Are all childcare centers the same?
Absolutely not! Some are nothing more than babysitters. They only concern themselves with the most basic of the child’s needs.
At Days of Wonder Child Care Program, our concern is for the whole child. Our mission is to provide each child with a safe, loving environment so that he or she can feel the support that is necessary for emotional, social and academic growth. Because we see our center as “A HOME AWAY FROM HOME” for the little ones left in our care, our professional staff takes on the role of the parent.
As such we view the children as our own; we only want the very best for them. Therefore, we work hard to guarantee that all their needs are met using only the most sound methods, techniques and strategies coupled with a big dose of love.
What are the necessary credentials for being a childcare provider?
At Days of Wonder Child Care Program we are committed to hiring only the best qualified staff members. Our Head Teacher, for each of our three classes, has at least a Bachelor’s Degree and two of them are enrolled in a Master’s Program.
Each of our Assistant Teachers has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development or is a graduate of a certified program. Further, each staff member must be cleared by the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Our policy is not to hire anyone without the appropriate experience, good credentials and solid references.
Can I visit my child on my lunch hour?
Parents are welcome to come to the Center at any time. However, one of the things that makes a child feel secure is a routine. Therefore, when the routine is disrupted – even when it is by something pleasant, it can create stress on the child.
What type of meals and snacks are provided?
Days of Wonder Child Care Program has a wonderful professional cook. We are committed to providing a nutritionally sound, well-balanced and diversified experience for our children. We provide a full breakfast, a hot lunch and a snack in the afternoon.
If my child is on a special diet either for medical or religious reasons, can these food concerns be followed?
Because our cook is professional and has worked in a variety or educational institutions, he is used to varying his menu to meet special needs. We see this as just another way of addressing the individual needs of each of our children.
What enrichment activities or programs are provided for my child?
Our children go to plays, museums, the zoo, the circus, parks and concerts. We also bring enrichment experiences into the Center for the youngsters.
What is the philosophy of the center?
At Days of Wonder, our primary concern is the care and personal growth of the children entrusted to us. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment – in essence a home away from home.
We believe in creating an atmosphere that fosters the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each child.
We want the experience for every child to be a journey of discovery, growth, acceptance and fun, and we use highly qualified staff members, a variety of educationally sound teaching strategies and curriculum and life enrichment activities to achieve this goal.
Is the Center licensed by a state or federal agency?
Days of Wonder Child Care Program is licensed by New York State. Each year our license must be reviewed and our Center is reassessed. At any time the Department of Social Services can do an on site visit.
Do you have a safety plan regarding fire?
The Center must be in compliance with all fire and safety codes. Annually, the building is inspected by the fire department and each of the extinguishers is serviced. Further, the children participate in 12 fire drills a year.
What happens if my child gets hurt at the Center?
The situation is immediately assessed. If it is of a minor nature, the child is given the necessary care and the parent is notified.
If, however, the situation requires professional medical assistance, the police department in called, a patrol car is sent to the Center to pick up the child, the Director or the teacher and the child’s medical records are brought to the Community Hospital at the Dobbs Ferry which is only about three minutes away.
In the meantime, our office manager will notify the parents so that he or she can meet the child at the hospital.
How can I be sure that my child will not be allowed to leave with anyone other than myself or a person I designate?
Under no circumstances will a child leave with anyone other than a parent or someone who was designated by the parent. At the beginning of the year, each parent or guardian is asked to designate two people who can, with prior notification of the Center, pick up the child. All parents or designees must tell the teacher when they are leaving with the child and must sign out in our daily attendance log. If there is ever any doubt, the parent is contacted for verification.
Is there any scholarship or financial assistance available?
Days of Wonder Child Care Program has made a real effort to keep our fees as reasonable as possible. However, financial assistance is available.
Our mission is to provide the best possible care for all children. Therefore, we apply for grants each year and use that money solely to help parents who are in need of financial support. Each parent who is interested in this assistance must complete a packet and the information will be assessed by the scholarship committee.
Can I get a discount if I bring my child only three days a week?
There are some part-time spots for the Toddler Room. Please call the office for more details.
Is there a discount if I have more than one child attending the program?
There is a multi-family discount of $50.00 per week.
What is the policy regarding snow?
Days of Wonder Child Care Program follows the same procedures for school closings as the Dobbs Ferry school system. For school closings or delays, tune in WFAS, 103.9 FM.
Which days are the center closed?
The Center is closed approximately 16 days a year. A calendar is given out in January.
What are the methods used by the staff to communicate with the parents?
The staff give out daily sheets, conduct bi-yearly breakfast meetings, have a parent’s night, and make phone calls when necessary. Individual meetings can also be set up as requested.
Are there any workshops on childcare issues that the Center provides for the parents?
Yes, we do provide timely and pertinent workshops for parents. For upcoming workshop schedules, please contact the school directly.