We attempt here to define clearly A Children's
Place Montessori's policies in some of the most common areas of concern
to both parents and staff members. Open communication between parents
and members of our staff is essential to meeting your child's needs.
Please read this Policy Statement and discuss with us any concerns you
The parent is required to complete a
Registration Form, Enrollment Application, Parent Contract, Payment
Agreement, Food/Discipline Policy, Over the Counter Medication
Permission Form, Annual Field Trip Permission Slip, Permission to Review
License Notebook, and an Emergency Sheet, which authorizes us to seek
emergency medical care. The child must also have a completed
Immunization Record and a Physical Form signed by a doctor. The physical
is due two weeks after a child's initial attendance. This form must be
updated every two years.
Children's Place is licensed for children ages
2½ through 6 years.
ACADEMIC YEAR SCHEDULE
Children's Place will be open from 7:00 A.M.
to 5:30 PM or 6:00PM each day, Monday through Friday with vacation
breaks in December, February and April, following the Farmington Hills
School calendar. A calendar with specific dates will be provided. The
academic school year will begin and end with the Farmington Hills school
calendar. We do provide vacation care during the school breaks if five
(5) or more children need care, but the school will be closed (no care
available) on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday,
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Cleaning Weeks near the end of August,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the previous Wednesday and following
Friday, and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New
Year's Day and one Staff Development day to be determined.
Our summer program is optional for students
attending Children’s Place and their siblings. We usually have three
3-week sessions during the summer. During the summer, tuition is based
on attendance. You do not pay for days your child does not attend.
Because of this, it is essential that you sign your child in and out. If
you do not sign in and out consistently, you will be charged for the
days you do not sign in. In addition to tuition, there is a
registration fee of $45. The school is open the same hours, but the
daily schedule includes more outdoor activities than the academic year.
We are closed for cleaning two weeks before the start of school. Care
may available during the second week, usually the four days before the
Labor Day holiday.
INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS
In addition to scheduled closings for
holidays, Children's Place will also close due to inclement weather
(snow) when the Farmington Hills Schools close. Please listen to your
local radio or television for information on school closings. Should the
public schools close due to extreme cold affecting children waiting for
busses, we will not close as this does not affect our children. Snow
days are built into the annual tuition schedule. However, should
Children’s Place close for more than three (3) days per academic year
for inclement weather, you will be compensated. Compensation will be
allowing your child to attend the summer program free of charge for the
number of excess days.
TUITION, FEES AND ENROLLMENT POLICY
A non-refundable registration fee of $225.00
is required at the time of enrollment. (See Parent Information for what
this includes). The tuition payments are due on the 25th of
the previous month. Payments are payable through the 10th of
the month. Any payments received after the 10th will be
considered late and subject to a $25.00 late fee. Because our program
and licensing regulations require us to hire staff based on the number
of children enrolled, we cannot give tuition refunds for days your child
is absent. Any time a child is disenrolled, his/her place may be filled
by someone on the waiting list. In order for the child to be
re-enrolled, an opening will have to be available and a new application
made with the required registration fee.
Generally speaking, Children's Place is not
equipped to handle children who are physically or emotionally impaired.
Acceptance will be at the discretion of the teacher and director.
The child must be at least 2½ years old and
toilet trained to be enrolled at Children's Place. With very young
children, a copy of a birth certificate may be required.
After the above requirements are met, and
based on available space, a child shall be enrolled without regard to
race, creed or national origin.
Inasmuch as Children's Place closes at 5:30
P.M., late charges will be assessed for every 15 minutes or fraction
thereof that a child is left beyond that time per the Payment Agreement
unless the child is enrolled in late pickup (See Schedule of Fees). The
clock in the foyer will be used to determine fees. Should you arrive
after your child's scheduled pick up time, please plan on paying the
required late fee. Payment should be given to the staff person at that
We would appreciate your informing us anytime
your child is going to be absent and when s/he is expected to return. A
quick phone call is appreciated.
PAYMENTS AND RECEIPTS
There is a small plastic container located on
the file cabinet in the office for your payments. Receipts will be sent
via email if you need them. If you need monthly receipts, please let
Karen know and they will be delivered to your email when your check is
processed. We now have a debit or credit payment option available. The
charge for a debit payment is $1.50/transaction. The charge for credit
payment is 1.5% of the transaction amount.
If your child will be absent for a month or
more, you may reduce your tuition and pay half the required tuition for
the time absent. This will reserve your child’s space when you return.
This option is available with monthly payments only. There is
no reduced tuition for extended absences with the quarterly payment
The registration fee of $225 includes the
following: cost and transportation for two off campus field trips, cost
of three in school field trips, one uniform shirt with Children’s
Place logo, one pair of indoor rubber soled shoes for school use, school
parties throughout the year, performances, feasts (Mother’s &
Father’s Day, Thanksgiving) extracurricular classes materials
(language, music & yoga, art), celebrations (Diwali, Grandparent’s
Tea) and enrollment paperwork. Gymnastics, dance and piano classes are
optional and at additional cost. Payment of the registration fee will
secure your child’s position in Children’s Place and it is not
A deposit of ½ month’s tuition is required
and will be used for your June tuition payment. This deposit is required
to secure your child’s position in Children’s Place and is
refundable if your child does not begin school in the fall. After the
start of school, it may be used for tuition payments only. Should you
need to leave mid-year, it may be used for your last month’s tuition
through April. If you withdraw from school in May, you will be obligated
to pay ½ of the regular tuition through the end of the school year (mid
June). Your deposit will be used to pay for a portion of those charges.
TAX CREDIT Under a federal tax bill, most
families can save 20 % of their children's tuition at our school. For
details on eligibility and filing procedures, contact the IRS. You will
require our tax ID number which is 38-2619953 and our address, 32175
Folsom Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
CRITERIA FOR WITHDRAWAL OR DISENROLLMENT
While we will attempt to work through any
difficulties that may arise during the school year, there are times that
it is best for both the child and the school to disenroll. Causes for
1) A child who has developmental problems that
cause him/her to harm other children or to disrupt the program at
Children's Place will be disenrolled.
2) Failure of the parent to pay tuition and
fees will result in disenrollment.
3) A child who has repeated toileting problems
will be encouraged to disenroll until such time as sufficient progress
in this area is evident to warrant re-enrollment.
4) A parent who is habitually tardy in picking
up the child will be asked to seek other care arrangements.
5) A child that has had five (5) discipline
incidents (see below) will be asked to seek other care arrangements.
If the child is disenrolled by Children's
Place for reasons 1, 3, or 5, the parent will be given one month to make
other child care arrangements.
If the child should be withdrawn by the
parents, Children's Place must be given one month's notice prior to
withdrawal. If Children's Place is not given the stipulated month's
notice, the parent is obligated to pay the equivalent tuition fee and
the deposit (1/2 month’s tuition) will be forfeited.
Members of Children's Place staff shall use
positive methods of discipline which encourages self-control,
self-direction, self-esteem, and cooperation among the children.
Staff members shall not use hitting, shaking,
biting, pinching or corporal punishment as a form of punishment.
A child shall not be deprived of meals,
snacks, rest or necessary toilet use as a type of discipline.
No child shall be confined in an enclosed
Non-severe discipline or restraint may be used
when reasonably necessary, based on the child's development, to prevent
a child from harming himself or herself, or to prevent a child from
harming other persons or property excluding those forms of punishment
mentioned in this statement.
Children’s Place is committed to giving our
children a safe, secure environment. We will maintain a discipline log
should an incident occur. Normal discipline matters (running in class,
"forgetting" to come in from the playground, misuse of
materials, etc) will be dealt with during the day. However, intimidation
cannot and will not be tolerated. The discipline log explaining the
situation will be shared with the parent and if the bullying behavior
cannot be eliminated, the child will be asked to leave the school after
the fifth (5) incident. In addition, if your child intentionally breaks
any school materials, it will be your responsibility to replace it.
A discipline policy explaining in detail our
methods of discipline will be provided.
Parents are expected to provide transportation
to and from Children's Place and to be responsible for seeing the child
into the building and taken to a staff member, and coming in for him or
her when they leave each day.
Children's clothes are very much alike in
looks and sizes and need to be clearly marked with the child's full
name. We urge you to consider washable and comfortable play clothes
which the child can manage him/herself as much as possible. Because the
children will spend a part of each day outdoors, they also need to be
dressed according to the weather conditions. It is a good idea to
include a cardigan/sweatshirt for use in the spring and fall.
LOST AND FOUND
Items that are not labeled will be put in a
basket in the front foyer. The basket will be emptied monthly. Please
look for your lost items in that basket. If you label your child’s
clothing, it will be returned to his/her cubby.
It is our policy to follow the state
regulation requiring an outdoor time for all children every day,
weather permitting. We will not go out if it is raining, or if the
temperature, including wind chill, drops below 25. Please dress your
child accordingly. During winter, the children will need snow pants,
gloves or mittens, a hat, boots and a warm coat in order to go outside.
Unless there is a medical reason for your child to remain indoors,
please plan on an outdoor recess every day. If your child must remain
indoors for 3 days or more, we must have a doctor’s note indicating
the medical reason.
Children's Place will provide mid-morning and
mid-afternoon snacks as outlined in our Food Policy. Children should
bring their own lunches. We have a refrigerator and microwave available
for your convenience. Lunches are stored in bins in the eating area of
the multipurpose room (MPR). All food must be dated. Children’s
Place will provide a laminated tag for your child’s lunch box for you
to date with a dry erase marker. Everything left in the box will be
considered dated. Anything removed from the box must be labeled dated
individually. Items requiring refrigeration may be put in the bin in
the MPR refrigerator labeled "Cold Lunches". Items requiring
refrigeration prior to microwaving must be placed in the bin labeled
"Microwave" in the MPR refrigerator. There is also a bin in
the refrigerator for 4:00 snack. As our refrigerator space is limited,
we ask that you place only those items requiring refrigeration in the
refrigerator. Please send beverages in containers appropriate for your
child, sippy cups are not appropriate for children older than 2 years of
age. We encourage you to send nutritious food for your child's mid-day
meal. We will strongly encourage children to eat 1/2 of the main course
(i.e. 1/2 sandwich, 1/2 thermos of soup) before eating the other items
you may pack. Candy is not appropriate for lunch. While we understand
that some children are picky eaters, it is not our policy to feed the
children. We do not believe that it is in the child’s best interest to
spoon feed them after they have finished eating. We do not serve
breakfast; however, if your child arrives between 7:00 and 8:00, and you
provide a breakfast, s/he may eat it at school. If your child arrives
after 8:00, please arrange for him/her to eat at home.
Children’s Place offers chicken/veggie
nuggets on Wednesday and pizza on Friday. Both lunches include a fruit
and vegetable. The meals are served family style with a serving dish on
each table. The children may eat as much as they wish and are encouraged
to serve themselves. The charge per week is $3 for one meal, $5 for
both. Payment may be made in $50 increments and will be retained to pay
for the meals. We will alert you when your account falls below $5.
REST / NAP TIME
There will be a quiet time in the afternoon
for all children. Children that nap regularly can sleep in the gym from
1:15 – 2:45. Children that rest (and nap occasionally) rest between
1:15 - 2:00 and then have class from 2:00 to 3:30. Kindergarteners and
children that are classers will have a rest time from 12:45 – 1:15
where they will enjoy listening to a chapter of a book. They will attend
class from 1:00-3:30.
One small blanket should be sent to school
with your child to use at nap time. All nap items must fit into a small
bag we will supply for your child to use at school. Over sized nap items
will be sent home. Kindergartners and classers do not need blankets. All
blankets will be sent home for laundering twice a month or more often,
TOYS AND OTHER THINGS FROM HOME
Parents are asked to help the child understand
that it is not wise to bring toys or other things s/he may not wish to
share with the group. The Children's Place cannot be responsible for the
loss or damage to any personal possessions children bring to school.
However, if bringing a personal item from home makes the child feel more
comfortable, it will be accepted until s/he has adjusted.
Field trips are considered an integral part of
the educational program and will be taken periodically. With support of
parents, Children's Place will provide more than adequate supervision at
the field trip site. You will be informed of the event and we require an
annual permission slip listing the planned trips. Parents are encouraged
to join us on the field trips, however, parents must pay the field trip
fee, unless they volunteer to chaperone children. We will use Detroit
Bus Company this year. It has busses with seat belts. A portion of your
registration fee is used to pay the cost of the transportation and the
Photographs of children participating in A
Children's Place programs may be taken from time to time and may appear
in newspapers, magazines, brochures, our website or other publicity
materials. Your permission for photographs including your child to be so
used without compensation is a part of this agreement. The candid photos
we take during the school year will be available to you when we are no
longer using them.
VISITING AND CONFERENCES
Parents are encouraged to visit the school at
any time. We believe that strong parent interest and involvement are
essential to excellence in any early education program. We urge you to
consult with your child's teacher whenever any significant problems
regarding your child arise either at home or at school. If you do not
have an opportunity to talk with us on such occasions, please send an
e-mail or a note along to explain the situation. Any help you can
provide which will allow us to understand your child better will be
appreciated. In addition, we seek your active involvement as parents in
the school's program, particularly following your child's progress. We
strongly encourage you to participate in formal individual
parent-teacher conferences we will schedule during the year. Even more
important, we encourage you to take advantage of opportunities for daily
contact with the teachers. We want your contribution of ideas and
donated materials for school programs.
Classes for parents will be scheduled in the
autumn. Before school begins, a parent meeting will be scheduled to
allow you to meet all the staff members and ask any remaining questions
you may have. A short review of the Montessori philosophy will also take
place. Later in the fall, we will have a meeting to discuss the booklet
"A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom." This is a
more comprehensive look into the Montessori curriculum. Again, later in
the fall, our Discovery Night will take place. This is an opportunity
for parents to come into the classroom and work with the materials to
"discover" how concepts are demonstrated to their children. If
there is sufficient interest, a second class discussing "A Parent’s
Guide to the Montessori Classroom" will be scheduled during the
SHOW AND TELL
Show and tell gives your child an opportunity
to practice public speaking. We encourage you to help your child choose
the items s/he brings in. Take some time to discuss the item with your
child and suggest things to point out to the class. Please have your
child rehearse his/her presentation which should include at least three
points of interest. Items appropriate for show and tell are: things of
scientific interest, items purchased on vacation, especially if it can
add to your child's description of the vacation, items made by your
child at home or items made by other family members, photographs of
special events, and favorite books (don't forget to label). Toys are not
appropriate for show and tell and we strongly encourage you to leave
them at home. A calendar to schedule your child’s show and tell day
will be on the door of each classroom.
State regulations require us to maintain a
medical record on each child and for the child to have a physical
examination within the twelve months prior to his/her admission to the
school. The medical records form is to be filled out by you and your
family doctor and returned to us when the child begins attending school.
If your child develops any of the following symptoms while at school,
the child will be isolated from the other children in the office. One of
the parents will be called and asked to take the child home as soon as
possible, preferably within one hour.
- A temperature of over 99 degrees (oral)
- Intestinal disturbance by diarrhea or
- Any undiagnosed rash
- Sore or discharging eyes or ears, profuse
If the child has been exposed to any
contagious disease such as whooping cough, German or regular measles,
mumps, chicken pox, diphtheria, or scarlet fever, or if s/he has
diagnosed as having lice or impetigo, s/he should be kept home. The fact
of the condition should be reported to the school as soon as possible
If your child needs to be given medication,
our staff can administer it only if the following requirements are met:
- Medication must be in the original bottle with prescription
2. A written request containing the following
- The child's name
- The date
- The name of the medication (the technical
- The amount to be given
- The time for it to be given
- Parent's signature
In the event of a medical emergency or
accident, we will first attempt to contact the parents and the child's
own physician. Should parents or physician not be available, we would
avail ourselves of services of the hospitals near us, if required, in an
emergency. Part of this policy is your authorization for Children's
Place to contact your family doctor and to take whatever emergency
medical measures are deemed necessary for the care and protection of
your child enrolled at Children's Place.
If your child is injured in an accident during
the day or requires first aid, you will be notified by email. In
addition, you will be given a paper report when you arrive and are asked
to sign the permanent Accident Reports book in the gym. If the injury is
more significant or involves a head injury, you will be contacted by
phone. For illness or incidents, you will be contacted by phone.
We have tricycles for the children. If you
wish, you may send a helmet for your child to wear while riding.
Children’s Place Montessori does not provide helmets.
PEST SPRAY POLICY
The state requires that we notify parents in
two different ways if we intend to spray for insects. You will receive a
notice via email and a sign will be posted on the door as you enter and
exit the school.
HEALTH CARE POLICY
Children’s Place encourages good health
habits by scheduling routine hand washing after bathrooming and before
eating and encouraging all the children to wash hands after sneezing,
coughing or blowing their noses. It is our policy to sanitize the
equipment periodically and remove equipment if we observe the children
placing it in their mouths.
It is our policy to release your child only to
the parents. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child,
we must have prior notification, the person must be listed on the
emergency card and unless the person is known to us, s/he must show
picture identification. Since the responsibility of caring for your
child weighs heavily on us, it is our policy not to release any child to
anyone, including a parent, who shows any evidence of having consumed
alcohol or drugs until proper law enforcement authorities have been
called and we are assured that there is no danger to your child. Should
this procedure cause delay in your child's departure, applicable late
fees will be charged.
The DHS regulations require that we keep a
record of your child’s hourly attendance.
You must sign your child in and out everyday
in the book in the front hall.
A Children's Place Montessori Center of
Farmington Hills has attempted through these pages to outline its duties
and responsibilities, concerns and expectations as well as your
obligations as parents of an enrolled child. As a parent, you can expect
that we will adhere to all state and community licensing rules regarding
fire and safety precautions as well as health, sanitation and adult
staffing requirements. We will do our best to provide your child with a
program of education to suit his/her needs and a physical environment in
which they can feel both secure and free to grow. Toward achieving these
ends, we encourage and welcome your comments and suggestions, and extend
our sincere thanks for your cooperation in these efforts.