Swiss Family Childcare

Ages Served - We are currently accepting applications for children aged 9 months and until they reach Kindergarten enrollment regardless of age.

Days & Hours of Operation - We are open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Childcare Fees

  1. BulletThere is no deposit due upon enrollment.

  2. BulletPayment Frequency - Childcare fees will be due weekly by 5:30 PM on the first day of drop off in any calendar week by cash or check.

  3. BulletLate Payments - We recognize that accidents happen and we do not charge a late fee for late payment. Please note that if your payment is over a week late, your child’s entry into our facility will be in jeopardy of being disallowed. 

  4. BulletReturned Checks - We’ll never profit off of a returned check. But if your payment does bounce we will charge you the same fee our bank does to recoup the cost of this mistake: $12. We reserve the right to restrict your future payments to cash only.

  5. BulletTuition Lock - Your weekly tuition rate is locked for the entire time your child is enrolled with Swiss Family Childcare. When rates for newly enrolled children rise while your child is an attendee at our childcare center, you will be unaffected by these rate increases.

  6. BulletClosure Dates - Every year, at no cost to you, we close on the following Federal Holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We also close on Christmas Eve and typically take a week of vacation in the summer. While rare, any other closure days would be given with at least 90 days advance notice. Our school calendar is always posted 6 months in advance online.

  7. BulletIllness Policy - While rare, the childcare home may need to be shut down due to provider illness. It is not our policy to charge parents when their children aren;t here because we are unable to provide care and you will never be billed for a day when we are closed.

  8. BulletVacation Policy - You will never be charged for pre-planned time away from Swiss Family Childcare. And we will guarantee your spot at our childcare while you are away. We only kindly ask for notice if your child will not be present for an extended period of time. Please note, this is our livelihood and spots are limited in our home so excessive extended absences could be cause for de-enrollment. Rest assured, multiple conversations would be had with the parents of a child before any de-enrollment process begins.

Admission Requirements - All necessary enrollment forms must be completed and returned prior to admission. Please complete all items on the enrollment checklist to ensure all forms are completed. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure all forms are updated immediately upon changes. Please call us if you have any questions while filing out the forms. Daily, upon arrival at Swiss Family Childcare, we ask that the adult dropping off the child escort the child into the home and ensure we are aware of their presence.

Emergency Medical Care - In the event of an emergency, both parents on the Identification and Emergency Information form will be contacted and if necessary the child will be transported to the nearest hospital.

Discipline - At no time will a child be subjected to physical punishment or shaming, frightening or humiliating methods be used, or any type of verbal abuse, threats, derogatory remarks, or deprivation of a meal or any part of a meal be used. No person, including, but not limited to, the parents, guardians, or other family members may use such methods of discipline while on the premises of Swiss Family Childcare.

Administration of Medication - No child will be given any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, unless the parent gives written permission. Permission to Administer Medication forms are to be filled out each time your child will need medicine to be administered. Prescription medication shall have the child’s name, name of medication, doctor’s name, name of pharmacy, prescription number, date, and directions for administering. The medication must be in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacy. Parents will be notified immediately of any adverse reactions to medication.

Illness Notification - Parents of any child who becomes ill or is injured while in care will be notified immediately of any illness or injury requiring professional medical attention, or any illness which may not require professional medical attention but which produces symptoms causing moderate discomfort to the child, such as, but not limited to, any of the following: elevated temperature, vomiting, or diarrhea. Special problems or significant developments will be communicated to the parents as soon as they arise.

Ill Children in Care - Emergency contacts will be notified and asked to come pick up their child in the following circumstances: a fever of 100 degrees or higher, a vomiting episode, a severe diarrhea episode, or any illness in which the child appears very ill or seems to be getting very ill very quickly. Ill children may return to care 24 hours after symptoms of the illness end without the aid of medications.

Child Absence - If your child will not attend on a regularly attended day, we ask that you please let us know when you can, but preferably, at least 1 hour before your child’s typical arrival time.

Emergency Plans

  1. BulletFire - Get the children out of the house, conduct a head count, and meet at Hobart Park. Call the fire department, call the parents, and call the Department of Social Services within 24 hours.

  2. BulletSevere Weather - Remain calm. Move the children into the bathroom with no windows. In the event of an Earthquake, have the children move orderly out of the house, if safe, and stay away from all buildings and vehicles. Listen to the radio for weather and emergency updates.

  3. BulletLoss of Electrical Power - Remain calm. Call Southern California Edison to report the power loss. If in hot weather, open all windows. In cooler weather, children will have their jackets and sweaters put on if available. Blankets will be provided for the children. Call the parents if the power will be out for an extended period of time.

  4. BulletLoss of Water - Have bottled water cooled and available for drinking purposes. Call our property manager. If water will be out for an extended time, have water available for hand washing and toileting purposes. Call the parents if the water will remain out of service for an extended length of time.

  5. BulletSerious Injury to a Child - Call 911. Keep the child calm and comfortable until medical service arrives. Call the emergency contact to report the injury. Report the injury to the Department of Social Services within 24 hours.

Release of Child - Children will only be released to persons listed on the Identification and Emergency Information form. If anyone other than the child’s parent or someone who is listed on the form is to pick up a child, we need to be notified in writing by a parent or guardian and a verification of the letter by the individual who wrote it must be conducted either in person or over the phone. The person picking up the child will need to show a driver’s license or other valid primary ID as defined by the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act. Please advise anyone who may pick up your child of our procedures ahead of time.

Parental Access - Parents may visit Swiss Family Childcare unannounced and at any time that their child is in care. Any information requested by the parent concerning the operation of Swiss Family Childcare or the care of the child will be provided to parents. The parent(s) will be provided daily communication (verbal/written) regarding the care of the child.

Restricted Parental Access - If any one parent or guardian makes a claim that there is a visitation or contact restriction against the other parent, a copy of a court order is required for this claim to be enforced.

Firearms - There are no firearms permitted at any time at Swiss Family Childcare. There are no firearms stored at any time in the home.

Notification of Changes in Composition of Household - Notification of any changes in the regular composition of the household will be given to parents. Parents will be given notification of anyone regularly on the premises, including, but not limited to a friend(s), relative(s), or significant other(s).

Notification of Others Providing Care - At no time will anyone but the owners of Swiss Family Childcare be providing care for the children.

Household Pets - There are no household pets at Swiss Family Childcare

Transportation - At no time will your child be transported anywhere outside of the Swiss Family Childcare home, an exception is made for professional medical transport in the event of serious injury.

Prohibited Substances - No person shall smoke, use tobacco or prohibited substances on the premises of Swiss Family Childcare.

Immunizations - Every child enrolled at Swiss Family Childcare must be current with their vaccinations. While California law allows for a parent to not vaccinate their children due to personal beliefs, no childcare provider is required by law to enroll a child who is not vaccinated.

Personal Items - Your child will be active both indoors and out. It is important for your child to be dressed in comfortable, washable play clothes that will adapt to food spills, paint, sand, and water play. When working with paint, we will ensure your child wears an art smock but be aware that accidents do usually happen. If your child requires diapers throughout the day, you are required to bring an adequate supply. We also recommend leaving a full change of clothing, including socks in the event of bigger accidents or messy play.

Nutrition - Swiss Family Childcare does participate in the Ventura Child Care FOOD Program and follows USDA Guidelines for Childcare Providers to assure you that your child is getting well-balanced meals and snacks. No child will go without nourishment for longer than 3 hours. We will offer the following meals and snacks to all children in attendance at the times identified in our daily schedule: Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch, and PM Snack. If you child will be arriving after a scheduled mealtime, please arrange to feed him/her prior to arrival.

Daily Activities

  1. BulletSeasonal Crafts - While not imposing our beliefs on others, seasonal art projects may reflect some holiday themes. If you child has religious beliefs or traditions, we encourage you to share them with us to help us better know your child. No part of our curriculum includes any form of religious studies.

  2. BulletLanguage Development - Read-A-Long Book Program, Story Time, Puppet Play, Interactive iPad Applications

  3. BulletMotor & Coordination Skills - Outdoor Play, Arts & Crafts Projects, Interactive iPad Applications

  4. BulletConcept-Focused - Daily Reinforcement of ABCs, Numbers 1-10, Colors, and Shapes

  5. BulletIndoor / Outdoor Play - Children will be kept indoors during rain, severe weather, and warm weather greater than 90 degrees. Otherwise outdoor play is scheduled at two different intervals during the day.

Overnight Care - We do not provide any form of overnight care.

Rest & Nap Time - Rest and nap time will be provided for all children who are in care after lunchtime. Children who do not want to sleep will be asked to rest with the entire group. Rest and nap time is fully supervised. Generally rest and nap time is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. A nap mat and sheet are provided as part of your enrollment. We ask that you bring the sheet home with you weekly to be cleaned. We ask that you try and refrain from dropping off or picking up your child during this time as this could potentially disrupt the entire group.

At-Will Childcare Provider Policy - At anytime, for any legal reason, Swiss Family Childcare reserves the right to terminate the childcare contract without advance notice. At anytime, for any reason, any parent or guardian reserves the right to terminate the childcare contract without advance notice. As always, we appreciate any advance notice that you can give us, but by no means is it required.

Website Photo Authorizations - If we desire to use your child’s likeness on our website, we will contact you first and get your authorization before ever publishing your child’s likeness onto our website.

Required Reporting of Child Abuse - Swiss Family Childcare is a mandated reporter of suspected abuse, neglect, or deprivation of a child. This means the law requires Swiss Family Childcare to report any known or suspected abuse, neglect, or deprivation to the Department of Family and Child Services.

Anti-Discrimination Policy - Childcare services are available at Swiss Family Childcare without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry.

Privacy Policy - To protect each family’s confidentiality, Swiss Family Childcare will not disclose personal information regarding a child or facts learned about a child or a child’s family to anyone who is not authorized, by law, to receive this information.

Our Policies

While the following is long and can be at times very dry and boring, we think it’s important that you read this. We feel our policies and procedures help to structure a clean, safe comfortable environment where children can play, learn, and grow with guidance and loving care. We feel that they are fair and realistic for the parents that entrust us with their child. We will keep these policies and procedures current, make them available to our parents, and use them to govern the operations of Swiss Family Childcare along with the rules and regulations set forth by the California Department of Social Services. These policies will become effective upon enrollment of your child by a parent or guardian with Swiss Family Childcare.

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