Also our fees are not based on attendance, rather they are based on the arrangement that we discussed at the time of registration. Unfortunately, our bills do not stop while you are on vacation or while your child is ill.

Monthly payment is due by the 1st of each month or if paying bi-weekly, the payment is due on the preceding Friday or following Monday at the latest .

 See Payment Calendar.        

Field Trips:

  • When taking field trips, we will inform parents prior to the field trip as to where we are going. If we transport seven or more children in one vehicle, we will have two adults present.
  • When taking field trips away from the center we will provide one additional person aged 16 or older over the ratio sanction by Idaho law.
  • All children shall be in safety restraints or seat belts when going on a field trip in non-commercial vehicles.
Behavior Policy (See Discipline Policy for more information)  

When a large group of children find themselves in a room full of toys and new playmates, excitement must be contained. We use rules at home and school. Children like to experience consistency and realize there are consequences for breaking the rules. We start out gradually explaining the rules the first day and continue all year. It is helpful to review the rules at home.

Classroom rules:       

  • Be considerate, courteous and respectful to others
  • Follow directions the first time they are given
  • Use inside voices
  • Stay within the fenced area during outside play

Consequences for appropriate behavior:

  • Verbal praise
  • Tangible rewards; stickers, treats for the classroom
  • Increased free play time
  • Special parties, special days
  • Notes sent home praising behavior 
Consequences for inappropriate behavior:
  • The children are encouraged to solve disagreement themselves
  • Teacher diffuses situation using humor
  • Child is redirected to another play area
  • Teacher helps model appropriate play
  • Teacher discusses situation with child/children
  • Teacher and student agree on new plan of action
  • “Recovery Time” of a short duration, only when necessary
  • Inform parent of behavior

Resolving Conflict:

  • Children explain concerns to a teacher.
  • Questions are asked of each child to clarify the situation.
  • Teacher defines expected behavior to each child.
  • Children and teacher agree on new plan of action.
  • Children are praised for their efforts.                         

Disciplinary Dismissal:

Occasionally a child will experience difficulty in adjusting to a preschool setting and/or abiding by classroom rules. If your child is experiencing difficulty, you will be notified and a conference will be scheduled. We will then work closely with you to resolve the problem. In the extreme case where correction is not plausible, we reserve the right to request that you withdraw your child from K2 Preschool and Daycare. 

School Visitation:  

Parents are encouraged to visit and take part in our activities. You may call ahead or just drop in. Parents will be limited visitation only by court order.

Snacks and Lunches:

K2 Preschool and Daycare will provide a nutritious morning and afternoon snack.  There will also be a voluntary snack sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board for parents who would like to provide the snack. 

Parents are to supply a sack lunch. Please include in your child’s lunch box a cloth placemat or napkin.  Frozen ice packs preserves perishables in the lunch box, but if there are any items that need to be refrigerated please write your child’s name on them before placing them in the refrigerator.  Also, do let your child know that part of his lunch is in the refrigerator, that way he may be responsible for getting it at lunch time.

To help the teachers spend more time with your children and less time in the kitchen please try to send a cold lunch whenever possible.  Foods that need warming in the microwave should not need more than 2 minutes in the microwave, and such foods should be in a microwave proof container with a lid.  Please no TV or frozen dinners, nor Ramen Noodles.           

Treats:

You are welcome to bring food or beverages for snack anytime. You may bring birthday treats on or near your child's birthday if you wish. (Please note cupcakes are welcome only as a special treat for birthdays. According to state guidelines, they do not fall under a satisfactory food group.) We would like to see everyone have a turn to be special at snack time by sharing, so we have a sign-up sheet in the room for your convenience. The school provides snacks when no treats are scheduled. Please keep treats as nutritious as possible. Please send 2% milk when including milk with your snack. When juice is served, state guidelines require the use of 100% fruit juice.

Health Policy:                                                                                                      

Parents are required to provide their child’s valid immunization or exemption form at the time of enrollment. Children will have direct contact with staff upon arrival for detection of illness. If your child exhibits the following symptom(s), do not bring him to school until the symptom(s) are gone. Children who develop any of the following symptoms at school will not be allowed to remain at the school and will be sent home if they become ill during the day:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (101°) within past 24 hours
  • Severe continuous coughing
  • Pinkeye
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Swollen glands

Parents must complete a Medication Authorization form for children requiring any medications, including over the counter medications. Medication must be provided in the original container. Prescription medication must be accompanies by the doctor's directions.

Parents should notify the center when a child has contracted a communicable disease.

The center will post notices of exposure of children to a communicable disease.

Children's hands will be washed after toileting as well as before and after eating.

Safety Policy:

  • Children will be supervised at all times within the facility and on the playground.
  • Emergency evacuation plans will be posted by all exits. Emergency numbers are posted by all phones.
  • All full time staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • No smoking is allowed within the facility, within the facility vehicles, or on the playground.
  • First aid kits are clearly labeled and available within the center, in the outdoor play area and on field trips.
  • Emergency numbers for each child shall be taken when on field trips.

K2 Preschool and Daycare will provide written incident reports to parents when there are minor injuries and minor changes in health status or behavioral concerns. Serious injuries will be reported immediately to the parent.

K2 Preschool and Daycare has written plans for emergencies. These plans include transportation arrangements.

Phone Calls:  

If your child will be late or absent, please telephone 424-5055 before 7:30 a.m. If you would like information about the adjustment of your child to preschool, or have suggestions or questions, feel free to contact the director by phone or arrange to meet after your child's session. We like to give our undivided attention to your children during class time.

Communication:

Large book bags are very helpful when we send home short newsletters, notes, and flyers throughout the year. Check your child's bag for these. We do not send out bills. You are encouraged to call or come in with any questions, concerns or suggestions. This is your preschool. Your child learns best when parents and teachers work together.

Clothing:   Please have a change of clothing in book bag or backpack at all times. Accidents happen!

Clothing should be clean, comfortable and simple for the child to attend to. Remember bathroom needs when selecting outfits. State law requires that shoes be worn at all times. Please label any item to be removed such as jackets, boots and mittens. Belts should be omitted unless the child can manage them. Paint spills and outside play can take their toll on very special outfits. We try to be careful!

Please have your child wear weather-appropriate clothing, including hats, mittens and boots for playing outside during the colder months. If the weather prohibits out door play, your child will recreate inside, with obvious limitations.

Special interests:

Many of the children’s family members have special interests, hobbies, talents, pets or collections that we would enjoy seeing. Please feel free to contact us and we'll arrange a time to come share.

Conferences:

Parents or teachers may be schedule a conference when either deems necessary. We feel it is important to meet with parents about their child's progress. Because questions or concerns may develop at any time, we leave this timeframe open. 

Multicultural and Nonsexist Education:

K2 Preschool and Daycare shall maintain its programs and practices whereupon no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under said programs and activities of the district. It is also the policy of K2 Preschool and Daycare that the curriculum content and instructional materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity found in our country and an awareness of rights, duties and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a pluralistic society.

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