1-100 Enterprise Drive, Komoka, Ontario N0L 1R0
Our exceptional staff is committed to the growth and development of your child.
Our program is designed to meet the needs of each child and to challenge them at their developmental level. Through your child's interaction with the environment, other children, and the adults in our center, your child will be encouraged to develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. In order to assist in planning and to create programs that meet children’s needs, we use an age-appropriate developmental checklist called the Nipissing Screen. It will be performed once a year on all the children and the information gathered will be instrumental in guiding our program plans, helping staff and parents to monitor healthy child development, and to support children potentially at risk. The staff, under the guidance of the Program Supervisor, will administer the checklist. The information obtained is confidential and samples are available from the office at parents’ request. The Nipissing is a recognized checklist in many facets of childcare, i.e.: doctors, schools, and the London Middlesex Health Unit all use this Screen in the caring for children. The results of each child’s Screen may be discussed during Parent-Teacher Interviews, which normally take place in April.
The daily program for each group is posted in their rooms. Parents are also provided with a calendar of events and weekly themes. Tiggir’s Tots Daycare frequently has students from various educational facilities on practical work experience. These students plan and implement activities with the children and are supervised at all times by our staff.
Ages of Children/Staff Ratio
Tiggir's Tots Daycare enrolls children from the age of three months old to ten years old. Children are separated into age appropriate groups. The Daycare currently has facilities to accommodate:
At least one Early Childhood Educator supervises in each room.
Hours of Operation
Main Site - 6:45 am to 6:00 pm
Recreational Site - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Nursery School Morning Program - 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Nursery School Afternoon Program - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Short Day Program - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Summer Camp - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Effective January 1, 1995, there will be a $1.00 per minutes late charge for children at the Daycare past 6:00 pm. The charge will start at 6:01 pm and accumulate by the minute until your departure time from the Daycare. The closing staff member will record your departing time and the parent will confirm the time by initialing the sign out sheet. On a regular basis, to ensure prompt payment, the Director will issue bills. The payment is still directed to the closing staff member to compensate for their inconvenience of staying late.
After three written notices of lateness, the child's enrollment will be terminated.
PLEASE NOTE: If there are circumstances beyond your control, please call the Director to discuss.
Effective July 7, 2003, Tiggir's Tots reinstated the 9½ hour policy in which your child may be in attendance at the daycare for no more than 9½ hours per day. This decision was based on staff shifts and the well being of your children (due to long hours). A fee of $5.00 will be charged for every 15 minutes your child is over the 9½ hour per day limit.
Signing In and Out Procedures
Parents are required to sign their child in/out with initials and the time of the day on the attendance sheet provided for each room. Please notify a member of the staff in the room your child is in of your child's arrival/departure. The staff member will also initial the attendance sheet. The Daycare is responsible for your child once your child is signed in and ends when they are signed out. Unless otherwise arranged in advance, children will not be released to anyone other than those specified on the Admission form. It is your responsibility to sign your child in/out. The maximum time will be charged if no time is recorded for the Before and After School Care and the Before and After Summer Camp Care.
Scheduling Your Child(ren)
Infant – Preschool rooms: All part time students' schedules must be submitted at least one calendar month in advance, and all spaces are available on a first come first serve basis.
Short Program/Nursery School: The Nursery School will operate from September to June, with the exception of Christmas and March Breaks and all P.A. Days. Upon enrolment, parents will receive a calendar outlining these dates of closure.
Before and After-School Care: Currently, there is a five-year waiting list for this program. Enrolment is based on first come, first serve basis. At the time of enrolment (in any Tiggir’s Tots program), the Director will ask if you are interested in placing your child on the wait list for Before & After-school care. The Director will then contact parents and keep you up-to-date with our availability.
In regards to Christmas and March Breaks and all P.A. days, every attempt will be made to accommodate your child(ren) in our center. All spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. A sign up sheet will be posted as early as September so you may schedule your child(ren) for these days. Payments must be made 1 month in advance to secure your spot.
Summer Camp: There are 25 school-age summer camp openings. These will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The Summer Camp schedule will be posted in March and it is the parents’ responsibility to sign your child(ren) up for camp. In May, the camps will be advertised to the greater community. Parents are required to sign up for a minimum of 2 weeks of Summer Camp, in order to hold your child(ren)’s Before & After-School spot for September. We will offer day programs and these openings will only be posted the Wednesday prior to the week commencing. The daily fee for these service is $35.00 a day.
Schedule Changes – Main Site
Any change to your child’s schedule must be given in writing 2 weeks in advance. If any emergency or change to the schedule arises without the 2 weeks notice, you will be required to pay for the originally scheduled days, plus any extra day attended and only if the Daycare can accommodate the child.
If your child is scheduled for a Statutory Holiday, and it is desired to change the day without the 2 weeks notice, the holiday must be paid for plus any extra days attended, if the Daycare can accommodate the child. If the Daycare cannot accommodate the change even with the 2 weeks notice, your regular schedule that week must be paid.
Program Cancellation – Recreational Site
Short Program/Nursery School Program: Please be informed that if for any reason we need to extend the Before & After School Program due to:
The Short Program/Nursery school program will be cancelled. You will not be charged for these days. It is your responsibility to stay informed of adverse weather that could cause bus delays or cancellations. We will do our best to contact parents by telephone; however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to contact all families.
Cancellation Policy – Recreational Site
Cancellation Policy and Payment Schedule for the following Programs:
Any previously scheduled/signed up days can be cancelled up to one month prior to Program commencing. Invoices will be issued and payment will be due one month prior for each scheduled day.
Cancellation Policy for the Summer Camp Program
Summer Camp Programs may be cancelled as follows:
Off Site Activities
Programs include special planned activities that require the children to leave the premises of Tiggir’s Tots Daycare. These activities include scheduled Field Trips, activities at the Kilworth Park, and walks taken day to day.
The following procedures are in place:
Tiggir's Tots Daycare observes the following statutory holidays:
Each child will be entitled to one free week (up to a maximum of five days) for vacation. This week can be taken at any time throughout the year, but is according to your child's regularly scheduled days at the Daycare. If your child joins Tiggir’s Tots part way through the year or if they are enrolled on a part-time basis, they may take one free “vacation” day for every 50 days of paid day-care.
Snow Policy/Emergency Closing
If Parkview School in Komoka is closed, or closes at any time during the day, because of snow or inclimate weather, then Tiggir’s Tots will be closed. Please listen to the radio or look on the NewPL website, so you will be informed. In the event of school holidays or P.D. Days, it will be at the discretion of the President of the Board to make the decision of closing the daycare. The decision will be made before 6:45 am. This will allow parents to call the Daycare to be informed of the decision. If a staff member is not available, a message will be left on the Daycare answering service. If your child(ren) is scheduled that day, tuition fees are still payable.
Also, Tiggir's Tots may be closed due to emergency situations such as no hydro or water. Staff will notify you if this situation occurs. If your child(ren) is scheduled that day, tuition fees are still payable.
Withdrawal of Children
Written notice of permanent withdrawal must be given two weeks in advance of the last attending day, or full program fees will be charged in lieu of notice.
Access to Children in Cases of Separation or Divorce
Where custody of a child is granted pursuant to the terms of a separation agreement or a decree of divorce, the custodial parent shall provide proof, satisfactory to the Director, the Daycare, or to its lawyers, of legal custody and in that event the custodial parent shall have sole access to the child. The non-custodial parent shall have access to the child only when the Daycare has received the written consent of the custodial parent.
When there is physical separation of the parents and there is no legal documentation as described above, the parent with whom the child is living is said to have de facto custody. When there is de facto custody either parent shall be granted access to the child.
There are bus routes available from Parkview and Our Lady of Lourdes schools. It is the parents’ responsibility to make arrangements with their child’s elementary school for pick-up and drop-off at Tiggir’s Tots' School-Age Program.
Probation and Termination
A child’s enrolment may be placed on probation at the discretion of the Director/Board. Reasons include regular lateness, arrears NSF cheques, disruptive behaviour, or non-compliance for fundraising. If on probation, all fees must be paid in cash in advance. Reasons must be discussed with the Director and/or Board. The Board reserves the right to terminate membership at any time if the conduct of you or your child threatens the well-being of other children, staff, parents or the Daycare as a whole.
Meals and Snacks
Meals and Infant Feeding
Infant, Toddler & Preschool Rooms: A hot noon meal is provided at the Daycare, plus mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Menus are posted weekly so parents can plan their home meals accordingly. If your child has any food sensitivity or allergy, please discuss with the Director. In accordance with the Day Nurseries Act, the menus follow the Canada Food Guide.
It is the responsibility of the parents to provide baby food and prepared formula in labeled bottles for their infant child. The Daycare supplies regular table food and milk when the child is old enough. Homogenized in the Infant Room and 2% in the Toddler, Preschool Rooms. Juice is always available.
Short Program: A nutritious lunch and p.m. snack is provided by the Daycare for the preschoolers. The menus are posted for parents to view.
Nursery School Program: It is the parents’ responsibility to supply all the children with a healthy snack. A rotating list will be supplied to inform you of what day you are to bring the snack in. If you need some suggestions as to what snacks to bring in, please feel free to ask a staff member.
Before & After-School Program: A nutritious p.m. snack is provided by the Daycare for the schoolagers. The menus are posted for parents to view. Any full day programs the parent is responsible to provide a bag lunch for their child(ren).
Summer Camp: It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a bag lunch for their child(ren).
* All bag lunches must be clearly labeled with child’s name
Peanut Free Environment:
Due to severe peanut allergies within the Daycare, we do not serve any product containing traces of peanuts. If you wish to bring in special snacks for special occasions, please be advised the Center will not be able to serve it unless accompanied with an ingredient list. This will ensure that all children are protected against their food allergies. If your child has had peanut butter for breakfast, please make sure their hands and faces are washed.
Health and Safety
Records and Forms
A file is maintained for each child. The file contains such things as address, telephone number, emergency contact numbers, and pertinent medical data such as immunization records that help us to provide care and protection for your child. Your help in keeping these records current is important to us, so if there is a change in any of these, please let us know.
Notice will be given when it is time for the yearly medical history update that is required by Public Health.
In cases of allergies or special dietary needs please submit in writing from your physician information outlining these concerns and any changes to a child's medical condition.
Medication Authorization and Administration
The staff at Tiggir’s Tots will administer medication to the children at the Daycare if the following conditions are met:
This Daycare does not administer children’s pain reliever or cough medicines unless received by prescription or with a Doctor’s written authorization. Pain reliever (i.e. Advil,Tylenol) will only be administered in emergency situations (i.e. febrile convulsions). We do, however, treat minor scrapes and cuts with antiseptic cream or peroxide, and any bumps or bruises received at the Daycare.
NOTE: WE WILL NOT ADMINISTER ANY MEDICATION TO CHILDREN IN THE NURSERY SCHOOL OR BEFORE & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. (i.e. an epipen)
The Day Nurseries Act stipulates that prior to admission each child must be immunized as recommended by the local Medical Officer of Health. A medical certificate confirming such immunization as well as a complete medical assessment is necessary and is to be submitted upon admission of a child the Day Care.
Please keep your child home if they have any of the following signs or symptoms:
If a doctor diagnoses an ear or throat infection and places the child on antibiotics, the child should not return until they have been on the medication for at least 24 hours.
If a child becomes ill while at the Daycare, he or she will be isolated from the other children and parents will be contacted and asked to make arrangements to pick up the child as soon as possible. A sick child cannot be kept at the Daycare.
By helping us to observe good health standards, you will be protecting your child and others in the Daycare.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK:
When is a child too sick or contagious to be brought in to the Daycare? This is a question, which may present itself during your child's stay at the center. In order to protect your child and the other children we have established some guidelines on illnesses. If at any time the Daycare staff or supervisors feel that the child is too sick or contagious, he/she will not be allowed into the Daycare. Please have a friend or babysitter on call to keep your child if you cannot.
If your child requires medical attention, or hospital care, you will be notified immediately. For this reason, it is imperative that you inform the Director of any change of telephone numbers or place of employment. All parents hereby authorize the Daycare and its employees to arrange transportation, and to administer first aid or assistance as they in their sole discretion deem necessary or advisable under the circumstances, pending the arrival of medical assistance or arrival at the hospital, as the case may be.
Toys are sanitized daily in the Infant Room and weekly in the Toddler and Senior Rooms. Bed sheets and blankets are laundered weekly.
Toys are also sanitized weekly in the Nursery School and Before & After-School programs. As the children do not nap in these 2 programs, laundry is strictly cloths or items from activities.
Staff members are trained in evacuation procedures and carry out monthly fire drills with the children.
Emergency Evacuation Procedure
In the event of an emergency evacuation (tornado warnings, fire), an emergency evacuation policy has been established. The following procedures will occur:
Jeanette Keene's House (Staff)
Child Abuse and Neglect
If a staff member of Tiggir’s Tots Daycare has any reason to believe a child is being abused or neglected, we will contact Family and Children Services to begin the appropriate action.
What To Bring To Daycare
The most important considerations for clothing are ease of laundering, comfort, and suitability for the season. Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothing in case of an accidental spill. Shoes are preferable to slippers during the winter. Please remember to label all clothing coming into the Day Care.
Your child plays outside for two hours per day, weather permitting, to meet regulations set down by the Day Nurseries Act. Appropriate clothing should be available to suit the season.
With regard to the Infant/Toddler Program, please note that only disposable diapers are to be used at the Daycare. An adequate supply is to be kept in the child's change basket, along with any ointment and/or powder.
If a child is in training pants, it would be wise to keep several pairs on hand in their cubby in case of accidents.
Parents are responsible for supplying sunscreen for their child's use in the Before and After School Program. Please remember to label the bottle. Staff will notify you when your child's sunscreen is running low. For all other programs, we offer the option for parents to participate in our sunscreen club. This helps in quick applications of sunscreen.
On occasion parents and/or staff members take photographs of the children while at play during the day. These photographs are used for personal reasons only. The Daycare will post some photographs for displays. Names of the children are not used when photographs are displayed. Parental consent will be obtained at the time of registration of all children new to the Daycare.
Children are disciplined is a positive manner at a level that is appropriate to their actions and their ages, in order to promote self-discipline, ensure safety, respect the rights of others and maintain equipment.
If parents have any concerns or issues, they should bring them initially to the attention of the teacher(s). If the issue or concern is not within the scope of the teacher’s authority, or is not resolved to the parents’ satisfaction, then the matter should be directed verbally to the Program Supervisor. The final course of action would be either verbally or in writing, direct the matter to the Director or the Board of Directors.
A Final Word...
Because children are easily affected by their environment, they often reflect the tensions and concerns of the people to whom they are closest. We ask that you be particularly alert for tension-creating incidents that may be mirrored in your child's behaviour. Even though it is sometimes difficult to understand the workings of the young child's mind his/her emotions and feelings are real and need to be recognized and dealt with appropriately. Illness, quarrels, unexpected visitors, or a parent away on a business trip may unwittingly create a climate of uneasiness and strain that can temporarily upset a child. Likewise, a broken toy, a lost tooth, or an upcoming birthday party may seem incidental, but can be a major event in the life of a youngster and create emotionally keyed-up behaviour. Whatever the cause, it would be most helpful if you would let us know whenever your child seems unusually tense. Working together, we will try to provide an understanding atmosphere.
Page last updated on January 1, 2007