Dropping-Off & Picking–Up Your Child
We require parents to call the ECE Lab School before 9:30 a.m. if their child will be absent from the centre for any reason. Also, if your child will be arriving late, we ask that you call us. In order for your child to benefit fully from the program, a 10:00 a.m. drop-off time is preferred. (See the section Where is My Child? that follows). Children often feel uncomfortable arriving after all their friends have become involved in play. Please call us as soon as you know that your child will be later than 10:00 a.m. or will not attend. If we have not heard from you, and your child is not at the Lab School at 10:00 a.m., we will assume she or he is not coming and structure staff accordingly.
In order to meet the needs of the children in our care, children are to be dropped off prior to 10:00 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. Late drop off due to appointments or usual circumstances are exceptions.
Dropping Off Your Child in the Morning
When you arrive at the Lab School each morning it is essential that you accompany your child directly into the playroom or playground. Please ensure that the teacher is aware that your child has arrived and that you have allowed yourself enough time to help your child settle into the program. You can help them get outdoor clothing on or off, get involved in an activity (or with a teacher) and talk to the staff about anything that may be affecting your child (i.e. a rough night’s sleep, turmoil at home, signs of illness, etc.). This also allows the staff to do the cursory daily health appraisal the Ministry of Education requires.
Staff members do the health appraisal on a casual basis but it is very significant to the health of all the children involved. We check the children for signs of ill health (elevated temperature; listlessness; discharge from eyes or ears; undiagnosed skin rashes; unusual irritability, fussiness, etc.) that would prevent them from participating in our program.
Saying Good-bye to Your Child
At the Lab School we encourage the children to participate fully in saying good-bye. Hugging, kissing, crying, waving and saying “I’ll miss you” are all ways of bringing feelings out into the open. Once in the open they are easier to deal with. It is essential that you never sneak out. While it may be more comfortable for you to avoid a ‘scene’ it may make children feel abandoned and threaten their sense of trust. They may cry and cling to you. It is inadvisable to forbid them to cry. The Lab School staff will support your child as you leave.
Departures and Picking up Your Child
When you arrive to pick up your child at the end of the day it is again essential that you come into the activity area and speak directly to one of the staff members. Let them know that you are here and are taking your child home. This is a time for the teachers to share information with you concerning your child’s day at the Lab School.
Be sure to look in your child’s cubby for any art work to take home and enjoy. Also, check for soiled clothing. The staff will put this in plastic bags in the cubbies.
Releasing Children at the End of the Day
When you enrol your child, we ask you to provide us with a list of the people to whom we may release your child. Unless you have given us prior written authorization to release your child to someone, we will not do so!
We ask parents to notify us in advance if one of their designated alternates will pick up their child. Telephone authorization to release a child to someone who does not usually pick up the child will be accepted only in concert with prior written authorization from a parent.
The ECE Lab School will not release any child without the presence or permission of the parent(s) or legal guardian.
Any person other than the child’s parent or legal guardian who the ECE Lab School staff does not recognize must provide photo identification before the child is released.
Late Pick-Up of Children
The ECE Lab School closes promptly at 6 p.m. All children must be picked up before that time and should have left the building by 6 p.m. We acknowledge that from time-to-time emergencies arise and parents are unable to be here on time (or to make last minute arrangements for an alternate pick-up).
If you are late picking up your child the staff will ask you to sign a form proving she or he had to work late to provide care for your child. The form identifies the time you left the ECE Lab School, and the staff on duty. There is a late fee of $15 per family for the first five minutes and an additional charge of $5 per family for very one minute thereafter. This fee must be made payable to Seneca College ECE Lab School at the time of pick-up.
What Happens after 6 p.m.?
In the case that a child is still here at 6:30 p.m. and the Lab School staff cannot contact the parent(s) or a parent has not been in contact with the Lab School, we will attempt to reach the emergency contacts for the child.
If by 7 p.m. there has been no contact with a parent of the child, nor with any of the emergency contacts, the child will be assumed to have been abandoned. The Lab School manager or designate will call the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to notify them and will follow the directions of the assigned agent from CAS.