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PARENT  HANDBOOK   2016 - 2017

                                                                                                              

Table of Contents                                                Page

 

School Governance............................................................. 4

........... Organizational Information....................................... 4

........... SCNS Staff 2016 – 2017.......................................... 4

School Calendar.................................................................. 5

History................................................................................. 6

Philosophy........................................................................... 6

Program.............................................................................. 6

..... The Toddler Groups................................................. 6

........... The Preschool Groups.............................................. 6

........... The Early Birds......................................................... 6

........... The Extended Afternoons......................................... 6

........... The Summer Session................................................ 6

Transition Policy................................................................. 7

Enrollment Policy & Procedures........................................ 7

........... Scholarships............................................................. 7

........... Tuition...................................................................... 8

........... Tax ID Number........................................................ 8

........... Tuition Refund Policy.............................................. 8

The School Year.................................................................. 8

........... Vacations.................................................................. 8

........... Holidays................................................................... 8

........... Weather Cancellation Policy..................................... 8

........... Potluck..................................................................... 9

........... End-of-School Picnic................................................ 9

Family/Parent/Volunteer Involvement

Opportunities & Information.............................................. 9

........... Family Involvement.................................................. 9

........... Parent Communication............................................. 9

........... Parent Input.............................................................. 9

........... Parent Visits.............................................................. 9

........... Enrollment Meeting.................................................. 9

........... Written Information for Parents.............................. 10

........... Parent Conferences................................................. 10

........... Notifications to parents........................................... 10

........... Additional Requirements for Small Group & School

                 Age & Large Group & School Age Child Care.. 11

.....       Fund-raisers............................................................ 11

.....       Charitable Donations.............................................. 11

Daily Schedule................................................................... 11

             Creative Movement............................................... 11

........... Music...................................................................... 11

             Basketball Coach................................................... 11

........... Story Librarian........................................................ 11

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........... Puppet Show/Live Animals..................................... 11

 Arrival and Departure...................................................... 12

........... Arrival.................................................................... 12

........... Parking................................................................... 12

........... Security.................................................................. 12

........... Departure................................................................ 12

Daily Details...................................................................... 12

........... Absences................................................................ 12

........... Backpacks.............................................................. 12

........... Clothing.................................................................. 12

........... Nut/Allergy Policy.................................................. 13

........... Lunching Suggestions............................................. 13

........... Transportation Policy.............................................. 14

........... Rest Mats................................................................ 14

........... Sleep Policy............................................................ 14

........... Snack Time............................................................. 14

........... Tooth Brushing Policy............................................ 14

........... Toileting Policy....................................................... 14

........... Diapering Policy..................................................... 14

Health and Wellbeing........................................................ 15

.....       Health Care Policy.................................................. 15

........... Illnesses.................................................................. 17

........... Head Lice............................................................... 17

........... Conjunctivitis......................................................... 17

........... Impetigo................................................................. 17

........... Diarrhea/Giardia..................................................... 18

........... Medical Forms........................................................ 18

........... Medication at School.............................................. 18

........... Medication Administration .................................... 18

........... Medical Emergencies.............................................. 20

  ......... Injury Prevention Plan............................................ 20

........... Dogs....................................................................... 20

........... Injury Reports ........................................................ 20
Individual Health Plan........................................... 20

........... Emergency Preparedness........................................ 21

........... Fire Drills/Shelter in Place/Evacuation Drills........... 21

........... Quiet Drills............................................................. 21

Child Guidance Policy....................................................... 21

The Staff............................................................................ 22

........... Staff Training/Certification..................................... 22

........... Parent/Educator Communications........................... 22

Legal Notices..................................................................... 22

........... Abuse & Neglect.................................................... 22

........... Avoidance/Termination/Suspension Policy............. 22

........... Suspension & Termination..................................... 23

Referral Policy ................................................................. 23

........... Referral Agencies................................................... 24

 

 

 

 

 


 

SCHOOL GOVERNANCE 

Second Church Nursery School (SCNS) is governed by a Nursery School Board made up of church members. 

 Organizational Information 2016 – 2017

Owner             The Second Church in Newton, UCC

Chairperson     Kathy Lucey
Members         Amy Ebersole
                        Lee Hardaway

Lori Sylvia

Janet Turner

Susan Benes, Director (ex-officio)

 

SCNS Staff 2016 - 2017

Director                                   Susan Benes 

Assistant Director                   Suzanne Wong

Education Coordinator           Patti Darsigny 

Educators                                Regina Boyle

Patti Darsigny
            Loretta Kaufman

Elizabeth Roll

Annette Seaward

Sandi Shim

Jan Small

Paula Tarrant

Amy Wiborg

Suzanne Wong           

                                               

 

Creative Movement                Brian Kelly (Ahead of the Game)

Music                                      Julia Priest

Basketball                               Micah Hauben 

 

There is also a Parental Advisory Committee of non-church members who provide advice and support to their respective classrooms and educators. Current Advisory Committee member names are posted in each classroom.

 The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is the licensing authority of Second Church Nursery School (SCNS). For further inquiries about program history EEC may be contacted at

Department of Early Education and Care

1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, Ma. 

617-472-2881

 

 

J calendar 2016 – 2017    J

September 6                 Tuesday                    Meet and Greet for Parents 7:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. (First floor, Fellowship Hall)

September 12               Monday                    School opens

                                                                            (See Parents’ Information Sheet)

                                                                            (Toddler Groups — See September Schedule)

                                                                            (Preschool Groups   9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

September 13               Tuesday                    Regular Hours 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for

                                                                            Preschool Groups (Two-nine and three groups and four-year old groups)

                                                                            earlybirds and extended days will begin

                                                                            (See Parents’ Information Sheet)

                                                                            (Toddler Groups — See September Schedule)

October 3                      Monday                    No School – Rosh Hashanah

October 10                    Monday                    No School – Columbus Day

October 12                    Wednesday               No School – Yom Kippur

November 11               Friday                        No School – Veterans Day

 

November 22               Tuesday                    School closes after extended afternoon

                                                                            Thanksgiving Holiday - Reopens Monday, November 28

 

December 23                Friday                        School closes after extended afternoon – 

                                                                            Reopens Tuesday Jan. 3

 

January 16                    Monday                    No School - Martin Luther King Day

 

February 17                  Friday                        School closes AFTER extended afternoon

                                                                            Winter Vacation - Reopens Monday, February 27

 

April 13                          Thursday                   School closes after extended afternoon

                                                                            Good Friday/Spring Vacation - Reopens Monday, April 24

 

May 29                          Monday                    No School - Memorial Day

 

June 19                          Monday                    Last day of school* - School picnic @ 11:00

                                                                            No extended afternoon

 

* Our last day of school at SCNS follows the Newton Public School Calendar using no snow days.  If the Newton Public Schools go over their snow days, we will still end June 19.

 School will automatically be canceled when the Newton Elementary Schools are closed due to weather conditions.  The major Boston radio stations and TV broadcast the “No School” cancellations.  Should the Newton Schools delay their opening 1 hour or less, Second Church Nursery School will delay their opening the same length of time.  (Nursery School will begin with Early Birds at 9:30 a.m. and regular class at 10:00 a.m.)  In the event the Newton Schools’ delay exceeds 1 hour, Second Church Nursery School will be closed for the day.

 

HISTORY 

The SCNS was established in 1934 (celebrating our 82st anniversary this year) as a morning program by a small group of church families.  Over the years, we have evolved into a nonsectarian nursery school serving families in Newton and the surrounding communities.  We now offer extended day, toddler and summer programs to approximately 80 families, many of whom are second-generation alumni and even third generation alumni.

  

PHILOSOPHY

 The SCNS is designed to help your child become a confident, happy and independent person.  The children at our school are grouped developmentally to promote their growth and to enhance their motor, social and cognitive skills.  Children are encouraged to experiment with new situations at their level of readiness.  We try to help children express their own individuality as well as adjust to others around them.   And we know that keeping the teacher/educator and parent lines of communication open is vital to ensuring a productive and positive experience for each child.

 The SCNS will not discriminate based on race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and toilet skills.

  

PROGRAM

 The Toddler Groups: There are two groups of two-year-olds (up to nine children in each group).  One group meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and another group meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. 

 The Preschool Groups: There are two groups of two-nine/three-year-olds and two groups of four/five-year-olds. The groups meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  We make every effort to balance the class by girls and boys. This year we have adapted our three year old program to include children who are two years and nine months of age when they enter in September.

 The Early Birds: We offer an Early Birds Program every morning, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. for ALL age groups.  This is an optional program available on a daily basis, at an additional fee.  No contract is necessary.

 The Extended Afternoons: We offer an Extended Program every afternoon, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 noon until 3:30 p.m. with the option on Tuesday afternoon until 1:30 p.m. OR 3:30 p.m.  This program is available to those children who have reached two years and nine months of age.  This, too, is an optional program available on a daily basis, at an additional fee.  No contract is necessary.

 The Summer Session: Our Summer Session is offered for six weeks, beginning the fourth week in June, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.   This session is on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to those children who sign up for the full six-week period.  The atmosphere of the Summer Session is very relaxed and involves fewer routines and more outside time. 

 

TRANSITION POLICY

 Whenever SCNS children are preparing to transition to a new classroom or program, the teacher/educator must: collaborate and share information between each classroom or program, with parental permission; and assist the child with the transition in a manner consistent with the child's ability to understand.  If the SCNS chooses to suspend or terminate a child for any reason the SCNS must provide written documentation to the parents of the specific reasons for the proposed suspension or termination of the child, and the circumstances under which the child may return, if any.

 At SCNS transitions must be completed in a safe, timely, predictable and unhurried manner. Activities must be planned and organized in advance to avoid children waiting. Children must be informed about transitions prior to their occurrence.  Transitions between activities must be smooth and flexible. Visual, verbal and auditory cues must be used to support children's transitions. Children must not always be expected to move as a group from one activity to another.

 

ENROLLMENT POLICY & PROCEDURES

 The SCNS must keep and maintain: a statement of non-discrimination, which must include a statement that toilet training status, is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment and a statement describing its enrollment procedures

 

Applications to SCNS are due with a non-refundable $50 processing fee.  Admission to SCNS is based on the following criteria:

 

1.      Second Church families, currently enrolled families, and formerly enrolled families are accepted provided the application is returned by mid-October.  Placement in a particular class is not guaranteed.  Applications are considered in order of receipt.

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2.      All other applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  On receipt of the application, we will reserve a place for your child providing there is space available. 

Within 10 days after notification of acceptance, parents must send a non-refundable deposit and signed contract in order to hold the confirmed place for your child.   

All children who are not accepted are automatically placed on the waiting list and will be accepted as openings occur.

 Scholarships.  The Samuel Johnson Scholarship Fund is a fund that was established in memory of a child who died in May, 1998 while enrolled as a student at SCNS.  It was an unsolicited grant by another SCNS family, in Sam’s memory, that inspired the school to rename and redefine the goals of our scholarship.  And it was Sam’s quiet endurance of a difficult burden that inspired the Board.  Each year, SCNS will grant, by application or by recommendation of the Director, partial tuition scholarships to those families considered by the Board to be in financial need.  Donations are graciously and happily accepted to the Samuel Johnson Scholarship Fund

 

Tuition.  Tuition is due and payable at the beginning of each semester (September 1 and February 15) unless other arrangements have been made with the Director.  Early Birds and Extended Afternoons are billed monthly for time used.  Please make checks payable to SCNS. 

 Tax ID Number.  The tax identification number for SCNS is: 04-2104922.

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Tuition Refund Policy.  From May 1st up to the first day of school in September, an enrollee who wishes to withdraw from the program will be responsible for the full school year’s tuition (September to June) unless a replacement is found.  If a replacement is found, the entire tuition will be forgiven.  Under no circumstances will the $800 application processing/deposit fee be reimbursed.

 After the first day of school, full reimbursement of the tuition paid will be made to a family that wishes to withdraw only if a replacement is found and

·         A 2-year old leaves after the first week of school, or

·         A 3-year old leaves after the second day of school, or

·         A 4-year old leaves after the first day of school.

 

A family that wishes to withdraw after the first day of school and has not met any of the above restrictions will receive a partial tuition adjustment only if a replacement is found.  The adjustment amount will be prorated according to the weeks of school attended.  Attendance for any day of the week will count as an entire week.  After December 15th, no refunds will be made for the first semester.  After May 15th, no refunds will be made for the second semester.

 If some unforeseeable damage to the school’s physical plant (e.g. fire or flood) requires the school to be temporarily closed, tuition will NOT be refunded.  “Temporary” is defined as a period of no longer than 4 weeks.  After 4 weeks, tuition will be reimbursed on a prorated basis.

 

 

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THE SCHOOL YEAR

 School begins for the year on the Monday after Labor Day and ends coinciding with the Newton Elementary School calendar without the addition of snow days.  If the public schools need to make up snow days, SCNS will not since we are a private school.  A calendar with specific dates is distributed before the start of each year and is included in this handbook.

 Vacations. Vacations at Thanksgiving, December, February and April closely follow the Newton Public Schools.

 Holidays.  Holidays also closely follow the Newton Public School schedule with no school on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Patriots Day, and Memorial Day.

 Weather Cancellation Policy.  School will automatically be canceled when the Newton Elementary Schools are closed due to weather conditions.  Should the Newton Schools delay their opening 1 hour or less, SCNS will delay its opening the same length of time (including Early Birds).  In the event that the Newton Schools’ delay exceeds 1 hour, SCNS will be closed for the day.

Please listen to your local radio/TV stations for the Newton Public School closing announcements.  If the public schools announce an early release, SCNS will cancel the extended afternoon program.

Potluck.  Our annual Potluck Supper is held on a weeknight in early autumn.  Children and their families are invited to join us.  Parents are asked to sign up to bring either pizza or salad; the school provides beverages and desserts.

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End-of-School Picnic.  Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch on the last day of school as we celebrate the closing of another year.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult (siblings welcome).  Parents, please pack a lunch for yourselves and your child(ren); the Nursery School provides popsicles and a favor. There is no extended afternoon on the last day of school.

  

FAMILY/PARENTAL/VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION   

 The General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates to the Department of Early Education and Care the legal responsibility of promulgating and enforcing rules and regulations governing the operation of family child care, small group and school age and large group and school age child care.

 These regulations, 606 CMR 7.00, establish standards for operation of family child care, small group and school age and large group and school age child care programs in the Commonwealth. The regulations require certain things of SCNS in regard to their work with families. A summary of the required parent information, rights, and responsibilities are identified below.

 Family Involvement. The following 606 CMR 7.08 requirements apply to all programs, including family child care, small group and school age and large group and school age child care. Additional requirements for family child care are found at 606 CMR 7.08(9). Additional requirements for small group and school age and large group and school age child care are found at 606 CMR 7.08(10).  SCNS must support and encourage a partnership with and the involvement of parents in the early education and care of their children.

Parent Communication. SCNS must develop a mechanism for and encourage ongoing communication with parents, and must be able to communicate effectively with families whose primary language is not English or who require alternative communication methods.

Parent Input. SCNS must have a procedure for allowing parental input in the development of program policies, which may include, but need not be limited to a suggestion box, individual or group parent meetings or verbal communication.

Parent Visits. SCNS must permit and encourage unannounced visits by parents to the program and/or to their child’s room at any time while their child is present.

 Enrollment Meeting. SCNS must provide an opportunity for and encourage parents to meet with the program administrator or his/her designee prior to admitting a child to the program.

·         SCNS must offer children and parents an orientation to the program.

·         SCNS must provide an opportunity for parent(s) and children to visit the program and meet educators before the child is enrolled.

·         SCNS must seek information about each child’s and family’s interests and needs.

·         SCNS must support transitions and coordinate with services offered by other providers. The educators must request that parents share with them information about other therapeutic, educational, social and support services received by the child.

·         For children younger than school age, educators must discuss each child’s developmental history with his or her parents at the time of enrollment. The developmental history must be updated annually and maintained in the child’s record.

 Written Information for Parents. SCNS must provide the following information to families in writing prior to enrollment of their child:

·         Notification that parents are welcome to visit the program unannounced at any time while their child is present; and that input from and communication with parents is encouraged.

·         The frequency of children’s progress reports.

·         The program’s policy regarding administration of medication.

·         The procedures for meeting potential emergencies

·         The transportation plan. 

·         A program calendar noting closed days and hours of operation.

·         The program’s fee schedule, including any fees for late payment, late pick-up, field trips, special materials, etc.

·         The program’s plan to provide positive and consistent guidance to children based on their individual needs and development.

·         The program’s criteria for excluding children from care due to serious illnesses, contagious diseases and reportable diseases in conformance with regulations and recommendations set by the Division of Communicable Disease Control, Department of Public Health.

·         The procedures relating to children’s records.

·         Notice that child educators are mandated reporters and must, by law, report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Families.

·         Notice that the program is licensed by EEC, including the telephone number and address of the EEC regional office responsible for the program.

·         A statement that parents may contact EEC for information regarding the program’s regulatory compliance history.

 Parent Conferences. The SCNS will make educators available for individual conferences with parents at parental request.  SCNS educator’s conference with parents twice a year.

 Notifications to Parents. SCNS must inform parents:

·         Immediately of any injury which requires any medical care beyond minor first aid or of any emergency administration of non-prescription medication

·         Immediately of any allegation of abuse or neglect involving their children while in the care and custody of SCNS

·         Prior to or as soon as possible following any change in educators

·         At the end of the day regarding any minor first aid administered; in writing within 48 hours of any incident

·         Whenever special problems and significant developments arise

·         Whenever a communicable disease or condition has been identified in the program

·          In writing seven days prior to the implementation of any change in program policy or procedures

·          Prior to the introduction of any pets into the program

·         Of the use of any herbicides or pesticides, prior to their use whenever possible

·         Whenever the program deviates from the planned menu.

 Additional Requirements for Small Group and School Age and Large Group and School Age Child Care. SCNS must provide the following information to parents in writing prior to enrollment:

·         The program’s written statement of purpose including and, where applicable, information on the administrative organization of the program.

·         The suspension and termination policy

 

Fund-raisers.  SCNS typically have two fund-raisers each year. Last year we participated in the Church’s Holiday Bazaar and in the spring families generously donated money directly to our enrichment fund.  All proceeds are used for our specialist/enrichment program which includes basketball, dance and drama, librarian and a visit from live farm animals and a puppeteer and if possible added to our scholarship fund.

 Charitable Donations.  SCNS does, of course, accept and is immensely grateful for charitable donations, whether of money, time or goods.  We are happy to receive gifts earmarked for a specific project or fund, as well as gifts to be applied as the staff and Board of the Nursery School deem most appropriate.  Among the types of projects that have been or could be funded are: playground improvements; playground access improvements; library purchases; and donations to The Samuel Johnson Scholarship Fund.

 

 DAILY SCHEDULE

 Although each class is unique in its daily schedule, a typical morning for all age groups would include:Text Box:  
 

·         Free play

·         Activity/craft time

·         Music

·         Circle/meeting time

·         Bathroom/Toileting

·         Playground time

·         Story time

·         Snack time (snacks are provided by the Nursery School)

In addition to the daily routine, SCNS regularly offers in-house “specialist/enrichment” programs geared to the particular interests of the children.  Some of the more popular offerings include:

 Creative Movement - Classes directed once each week by an outside contracted specialist for the toddler and preschool groups

 Music - A contracted specialist directs classes once each week for the toddler and preschool groups

 Basketball Coach - Classes directed monthly by a contracted specialist

 Story/Librarian - From the Newton Public Library, classrooms are visited.

 Live Animal and Puppet Show - Performed once per school year for all the children

 For safety reasons, SCNS does not make off-campus field trips by vehicle. We may conduct local walking trips into West Newton Square with parental permission. 

 

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE 

Arrival. School begins at 9:00 a.m. Punctuality enhances the experience for the children as our program starts promptly.  If you need to drop your child off earlier, please see the information about our Early Bird program, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  The time before 9:00 a.m. is set aside for educators to prepare for the day.  

Parking Please use either the 61 Chestnut Street parking lot or 60 Highland Street.  Many groups use the parking lot, so please be considerate and watchful.  Do not park in front of the building entrance, in a handicapped-accessible or any reserved/restricted spot, even for a moment.  Drive slowly through the parking lot. There are children and parents who may be walking through the church or school parking lots. Drivers of large SUVs should be especially careful, since small children can be very hard to see and they can dart around quickly in a parking lot.

It is against the law to leave unsupervised children in your car in the parking lot at any time.

 Security.  All entry doors will be locked at 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday thru Friday.  Doors however will be unlocked from 11:45 – noon for rapid entry to aid in the noontime dismissal.  All families will receive a pin code prior to the beginning of school which they should share th other caregivers. Pin codes unlock the doors.

 Departure.  Weather permitting; departure is always from the playground for the 3 year olds. 

4 year olds and the toddlers are dismissed from their classroom.  We must have a written permission if your child is going home with anyone other than his/her regular driver.

  

DAILY DETAILS

 Absences.  Please notify us if your child will be absent.  It is always helpful for educators to know how many children to expect on a given morning.

 Backpacks.  A backpack or bag (labeled with your child’s name) is helpful to carry items to or from school (such as artwork).  We discourage children bringing toys from home as there are many wonderful toys at school.

 Clothing.  We have found that children do best with clothing they can manage independently (e.g. pants that are easily pulled up and down and jersey tops, all sized appropriately).  We recommend sneakers with Velcro closings.  Sandals are hazardous.

We also recommend that the children not wear party clothes and party shoes.  We do not allow drawstrings on jackets and shirts or loose fitting jewelry for safety reasons.  In addition, we ask that parents provide a labeled shoebox containing a full change of clothes (underpants, shirt, pants, socks: all labeled) to be left at school.

We plan to be outside part of every day except on very cold or wet days.  Please dress your child accordingly.  In winter, be sure your child has a warm coat, snow pants, boots, a hat or hood, warm socks, and preferably mittens instead of gloves (helping guide ten fingers per child into gloves simply takes too much time!).  

PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING, especially anything such as outerwear that is likely to be put on and taken off during school. 

Nut Policy/Allergy Policy. SCNS is a NUT-FREE FACILITY.  We do love celebrations at SCNS; however have many children who have food allergies. Absolutely no nut or foods that are processed in a facilty that uses nuts are to be brought into school. Please read labels.

 SCNS is a nut sensitive school, ensuring that all children with nut allergies are in a nut free environment. We are aware that some children have other allergies as well.  For birthdays, holidays and for those days you just want to send in a treat; we are asking parents to follow our snack policy regarding food from home.

·         It must be commercially labeled, unopened and free of any nut product in the list of ingredients.  Any item which mentions being “made in a facility that also processes nuts” is not permitted.  Whole Foods carries cupcakes, brownies and cookies that are “school safe”.

 

·         It can be from a “certified nut-free facility” such as Blacker’s Bakery on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Centre.  Their baked goods are not inexpensive but they are meticulous in their ingredients and handling.  

·         We cannot accept any food item that is homemade or was purchased in a restaurant or fast-food outlet.  Restaurants and most family homes are not “nut-free”, despite our best efforts and cleanliness; even a trace of nuts can make some children very ill. 

·         Fresh fruit and vegetables are always an appropriate, and welcome, alternative.  Please send in fruit and veggies uncut. All berries, apples, oranges, etc. are happily accepted.

We variously serve nut-free crackers, graham crackers, pretzels and goldfish for snack every day, which all of the children enjoy.  We are happy to serve these on special birthday plates or napkins, along with singing and candle-blowing to make your child’s birthday more festive.  Thank you for your understanding on this issue as well – we have children in our school every year whose food allergies can be life-threatening and we, as a community, all need to work together to keep those children safe.

Here are three helpful web pages for parents who want to learn more about food allergies. As mentioned above there are other children who do have other food allergies, their parents will be supplying “treats” for them to keep at school.

http://broffa.weebly.com/local-foods.html
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=121
http://snacksafely.com/

 Lunching Suggestions.  Some suggestions for nutritious meals are:

Sandwiches:  Tuna fish, egg salad, jelly and cream cheese, bagel and cheese, turkey or ham

Pick-up Food:  Carrots, pea pods, celery sticks, green/red/yellow peppers, or grape tomatoes

Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, raisins, melon or strawberries 

Other:  Hummus, yogurt, pasta or soup

Drinks:  Milk, juice or water 

Transportation Policy. All the 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old children at SCNS come by car or by foot with an adult.  They are picked up at noon or, if lunching at 3:30 p.m., in the same manner.  We at SCNS do not take any field trips; therefore there is no transportation necessary.  If an emergency arose during the day, a parent or designated driver by parent would be called and child would be taken to appropriate care if needed by such a person or 911 would be called and child would be transported by ambulance.

 Rest Mats.  EEC requires that every student have a mat for resting during school hours.  The Nursery School will provide a mat for your child at a cost of $12, which is due upon entering school.

Sleep Policy. EEC requires a sleep policy.  The SCNS’s policy is if a child stays for extended afternoon they are required to rest for 30 to 40 minutes on the mat provided.

Snack Time.  SCNS provides a snack of water and crackers in the middle of the morning.  Other snacks may include items the children have made during the morning.  Also, parents are invited to provide a special treat on their child’s birthday do not contain nuts. See nut/allergy policy. Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables are always welcomed.

 Tooth Brushing Policy. EEC requires that all children staying for more than four (4) hours must brush their teeth.  This is done after lunching, unless an oral release opt-out form is signed.

 Toileting Policy.  Children in each class use the bathrooms before snacks, lunch, or going outdoors and always flush and then wash hands after toileting.  Should a child need to use the bathroom during the course of the day, he/she will be accompanied by a teacher.  In the event of an accident, the child will not be punished, verbally abused or humiliated.  A teacher will assist the child and a change of clothing will be provided from the child’s spare-clothing shoebox provided by home.  If a child’s spare clothing is not available, SCNS will provide extra clothing. Soiled clothes are double bagged and sent home.  The EEC toileting policy is posted in each bathroom.

 Diapering Policy

·         Each child’s diaper is changed when wet or soiled.

·         A supply of clean, dry diapers is maintained adequate to meet the needs of children.

·         A disposable covering is used on changing surface which is of adequate size to prevent the child from coming in contact with changing surface and changed after each child has been diapered and disposed of in a closed container.

·         Running water is adjacent to diapering area for hand washing (adaptations for running water may be acceptable (e.g., coffee, urn)

·         Each child is washed and dried with individual washing materials during each diaper change.  After changing, child’s hands are washed with liquid soap and running water; hands are dried with individual or disposable towels.

·         Changing surface is washed and disinfected after each use.

·         Soiled disposable diapers are placed in a closed container that is lined with a leak proof disposable lining. These diapers shall be removed from the facility daily or more frequently as necessary.

·         Soiled non-disposable diapers and soiled clothing are placed in an individual sealed, plastic container labeled with child’s name and returned to child’s parent(s) at end of day.

·         Staff wash their hands with liquid soap and running water and dry hands with individual or disposable towels after changing child’s diaper or helping child with toileting.

·         Changing surface is smooth, intact, impervious to water and easily cleaned.

·         Diapering areas and hand washing facilities are separate from areas used for food preparation and food service.

·         A common changing table or diapering surface is not used for any other purpose.

·         One hand remains on the child at all times while on changing table.

 

 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING 

Health Care Policy. The SCNS has designated Anne Ferrari-Greenberg, R.N. as the school’s health care consultant.  She assists in the development of the school’s health care policy and monitors the programs infection control procedures and is always available for consultation as needed. 

Emergency telephone numbers and home telephone numbers of the children are kept in each classroom in the emergency evacuation bag; as well as on the playground in the shed in the emergency evacuation bag there.  Also, the copies are kept in the Director’s office (emergency numbers in the grey metal file box) and home telephone numbers in the top left hand drawer of the Director’s desk. 

In the event a child should become ill at school; the parent will be called and told to come and get their child.  In the event, a parent cannot be reached; the Director will telephone the person designated on the emergency form to come and pick up the child.  If no one can be reached; Nursery School will provide a cot and make the child as comfortable as possible until the parent or the person designated arrives. In a dire emergency Police or Ambulance will be called and the Director will accompany the child to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital or the Hospital designated by the parents on the emergency form. 

The First Aid equipment is kept in the black metal cabinet in the Director’s office and is designated by a red cross on the cabinet door.  The SCNS always maintains an adequate supply of First Aid equipment which includes band aids, adhesive tape, compress (sanitary napkins), gauze pads, gauze roll, vinyl gloves, instant cold pack, scissors, tweezers, and thermometer.  The equipment is maintained by the Director every three months. 

There are evacuation plans posted at primary (red) and secondary (blue) exits in every classroom.  The head teacher leads the group and the other teachers is at the end of the line when exiting the building.

 The school has written plans for lice, conjunctivitis, impetigo and giardia.  Nursery School asks parents to keep their child at home when he/she is coming down with a cold.

 The staff at SCNS is unable to administer medication of any kind to any child unless the parent and physician have signed specific health medication forms.  These forms are in the Director’s office in the filing cabinet.

 Any child in our care at Nursery School with allergies will have documentation in their folder; the outside of their folder will be labeled as “ALLERGIC” and then state to what they are allergic to.  This allergy and the child’s name will be posted in the individual classroom and in the Director’s office.

 Any child whom an individual teacher suspects may be neglected or abused will relay such information to the Director.  The Director will review the information and will call the Department of Family Services and report her findings and what she believes to be happening if the situation warrants it.

 The home telephone number of the Health Care Consultant is kept on the Director’s rolodex on the big desk in the Director’s office next to the telephone and the parent bulletin board.

 All the Head Teachers, Teachers, and the Director hold current certification in Basic First Aid by the American Heart Association.  All staff members hold current certification in CPR for children; therefore someone is always available on site when children are present. A defibrillator is available in the Director’s office and in the kitchen on the first floor.

 The staff at SCNS always informs a parent immediately of any injury which requires emergency care beyond First Aid.  Staff members at SCNS always inform a parent in writing of any First Aid administered to their child within 24 hours of the incident.  An injury report will be filled in and given to the parent for signature; one copy will be given to the parent and another copy kept in the child’s file at school.  The report will include name, date, time, location of injury, description of injury and how it occurred.  The names of staff members who administrated First Aid will be required.  A First Aid log will be kept of all injuries and kept in each individual classroom. 

 The Director, along with Teachers are constantly monitoring the environment daily for any hazard. The staff at SCNS are very conscientious of the children and surroundings. 

Staff keeps all cleaning substances in the store room in the basement or on the top shelf in classroom cupboards. First Aid supplies and (if any) medications are kept in the black cabinet in the Director’s office.  Sharp scissors and birthday matches are kept up very high and out of a child’s reach and used only by a staff member.

 SCNS provides liquid soap and running water and paper towels for the use of the staff and children.  Children and staff always wash hands before eating and handling food; after the use of the bathroom or diapering; after the use of Kleenex and nose wiping or other body fluids.  Should there be animals or an animal in the classroom, children and teachers always wash hands after handling.

 Dress-ups in the individual classrooms will be washed and dried monthly in order to maintain cleanliness. Toilets and toilet seats, sinks and faucets and table surfaces will be washed and disinfected daily.

 In the event that a child should need topical non-prescription medications; the Head Teacher in each class will do so, but only with the written parental authorization and its directions. Each time the medication is administered the Head Teacher will keep a chart indicating the time and date, and the dosage.  When the medication is completed, the Head Teacher will place the chart in the child’s folder.  All unused medication will be returned to the child’s parent.

 All staff at SCNS have a physician’s checkup every other year and all those born after 1958 will show evidence of immunity for measles, mumps and rubella.  All those staff members born before 1958 have proof of rubella.

 SCNS keep lots of clean, dry outdoor and indoor clothing for any child who may need to be changed because of dampness or soil.  All soiled clothing is placed in a double plastic bag with the child’s name written on it and sent home with parents for laundering.

 SCNS selects only pets that are developmentally appropriate to each class.  If a child has a specific allergy to a certain pet that animal will be removed from the class immediately.

 Illnesses.  Obviously, a child who is clearly sick (e.g. fever, recent vomiting, diarrhea, fresh cold, etc.) should not be at school for at least 24 hours.  You must notify us if your child has any communicable disease so that we can notify parents of children who have been exposed.  Should a child become ill during the school day, the parent will be contacted and asked to pick up the child. If a parent is unable to come, he/she will remain on a cot in the Director’s office until such time when the parent can come.

 Head Lice. There will be head checks for screening purposes in early fall and after December vacation.  The head checks will be done by classroom teachers or the Health Care Consultant. If a child is found to have head lice or nits present, the child will removed from the classroom to the Director’s office until the parents can be reached. The child’s hair will be rechecked by the Health Care Consultant after treatment and he/she will be readmitted to the classroom if the hair is free of lice and nits.

 There will be weekly head checks in the affected child’s classroom for 2 – 3 weeks by teachers or the Health Care Consultant. All dress-up clothes, stuffed animals, pillows, etc. in the classroom will be washed and the rugs will be thoroughly vacuumed following a case of head lice.

 Parents of children in a classroom in which a case of head lice has occurred will be notified. The nursery school will distribute information concerning the prevention and treatment of head lice to parents upon request.

 Conjunctivitis. If a child is present in a classroom with symptoms of conjunctivitis; the child will be removed to the Director’s office until the parents are notified.  The child will be sent home for treatment. The child with conjunctivitis must be treated with an antibiotic to the eyes for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning to nursery school.

 Parents of children in a classroom in which a case of untreated conjunctivitis has occurred will be notified. Parents will be asked to notify the nursery school if their child has been in the classroom with untreated conjunctivitis.

 Impetigo. If a child with suspected impetigo is present in the classroom, the child will be removed to the Director’s office until the parents can be reached.  The child will be sent home. The child with impetigo must be treated with an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning to nursery school. 

Parents of children in a classroom in which a case of impetigo has occurred will be notified. Parents will be asked to notify the nursery school if their child has impetigo.

Diarrhea/Giardia. A child with diarrhea will removed to the Director’s office until the parents can be reached.  The child will be sent home. If there is a physician’s diagnose of giardia, the child must have a written letter of approval from the physician before returning to school.

Parents of a child with giardia must notify the nursery school. Parents of children in a classroom in which a case of giardia has occurred will be notified by the nursery school.

Medical Forms.  Every child must have a physical exam and the proper immunizations before entering Nursery School.  For your convenience, SCNS provides a health form to be completed by your doctor, but your doctor’s computer form is also acceptable.  The form must be in the school office before the first day of school.

 

Medication at School. All educators must be trained in the program's emergency and evacuation procedures in standard precautions and in medication administration procedures. Each person who administers prescription or non-prescription medication to a child must be trained to verify and to document that the right child receives the proper dosage of the correct medication designated for that particular child and given at the correct time(s), and by the proper method. Each person who administers medication (other than topical medication) must demonstrate competency in the administration of medication before being authorized by the licensee to administer any medication.

1.      SCNS will ensure that at least one educator with training in medication administration is present at any and all times when children are in care.

2.      Each person who administers any medication, other than oral or topical medications and epinephrine auto-injectors, must be trained by a licensed health care practitioner and must demonstrate annually to the satisfaction of the trainer, competency in the administration of such medications. An alternative method of training approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) can be substituted with approval from MDPH.

3.      SCNS will ensure that each educator, including those educators who do not administer medication, receives training in recognizing generic medication side effects and adverse interactions among various medications, and potential side effects of specific medications being administered in the program.

 

Medication Administration. SCNS must have a written policy regarding administration of prescription and nonprescription medication. The policy must provide for the administration of medications ordered by a child's health care practitioner.  All medication administered to a child, including but not limited to oral and topical medications of any kind, either prescription or non-prescription, must be provided by the child's parent, unless noted in 606 CMR 7.1 1(2) (e) 1.  All prescription medications must be in the containers in which they were originally dispensed and with their original labels affixed. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer's packaging.  The educator must not administer any medication contrary to the directions on the original container, unless so authorized in writing by the child's licensed health care practitioner. Any medications without clear instructions on the container must be administered in accordance with a written physician or pharmacist's descriptive order. Unless otherwise specified in a child's individual health care plan, the educator must store all medications out of the reach of children and under proper conditions for sanitation, preservation, security and safety during the time the children are in care and during the transportation of children.

 

1.      Those medications found in United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedules II through V must be kept in a secured and locked place at all times when being accessed by an authorized individual.

2.      Prescription medications requiring refrigeration shall be stored in a way that is inaccessible to children in a refrigerator maintained at temperatures between 38°F and 42°F.

Notwithstanding the provisions of 606CMR7.11 (2) (e), emergency medications such as epinephrine auto-injectors must be immediately available for use as needed. SCNS shall have a written policy on medication disposal. When possible, all unused, discontinued or outdated prescription medications shall be returned to the parent and such returns shall be documented in the child's record. When return to the parent is not possible or practical, such prescription medications must be destroyed and the destruction recorded by a manager or supervisor in accordance with policies of SCNS and the Department of Public Health, Drug Control Program.  

No educator shall administer the first dose of any medication to a child, except under extraordinary circumstances and with parental consent. Each time medication is administered, the educator must document in the child's record the name of the medication, the dosage, the time and the method of administration, and who administered the medication, except as noted in 606 CMR 7.11(2)(k). The educator must inform the child's parent(s) at the end of each day whenever a topical medication is applied to a diaper rash. 

All medications must be administered in accordance with the consent and documentation requirements are specified as follows:

  

Type of Medication

Written Parental Consent Required

Health Care Practitioner Authorization Required

Logging Required

All prescriptions

Yes

Yes, must be in original container with original label containing the name of the child affixed

 

Yes, name of child, dosage, date, time, staff signature; missed doses must also be noted along with the reason(s) why the dose was missed

Oral Non-Prescription

Yes, renewed weekly with dosage, times, days and purpose

No in FCC. Yes in Large and Small Group. Must be in original container with original label containing the name of the child affixed

 

Yes, name of child, dosage, date, time, staff signature; missed doses must also be noted along with the reason(s) why the dose was missed

Unanticipated Non-Prescription for mild symptoms (e.g.

acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antihistamines

 

Yes, renewed annually

 

No in FCC. Yes in Large and Small Group. Must be in original container with original label containing the name of the child affixed

Yes, name of child, dosage, date, time, staff signature

 

Topical, non-Prescription (when applied to open wounds or broken skin)

 

Yes, renewed annually

 

No in FCC. Yes in Large and Small Group. Must be in original container with original label containing the name of the child affixed

Yes, name of child, dosage, date, time, staff signature

 

Topical, non-Prescription (not applied to open wounds or broken skin)

 

Yes, renewed annually

 

No. Items not applied to open wounds or broken skin may be supplied by program with notification to parents of such, or parents may send in preferred brands of such items for their own child(ren)’s use

No for items used solely for prevention, such as sunscreen, insect repellant and chap stick

 

 If your child requires prescription medication during school hours, there are specific forms in the Director’s office that must be signed by a physician and parent before any medication can be administered.  Non-prescription medication must also have a physician-signed form in order to be given. Otherwise, no medicine may be given.

 Medical Emergencies.  Our entire staff is trained in first aid and each staff member renews her certification every other year, as required by the EEC.  Also, staff are Infant/Child CPR trained and re-certified every year.  In the event of a serious accident when parents are not immediately available, 911 will be telephoned and an ambulance will transport a sick or injured child to Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Injury Prevention Plan. The director reviews injury reports annually or sooner if needed, to make sure supervision of children is adequate and play materials/equipment are safe. All unsafe situations discovered in the building and/or on the playground are reported to the Director.

Classrooms do a toy safety check as well as a classroom equipment check to ensure safe conditions in the classroom. All electrical outlets are inspected to ensure protective caps are in all of them. Any broken toys or equipment are removed from the classroom and discarded or repaired immediately.

All medications are locked in proper storage containers either in the Director’s office or refrigerator. We have a contract with a pest control company to control to ensure a safe and clean environment.

All toys in each classroom are age appropriate for the children served there. All wet spots or spills on floor surfaces are cleaned up immediately to prevent injury. State ratios of staff to children are always maintained.

Dogs. No dogs allowed on SCNS grounds at all times.

Injury Report. Should a child have a minor injury such as a bump or scrape, we will wash, ice and apply bandages as appropriate.  The educator in charge will complete an Injury Report for parents to sign and one will be placed in the child’s folder.

Individual Health Plan.  The SCNS will maintain as part of a child's record, an individual health care plan for each child with a chronic medical condition, which has been diagnosed by a licensed health care practitioner. The plan must describe the chronic condition, its symptoms, any medical treatment that may be necessary while the child is in care, the potential side effects of that treatment, and the potential consequences to the child's health if the treatment is not administered.

(a) The educator may administer routine, scheduled medication or treatment to the child with a chronic medical condition in accordance with written parental consent and licensed health care practitioner authorization.

1.      Notwithstanding the provisions of 606 CMR 7.11 (I)(b)2., the educator must have successfully completed training, given by the child's health care practitioner, or, with his/her written consent, given by the child's parent or the program's health consultant, that specifically addresses the child's medical condition, medication and other treatment needs.

2.      In addition to the requirements for the routine, scheduled administration of medication or treatment set forth in 606 CMR 7.1 1(3)(a), any unanticipated administration of medication or unanticipated treatment for a non-life-threatening condition requires that the educator must make a reasonable attempt to contact the parent(s) prior to administering such unanticipated medication or beginning such unanticipated treatment, or, if the parent(s) cannot be reached in advance, as soon as possible after such medication or treatment is given.

3.      The educator must document all medication or treatment administration, whether scheduled or unanticipated, in the child's medication and treatment log.

4.      The written parental consent and the licensed health care practitioner authorization shall be valid for one year, unless withdrawn sooner. Such consent and authorization must be renewed annually for administration of medication and/or treatment to continue.

 Emergency Preparedness.  In the event of an emergency situation, SCNS would close until such time as the Director determined the problem or event had been rectified.  Should an event occur during the time that we are in attendance, the building would be evacuated by assembling the children at the primary exit, or, if unable, the secondary exit, with the Head Teacher in the lead.  The children would follow the Head Teacher to the designated outdoor area.  At our Nursery School, the playground is the designated area. 

 The teacher will bring the individual attendance record, cell phone and evacuation bags, which include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and first aid supplies, cups, snacks, water and emergency blankets.  If we are unable to return to the building, we will all proceed by foot to the Newton Police Annex Building, 25 Chestnut Street, West Newton, MA (617)-796-2106 ) where Head Teachers will telephone parents.  All teachers will remain with their classes until every child has been dismissed.

 Should the event be as such, that we must shelter-in-place or do a lock down, the Director and all the teachers will follow the directions of emergency authorities (fire, police).  If no directions from emergency authorities are given; the first floor classrooms will follow teachers to the safe zones on the lower level and parents will be notified as soon as possible.

 In the event a child is lost, 911 will be immediately used. 

 Fire Drills, shelter in place and evacuation drills.  Fire drills are practiced for the whole school every month.  Each room has an evacuation policy and diagram posted at each exit. SCNS holds fire drills every month with all the different classes.  The Director always documents the date and keeps all pertinent information in the fire log by the wall on side the desk in the Director’s office. SCNS will practice lock-down drills, shelter-in-place and evacuation drills during the school year. In the event of evacuation, 911 will be immediately used.  In case of evacuation we will all proceed by foot to the Newton Police Annex Building, 25 Chestnut Street, West Newton, MA (617-796-2106) where Head Teachers will telephone parents.  All teachers will remain with their classes until every child has been dismissed

 Quiet Drills.  Quiet drills are practiced in each classroom every other month. Each classroom has a lock-down policy. Doors are locked, lights go off and children practice being quiet.

  

CHILD GUIDANCE POLICY

 We believe that children develop best in a challenging, safe environment with developmentally appropriate expectations.  Schedule and routine are a part of our daily program.  We find that where children work and play in a happy, relaxed atmosphere, there is little need for teacher intervention.

One of our principal aims is to help children learn to get along with others in a group while still encouraging their individuality.  We expect children to respect one another as we respect them. 

If a child’s behavior is cause for concern, then the child’s parents will be consulted and involved in seeking a solution.  Additional resources may be sought, if appropriate.

 It is absolutely against the school’s policy as well as EEC guidelines to use: 

(a) Spanking or other corporal punishment of children;

(b) Subjecting children to cruel or severe punishment such as humiliation, verbal or physical abuse, neglect, or abusive treatment including any type of physical hitting inflicted in any manner upon the body, shaking, threats, or derogatory remarks;

(c) Depriving children of outdoor time, meals or snacks; force feeding children or otherwise making them eat against their will, or in any way using food as a consequence;

(d) Disciplining a child for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet; forcing a child to remain in soiled clothing or to remain on the toilet, or using any other unusual or excessive practices for toileting;

(e) Confining a child to a swing, high chair, crib, playpen or any other piece of equipment for an extended period of time in lieu of supervision; and

(f) Excessive time-out. Time-out may not exceed one minute for each year of the child's age and must take place within an educator's view.

 

 

THE STAFF 

Staff Training/Certification.  All staff are EEC certified and attend continuing education training sessions each year.

 Parent/Teacher Communications.  Parents are encouraged to speak to, or schedule a meeting with, their child’s teachers at any time.  There are two scheduled parent/teacher conferences each year, one in the fall and the other in the spring, accompanied by a written report.

  

LEGAL NOTICES

 Abuse and Neglect.  In order to ensure the well-being of the children in our care, our staff has a continuing duty under state law to report incidents of possible neglect or abuse, including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, to the Department of Children and Families, and to cooperate in any investigation of possible neglect or abuse.  (Massachusetts General Law chapter 19, section 51A).  We do not have discretion in this matter, but must make such referrals whenever we have reasonable cause to believe that a child might have been harmed by anyone, including non-family members or staff members.  We may be subject to criminal penalties if we fail to report such possible harm.  Moreover, in grievous cases, we may refer the matter directly to the police or consult with the District Attorney as well.

 Avoidance/Termination/Suspension Policy.  In the event that a parent (or parents) exhibits improper behavior (verbal or physical abuse towards a staff member, such parent(s) will be asked to speak with the Director.  The Director will ask the staff member to document any abuses in order for the Director to understand the circumstances. The Director will also speak with the parent(s) and staff member and design a written plan by which both parties can abide (this could be probation for a specific period of time). If this plan does not prove successful and/or the parents(s) behavior has not improved upon return to school after a probationary period, the Director will ask the parent(s) to remove the child from the Nursery School.  The parent(s) will be referred to the Newton Early Childhood Association for alternative childcare opportunities in the area and every effort will be made to help the child through this difficult situation.

 If the parent(s) is behind in tuition at SCNS, a payment plan would be designed that would hopefully work to everyone’s satisfaction.  If the parent(s) clearly cannot afford to pay the full amount, the Nursery School has a generous memorial scholarship fund (named for a former student); this fund would be used to allow the child to continue at the school.

 Suspension and Termination. SCNS must describe in writing the program's procedures for avoiding the suspension or termination of a child from the program due to challenging behavior. The procedures to avoid suspension and termination must include:

  1. Providing an opportunity to meet with parents to discuss options other than suspension or termination;
  2. Offering referrals to parents for evaluation, diagnostic or therapeutic services;
  3. Pursuing options for supportive services to the program, including consultation and educator training;
  4. Developing a plan for behavioral intervention at home and in the program.

 

Referral Policy.  SCNS shall have a written plan describing procedures for referring parents to appropriate social, mental health, educational and medical services, including but not limited to dental check-up, vision or hearing screening for their child, should the program staff feel that an assessment for such additional services would benefit the child. The written plan shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. staff responsibilities for informing the director of their concern;
  2. procedures for observing and recording the child's behavior and reviewing the child's record prior to making a referral;
  3. procedures for meeting with parents to notify them of the program's concern;
  4. A current list of referral resources in the community for children in need of social, mental health, educational or medical services. This list shall include the contact person for S1. 1972, c. 766 and Early Intervention Program referral;
  5. written notice to the appropriate administrator of special education that the licensee is serving a child with a disability, if the child is two years and nine months old or older;
  6. Written notice to the administrator of the DPH Early Intervention program if the licensee is serving a child with a disability who is younger than two years and nine months old.

In the event that a 2, 3, 4, or 5 year old child demonstrates to a classroom teacher a reason for concern, that teacher and her co-teacher will inform the director.  The director will review the child’s record and observe the child in the classroom setting. The director will document her findings and ask that teachers, director and parents discuss these observations. The director and teachers will help parents to understand and accommodate the child’s needs.  The documented observations will be given to parents and if deemed necessary by parents and staff, permission will be asked for a specialist to visit the classroom.  The parent will sign the referral permission and the director and parents will contact the specialist.  At SCNS we turn to Michael Thurm, Director of The Newton Early Childhood Programs for the City of Newton or to those agencies listed on the resource listing.

The specialist sets up a convenient time for observation during classroom time.  After the observation, the specialist consults with teachers.  He/she then contacts the parents and shares with them the observations and a decision is made on whether further observation is necessary or another specialist or agency is necessary. 

 All permissions, documented observations and referrals will be kept by the head teacher in written form and placed in the child’s folder.

  

Referral Agencies:

Child Care Resource Center, Inc.
130 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-1063

ccrc@ccrcinc.org

 Community Partnerships for Children and Families
Anne Ferrari-Greenberg
158A Pond Street
Ashland, Ma. 01721
(508) 881-5107

 

Department of Children & Families
Boston, Ma
1-800-792-5200

 The Federation for Children w/Special Needs
www.fcsn.org
617-236-7210 

 

The Freedman Center for Children and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
www.mspp.edu/community/freedman-center

 

Good Grief Program
One Ashburton Place
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
(617) 222-7512

 

www.projectinterface.org

 

McLean Hospital Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 855-2242
www.mcleanhospital.org

 Newton Early Childhood Programs.
Kathleen Browning- Director

Kathleen_Browning@newton.k12.ma.us

 

Newton Fire Department
1164 Center Street
Newton, Ma. 02459
(617)796-2230

 

Newton Health Department
1294 Center Street,
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420

 

The Newton Parent Advisory Council (Newton PAC) for Special Education
c/o Office for Student Services
Education Center
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460

(617) 599-6025
info@newtonpac.org

 

The Newton Partnership
246 Dudley Road Newton Centre, MA  02459
Tel: 617.559.2055 or 617.796.9000
info@thenewtonpartnership.org

Newton Police
1321 Washington Street
Newton, Ma. 02465
(617)796-2100

 

Newton Public Schools
100 Walnut Street
Newton, Ma. 02460
(617) 559-6000

 

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2000 Washington Street
Newton, Ma.02462
(617) 243-6000

 

Poison Control
1-800-682-9211
(617)232-6732

 

The Veterans Affairs
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, Ma. 02459
(617)796-1000