Spring Lake Community Child Care
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Divorced Parents:

  • The parent enrolling the child will be considered the Primary Parent.

  • The primary parent is the person who will be billed for the account.

  • All information on the account is only to be given to the primary parent.

  • An exception will be made if the primary parent gives CCC permission to release the information or if both parents would like to receive separate accounts. (In this case, both parents will be charged an enrollment fee).

  • A court order must be obtained or a contact name from the Friend of the Court must be on file before any information is released.

  • All information regarding the other parent must be completely filled in on your state information card.

  • Documentation of parents terminated rights must be on file or the biological parent has the right to pick up the child. If a visitation schedule is in place, this also needs to be on file and all staff will be informed that the parent can visit only when it is their time for visitation.

Field Trip Policy:

A field trip form, found on the state information card, must be signed upon enrollment. For each trip (whether by bus, foot, school van, or public transportation) you will be informed in advance of the destination and specifics regarding the trip. Some trips may incur an additional fee from you.

Swimming Policy:

The Community Child Care takes field trips to the Spring Lake Public Beach and the Spring Lake Fitness & Aquatic Center. The following is required by the CCC program:

  • A life guard shall be on duty at all times

  • Supervision with correct ratio to assist children quickly

  • All swimming areas shall be maintained clean and in safe condition

  • A working telephone, first aid kit, rescue pole/throw rope, and signaling device will be nearby

Arrival and Departure Procedure:

For your child’s safety, your child must be escorted into the classroom by an adult and may not be dropped off anywhere outside. A parent or guardian must come into the center to drop off and pick up their child each day and sign them in and out accordingly. A child will not be released to anyone other than a parent or guardian unless that person is listed on the child’s information card. A written notice must be given to CCC if someone else is to pick up your child. Our staff will ask to see their identification.

  • If students are not in their classroom upon pick up, a note will be attached to the class clipboard informing you of the location where you can pick them up.

  • Please end all cell phone conversations when entering the building. The staff may have pertinent information to relay to you and your attention to the matter at hand is greatly appreciated.

  • Please supervise all children in your care while on the premises, especially in the parking lot. Do not leave your children unattended in your car for any length of time while on school grounds.

Visitors and Volunteers:

Parents are welcome to visit at anytime. Please check-in with the Director before entering and exiting to receive a visitor’s badge. For everyone’s protection, visitors and volunteers are not allowed to participate in any activities without a staff member present.

Medication Policy:

If a child requires medication while in our care, the parent may request a medical form, fill out the information entirely and return it to the Director. The medication will be kept in a locked cabinet and must be in its original container. This will include over the counter medications. Medication will be administered by one adult while in the presence of another adult and will be logged and signed by both adults. Children are not allowed to bring medication in their bag or lunch box. Parents will be responsible for picking up the medication at the end of the day or cycle.

Code of Conduct:

All students will:

  • Treat all staff and others with respect

  • Treat school property with care

  • Listen when staff is talking

  • Help put away all activities and toys at the end of the day

  • Clean up after snack and lunch time

  • Use appropriate language at all times

  • BULLYING will not be tolerated

Our staff will work hard to encourage students to make good choices and be respectful.

The Community Child Care Director reserves the right to dismiss from the program any child that exhibits disruptive or inappropriate behavior that interferes with the success of the program.

Behaviors that could lead to termination:

  • Persistent bullying

  • Physical violence

  • Harassment of other students or staff

  • Leaving the building or grounds without the approval of staff


Discipline Guidelines:

Spring Lake Community Child Care staff is committed to promoting “Positive Guidance” for discipline.

What does positive guidance consist of?
Teachers and students working together to develop a supportive relationship through communication.

Discipline course of action:
1st Step: a friendly reminder will be given and the child will be redirected
2nd Step: The child will be removed from the group for a period of 3-5 minutes and a solution will be discussed between the child and teacher.
3rd Step: Once again, the child will be removed from the group and will discuss with the teacher why the previous steps were not followed.
4th Step: A conference with the parents will be requested.
5th Step: A one-day suspension will be enforced and a parent may be called to pick up the child.
6th Step: Student will be dropped from the program

Some of the steps listed above may be skipped if the behavior is violent or severe.

Physical discipline is to be avoided unless there is the threat of injury to ones self or others.

In order for our staff to promote positive guidance, we need to build strong and supportive relations with the parents.

Personal Injury:

Our staff is certified in CPR and First-Aid. In the event of an emergency, staff will follow all emergency guidelines and parents will be notified by phone. An accident report will be filled out by  staff present at the time of the injury and will be filed with the Superintendent and the Community Child Care office. If you would like a copy of the report, it is available upon request.

If a child is seriously injured, someone will remain with the student while another staff member calls 911 (if necessary) and the parent(s). If we are unable to make contact with either the parent or emergency contact the child will be taken to the nearest hospital.

Emergency Weather Procedures:

Tornado Watch:
Spring Lake Public Schools does not close due to a tornado watch. Upon notification of a tornado watch from authorities, the Community Child Care staff will take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of all students.

Tornado Warning:
Student and staff will follow the district tornado safety procedure and move to a designated safe area.

In the event of a fire, students will walk with their teacher to their designated safety zone and wait for further instructions.

Accommodating children with special needs in the event of an emergency

In the event of an emergency, the following criteria will be met by all staff members

to provide safe and secure accommodations for students with special needs.

Upon enrollment in the program, the director will discuss with the 

    parent(s) any special instructions they find necessary for the program staff to be aware of in the 

    event  of an emergency. The director will pass this information on to all other staff members in 

    writing for their reference and will also post the guidelines next to emergency evacuation plans             

    posted within the classroom.

Staff will be expected to follow posted protocol for all emergencies and one staff member will be      

   designated to assist those with disabilities. That staff member should remain calm and reassure that    

   child(ren) that everything is going to be fine and express to them with a pleasant demeanor that we 

   will make sure that they are kept safe.

In the event of an evacuation and relocation, the designated staff member will remain with the 

   child(ren) with disabilities at all times and if there any medications, equipment, etc.. that the child will  

   need, that staff member is responsible for making sure they take them with them before they leave. Such

   items may be medications, inhaler, crutches, etc…

The Director will be responsible to ensure that each staff member is aware of the above guidelines,  

   designate a key staff member for that child, and be sure that the staff member and student(s) make it   

   safely to their destination.

The Director will be responsible for grabbing the attendance sheets and sign-ins during an emergency and  

   will take roll once arriving to their “safe zone”.

Other staff members on duty will be responsible to grab emergency cards and first aid kit and check to 

   make sure all children and co-workers have left the building safely before they exit.

After roll is taken and everyone is accounted for, the Director will make contact with the proper 

   authorities to discuss what steps should be taken next.

* If the Director is not on site during the time of an emergency, the person designated as “in charge” 

  for that day will resume the Director’s responsibilities.


Health Care Resources:

Ottawa County Health Department 616.846.8360
American Red Cross 1.800.813.8111
North Ottawa Community Hospital 616.842.3600

Health Care Procedures:

Hand Washing:
All students and staff are required to wash their hands before and after meals, after using the restrooms, after sneezing, coughing or blowing their noses and any other times as needed. The following steps should be followed:

  • Turn water to a comfortable temperature.

  • Moisten hand with water and apply soap.

  • Rub hands together vigorously until a soapy lather appears and continues for at least 10 more second.

  • Rub areas between finger, under fingernails, jewelry and back of the hand.

  • Rinse hand under running water until they are free of soap and fir. Leave the water running while drying hands.

  • Dry hands with a clean paper towel. Turn water taps off with the towel.

  • Dispose of the towel in the trash.

Cleaning and Sanitizing:
All toys, equipment and surfaces in each classroom are cleaned and sanitized regularly as need. A 3-step process is followed:
1st Step: Wash the surface with warm water and detergent.
2nd Step: Rinse the surface with clean water.
3rd Step: Submerge, wipe or spray the surface with a sanitizing solution (1 teaspoon of bleach per 1 gallon of water) and let dry.

The Community Child Care program has developed a health policy to help control the spread of communicable diseases. If any of the symptoms listed below are present while your child is in our care, you will be notified immediately. Please keep your child home if they have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours:

Fever: Over 100 degrees
Cold or cough: If the students cough is severe, we ask you to keep your child at home.
Diarrhea, vomiting or upset stomach: All symptoms must be gone upon returning.
Sore throats: Sore throats can be very contagious. If after 3 days the soreness is not better or a fever exists it is your responsibility to see a doctor.
Discharge/Drainage: From the eyes, ears, nose, or any open sores.
Rashes/Itching: We request that the child be kept at home or see a doctor.
Head Lice: A staff member will check a child before returning to the program

A child will be required to be picked up immediately if fever, vomiting, diarrhea or other symptoms of illness are present. We will remove the child from the group and keep them as comfortable as possible until someone arrives to get them. Antibiotics (if prescribed) should be taken for 24 hours before returning to school or the program. A doctors note may be required to confirm the students return.

Staff Illnesses: If a staff memebr should show any sign of illness; persistant cough, fever, vomiting, etc... they will be asked to leave the facility and not return until their symptoms have subsided or they have sought medical attention.

Universal Precautions: The following guidelines will be used in regards to bio-hazardous materials:

  • Children are removed from contaminated area. The area is then covered with paper towel and isolated

  • Workers use gloves, and face mask if necessary

  • For any situation containing blood, urine, stool or vomit, disposable materials (paper towel) must be used to remove as much of the hazard as possible before proceeding

  • Soiled paper towels are removed and the area is cleaned with more paper towel and soapy water

  • Area is sprayed with sanitizer. Sanitizer is allowed to disinfect area thoroughly before being removed or dried with additional paper towels

  • Gloves are removed and disposed of and hands are thoroughly washed

  • Staff, children, and parents will be informed if area is deemed unusable or further steps need to be taken

Please contact Melissa George, Director at 616.846.3180 or mgeorge@springlakeschools.org with any questions.