Policies & Procedures
Toys/Jewelry From Home
Lil’ Rascals Academy asks that parents not allow their children to bring toys or other items from home. We also ask that jewelry not be worn by the children. Worn jewelry can be a safety hazard. We cannot be responsiblefor lost or broken items. However, children are allowed to bring a book or “special” item that corresponds to the theme for that week. Please make sure they are clearly labeled with your child’s name and advise your teacher.
Children celebrating their birthday may have a party in their classroom. We encourage parents to bring small treats, such as cupcakes or cookies. Please do not bring any favor bags containing small items that could be dangerous to the children such as hard candies, balloons and little toys that can break easily.
Hours & Late Fees
We are opened Monday through Friday from 6:30am until 6:00pm. Any child picked up after 6:00pm will have a late fee assessed at $1.00 per minute. If your child is not picked up by 7:00pm, we are required by law to notify our local police department.
Holidays & School Closings
Lil’ Rascals Academy is closed on 6 legal holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, (and the Friday after), Christmas and New Years Day. Early closing will be posted at the office when applicable.
Tuition and Registration Fees
An annual registration fee of $99.00 is due at the beginning of each school year. Tuition is due in advance on the Monday (and no later than Tuesday), for that week. After Tuesday, non-payment will result in a $30 late fee. After one week, the child will be disenrolled from the program. Any checks returned by the bank will have a $50 charge assessed and check writing privileges will be revoked. Company or out of state checks will not be accepted. It will remain our goal to provide the BEST in care for our children and at the same time balance the responsibility to the business side of our school. This enables us to ensure great programs, continually upgrade and replace equipment, maintain ongoing training of our staff and maintain our facility.
If your child attends Lil’ Rascals Academy for only one (1) day during a week, tuition will be 1/2 of the regular fee. If your child attends two or more days during the week, it is considered full-time attendance and a full weeks tuition is due. Holidays are counted as days attended and will not be counted towards days absent.
Withdrawal From School
Parents are required to formally withdraw their children from Lil’ Rascals Academy. Parents are required to give TWO WEEKS WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE OFFICE. Tuition will be charged until child is properly withdrawn. Note: Children that have been withdrawn from the program will be required to pay the Registration Fee at the point of re-enrollment.
Vacation & Sick Time
Infants and toddlers are permitted to take ONE WEEK VACATION during the year. Each pre-school child is permitted to take TWO WEEKS VACATION during the year, (two weeks together or one week separate from the other). The year runs from your start date, not the calendar year. Vacations or sick time runs Monday – Friday in the same week. Vacation time can also be used if your child is sick. Any additional time required for a vacation or sickness will require a RESERVATION FEE, (1/2 the weekly tuition), in order to maintain your child’s enrollment.
In the event of a weather emergency such as a hurricane, Lil’ Rascals Academy will follow the Broward County School Board’s recommendation concerning the closing of all schools in the county. As soon as that decision has been made and broadcasted over the local radio and television stations, all parents or their emergency contact person must come and get their children as soon as possible. Two or more full days will be considered full time, and no credits will be given for such circumstances. NOTE: Lil’ Rascals Academy can only complete emergency preparations after your children have been taken home.
Parents are asked to provide a change of clothing and a blanket for their child at naptime. Blankets are to be taken home each Friday to be washed. Please be sure to have your child’s name on all of his/her belongings. Every child has their own assigned cubby to store their belongings. Note: Infants and children who are being toilet-trained should have 2 or 3 sets of extra clothes due to the increased chance of soiling their original attire. Children should wear appropriate play attire and dress as the weather dictates. Sneakers are the safest and most comfortable footwear for active, playful children. * Open toe and open back shoes are not permitted. SPECIAL SAFETY NOTE: FINGERNAILS MUST BE TRIMMED!
Lil’ Rascals Academy’s discipline policy is a firm and loving one. Our policy is consistent with the age and needs of the individual child. Positive guidance techniques such as redirection, praise, role modeling and having clear and reasonable rules are used. On occasion we may find it necessary to have a quiet, private talk with a child. Communication between the school and parent is very important. If a situation arises in the home that might affect your child’s behavior, please notify the teacher or director so that we can work with you to address the situation.
Health Required Forms
The Broward County Child Care Program, a supervisory branch of the county government, require that all children attending school must have up to date immunizations, a certificate of recent tuberculosis screening, (within the last year), and a doctor’s statement of good health. Please be reminded that by law you are given five (5) days from the day of enrollment to provide these documents. Infants must present these forms on their first day of enrollment per the child care ordinance.
To insure that medication prescribed by your child’s doctor is administered properly, Lil’ Rascals Academy asks that you follow these guidelines:
- Medications cannot be dispensed without a note from the child’s physician.
- Verify the amount, any possible reactions & other information/instructions pertaining to the medication and tell your child’s teacher.
- A medication form, (#5 available from the director), must be completed and given to the office along with the labeled prescription. Any medications left for us to administer, MUST have your child’s name clearly written on it.
- ALL medication must be kept out of the reach of the children. Never mix medications with food or drinks in your child’s lunch.
Any child displaying symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhea WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT Lil’ RASCALS ACADEMY. By bringing your sick child in to contact with the other children, it only contributes to the spread of the illness. Please be CONSIDERATE of other working parents and their children.NOTE: If your child gets a contagious disease, such as chicken pox, pink eye, strep throat, etc… please notify us immediately. Your cooperation in this matter will help to promote a healthy environment for all children. In the instance that your child becomes ill during the day, Lil’ Rascals will contact you immediately. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOU MUST pick up your child within one (1) hour of being notified. Your child must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. This means that your child may not return at all before 24 hours even if they are symptom free. If your child’s doctor has placed any physical activity restrictions on your child as a result of an illness, please be sure to inform us so we can accommodate his instructions. Rest Time Each child is provided with a clean, comfortable floor mat to nap upon. The assigned mats are cleaned and dried after each use. Since some children need security items such as a special blanket, small stuffed animal, etc., these are allowed. Please clearly label each item.
Meals & Nutrition
Lil’ Rascals Academy provides morning and afternoon snacks, but each child needs to bring their own lunch. We do offer a hot lunch program at an additional cost. Please see the director for details. Due to the amount of children and limited space, lunches cannot be refrigerated or put in the microwave. Using ice packs and warming food at home can be helpful. Your child’s name and his/her teacher’s name should be labeled on the inside and outside of his/her lunch box. Parents of infants must provide their child’s nutritional program of bottles, formula, strained foods and so forth. The alternate nutrition plan form, (included in the enrollment packet), will help you plan your child’s lunch in accordance with the Broward County Child Care Ordinance. Please keep in mind based on the alternate nutrition plan it is a requirement that you provide a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack for your child.