Home Away From Home Daycare's Daily schedule, Discipline policy & Supervision plan & policies 
Our Commitment as Your Child's Care Provider's
Your child will enjoy a safe, nurturing “Home Away From Home” where they can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique personality's. Your child will learn to grow with the comfort and confidence to develop trusting relationships, value their individuality, and have fun just being themselves.

Children are served CACFP approved meals daily so they develop positive eating habits that will lead to a lifetime of goof health. are served
Participant of JC Family Food Association

The HAFH developmental stages worked on daily, as you work on them as a parent at home. As a team your Child care provider, and you = LEARNING 

Physical Development
18 months
Walks well, goes up and down steps alone, runs, seats self on chair, becoming independent in toileting, uses spoon and fork, imitates circular stroke, turns pages singly, kicks ball, attempts to dress self, builds tower of six cubes.
Emotional Development
18 months
Very Self-centered, just beginning a sense of personal identity and belongings, possessive, often negative, often frustrated, no ability to choose between alternatives, enjoys physical affection, resistive to change, becoming independent, more responsive to humor and distraction than discipline or reason.
Age 2
Social Development
Solitary play, dependent on adult guidance, plays with dolls, refers to self by name, socially very immature, little concept of others as “people.” May respond to simple direction.
Intellectual Development
Says words, phrases and simple sentences, 272 words, understands simple directions, identifies simple pictures, likes to look at books, short attention span, avoids simple hazards, can do simple form board.
Physical Development
Runs well, marches, stands on one foot briefly, rides tricycle, imitates cross, feeds self well, puts on shoes and stockings, unbuttons and buttons, build tower of 10 cubes. Pours from pitcher.
Emotional Development
Likes to conform, easy going attitude, not so resistive to change, more secure, greater sense of personal identity, beginning to be adventuresome, enjoys music.
Age 3
Social Development
Parallel play, enjoys being by others, takes turns, knows if he is a boy or girl, enjoys brief group activities requiring no skill, likes to “help” in small ways–responds to verbal guidance.
Intellectual Development
Says short sentences, 896 words, great growth in communication, tells simple stories, uses words as tools of thought, wants to understand environment, answers questions, imaginative, may recite few nursery rhymes
Physical Development
Skips on one foot, draws “Man”, cuts with scissors (not well), can wash and dry face, dress self except ties, standing broad jump, throws ball overhand, high motor drive.
Emotional Development
Seems sure of himself, out-of bounds behavior, often negative, may be defiant, seems to be testing himself out, needs controlled freedom.
Age 4
Social Development
Cooperative play, enjoys other children’s company, highly social, may play loosely organized group games – tag, duck-duck-goose, talkative, versatile.
Intellectual Development
Uses complete sentences, 1540 words, asks endless questions, learning to generalize, highly imaginative, dramatic, can draw recognizable simple objects.
Physical Development
Hops and skips, dresses without help, good balance and smoother muscle action, skates, rides wagon and scooter, prints simple letters, handedness established, ties shoes, girls small muscle development about 1 year ahead of boys.
Emotional Development
Self-assured, stable, well-adjusted, home-centered, likes to associate with mother, capable, of some self-criticism, enjoys responsibility. Likes to follow the rules.
Age 5
Social Development
Highly cooperative play, has special “friends”, highly organized, enjoys simple table games requiring turns and observing rules, “school”, feels pride clothes and accomplishments, eager to carry out some responsibility.
Intellectual Development
2,072 words, tells long tales, carries out direction well, reads own name, counts to 10, asks meaning of words, knows colors, beginning to know difference between fact and fiction

Sample of Our Education at H.A.F.H:

Toddlers 18 months to 30 months

 Farm animals
Social/Emotional skills, Name that animal game: toddlers learning to take turns and share, this helps develop their social development
Creative Arts: Processed Based Art/ Whatever they put together, their creation 
Sensory: “Old Mac Donald” putting rice and peas in a bowl and hiding farm animals inside, and the children fish them out with tongs
Dramatic Play: Playing 3 Little Pigs
Motor: Zoo-phonics aerobics; Tossing balls

 Preschool 30 months to 3 year

 Library & Language Arts: Exploring summer-related books and photo cards; Using words to
describe new things we see grass, insects, flowers, leaves. GREEN. Creative Arts: Draw a picture or make sculpture of your favorite thing summer-related
Science & Sensory: Searching for insects, flowers, leaves etc.. outside , Make sand castles
Dramatic Play: Pretending to be at the beach
Math & Manipulative: Arranging objects according to size; Sorting objects by attributes; Using measurement tools to make own summer shoe box

Prekindergarten 3 ½ to 4 years

Going to Preschool
Language & Arts- practice writing name
Science & Math- trace shapes, counting to 15
Dramatic Play- Play Store & Puppet Show for rest of kiddos, then we will switch:)
Manipulative- Play with manipulative of their choice
Creative- Make anything that’s processed based art of how you see your preschool classrooms

​Home Away from Home's Guidance & Supervision Plan including Safe Sleep Policy

Home away from home is located on the bottom level of my home. Parents & children enter/exit through the garage entrance; the garage door is left open always unless there is winter storm advisory's.
The floor plan in my daycare is open when you enter consisting of one large 35 by 19 ft. room that is arranged with activities for the children in centers. The children take their picture to each center putting their picture on a colored dot if there is room available to play at that center, then removing their picture from that center when they want to go to the next center. We start using the centers for children ages 2 ½ and over, but introduce them to the younger children as well.
My daycare is a licensed group daycare in which 2 Certified Child Care Providers must be present always when the ratio of children is at group capacity.

Indoor supervision & guidance policy:
Each child 2 ½ years of age and under who is awake will be supervised by sight and in proximity of the child always. If a provider is attending to personal hygiene needs or engaging in other child care duties, and is temporarily unable to remain within sight of the child the provider will first ensure the safety of each child, and be able to respond immediately to any child in distress remaining within hearing distance of each child. With 2 providers, always this situation does not arise very often.
Each child 2 ½ years, and older who is awake, the child is permitted to go unattended to another room of the facility to engage in activities. We as providers will determine if the child is capable to go in another room unattended as every child is different. The provider will remain within hearing distance, and visually check on the child responding as necessary to meet the needs of the child.
The only other rooms in daycare besides the large room are the eating area & classroom combo, restroom, and reading & circle time, and rest area which is also all one room, and of course the kitchen.

Room descriptions in the facility:

Main Daycare Area:
Used for fine & gross motor skills, and imaginative play during free play
This is a big 35 by 19 ft room.
This room is equipped with play equipment, dramatic play house, Lego tables, and block tables puppet theater, tables and much more. The kids are supervised always in this room.

Eating Room, Arts & Crafts, and Classroom: This room is used for eating times, classroom activities, and arts, and crafts. It is located off the spacious room, and is equipped with a hand washing sink. There is a window in this room for easy exit in case of emergency. Children are supervised always in this room.

Reading Room, Circle Time Room, Learning Center, Nap room: This room is in the east side of the daycare it has an egress window in case of an emergency for easy exit. We use this room as a reading room, and for circle time, and to do our learning center, show and tell etc… The kids also nap in this room. The kids under 2 ½ are always visually supervised in this room unless they are over 2 ½ and older, and want to go to a quite spot to read, then we follow the guidelines listed above using our own discretion for each child.

Restroom: The restroom is located off the kitchen area, and by the Reading/nap room. Children are supervised when going to the restroom unless they are age 3 and older. If the parent expresses they need help using the rest room, we will assist them over age 3 yrs. We will always be sure all children use healthy habits when using the bathroom, and washes their hands when they are done.

Kitchen area: The kitchen area is located off to the side of the spacious room. It is secured by a child safe gate, and is closed always when kitchen is in use. There are safety knobs on the gas stove to ensure there are no accidents. I have a pass-through window that goes into the eating room so the kids do not have hot plates being carried over or around the entry way where they are sitting. Children are not allowed in the kitchen for their own safety. If they must use the restroom they must walk through the kitchen, but they are kept safe, and we know they won’t be hanging out in the kitchen area.

Cubby’s, shoe bucket’s, parent info clip board, child’s creation’s where their weekly artwork is displayed for parents to see, and take-home artwork hanging on their own apple clip to brighten cubby room:

This room is a small room where the kid’s cubbies are kept, kids are never allowed to play in this area. They may go in this

*Home away from home no longer cares for children under 18 months of age, but KDHE requires that we still implement a safe sleep policy into play so you understand we have the knowledge base we are required to have to have a Kansas License to own/operate a daycare, and our staff is also knowledgeable on safe sleep procedures & policies listed below. 

Safe Sleep Policy:
Napping- The children fall asleep to soothing music, and comfortable touches to help them relax. They all have their own designated cots that are kept in a closet, and blankets are washed weekly.
Children 12 months or older may sleep on a nap cot with a clean sheet, blanket, pillow if desired. If you feel your child is not ready for a nap cot at 12 months of age they are welcome to stay in a play pen it’s up to you as the parent. Every child has their own nap cot, and their bedding is washed weekly.
When the children are napping a provider is in room to assist children with falling asleep. Children napping are in visual or hearing distance of a provider, and checked on every 15 minutes. I do not have any doors that will be closed and all safety gates are remained open. When a child awakens from nap a provider will attend to the child’s needs, and assist the child in moving to another activity. If a child awakes during nap time they can choose a quiet activity until nap time is over.

Children under 12 months of age nap or sleep in a pack n play, with a fitted sheet only. There are no blankets, pillows, or toys allowed inside a pack n play while a child is napping or sleeping. Each child will be placed on their back to sleep. When the child is able to turn over independently they will be allowed to remain in the position preferred by the child. Children under 12 months remain in sight or hearing distance from a provider, and is checked on every 5 to 10 minutes. Kansas Licensing regulations states you check on infants every 15 minutes, but we check on them very regularly about 5 to 10 minutes apart.

Outdoor Supervision & Guidance Policy:
My play area is fenced in, and children under the age of 5 years are supervised always while playing outdoors. Children 5 years and older are permitted to play outside unattended, but will remain within a provider hearing distance, and the provider will visually check on the child, and respond as necessary to meet the needs of the child.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know, Thanks for being a part of Home Away from Home Daycare :)  

Reading to your child 
It is important for cognitive,language,problem solving and literacy development. At least 20 minutes everyday is recommended.
If you miss a day of 20 minutes rest assured HAFH covered at LEAST 20 minutes for you). 
While looking at a book, play "I spy" or "what do you see?"
It is also fun to ask your child their favorite part of the book, character, picture etc...
Reading creates imagination!!
 Music & Move
Sing songs with your child. Dance,wiggle, and let yourself go!!
Listen to music in the house and in the car, and choose music that you won't mind listening to again and again (and again). He'll start to sing along, and you may even recognize what he's singing from time to time!
Home Away From Home Discipline Policy 
Physical harm, threats, violent language will never be used with any child. 
If any child is putting another child in danger, such as biting, hair pulling, hitting, kicking, etc.... they will be corrected by expressing gentle touch. The parent will be talked to about the child’s behavior. If the aggression persists, the parent and child will have a talk immediately on how we should handle the situation if the FLIP IT method mentioned below does not work. It is my job to keep every child safe, but also almost 85% of toddlers go through a phase where they may use teeth,or fingers to express their feelings. We will do our best to keep this from occurring, but we all know it can take just a second. :( 
*Parents please refrain from using any physical harm or violent language towards your children while on daycare premises. I am a mandated reported for child abuse, and neglect in which I will call the appropriate authorities if any abuse is suspected. I want to keep Home away from home a friendly, happy environment for all children.
Here at Home away from Home we use a system called FLIP IT!
Flip it consists of four supportive steps to help young children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control and reduce challenging behavior.
FLIP IT can be used for targeted interventions for a child displaying specific behavioral concerns or every day minor challenges and conflicts with one.
 Many people think the FLIP IT only for children who are exhibiting serious behavior challenges, but it is also helpful as an everyday strategy. AS we all know every toddler can go through their own behavioral challenges especially at age 2.
FLIP IT helps to build skills that ALL children will need throughout their life.
When using FLIP IT, and a child is upset and maybe throws a toy,acts out, throws a tantrum, refuses to share, doesn't want to play with others, this is just a few examples. FLIP IT uses empathy to find out why that child is upset. You empathize with the child, understanding why they feel the way they do. You let the child know that there is a solution to the way they are feeling, and tell them that together the child, and the provider will find that solution. This builds a trusting relationship with the child. If a child is upset, and you tell them "No do not do that , or you will be excused until you stop acting that way" you are not solving anything with the child's emotions, and why they are upset. There is always a positive solution to a negative feeling whether its rubbing their finger on their palm, squeezing play-dough, or a simple walk around the room. FLIP IT is a positive way to handle negative behaviors that are very common in toddlers, and caregivers, and parents are faced with these difficult behaviors daily. We need to remember children do not know how to process their feelings, that's where we come in to teach them how to understand, and control these feelings. They need to know its OK to be upset, but how they handle their feelings is the key. For more information on FLIP IT go to www.flipit.com. 

At HAFH we have a complete security system so doors are remained locked at all times. All the children parents will have a code to enter the child care facility at anytime. This is just one more step in ensuring your child's safety. We also have cameras inside and out for extra protection!!!
Best of all in case of a fire the Fire Department will be notified automatically!!
*****All licensed daycare providers, and certified Child Care Providers are mandated to report by law we WILL REPORT!! Thanks :)

Home Away From Home in 2011 on Elling Dr