- Infant & Toddler
- For Parents
- Safe Practices
Ages 3 and 4
Join us for a full day of playing and learning with our highly educated and trained preschool teachers. Our classroom is located in the Hermitage Clubhouse, on the lower level floor.
This program may be right for your child if they are used to a preschool classroom schedule and prefer a short rest time in the afternoon. Older three year olds and four year olds are also welcome to join our camp program. Many of our children are not familiar with outdoor play and we strive to create a love of nature and outdoor activities through positive exposure and lots of fun!
|9-10am||Centers, free time, morning meeting, and snack|
|10am-Noon||Outdoor play and nature exploration|
|1-2pm||Story time and Rest period|
|2:30-3:30pm||Swim at Brookbound Pool or other water activity|
|3:30-4:00pm||Outdoor exploration, dramatic play, or other group activity|
|4:00pm||Parent pick up|
What to Bring
Change of clothes, light jacket, rain gear, extra pair of shoes or water shoes, bathing suit, towel, hat, diapers and swim diaper (if applicable), lifejacket/puddlejumper (available for children 30lbs or more if needed), sunblock/bugspray, car seat
Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided for children
$100 per child per day
Fawn – 6 weeks to 11 months
White Tail – 1 to 2 years
Our infant and toddler childcare program will encourage natural interactions with peers while making sure that children are supported and well cared for. Activities like arts and crafts, music, group games, construction, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, nature play, and many more make up our fun and exciting daily schedule.
With small group sizes and multiple, highly trained staff caring for your child, you can be assured that your infant or toddler will have a safe, enjoyable, and fun day. We treat each child as an individual, and focus on meaningful interactions to provide the best possible care throughout the day.
Daily Schedule (White Tail)
The daily schedule for Fawn is based on the child’s individual needs.
|9-10am||Centers, free time, morning meeting, and snack|
|10am-Noon||Outdoor exploration, theme based art, and free play|
|12:30-2pm||Story time and rest period|
|2:30-3:30pm||Swim at Brookbound pool or other water play|
|3:30-4:00pm||Outdoor exploration or other full group activity|
|4:00pm||Parent Pick up|
What to Bring
- Change of clothes, light jacket, rain gear, extra pair of shoes or water shoes, bathing suit, towel, hat, diapers and swim diaper, lifejacket/puddlejumper (available for children 30lbs or more if needed), sunblock/bugspray, car seat, comfort item
- Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided for children
$100 per child per day
Helpful Tips for a Smooth Drop-Off
- Prepare your child – begin talking about the fun activities, great toys etc. the night before. The morning of childcare, remind your child of what is going to happen that day.
- Be honest – let your child know that you will be dropping them off to play and you will return at the end of the day to pick them up.
- If your child is an infant, be sure to change and feed your baby before drop off so that you have some bonding time before separation is necessary. Feeding young infants often means they are drowsy upon arrival and will tolerate being handed to the arms of a new caregiver more easily.
- Enlist your child’s familiar caregivers at the day care to help you with the drop off transition by greeting your child by name and helping her get engaged in play before you leave.
- Always say goodbye! Some parents think that sneaking out after drop off will make the transition easier, but often there will be tears no matter what. If you do not say goodbye your child eventually will look around to find you have gone and may panic, making the separation process even harder.
- Stay positive, even if YOU are apprehensive about leaving your child. Your child will feed off your emotions and if she senses that you are afraid or upset, she will be too.
- You may hang out in the hallway or outside the door (out of your child’s sight) for your own sense of comfort after saying goodbye, but do NOT re-enter the room if your child is crying or has not calmed down after you said your goodbye. To help a child learn to adjust to the separation and learn to be comforted by his child care providers you need to say goodbye and mean it.
- Do call to check on your child if they were still crying when you left. Often you will feel much better when the day care provider tells you they only cried for 10 minutes and are now actively engaged in play.
- Separation takes time. Believe it or not, a child crying when you leave is developmentally a good thing, as bad as it may make you feel. Crying shows that your child is bonded to you. Separation anxiety is a stage all children should go through, some more than once, and how you handle it will have an impact on coping skills later on in life. Developmentally, we worry if a child separates and will leave with anyone without some tears or apprehension.
- Use transitional objects, such as a stuffed toy, blanket or object from home to help the child with coping skills. This can even be an article of your clothing or something special that reminds the child of you.
- Remember it is okay for a child to cry, and typically most children become actively engaged with play, a meal or caregivers 10-15 minutes after a parent leaves.
- Talk positively about your child’s day and your day on your ride to child care. For example, “You are going to be finger painting today with Miss Megan, that will be SO much fun!” or “Mommy will be saying goodbye and going to work, but I will be so excited to pick you up tonight and hear about your day.”
- Lastly, make a BIG DEAL when you arrive to pick your child up at the end of the day. For the child who was having separation anxiety in the morning you can say, “See, Mommy/Daddy ALWAYS comes back to get you after saying goodbye!” and lavish them with hugs and kisses. Coincidentally, many parents are baffled that the crying child they left at the door that morning is now happily engaged in play and will sometimes now cry because they don’t want to leave day care!
Gupo, T. (2014, February 18). Daycare Drop Off Tips for Child & Parent. Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://day2dayparenting.com/daycare-drop-off-tips/
Hermitage Club Childcare Center cares for your child like you would.
Education and development are important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That is why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at the Hermitage Club Childcare Center. From first aid training for emergency situations, to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we have highly trained staff ensuring that every child is happy and healthy. As a parent, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day that he or she spends time with us.
Ensuring Your Child’s Health and Safety
- We have dedicated, friendly caregivers who are trained in child development, early-childhood education or a related field.
- We conduct employee background checks and reference checks to ensure trustworthy staff and passionate teachers provide the best care and education for your child.
- Our staff and teachers are trained in first aid and CPR. Our director is a Red Cross certified lifeguard and is present any time children are swimming. Swim ratios are no more than two children to one adult in the pool.
- We assess every child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s day with us; we increase assessment during flu season.
- We notify parents when a child does not feel well to help prevent an illness from spreading.
- We ask for the parents to pick-up their child if illness includes: fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the director with a physician’s note. Children must be fever free without medication for 24 hours prior to coming to our program.
- We clean our center each day with a state regulated bleach to water solution.
- Cleaning supplies are locked safely out of reach of children.
- We sanitize toys throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs.
- We encourage children to wash their hands throughout the day by singing songs and teaching lessons about health and hygiene.
- Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas.
- We are serious about training for emergency safety situations, and practice monthly.
- We have an emergency evacuation plan and regularly test and train so our staff are ready.
- All perishable food is refrigerated.
- We welcome breastfeeding mothers, and follow best practice for handling breast milk.
- We are a “nut-free” program.
- The childcare director and lead teachers are trained in first aid and CPR for children and infants. All childcare workers follow a written response protocol for handling emergency situations.
- The potential for accidents does exist. We investigate, document, and report all accidents.
*As per state regulations, we do not permit blankets, “loveys”, toys, pillows, bottles, or other loose items in cribs. Sleep sacks and pacifiers are permitted.
** We do not administer or hold any medication for children.
Please drop your children off in the first 30 minutes of their reserved session. After the first 30 minutes, your reservation will not be guaranteed and may be forfeit.
Our Cancellation Policy
Once you receive a confirmation email for your reservation, you must cancel at least 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. To cancel a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancelations made less than 72 hours (3 days) in advance will not receive a refund. No shows and forfeited reservations will not receive a refund. In the event that the mountain is closed due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the clubhouse and childcare center will remain open, thus no refunds will be given.
Drop off/Pick up Policy
A parent or legal guardian will be required to fill out a childcare registration form with emergency and medical information.
Pick up time is no later 4:30 pm. There is a fee of $1/minute per child for picking up after these designated times. Only individuals indicated on our registration form with proof of identification may pick-up children.
General Center Policies
Indoor footwear is required for all children.
Our childcare is a nut free facility.
Snacks are provided at 9:30am and 2:30pm. Lunch is provided at 12pm. If your child has severe food allergies or dietary restrictions/special needs please call/email email@example.com or 802-464-4334 prior to your reservation to make sure we can accommodate your needs.
Please provide diapers, wipes, a change of clothing, and any special foods required by your child. Children over 1 year of age should have appropriate clothes for outdoor activities (including light layers and rain gear).
* As per state regulations, we do not permit blankets, loveys, toys, pillows, bottles, or other loose items in cribs. Sleep sacks and pacifiers are permitted.
** We do not administer or hold any medication for children, except life saving medication (epi pens, benedryl).
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