Absences and Subsidies
Child Release and Pick-Up
Holidays (closed)
Behavior Management Policy & Procedures
Termination of Service
Late Fee Policy
Allergies (no peanuts or peanut product)
Medication Policy

Subsidized child are allowed to have a total of 35 absent days per calendar year. The Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are responsible for assessed fees on absent days. If your child exceeds the allowable number of absent days, the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) is responsible for paying the full cost of care. Absent days include when a child is on vacation, sick or absent for any other reason. Statutory holidays and days when the child care centre does not provide service are not counted as absences. You may be allowed to appeal for additional days due to a documented special need or a serious illness.

Parent (s)/Guardian(s) of full-fee children are responsible to pay when your child is absent regardless of the reason, including illness and vacation.
Midland Child Care Centre CANNOT release children into the care of any person who is unknown to our staff without advance notice from the child's primary caregiver(s). If your child is to be picked up by anyone we do not know, please be advised that:
1.  You must tell us the full name of the person who is picking up your child, before pickup time.

2.  The person picking up your child must bring photo ID, and their name must match the name given to us.

3.  In the event that your child's pickup is delayed for any reason (the person responsible for picking up your child is late, or we are unable to release the child because no authorized pickup came to the centre), LATE FEES shall be charged and must be paid immediately upon release of the child to the staff on duty.

4.  You must notify the Supervisor immediately of any changes in your family's circumstances that effect the person(s) authorized to pick up your child. This includes events such as separation and divorce. This policy has been implemented for the safety of the children in our care.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Supervisor.
HOLIDAYS (closed)
Midland Child Care Centre is closed on all statutory holidays, and operates on reduced hours on selected dates.
• January - New Year's Day
• February - Family Day
• April - Good Friday
• May - Victoria Day
• July - Canada Day
• August - Civic Holiday
• September - Labour Day 
• October - Thanksgiving Day
• December - Christmas Eve (1:00pm close) 
• December - Christmas Day
• December - Boxing Day
• December - New Year's Eve (1:00pm close) 

• Policy : In compliance with section 48 of the Ontario Regulation 137/15 under the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014, the guidelines for Behaviour Management are as follows:

1. No operator shall permit,
(a) Corporal punishment of a child;
(b) Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect;
(c) Deprivation the child of basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding;
(d) Locking the exits of the child care centre or home child care premises for the purpose of confining the child; or
(e) using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the child if he or she has been separated from other children. 

2. No operator shall, lock or permit to be locked for the purpose of confining a child the exits of a day nursery operated by the operator or location where private-home day care is provided by the operator; or Use a locked or lockable room or structure to confine a child who has been withdrawn from other children.
• Procedures :
1. All staff must read, agree with, and sign the centre’s behaviour management policy & procedures (1) prior to beginning employment, (2) during an annual review, and (3) at any other time when substantive changes are made.

2.  All volunteers and students must read, agree with, and sign the centre's behavior management policy & procedures (1) prior to beginning their educational placement, (2) during an annual review, and (3) at any other time when substantive changes are made.

3. The centre shall ensure that a record (Behavior Management policy and checklist) is signed by the person and kept with the date of each review.  All records are kept in a secure location for at least 3 years from the date it is made, unless otherwise specified.

4. A Monitoring Behaviour Management checklist will be used by the supervisor to evaluate each staff on an ongoing basis, with identified opportunities for improvement recorded and addressed. 

5. The staff/student/volunteer must use positive and constructive ways to interact with children.

6. The staff/student/volunteer must develop reasonable expectations that can be easily understood by the children.

7. The staff/student/volunteer must constantly evaluate the expectations on the child and their consequences to ensure that they are consistent with the child’s growth and development. 

8. If any staff/student/volunteer fails to comply with the Ontario Regulation and the centre’s Behaviour Management Policy, the staff will receive the following disciplinary action(s):
(a) Verbal Warning on first offense;
(b) Written Warning on second offense;
(c) Termination of employment on third offense.
Note: The staff /student/volunteer must be aware that termination of employment may also occur in the event of a serious infraction of our centre’s policies.
Midland Child Care centre reserves the right to terminate your child care service due to: 
1. Failure to comply with the day care policies.

2. The program is determined to be unsuitable for your child's needs.

3. The child's Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are unwilling to follow up on referral(s) to other services.

4. Inappropriate behaviour by Parent(s)/Guardian(s) towards children, staff, volunteers and/or board members, including but not limited to : yelling, swearing, abusive language, intimidation/threats, and use of physical force.
• 6pm - 7pm : $1.00/minute
• After 7pm : $2.00/minute
Please note that factors such as weather and traffic do not qualify as exemptions from late fees. Late fees must be paid directly to the staff who stays late with the child. Receipts are not issued for late fees. We will make every attempt to contact Parents/Guardians or emergency contact(s) after 6:00pm. In the event that your child is not picked up by 7:00pm and we are unable to reach an authorized care-giver, please note that we are required to contact the Children's Aid Society,  
Products containing peanuts are not permitted at any time at our centre due to the danger of severe allergic reactions. Parent(s) and Gurdian(s) are asked to review the ingredients in all food products brought into the centre to verify that they do not containing peanuts.
• Purpose : Inevitably, some children will require medication while receiving child care. This policy has been prepared to ensure the health and safety of all children in Midland Child Care Center, as concerning the storage and use of medication. It is policy to require that the administration of medication, including prescription and over-the- counter medications, are properly stored to maintain their effectiveness and kept out of the reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion. All staff are required to follow our documented policies and procedures.
• Policies & Procedures :
1. Medication may only be administrated to a child when prior written authorization has been given by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The written authorization must include the name of medication(s), schedule, and dosage amount, as well as the DIN (an eight digit number) for over-counter medication.

2. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign all necessary medication related forms requiring their signature. All these forms shall be retained on file with the child’s records.

3. Any prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication brought to the centre must be specific to the child who is to receive the medication. The following is required for all medication:
(a) Prescription medication must have the original pharmacist label
(b) OTC medication must have the child’s full name on the original container, and the manufacturer’s original label with dosage, frequency, and special instructions for administration and/or storage, and expiration date must be clearly visible.
• Medication may only be administered by a full-time ECE at the centre.
• Medication shall not be administered when the medication has expired.
• Certain medications, like puffers and epinephrine, must be administered quickly in an emergency to be fully effective. Allowing older children to carry their own emergency allergy and asthma medications allows that these medications can be administered quickly when needed.