When you bring your child to Faith Montessori, an adult over the age of 18 must accompany your child to their classroom and sign your child in on the attendance sheet in the classroom. Children are not allowed to write anything or sign in/out for parents on attendance sheets. Under no circumstances should a child be dropped off outside. Children will not be accepted until the posted arrival time of 7:00AM.
The House of Faith Montessori assumes no responsibility of your child until the child is signed in and accompanied to their classroom. Please ensure you make contact with your child’s teacher and let them know your child has arrived. It is not healthy for your child to have you sneak away. Please work with your child’s teacher in appropriate “ goodbyes” that will best meet the developmental stage of your child. We encourage parents to bring children to school before 9 AM and no later than 10:30 AM. It is important for parents to sign in and out everyday with the correct time and your own initials.
Our utmost concern is the safety of your child. If you are unable to pick your child, we will only release your child to those for which you have authorized on your enrollment form. Any person picking up your child besides the parent(s) will be required to show a picture ID and sign your child out before your child will be released. The ID number will be recorded on the attendance sheet and will be kept on file for a minimum of 3 months. Children will not be permitted to leave with ANYONE except those persons listed on the enrollment form. Any chance in authorized pick-ups must be in writing.
Some holidays are beyond the understanding of your children. When we celebrate a holiday at Faith Montessori, we design concepts and activities that give the children more experience with the understanding of the holiday. We will notify the parents of the times and formats of the celebrations. Generally there will be no special requirement of the parents.
We feel it is important for our young children to become familiar with the values, beliefs and cultural traditions of different people and the ways they celebrate special occasions. From time to time we will provide such opportunities. We would appreciate knowing if and how any of the parents could assist us.
The most important occasion for a child is his/her own birthday. We will honor the child at this time by doing something special. A special activity or snack will be fine. Parents who wish to bring a snack at this time should notify the lead teacher. Children’s birthday may be celebrated by bringing cupcakes or cookies to serve the children during the morning snack (no nuts please). Please do not send any treats with your child unless he/she brings enough for others.
If your child is planning a home birthday party and wishes to invite his/her classmates, please send the invitations to their home address as other children who may not get invited will feel left out and may not understand why they are not invited.
It is the responsibility of the parent to provide a healthy lunch and snack for their children. The lunch should be brought in a lunch box with an ice pack in it. Microwaves are available to heat any food that requires warming. Food should be “ready to eat”. Please put warming instructions and your child’s name on the outside of your child’s lunch box and all the containers.
Faith Montessori encourages healthy snacks and meals for your child. Therefore, please do not send any candy, chips, chocolates, sodas or other unhealthy choices as your child’s meals. If your child arrives after 8:00 AM, please make sure you have served your child breakfast. A signed statement from your child’s physician must indicate any information regarding special dietary needs and/or food allergies.
Outdoor play is important to all developmental domains of development, particularly physical gross motor development. Children will be provided with at least one hour a day of outside time, weather permitting. Please dress your child appropriately for outdoor play during the cold weather.
Should the weather prevent us from taking the children outdoors, we will provide alternate indoor movement activities (playroom). Outdoor play restrictions for a child must be in writing and accompanied by a doctor’s medical statement noting the reason for the restriction.
Our main concern and basic commitment at the school is the safety of your child. We ask that parents closely supervise the children in the parking lot. It is recommended that children be offered a hand to hold when exiting from cars. When departing from the school, please resist having children run to the car while the parent signs them out.
Please be cautious not to allow children to run around in the parking and flower bed areas for safety reasons. If you notice that the front parking lot is fully occupied, please use the rear parking area to enter school. Please do not park in neighbor’s parking lots. Cars are not babysitters. Please do not leave children in the cars at anytime.
- A gang-free zone is a designated area around a specific location where prohibited gang related activity is subject to increased penalty under Texas law. The specific locations include Daycare Centers.
- Gang-free zone should be within 1000 feet of your childcare center.
For more information about what constitutes a gang free zone, please consult sections 71.028 and 71.029 of Texas penal code.
In order to administer any medications to your child, the following guidelines must be followed:
- Parents must sign an authorization and include times for staff to administer each medication according to the label directions
- The medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s full name and the date brought to the school
- Staff can only administer the medication in amounts according to the label directions or as amended by a physician
- Staff can only administer the medication to the child for whom it is intended
- Staff cannot administer the medication after expiration date
- We cannot give over-the-counter medications
- If your child has a periodic and recurring medical problem, such as headaches, asthma attacks or allergic reactions, the parent or the child’s health-care professional may sign a medication authorization allowing staff to administer the medication when symptoms occur for up to a six-month period. The authorization must include information on symptoms to watch for. Parents will be notified immediately after administering the medication.
The goal of Faith Montessori is to help your child become self-reliant and internalize rules of behavior. 3 and older children are encouraged to take appropriate responsibility for their own behavior and generate ideas for solving social conflict problems (e.g. how to share a toy).
- Discipline will be constructive in nature and include techniques such as:Using limits that are fair, consistent and appropriate for the child’s developmental level.
- Providing children with reasons for limits.
- Giving positively worded directions.
- Modeling and redirecting children towards acceptable behavior.
- Helping children to constructively express their feelings and frustrations to resolve conflict.
- Arranging the classroom environment in a way that promotes desirable behavior.
- Brief, supervised separation or time out from the group, when appropriate for the child’s age and development, limited to no more than one minute per year of child’s age.
The following techniques are prohibited by Texas Child Care Licensing and under no circumstances will be used on your child:
Corporal punishment or threats of corporal punishment.
- Punishment associated with food, naps or toilet training.
- Pinching, shaking or biting a child.
- Hitting a child with a hand or instrument.
- Putting anything in or on a child’s mouth.
- Humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting or yelling at a child.
- Subjecting a child to harsh, abusive or profane language.
- Placing a child in a locked or dark room, bathroom or closet with the door closed.
- Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for inappropriately long periods of time.
Staff members who punish children in a prohibited manner or who do not first apply proactive, rather than reactive techniques will jeopardize their employment at Faith Montessori. A staff member found using any of the above listed “prohibited Punishments” will be dismissed. Any infractions of this discipline policy reported by parents/guardians or other staff members will be investigated.
If a child does not respond to positive guidance and redirection, and is posing an emotional problem for him/her self or others, or is a physical threat to others, the following steps are taken
- The child is warned that repeating the behavior will result in his/her separation from the group. Alternatives are suggested to the child.
- If the child repeats the action, he/she is removed from the group to a private place within sight of a teacher. The teacher tells the child he/she will return to discuss the situation when the child has calmed down.
- In a few minutes (not more than one minute per age) the teacher returns the child to discuss what happened, why it was unacceptable and what the child must do to control his/her behavior.
- The child is invited to return to the group when he/she is ready. If the child needs or wants more time alone, he/she may take it. Children under the age of 3 will not be removed from the group.
- When the child returns to the group, the teacher welcomes him/her back to the group and tries to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Parents will be notified if any behavioral issues of concern and the staff at Faith Montessori will work with the parent to resolve any behavior issues outside normal child development. Should the child’s behavior cause a continued threat to him/herself and/or others, the Director will discuss with the parents, alternative group child care arrangements that may better benefit the child.
Our goal at Faith Montessori is to provide you and your child with a beneficial and memorable learning experience. If a parent/guardian has a question or concern regarding the care provided at the school, the parent is requested to speak first with the child’s teacher. If the issue cannot be resolved with the teacher please speak with the Director immediately. We will do our best to come up with a resolution for you, your child and our program.
Should you feel the issue should be brought to the attention of Texas Child care Licensing, they can be reached at (512)-834-3195. A copy of state rules and regulation, which apply to the operation of Faith Montessori and a copy of our most recent licensing inspection, is available and posted where parents can see it. Past licensing inspections can be viewed at the website for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Search_Texas_Child_Care/. If you do suspect that your child has been abused, report the situation to the toll free child abuse hot line number: 1-800-252-5400 or the Local licensing office listed above.
Your child will be provided with a place to keep personal belongings and a coat hook for his or her coat. Each child must have for emergency use: one complete change of clothing (no shoes) labeled with his/her name and placed in zip-lock bag. Clothing should be comfortable and suitable for indoor and outdoor activities. Active play is messy play for children so please do not send clothing you wish to keep clean, such as white pants or shirts. Tennis shoes make climbing easier and safer. No boots or open-toed sandals, please. All clothing and personal items must be labeled with child’s name for identification. This includes diapers, wipes, diaper cream, sleeping bags, coats, sweaters, mittens, lunch boxes, place mats etc. Please make sure the sleeping bags and blankets are washed every weekend before bringing them back to school on Monday.
Please DO NOT allow your child to bring any of the following to school
- Small toys that are potentially a choking hazard
- Jewelry of any kind
- Candy or chewing gum
- Personal electronic games or devices
- Please do not let your child bring toys to school Monday-Thursday. Appropriate Toys are allowed on Fridays for “Show & Tell” day.
Please watch for any small articles, which your child may bring home in his/her pocket. For example, small cubes, cylinders, beads accidentally placed in their pockets. We strive in providing high quality materials for your child and these items may be difficult to replace.
We also encourage parents to join their child for a snack or lunch when the time is convenient for them. Other responsibilities for involvement may include sharing a cultural background and/or language, reading a story or singing with children or simply spending time during free play. Please contact your child’s teacher if any of these activities are of interest to you. Parents are permitted to access Faith Montessori School at any time when the child is in attendance.
The lead teachers at Faith Montessori offer parents an opportunity to attend a parent/teacher conference at least once per year. They either post a sign-up sheet with times available or the teachers will verbally ask the parents what would be a convenient time for them. If the parents are unable to schedule a time, the teacher will send home a packet of materials that she and the child have worked. This documentation will be kept in each child’s file.
It is also important to note that a parent may schedule a meeting at anytime with their child’s lead teacher. Likewise, a teacher may schedule a meeting with parents if she has concerns or issues with a child. The staff strives to keep open communication with all parents.
To ensure the health of all the children, your child must not come to Faith Montessori if any of the following guidelines apply.
- The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in school activities including outdoor play
- The illness results in greater need for care than the teacher can provide without compromising the health, safety and supervision of the other children in care
- The child has one of the following:
- Oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness
- Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrollable diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, behavior changes or other signs that the child may be severely ill
- A healthcare professional has diagnosed the child with a communicable disease
- The child does no have medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious
Please check your child for signs of illness or communicable disease before sending him/her to school. Please call the school at (512)-219-9191 and notify the Director that your child is ill and when you think they can return. In case of a communicable disease, we then can monitor to see if the disease has been transmitted to the other children in the class. Children with communicable disease cannot return to care until a doctor has agreed to the return.
If your child is ill, please keep him/her at home. Children are not allowed if they have a medicine induced normal temperature. If your child was running a fever in the morning and Tylenol was administered to reduce the fever, the child is not allowed at the school. He/she could return to school if fever free for 24 hours without medication.
Should your child become ill at Faith Montessori, your child will be isolated from other children and you will be notified and you will be notified and you or your designated release person will be required to pick up your child immediately or within one hour of notification. If the parents cannot be reached, the person listed on the enrollment form will be contacted. The school reserves the right to terminate care if parents continue to be unreachable in the event of an illness. There will be no reduction in fees because of absence due to illness.
In the event that your child was exposed to a communicable disease, a notice will be placed on the classroom door notifying you of the symptoms to look for and if medical treatment is necessary.
Please update immunization records every year (2 years, 3 years, 4 years, shots and hearing and vision).
Faith Montessori employees must obtain a Flu vaccine once every twelve months.
Texas law mandates that if a staff member has cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected or maybe abused or neglected, that person must report the abuse no later than the 48the hour after the hour the professional first suspects that the child has been or may be abused or neglected to law enforcement officials. For this reason please notify staff when you drop off your child of any accidents or injuries that occurred at home.
Termination of a child will only be made with staff recommendation, appropriate documentation and outside consultation, which would result in action to be in the best interest of the child. Faith Montessori may terminate enrollment for the following reasons:
- The parent/guardian fails to follow correct admission requirements, especially as they relate to submission of required forms and departure procedures.
- Retention of the child would be detrimental to the health and safety of the other children in the school, the staff or the child him/herself due to exceptional needs for special treatment. It is noted here that the staff at Faith Montessori will make reasonable attempts to alleviate the situation before recommending termination
- The parent/guardian fails to pay fees according to policy
- Parent habitually brings a sick child to the school
- Failure to receive parental support and help when a child is found to have a learning or behavior problem. This includes failure to attend parent conferences and to follow through with medical and/or educational specialists.
In the case of a school termination, a two-week, written, dated notice will be given to the parent/guardian. All outstanding tuition must be made according to contract until the ending date. This policy does not apply if termination is due to non-payment, abuse to the school policies on illness and/or continual late payments.
The Vision and Hearing Screening program, Chapter 36 of the Health and Safety Code requires all children enrolled for the first time in any licensed care program must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems. The requirements apply for each year for children enrolled who are 4 years and older. While not required by the Health Department, we encourage screening for ALL children, even younger than 4 years of age. Therefore, Faith Montessori requires that all Children, age 4 and above, have a hearing and vision screening within 90 days of enrollment. A copy of the screening must be on file here at Faith Montessori.
Children who turn 4 also have 90 days to obtain a vision and hearing screening.
For more information, please contact:
Department of State Health Services
Vision and Hearing Screening- Mail code 1918
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Faith Montessori House of Children follows the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) decisions regarding bad weather. If RRISD closes due to bad weather, the Montessori school will close and parents will be notified that the child is being dismissed. In case of bad weather, we will make a decision to delay the program starting time, close or proceed as normal. You may tune in to radio or TV for more information regarding the weather. We practice monthly fire and severe weather drill so your child will not be traumatized by any unexpected emergencies. Emergency preparedness plan and emergency evacuation plan available in each classroom and also posted by the front door.
Emergency phone number- School -512-909-0090
In case of bad weather or power blackout, please call the above number.
It is requested that parents give a one-month notice in writing if it becomes necessary to withdraw their child. Without this notice, parents will be liable for two weeks tuition.
We hope that this handbook has answered all your questions. Should you need any other information, or feel we failed to mention something important in your handbook, please bring it to the attention of the Director immediately. We will update our handbook annually and provide you with a new copy when you update your files annually. Thank you for choosing Faith Montessori House of Children.