Always for infants ( up to 2 years). It is ALWAYS recommended for all children- as we have limited space in our center. We also offer a discount for reserving online. We are an on-demand facility, which means you can reserve or stop in whenever it’s convenient for you.
**If you have an emergency pop up for an infant, or something last minute- please call to see if we have availability. We are always happy to accommodate as long as we are properly staffed.
Are there minimum or maximum stay requirements?
There’s a 1 hour minimum stay requirement and no maximum. Please note, we’re closed on Sundays & every other Monday. ( see calendar and Facebook updates for reminders or additional closings)
Do I have to pre-register?
No- although it is highly recommended to have a much quicker drop-off. You can register HERE.
Do I have to become a Member?
Nope! Although, being a member would get you lower rates, sibling discounts, reservations and Member-Only discounts!
What can I expect on the first visit?
Fill out the registration online. We’ll need a copy of your child’s immunization record, or a waiver. (please see next question below for further details). You’ll sign any additional papers, we’ll set you up on our secure finger-printing check-in system- and you’re good to go! Please allow up to 15 minutes to finalize the first visit- after that, it’s a quick drop off!
Are you licensed?
Due to the part time nature of our business, we don’t qualify as a child care center, and are exempt from licensing in Indiana. Our facility operates within the parameters of the exemption : Indiana Code (IC) 12-17.2-2.8 under Sec. 28.4(a) “Child care center”, for purposes of IC 12-17-2, means a non-Residential building where at least one (1) child receives child care from a Provider (3) for more than four (4) hours but less than twenty-four (24) hours in each of ten (10) consecutive days per year, excluding intervening Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
We are closed every 10th consecutive day ( every other Monday, as posted in advance). We strive to meet any applicable regulations- and in fact go above and beyond in quality. Our facility has been designed to meet the code required for an education facility in Indiana. We follow the child/teacher ratios for the state of Indiana. We have staff on call if we need it- and recommend reservations to ensure a spot. Safety is always our first priority.
Does my child have to be up-to-date on immunizations?YES! For the safety of others, all children are required to be up-to-date on their immunizations on their 1st visit and provide us with a copy of this record within 30 days. Per Indiana guidelines, this is not required if there is a medical reason (doctor verification required) or for religious purposes.
What do I need to bring with my child?
An individual cubby will be assigned to your child for their belongings.
- No slip socks are recommended – but regular socks are fine. (Socks are required)
- All personal items clearly labeled with child’s name ( a ziplock or clear bag with their name is recommended)
- A sippy cup with water for children under 3 years of age, Reusable water bottle for older children. (cups are provided if you forget)
- All diaper changing necessities including diapers, wipes, creams, powders, etc. in a clear ziplock labeled bag. We can’t accept the whole diaper bag, just what’s needed.
- Bottles premade/ Breastmilk bottles. ( please see policy regarding bottles). Babyfood/meals/snacks for infants under 1 year. (NUT FREE)
- Infants/Younger Children- please bring an extra set of clothes.
SHOULD NOT BRING:
- Any meals or snacks containing NUTS
- Personal toys and items from home. We understand that sometimes the little ones need a lovey or special stuffed animal- they are welcome to bring it.- but please know that Village Playcare is not responsible for any items lost or broken when brought into center.
- Cell phones aren’t allowed. Staff is happy to contact parents with any questions or concerns from the child.
EXCEPTIONS: School age children are permitted to bring in homework assignments to work.
What if I forget something?
No worries! We have socks that can be borrowed for $.50, socks for purchase for $2, diapers & wipes for a small fee, blankets & pillows. Please note, there may be a charge for borrowed clothing that’s not returned.
Do I have to bring a meal for my child?
No. It’s easiest if you bring a nut-free meal, however we have options if you chose not to.
If your child is with us during a mealtime (12:30 & 5:30 Mon-Fri / 6:30 Sat). Snacks are free, and are nut free. You’ll be given the option to purchase a meal at check-in. Infants are required to bring their own meals, bottles, etc. Lunch options are typically: Sunbutter/Jelly Sandwhich, or an organic lunchable type of option. We’ll have various sides. ($3-4) Snacks: Cheerios for the littlest, pretzels, goldfish etc for older children. You can always bring you own or we’ll have more substantial snacks for purchase if you’re child needs one. Dinner: You can choose the lunch options, or we’ll partner with a local restaurant that you can order from. You pick what you want at drop off and we place the order. ( about $5)
Do you offer sibling discounts?
Yes! Please see our member rates.
Do you go outside?
Yes, but only in our fenced area directly behind our center. Please let us know if you don’t want your child to participate in outdoor actives.
Do you ever close your facility early?
Yes. For severe weather we may close the facility, close early or have a late start. Please view our Facebook page for updates as notification will be provided. An email/text notification will also be sent. If there are not children checked in during last two hours of our day, we may close early.
What is your Drop-off & Pick-up policy?
The individual picking up MUST be on the Registration Form and show a picture ID.
What is your late policy?
$1.00/minute will be charged after the first 5 minute grace period for any after-hours closing pickups.
How do you charge?
After the 1 hour minimum stay, we bill to the minute.
What is your sick child policy?
For the safety of others, we DO NOT accept ill children. Please follow this guideline and review our Parent Handbookfor further details. Children that are ill must be picked up no later than 60 minutes, once a parent is notified. We will separate the child from the other children to the best of our ability. Our late fee policy applies to each minute after 60 minutes.
Do you administer medications?
No. With the exception of emergency medication such as epi-pens, and rescue inhalers, parents are not to send any medications, prescription or over the counter, into the facility. Emergency medication should be discussed with and given to a staff member directly. At no time should any child be in possession of any medication, prescription or otherwise, without the direct supervision of a caregiver. Any emergency medications brought into the center will be returned to the child’s parent upon departure. Medication must be labeled with the child’s name and placed inside a ziplock bag. Prescription medications must have an original pharmacy label displaying the child’s name.
Please fill out our medication authorization form.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please ask.
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Have further questions? Contact us!