Welcome to Geist Kids Academy! Thank you for your interest in our center. We want your experience with us to be like no other! Our desire is that this will be your center.
- Part 1: A Happy Place for Children
- Part 2: Facility, Management, Staff
- Part 3: Curriculum and Classroom
- 8. A Needs Based Curriculum
- 9. Programs
- 10. Classroom Rules
- 11. Classroom Assignments / Promotions
- 12. Supervision of Children
- 13. Discipline Policy
- 14. Reporting Child Abuse
- 15. Child Care Health Policies
- 16. Administration of Medicine
- 17. Emergency Situations
- 18. Insurance
- 19. Inclement Weather
- 20. Dressing for Play
- 21. Toys and Personal Items
- 22. Extra Clothing & Labeling
- 23. Diapering & Toilet Training
- 24. Naps
- 25. TV & Videos
- 26. School Parties
- 27. Snacks & Special Treats
- Part 4: Admissions and Payments
- Part 5: Hours, Drop-off, Pick-up
- Part 6: Registered Childcare Ministry
- “Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your child!”
Part 1: A Happy Place for Children
Children learn by playing and working individually and in groups. Our staff plans for each child to “have fun” every day, while learning and developing basic skills. Children do NOT deserve to be “yelled at” or have their “feelings hurt.” In this center, each and every child is treated with respect, even during times of discipline.
Children are our only reason for existence. They are special within their room, within the center, and, we hope, within the whole neighborhood. Every child will feel safe, secure, and loved at Geist Kids Academy. Teachers who do not meet this requirement, despite the careful screening that we do prior to hiring, will be given additional training and instruction to insure that they comply with this requirement. If they cannot meet this requirement, we will assist them in finding employment in other places, perhaps in other vocations. Children are special here!
Our purpose is well stated in our Mission Statement:
Geist Kids Academy operates as a ministry of Geist Chapel located in the heart of Geist in the Admiral’s Bay subdivision in Indianapolis, Indiana. We seek to minister to the children and families in our community through a faith-based premier preschool and day care program. The environment and curriculum are designed to develop children (spiritually, emotionally, and educationally) including Scripture within the lessons to reflect our mission to glorify God in everything we do!
Part 2: Facility, Management, Staff
1. An Excellent Facility
Designed for educational space, our building and playground provide a comfortable and safe place for children to grow. We strive to provide a warm and “homey” feeling throughout our center with both safety and health in mind. It’s a place where children can and do feel secure; a place where you can enroll your child(ren) and go to work with complete confidence that the best care and education is being provided; that your child is HAPPY!
2. Building Security
The building is secure at all times at all points of entry. To gain access into Geist Kids Academy from the outside, you must be let in by a staff member or use the electronic access code given to each family. Each family will receive their own personal code. Please do not share your code with others.
In the event of anyone attempting to enter our facility or attempting to remove a child from the center without authorization to do so, the Geist Kids Academy staff will immediately contact the local police authority.
3. Open Visitation & Restricted Admittance to Nonparents
You or any parent or other relative may visit or observe any place in the center at any time while your child is present. However, we do not permit just anyone to enter or wander around during hours of operation. All visitors (except parents/guardians) are required to sign in/out at the front office and need to check in with the director before proceeding. Anyone without a legitimate need to be in our building with your children will be denied entry to the building and grounds. We encourage you to visit your child’s classroom from time to time to observe the teacher and your child. You may observe through the observation window, or if you would like to be in the room itself, it is courteous to call ahead, if possible, to inform the teacher. Please remember, however, preschoolers are rarely themselves when mom or dad is in their classroom.
4. An Experience Team
Geist Kids Academy’s goal is to be a place where every child reaches the maximum of their potential at each stage of growth; where children feel safe, secure, and loved; where children have fun. In addition to the regular inspections by the appropriate State of Indiana Licensing Authority, Board of Health, and Fire Marshall, our center is regularly inspected by our Executive Director and the Board of Geist Kids Academy.
Our Executive Director exhibits an attitude of care and concern for every child, every day and shares GKA’s vision for children to be guided and loved. By working directly with our center staff, the executive director holds each staff member accountable to meet the high standards we set forth.
Our in-center managers are selected for their education and experience, their dedication to children, and their commitment to our goals. It is their responsibility to provide the direct training and supervision to our entire staff so that our center is the best place for young children day in and day out!
5. A Professional Staff
We provide a Qualified Teacher and Assistant Teachers in each room as needed. Our teachers and caregivers are carefully selected based on qualifications, references, experience, and personality. We require more of our lead teachers than of assistants. We then begin a careful training program with every staff person. We try to help insure their success as Early Childhood Teachers by clearly setting expectations and providing regular feedback on their performance. We carefully supervise each one to verify that our goals are being met with all children. We stress that every child needs differing amounts of direction and instruction, and that every child deserves (and gets) what is needed in this center.
6. Staff Recruitment & Turnover
We make every effort to find and hire the best people to care for your children. We do background checks through the appropriate State AND Federal Bureau of Investigation, Police and previous employers (reference checks). We also require drug screens on all staff. We provide orientation and training for each new person, and do everything we can to help them be successful. We do everything we can to retain good teachers as well, including providing frequent feedback on performance, and reviews of wages, based on performance, annually.
If you have any concerns or issues, please contact the executive director at email@example.com for an open discussion of the situation.
7. Parent / Teacher Conferences
Each Pre-K teacher schedules Parent / Teacher Conferences during the fall and spring. Conferences with your child’s teacher or the director are available at any time upon request. During these conferences, we discuss the developmental progress being made by your child, and, working with you, set goals for the weeks that lie ahead. We encourage you to ask questions of the teachers. You are encouraged to bring suggestions and concerns regarding your child to our attention at any time. If we know about the things that are going on at home, we can better deal with your child in the center. With your help, together we can set goals for your child that you support.
Part 3: Curriculum and Classroom
8. A Needs Based Curriculum
Taken from curriculum materials and many other resources, our program is noted for its timely and proper sequencing of developmental skills. Using the State of Indiana’s I-star KR inventory, teacher’s assess your child’s progress and kindergarten readiness in the following areas:
1. Physical (Large & Small Motor) Skills
These skills include running, jumping, hand to eye coordination, and literally hundreds of other skills children should develop as they grow.
2. Cognitive (Intellectual) Skills
These skills include the ability to think and reason, solve problems, develop and improve language and communication ability, and hundreds of other skills having to do with the mind.
These skills bring the ability to function in society (or small groups) in a manner that is conducive to good relationships and resolves problems in acceptable ways when they arise.
4. Emotional Development
This development is learning about emotions: the why’s, what’s, and how’s (etc.) of emotions, accepting them, and then dealing with each in a healthy manner.
5. Spiritual Development
This area of spiritual development is widely misunderstood, but in our center is the development of self-identity, self-image, self-concept, self-esteem, and our place in the world. It is vitally important that all children learn about their own uniqueness and that of others. We teach the children a non-denominational view that God created us and that He made each one of us special through songs, Bible stories, and even our discipline in the classroom.
Our Executive Director collaborates with the teaching staff to provide a curriculum that builds on each child’s individual milestones and uses those as building blocks to reach the next goal or milestone.
Our teachers plan appropriate activities for each group, based on levels of ability and interests. And the best part? It is FUN! Learning through play has proven to be the most effective learning method. If you ask your child what they did they’ll often tell you “I played all day.” Then we know we’ve done well.
We have designed our center programs to be extremely versatile. We realize that not all parents work a straight 9 to 5 schedule Monday through Friday. In an effort to accommodate as many schedules as possible, we provide:
- Full-time full-day care, including Preschool with age appropriate learning and developmental activities.
We make every effort to accommodate your work schedule. All enrollments are on a space-reserved basis.
10. Classroom Rules
We have adopted several general rules intended to create and maintain a pleasant and safe environment within the center and on the property. These are rules which we expect you to have a working knowledge of, and assist our staff with by requiring your child(ren) to comply with them while they are in your company as you come and go each day.
- Treat others as you wish to be treated
- Respect the feelings of others
- Respect personal space
- Walk, but don’t run
- Respect furniture and equipment by using it properly
- Climbing or sitting on tables could damage them
- Chairs are used for sitting, not standing on or jumping off of
- Play with toys, not blinds, light switches, outlets or doors
- Use toys in a manner that prolongs their life
- Indoor voices are used indoors
- Respect your teachers
- Be a good listener
- Help others
11. Classroom Assignments / Promotions
Your child will be placed in the classroom that is the best fit for your child’s level of development at the time of enrollment. Our goal is to help your child reach the maximum potential at each age and stage of development. Our staff persons are skilled in measuring the progress of each child and making judgments as to when a child is ready to move to the classroom that will provide the best learning experiences for continued development and learning. Teachers and the Director work together so that the right decisions are being made regarding your child.
When we believe it is time for your child to be promoted, we will send you a Move-up Letter along with a copy of your child’s two-week transition schedule.
12. Supervision of Children
All children are supervised at all times. Our teachers are not permitted to leave any child unattended at any time.
We prohibit use of personal cell phones in classrooms specifically to avoid possible injury or “misplacement” of any child while a teacher is distracted. You are always welcome to call your child’s teacher through our designated phone for each classroom or contact the Executive Director at the main number 317-200-8995.
13. Discipline Policy
We strive for positive discipline at all times; that is, we make every effort to guide each child’s behavior in positive, acceptable, productive actions that will enable the child to grow and develop. We will attempt to redirect a child’s actions or behavior into acceptable standards. A child is only removed from an activity if they are in danger of hurting themselves or another child. In accordance with State law, we do not use corporal punishment in any form or under any circumstances. Should we be unsuccessful in helping your child behave according to acceptable standards, we will ask you to come for a conference with the teacher and Director to create a plan to resolve the concern. The staff of the school will notify you of any unusual behavior or changes noticed in your child. You can help us by letting us know of unusual and/or upsetting incidents that happen in your child’s life, so that we can better understand how to deal with different behavior. We take our motto very seriously: we are Partners With Parents!
14. Reporting Child Abuse
Existing law requires that anyone in a child care center that “has reasonable cause to know or suspect” that a child is being subjected to abuse or neglect must report that possible abuse to authorities. We will, of course, meet the requirements of this law. Our procedure is for any teaching staff person who thinks there may be abuse to bring this to the attention of the Director. If the Director agrees that there is reasonable cause to know or suspect abuse or neglect, the Director and the teacher will contact the local law enforcement agency to report the suspected abuse or neglect.
15. Child Care Health Policies
Infant/Toddler and Preschool
These updated childcare health policies are designed to work in concert with the guidelines set by the State of Indiana and by the Center for Disease Control. While helpful, these guidelines cannot replace the teachers’ judgment of your child’s ability to participate within the routine child care environment. For everyone’s protection, parents are expected to pick up their child within forty-five (45) minutes of being notified of illness symptoms.
Symptoms of Illness
For purposes of child care, a fever is
- 99.5º F axillary (armpit)
- 100.5º F orally
Reasons for taking a temperature:
- Child exhibits outward signs of illness
- Child is flushed, has chills, or feels warmer than usual
- Child is irritable or lethargic for a length of time
Because a fever may indicate other health concerns a child must be fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medicine, for twenty-four (24) hours before returning to child care. Upon return, child must be able to participate in all classroom activities including outdoor play. Twenty-four hour policy is based on fever as described above.
The child’s teacher and Executive Director will determine if a child has a fever and must leave child care.
Child will be sent home if he vomits. Child may return to child care the following morning if he has not vomited in the previous eight hours.
If there appears to be blood present in the vomited content, immediate medical attention is necessary.
Child should be referred for evaluation if he/she has a frequent cough which prevents eating, sleeping, playing or which is accompanied by other illness symptoms.
Child with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home for any of the following reasons:
- Rash is spreading over a period of time.
- Rash is widespread.
- Rash appears to cause discomfort and/or is accompanied by fever.
- Rash persists for more than two days.
- Rash contains or consists of blisters.
- Rash looks like bleeding under the skin.
- If symptoms do not improve or worsen, re-evaluation may be required.
Child will be excluded from child care until a note is received from his/her healthcare provider stating the diagnosis or that he/she is not contagious.
A child unable to control his/her saliva or unable to eat or drink due to mouth sores may be excluded from child care unless a healthcare provider states that the child does not have coxsackie virus or some other contagious illness. (see coxsackie virus under Contagious Illnesses.)
Child will be sent home for diarrhea that occurs three or more times per day for infants that is not contained by diapers and two or more times per day for toddlers and preschool children that is not contained by diapers or toilet use.
Child may return to child care when diarrhea (as described above) has not occurred in the previous eight hours. On the day the child returns, if one such stool occurs, he/she will be excluded from child care.
If there appears to be blood present in the stool, immediate medical attention is necessary.
Diarrhea of two weeks’ duration is an indication for medical evaluation, and a note from a healthcare provider will be required for continued attendance.
*All diarrhea is a health concern in the classroom and effects the ability to keep the room sanitized.
Child may be sent home with any of the following symptoms or complaints if the teacher or Executive Director feel they are excessive and put other children at risk of infection either by direct contact or secondary contact:
- Nasal congestion / runny nose
- Postnasal drip / sore throat
- Red, watery eyes with discharge
- Neck, head, muscle aches
- Cough / hoarseness
- Breathing difficulty
- Profuse or yellow-green nasal discharge
- Ear drainage
Coxsackie Virus (commonly referred to as Hand, Foot, and Mouth)
Although there is debate surrounding this issue, a diagnosis of coxsackie virus by the child’s healthcare provider requires exclusion from child care until mouth lesions are resolved, child can eat and drink, and has been fever free for twenty-four (24) hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Lesions on the hands and feet MUST be dried up for infants and toddlers or covered for Preschoolers.
A diagnosis of herpes requires exclusion from child care until lesions appear dried and no longer active (indicating they are non-contagious). The recurrent nature of herpes makes it necessary for the child care centers to follow these guidelines with each successive episode.
Child may return following twenty-four hours of treatment (may include topical or oral). Draining lesions will result in exclusion from day care.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Child will be sent home if either eye is draining cloudy or has colored discharge.
Child may return to child care when:
- He/she has been on antibiotics for twenty-four hours, or
- He/she is accompanied by a doctor’s note stating that the drainage is caused by a non- contagious condition (such as blocked tear duct).
If the child returns to child care and symptoms do not improve or should worsen, re-evaluation may be required.
Child may return to child care after one treatment as long as lesions can be kept covered by clothing for one day.
Child may return to child care when fever is gone and child has a doctor’s note stating that he/she has resolving roseola and is not contagious.
Child must be on an antibiotic for twenty-four hours before returning to child care. Child must feel well enough to eat, drink, and participate in all classroom activities.
Child may return to child care after one treatment, as long as the child is able to eat, drink, and participate in all classroom activities.
Child may return to child care after seven days from the onset of the rash or when all lesions are crusted over.
Child may return to child care when nits (eggs) can no longer be found on the child by the child care staff.
16. Administration of Medicine
Fever-reducing and anti-diarrhea medicines will NOT be administered by parents or teachers while children are in child care. Tylenol or Ibuprofen will be administered for the control of pain (for example, ear infection or teething). All medication must remain in their original container and be accompanied by a parent’s initials in the Medication Log book at the front desk. Teachers must administer the medication as stated on the container unless the medication is accompanied by a physician’s note. Parents will be required to send a proper measuring utensil with the child’s medication.
Note: Parents are requested to sign a form at intake covering our Child Care Health Policies and Administration of Medicine.
17. Emergency Situations
Geist Kids Academy maintains a fire alarm system. In addition, the center has monthly fire & tornado drills and has posted evacuation plans in case of an emergency. In the case of a tornado or severe weather, Geist Kids Academy teachers are specifically instructed in procedures that should be followed. All staff are trained in First Aid and CPR within 30 days of beginning employed in our center. We will immediately notify the local law enforcement agency and request assistance for any and all non-medical emergencies. For medical emergencies, please see the next section.
In case of an injury, a Incident Report will be completed and made available to parents upon pickup of their child. Depending on the severity, parents will be notified directly at the director’s discretion.
We maintain insurance coverage for our center and vehicles. Our insurance includes a medical policy for each child covering accidental injury. Our policy is a secondary policy; in other words, your family’s health plan through your company or group, would be the first insurance to pay for costs of injuries.
19. Inclement Weather
Safety is our first priority at Geist Kids Academy. When weather becomes a concern, we will take every effort to ensure the safety of your child. In the event snowfall becomes a concern for arriving at the facility, parents should consult their local television station, Channel 6, Channel 8, or Channel 13 for delays and/or closures. A posting will also be placed on the Geist Kids Academy facebook page.
During inclement weather (raining or temperature above or below safe levels), children do not use our outdoor playground. We make every effort to provide active games that are suitable for indoors, to help relieve the need for running and activity as opposed to quiet sitting activities.
We do allow the children to play outside during hot weather, although time outdoors is limited by safety concerns. Parents are to provide sunscreen appropriate to their child’s needs for outdoor activities. The sunscreen should be provided in an unopened, labeled container.
20. Dressing for Play
Children should be dressed in clothing suitable for play and consistent with the season. Clothing may be soiled or damaged despite our best efforts to prevent it, so keep this in mind when selecting your child’s clothing each day. Tennis shoes are best for playground activities and field trips.
21. Toys and Personal Items
Due to potential heartbreak resulting from lost or broken toys and personal items, we ask that you not permit your child to bring toys, etc., from home, except on Show ’n’ Share days. It is difficult to keep center toys separate from personal toys, and usage can be extra heavy in the center setting. We do have Show ’n’ Share times, when your child may bring something to describe to others. Please label these items with your child’s name. Masking tape usually lasts the day. Keep in mind that while we will do our best to help all children keep track of their things, we are not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Your child should not bring money into the center. If our teachers become aware that your child has some money, they will place that money in a sealed envelope in the office until you arrive at the end of the day.
22. Extra Clothing & Labeling
We will need an extra set of clothing on hand for your child in case of any type of accident. Lunchtime spills are not infrequent, and it is nice for your child to be able to change clothes if those worn that day get wet or messy. Please be sure to bring another set of clothing into the center the day after we use the “old” set. Please make sure additional set is appropriate for the season.
Please label your child’s clothing and blankets, etc., before bringing them to the center. We frequently have thrown away perfectly good items because we were unable to identify the owner. Your child’s extra clothing will be kept in your child’s cubby. In selecting what to bring to meet this requirement, keep in mind that clothing sometimes gets lost, despite our best efforts to keep track of it. We are not responsible for lost or stolen clothing.
23. Diapering & Toilet Training
We follow procedures established by the Board of Health and by our health consultant for diapering children. Our caregivers use disposable latex gloves (which are discarded after every change), and wash their hands before and after every change. The changing table surfaces are sanitized after every change. You are required to provide all supplies for your child’s diapering needs, including rash ointment, wipes and diapers. We label your supplies and use your supplies for your child only.
As your child exhibits an interest in learning to use the “big potty”, our staff will work with the child to assist in the development of restroom skills. This process needs to be consistent from center to home and home to center to avoid lots of frustration on the part of parent and staff.
Each class naps (or rests, in the case of older children) from one to two hours. We ask that you provide a blanket for your child’s cot. Label your child’s sheet or blanket with his or her name with a laundry-marking pen. Your child may (but is not required to) bring a labeled top blanket and pillow and, if you so choose, a stuffed animal to sleep with. These may be left at school during the week, but must be taken home for laundering every weekend.
25. TV & Videos
We do not permit the use of television in the center. Educational or instructional videos may be used from time to time, but we do not permit our staff to “entertain” children by “plugging them into a TV”. On special occasions, we will give permission for an entertainment video to be shown if it correlates with the lesson plan. Content of videos must be suitable to young children. We will not permit any video with any rating other than “G” or “PG” to be shown. Videos are only viewed for 30 – 45 minutes a week on assigned days.
26. School Parties
Birthday treats, with or without frivolities, are always a welcome change and allows your child to share the special occasion with others. Please inform the teacher ahead of time to schedule a party. Made-at-home treats are not permitted due to Board of Health regulations.
We have Fall Festival (at Halloween time), Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine parties — each on the last school day before the Holiday. Children may bring a costume for Fall Festival, but frightful masks, witchcraft and occultic themes are prohibited. Exact details are given in updates.
27. Snacks & Special Treats
An afternoon snack will be served after rest time. Menus are posted each week.
Special treats are fine, such as birthday cake or ice cream, if provided for all children present in the room. We need to know about this in advance, so that we can plan for it. You may make these plans with your child’s teacher, but a “For Your Info” message to the Executive Director is always nice. Made-at-home treats are not permitted due to Board of Health regulations.
Part 4: Admissions and Payments
30. Admission / Registration
The center accepts children ages 6 weeks – 5 years of age during the school year and in the summer.
Each family’s Admission Packet includes:
- Admission Application per child
- Child Profile per child
- Immunization and Physical Exam per child
- Birth Certificate per child
- Feeding Plan (for infants)
- Medication Checklist
- Registration Fee per child
- One time fee of $100
- Annual Supply Fee
- Annual fee of $100 from August to August
- Security Deposit
- Two weeks’ tuition which covers your last 2 weeks of tuition after you give us a two weeks’ withdrawal notice.
We will accept children of any race or origin, religion or background, provided we have the ability to meet the needs of the child. We will not accept any child for attendance in the center until the paperwork is complete and on file in the center (physical exams are due within 30 days).
31. Privacy Act / Confidentiality
We are required to obtain information about you and your children. All information provided to us by you is maintained in confidential files. Access to these files and this information is restricted to those on our staff with a “need to know” as required in the performance of their job duties. If you have questions about our Privacy Policies, please contact our Executive Director.
32. Delinquent Accounts / Late Payment Fees
You have agreed to the due dates (day of week) for your payments to be received by the center. These dates will be enforced, with the late payment charge being added to any account that is overdue for each week’s payment that is not on time to offset our cost of processing. All payments received are applied to the oldest week for which payment is due. The Late Payment Fee is charged for every week in which your payment is late. In addition, if you fail to keep your payments timely, we will disenroll your child. Specifically, your child will be disenrolled if you fall one week behind in your payments for the space you are reserving, unless you make specific arrangements with the Director.
If you are having financial difficulty, please let us know. We will do everything we can to work with you. We like to work with those who will communicate with us about their financial situation.
33. Free Tuition! Referral Rewards
Please tell your friends and co-workers about Geist Kids Academy! As a way of saying thank you for your referral, we will give you a week’s tuition credit in your account.
It’s very simple:
- You recommend us to a neighbor who enrolls her child at Geist Kids Academy.
- After your neighbor has paid tuition for at least 4 consecutive months, we will credit your account for one week’s tuition (the amount of your neighbor’s weekly tuition).
If we enroll 10 children as a result of your referrals, we will give you credit equal to a week of tuition for all 10 children! This credit will be applied to your account once the new family has been enrolled and pays tuition for 4 consecutive months.
34. Vacation Week:
As a Thank You to our families, GKA offers a one week vacation. Once a family has attended GKA for 12 consecutive months, we offer one week of vacation per calander year without paying tuition and without endangering your placement!! We value your loyalty to GKA and hope to show our appreciation.
Part 5: Hours, Drop-off, Pick-up
35. Hours of Operation
Geist Kids Academy is typically open Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. This should allow those working adequate time to travel safely to and from work.
36. Closed for Holidays
To accommodate our parents as much as possible we are only closed major holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- New Year’s eve we close at 12:30pm
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas is determined by where it falls in the week. We try to give staff persons two days at Christmas to spend with their families. We will post our hours well in advance in the December Newsletter, our FaceBook page, and also in the building on the Parent Board.
If the Holiday falls on a weekend day, we will be closed on either the preceding Friday or following Monday, unless otherwise posted well in advance. Holidays are paid days; our rates were calculated for the entire year, then divided by 52 weeks; thus there are no adjustments in your charges for holidays.
37. Signing In & Out
You are required to sign your child(ren) in and out as you come and go, using the computer located at the front entrance and then take your child to the classroom and teacher assigned. Our Director and management staff can check this computer at any given time to get a list of the children who are in the center and the classrooms to which they are assigned. Failing to sign in could result in an incorrect count of the children in a classroom, and could result in a classroom being over ratio.
Our staff will NOT release a child to any person authorized to pick up a child, including a parent, who is obviously under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
38. Dropping Off & Picking Up Your Child
No child may at any time be dropped off or picked up outside in the parking lot or at curbside. We do not accept responsibility for caring for any child until you, the parent, have properly signed your child in to your child’s classroom (or the common room where all children enter early in the morning).
The center closes at 6:00 pm exactly. If you do not pick your child up by this time, we charge a Late Pickup Fee of $10.00 for every fifteen minutes or part thereof that you are late, with no maximum. If you realize that you are going to be late, please call the center immediately. If you are late and have not contacted us, our staff will try to contact you first, and then your emergency contacts as listed on your admission form.
Our closing staff will verify that all children have been picked up prior to locking and leaving the building. They will check to verify that all children have been signed out on the computer and on the teacher’s attendance sheets. They will also inspect every room, including storage areas, to be certain that all children have left.
39. Release of Your Child
For your child’s safety, your child will be released only to a parent or a person named by the parent. Please be sure that any person bringing or picking up your child checks in with the office at the time of your child’s arrival or departure. Our staff is required to check IDs of any person they do not know by sight. Please do not be angry with us for taking this safety precaution!
Part 6: Registered Childcare Ministry
Geist Kids Academy is a Registered Child Care Ministry. Under state law, we operate our center in compliance with all state regulations. Our commitment is to provide first-rate quality care. We welcome your suggestions, comments, and complaints. Each will be heard and implemented where possible or resolved as needed to maintain our happy environment for our kids, our clients, our staff, and our owners.
We know you will see and feel that this is THE place for your child. Children are special at Geist Kids Academy. We strive to make EVERY day special for EVERY child.