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Why are you called an "Early Learning Center?"
GiggleBugs Early Learning Center is MUCH more than a typical "daycare." In fact, we do not use the word "daycare" since it
does not adequately describe the very important work we do. GiggleBugs has highly qualified teachers each possessing a
Delaware First credential issued by the Delaware Department of Education. We utilize a curriculum for each age group served
at the center, and we do online assessments of children three times per year. We report that progress to you in November,
February, and June.
Do I need to pack my child's lunch? What if my child is a picky eater?
GiggleBugs Early Learning Center has a full size commercial kitchen where breakfast, lunch, and snack are prepared daily. All
meals served are in accordance with the USDA and the Child and Adult Care Food Program and contain healthy components
while still being "kid friendly." Our menu is always posted at our entry way for families to review. We encourage all families to
have their child eat our meals rather than to bring them from home. We believe even picky eaters may broaden their horizons
by the positive peer pressure of their classmates. If it is determined that a child needs to pack his/her lunch, please speak
with Mr. Rich about a few guidelines that must be followed.
Do you administer medication?
While we have numerous staff members who have medication administration training, it is GiggleBugs' policy to only administer
medication in cases of emergency. Such emergencies include anaphylactic shock requiring an epipen or breathing difficulties
requiring an inhaler. All other medications such as motrin/tylenol, eye drops, ear drops, or antibiotics can be given by you
before and after attendance at the center, or can be given by you (or a representative you designate) by coming to the center.
Do I pay for days my child doesn't attend the center and for days GiggleBugs is closed?
GiggleBugs' annual tuition is broken down into weekly installments which is expected each week regardless of attendance and
regardless of one of our scheduled closings. We liken this to a car payment with a monthly payment that doesn't change based
on the number of days the car was used or not used. You are paying for a slot at GiggleBugs.
Do you accept POC (Purchase of Care)?
GiggleBugs does accept POC authorizations, but the parent is responsible for paying the parent fee as well as a Plus fee each
week. There is also an attendance policy in order to utilize one of these slots. Please see Miss Jennifer to see if a POC slot is
available and to sign the POC Plus contract to accept one of these slots.
How is discipline handled at GiggleBugs?
GiggleBugs uses guidance and redirection to assist children in making good choices. Oftentimes negative behavior is a way
children attempt to seek attention or communicate a want or need. Sometimes children do not have the vocabulary to express
their feelings and become easily frustrated. GiggleBugs' staff attempt to validate children's feelings without validating the
negative behavior. Staff utilize "time in" to sit with a child who may need a cooling down period or a time to reflect.
Does my child have to nap?
GiggleBugs Early Learning Center is a state licensed center that must follow rules and regulations contained in "DELACARE."
We are required to provide all children with a rest period. Most children will fall asleep and nap 1-2 hours depending on
the child's age/needs. After 20 minutes resting on a cot, any child who is still awake is given an opportunity to do a quiet
activity on their cot. This might include reading books or enjoying a puzzle.
What safety measures are in place to address the safety of my child?
While not required by state licensing, GiggleBugs has chosen to purchase and implement a high quality security system in
order to provide a safe environment for children who attend this center. GiggleBugs' entry doors are locked at all times.
Families must use a code unique to each family in order for the doors to release. In addition, GiggleBugs has a video monitoring
system which views classrooms, hallways, and the playground. Anyone coming to the center to pick up a child must show
a photo ID which matches information you have placed on your personalized authorized pick-up list. Please do not be
offended if a staff member asks for your ID (or if it happens multiple times). We WILL do this as your child's safety is our
utmost concern! Local and State law enforcement have been on site to assist us in designing our center's safety plan.
Safety drills are conducted and staff are trained on all security protocols.
Is there a dress code for children?
Children are messy little scientists exploring and discovering their surroundings. As such, children should be dressed in
clothing that launders easily and that can be managed easily by young, inexperienced fingers. Children may not wear flip flops
or sandals that do not have a strap around the heel that secure these to the feet. Also, please do not send children in small
accessories that could be a choking hazard. All children should be dressed for the appropriate season and should bring items
such as hats and gloves in the cold months. An extra set of seasonably appropriate clothes labeled with your child's name
should be brought in to be kept in your child's cubby in case of an accident or spill.
Do you have openings and how do I enroll my child?
GiggleBugs is licensed to serve 128 children, and oftentimes slots are full. While we typically have openings in the
early June time frame and the early September time frame, openings can occur at any time of the year when a parent
moves, has a change in employment, or loses POC assistance. Therefore, please call 302-934-KIDS to inquire about
openings. To be added to our waiting list, click on "Contact Us" and then type and submit the requested information
under "Waiting List Form." Once an opening comes available, you will be sent an email to which you can respond and
set up a tour to see if GiggleBugs is a good fit for your family.
Can I stop by any time for a tour of the center?
While we have an open door policy for all currently enrolled families, we do NOT allow visitors and potential new families to
stop by unannounced to tour the center. You may call 302-934-KIDS to schedule a tour if GiggleBugs anticipates an
upcoming opening for your child. Tours are conducted after hours at 5:30pm Monday through Thursday.