Our Policies

Policy Information for Parents

At the time of a child’s enrollment, the parent will be provided with written notification of:

  • Infant through school age.
  • Full time children pay whether they are here or not
  • Hours of operation for Kidz Zone Daycare Center:

Monday – Friday 5:30am – 6:00pm. If a parent arrives after 6:00pm there is late fee.

Kidz Zone is closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Child care program options the center is licensed to operate, including:
  • The programs educational methods will be developed according to the child’s age and learning abilities
  • The parents can review the center’s child care program plan anytime by setting up a meeting with the director to go over them
  • The center will have conferences twice a year to update the parents on how their child is doing in daycare, unless an issue has a risen and the director has set up an extra one. The conferences will include a written assessment to the parents of the child’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development
  • The center requires that the parents supply them with a health care summary within 30 days of enrollment and an immunization record for the child at the time of enrollment
  • To be fair to all children a sick child should be kept home, or sent home if he/she has:
  • Has a reportable illness or condition determined to be contagious and has not had sufficient treatment to reduce health risks to others
  • Has chicken pox and is still contagious, the child may return when he/she is no longer contagious, usually 6 days after the first crop of vesicles
  • Has vomited in the last 24 hours
  • Has had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Has contagious conjunctivitis (pink eye) or pus draining from the eye
  • Has a bacterial infection such as strep throat or impetigo, and has not completed 24-48 hours of antibiotics. Child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to the center
  • Has unexplained lethargy
  • Has lice, ringworm or scabies that is untreated and contagious to others
  • Has a thermometer reading of 100 degree axillary temperature (equivalent to 101 degree oral temperature) before fever reducing medication is given
  • Has undiagnosed rash or a rash attributed to a contagious illness or condition
  • Has significant respiratory distress
  • Cannot participate in childcare program activities with reasonable comfort or who requires more care than the program staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children
    • In the event that your child requires medical attention, we will make every effort to contact you prior to making arrangements. The person in charge at the time will evaluate the injury to decide if medical attention is necessary. Kidz Zone staff is certified in First Aid and CPR, and would administer either if necessary. The medical sources of care for Kidz Zone are Riverwood Clinic (Garrison, less than 1 mile away), Milacs Health System Clinic (Garrison, less than1 mile away), Milacs Health System Hospital (Onamia, 13 miles away).
    • In order to administer medication the parents must have an order from a physician and the parents must meet with the health consultant on staff to go over the administration. The health consultant must teach the staff on how to administer the medications and have them sign off after each time it has been used.
    • In order for a child to go on a field trip parents must fill out a permission form provided by the center
    • If we need the child for the occasion of research, experimental procedure, or public relations activity the center will have the parents fill out a permission form before each event.
    • A nutritional breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be served at Kidz Zone Daycare Center. Menus will be posted at the entrance at the beginning of every month. We ask that children do not bring food from home unless arrangements have been made with your child’s teacher ahead of time for special occasions and birthdays. Food brought from home must be store bought. Parents of infants are required to provide formula and disposable diapers.
    • Behavior Guidance
    • Kidz Zone staff will ensure that each child is provided with a positive role model. Behavior guidance will be tailored to the developmental level of your child. Your child will be in an environment that will teach constructive alternatives to problem solving and protect the safety of children and staff. Our goal is to provide immediate and directly related consequences for a child’s unacceptable behavior. Staff uses brief time out periods. Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to visit the center at any time during the hours of operation. If persistent unacceptable behavior happens a written notice will be provided to the parents and a note will be put in the child’s record, a meeting will be set up with the parents to address the behavior and come up with a solution. Kidz Zone prohibits any child from corporal punishments, which include but are not limited to:
  • Rough handling
  • Shoving
  • Hair pulling
  • Ear pulling
  • Shaking
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Biting
  • Pinching
  • Hitting
  • Spanking

Subjection to emotional stress also will not be tolerated, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Name calling
  • Ostracism
  • Shaming
  • Making derogatory remarks about a child or the child’s family
  • Using language that threatens, humiliates, or frightens the child

If persistent behavior continues the child may have to stay by the teacher’s side so staff can observe child closely. Staff must also fill out a behavior form every time the child misbehaves, staff must also talk to the child and tell them that their behavior is not acceptable and ask them why they keep doing it and try to come up with a solution to the problem. If the behavior keep persisting (meaning 3 or more behavior sheets have been written up on one child for the same problem, or 5 or more behavior sheets written up on different problems) the director may ask the parents to come in for a conference with the director, parents, teacher and child to discuss the issues at hand and see if maybe something at home is the problem or see if they can all come up with a solution that everyone accepts and finds appropriate for the child.

Kidz Zone also prohibits the separation of a child from the group except within rule requirements, punishments for lapses in toileting, withholding food, light, warmth, clothing, or medical care as a punishment for unacceptable behavior, the use of physical restraints other than to physically hold a child where containment is necessary to protect a child or others from harm, and the use of mechanical restraints, such a typing.

No child will be separated from the group unless the following has occurred: less intrusive methods of guiding the child’s behavior have been tried and were ineffective, the child’s behavior threaten the wellbeing of the child or other children in the program, a who requires separation from the group must:

  • Remain within an unenclosed part of the classroom where the child can be continuously seen and heard by a program staff person
    • The child’s return to the group must be contingent on the child’s stopping or bringing under control the behavior that precipitated the separation
    • The child must return to the group as soon as the behavior that precipitated the separation abates or stops

Note: Children between the ages of six weeks and 16 months must not be separated from the group as a means of guidance.

All separations from the group will be noted on a daily log that must include the following:

  • The child’s name
  • The staff person’s name
  • Time
  • Date
  • Information indicating what less intrusive methods were used to guide the child’s behavior
  • How the child’s behavior continued to threaten the wellbeing of the child or other children in care
  • If a child separated from group three or more times in one day, the child’s parent shall be notified and the parent notification shall be indicated on the daily log
  • If a child separated five or more times in one week, eight times, or more in two weeks, the procedures in subpart 2 must be followed

For children with developmental disabilities or related conditions or children under the age of five as specified in Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.0004 to 9529.0036, the standards governing the use of aversive and deprivation procedures in Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.2700 to 9525.2810 apply.

  • The presence of pet’s is acceptable as long as it has been okayed by the director ahead of time
    • Parents are more than welcome to visit the center at any time during business hours
    • Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Licensing (651) 431-6500, this number will be made available to all parents at time of enrollment

Napping Policy

All children will be allowed an opportunity to nap, consistent with your child’s developmental needs.

Confinement limitation – after 30 minutes of rest as long as they have not been a distraction to the other kids, he/she will not be required to remain on their mat/crib, and be offered a quiet activity for the duration of the rest period

Placement of equipment – Naps and rest will be provided in a quiet area that is separated from the children who are engaged in physical activity. Cribs, cots and beds will be placed so there is a clear aisle and unimpeded access for both adults and children on at least one side of each piece of napping and resting equipment. Cribs, cots and beds will be placed directly on the floor and will not be stacked when in use.

Bedding – a separate bed will be provided for each child. The bedding will be washed weekly and when soiled or wet. Blankets will be washed weekly and when soiled or wet.

Crib standard – a crib will be provided for each infant which the center is licensed to provide care. The equipment will be safe and sturdy construction that conforms to the Code of Federal Regulations. The cribs will also be inspected regularly according to the Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.126.

Each crib will have a mattress that is fitted for the crib and the mattress will have a fitted sheet on it that fits tightly on the mattress and overlaps the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet. We will not put pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskin, pillow-like stuffed toys, or other soft products in the crib with the infant, unless the parent specifically asks for it and has signed a form saying that are allowing this stuff in the crib with the child.

Infant sleeping positions – we will place each infant on his/her back, unless we have documentation from the infant’s parents directing an alternative sleeping position for the infant, according to Minnesotan Statues, section 245A.1435. An infant who independently rolls onto its stomach after being placed to sleep on its back may be allowed to remain sleeping on its stomach if the infant is at least 6 months of age or the license holder has a signed statement from the parent indicating that the infant regularly rolls over at home.

The infant is placed on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet that is appropriate to the mattress size, that fits tightly on the mattress and overlaps the underside of the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet with reasonable effort.

If an infant falls asleep before being placed in a crib the infant will be moved to the crib as soon as possible. The sleeping infant must not be in a position where the airway may be blocked or with anything covering the infants face.

Placing a swaddled infant down to sleep is nit recommended for an infant of any age and is prohibited for any infant who has begun to roll over independently. However, with the written consent of a parent or guardian may place the infant who has not yet begun to roll over on its own down to sleep in a one piece sleeper equipped with an attached system that fastens securely only across the upper torso, with no constriction of the hips or legs, to create a swaddle. Prior to any use of swaddling for sleep by a provider we must obtain written consent for the use of swaddling from the parent or guardian of the infant.

While all children nap, staff are to remain in the area/room and be able to hear if a child needs help and be able to check on children frequently and easily while they are napping.

Grievance for Parents

Kidz Zone Daycare Center will always be more than happy to talk about any issues you may be having with anything happening at the center. You are more than welcome to fill out a comment card or the director is always available via email, phone, or you may make an appointment to see her to discuss anything.