Policies & Procedures

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Toy Town Preschool is open Monday through Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm and will be open daily throughout the year with the exception of the holidays listed below. Days closed my very from year to year.  A school calendar is passed out every year in December for the next year with all important days marked.

Toy Town will be closed on the following holidays, and days/dates are subject to change each year:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Toy Town will close at 3:30 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day
  • Toy Town will close Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
  • Toy Town will close at 3:30 p.m. the day before Christmas Eve
  • Toy Town will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Toy Town will also close the day before Lindale ISD school year starts in order to prepare for the new school year.

School rates are averaged to be the same each week and include a deduction for scheduled holidays.

Closure announcements due to inclement weather will be made over local radio and television stations.

Arrival and Departure

During arrival and departure times you may park in the parking lot located in front of Toy Town Pre-School.  You may also pull as far up as you can and park in the front drive, just remember others may be behind you so make your drop off or pick up quick. Please don’t block the front door.  Blocking any door creates a fire hazarded.

Toy Town Pre-School will not provide transportation to or from the center.

We will maintain a sign-in/out sheet in the hallway.  Sign your child/children in and out each day, this is a state requirement and we ask that you please remember to sign-in/out your child/children each day.  Parents/guardian will be required to fill out a release form when the child is to be picked up by someone other than the parent/guardian. Phone calls stating that someone different is picking your child/children up are strongly discouraged due to safety issues.

Children will be received as early as 7:00am, but not prior to that time.  All children are required to arrive by 8:30am. All children should be picked up by 6:00pm or before.

There is a charge of $10.00 for every minute after 6:00pm. Late fees will be charged based on the clock hanging above the sign in/out table in the hall way.  I encourage each of you to set your clock by this clock.

 A parent or adult must accompany little ones into Toy Town Pre-School.  Be certain that a teacher greets your child/children before you leave.  Upon arrival, no food or drinks should be brought into the facility.

Dress Code

Dress Code

Please dress your child/children appropriately for a productive and active day.  The type of clothing should be considered with the following conditions in mind:

1.      Wash-ability factor (is this clothing easy to wash?)

2.      Condition of the weather

3.      Suitable for art/crafts, tactile projects, physical activity

We strongly recommend shoes with rubber soles, such as simple tennis shoes.  Cowboy boots will not be allowed if kicking occurs. Crocks, Flip-flops and sandals that do not buckle will not be allowed.

We also ask that each child keep a change of clothes at Toy Town Pre-School in their designated area.  Wet or soiled clothes will be in a plastic bag in your child’s designated area.  Be sure that all articles of clothing (shoes, socks, underwear, coats, hats, gloves, and mittens included) are clearly labeled with your child/children name.

Outside Play

Outside Play

We feel daily outside play, weather permitting, is a must. We do go outside winter and summer, if only for a few minutes.  All children will go outside if weather permits.

Please remember:

  • Even if it is cold or too hot to stay outside for more than 15-20 minutes, there is still an advantage to children in the physical release and stimulation of interest they derive from brief outside play.
  • Children must have a chance to exercise their growing muscles. Especially the larger ones.
  • The children will not play outside if the temperature is below 32 F.

It is very difficult to staff for children who cannot go outside.  Children who attend Toy Town Pre-School must be well enough to participate in all daily activities.

Nap Time

 Nap Time

A rest period is necessary (and required by the state) for each child every day. All children need to arrive by 9:30am.  Arriving late makes it difficult for children to follow their routine.  Children may be brought in after 2:30pm if a parent wishes.  We ask that children are not brought in during nap time.

Please take home all personal items each Friday to be washed.

Personal Items

Personal Items

Please DO NOT allow your child/children to bring food, drinks or toys from home, as these items often create problems.  On special occasions, teachers may make exceptions.  You will need to talk with your child/children teacher regarding this matter.

If your child naps with a favorite doll or stuffed toy or small blanket these items are welcomed.  They can be a comfort and we recognize the need.  Any items brought from home must be clearly labeled with your child’s name.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

If an item of your child’s is lost, please check with the front office and we will try our best to locate it for you.  Please remember to write your child’s name on all items (pillows, and blankets included) you wish to leave at Toy Town Pre-School.

Visitors / Volunteers

Visitors/Volunteers

All visitors/volunteers to Toy Town Pre-School including parents, must sign in upon entering the facility.  The visitor sign-in sheet will be located in the front office. This is to help ensure the safety of the children.

Communication Between Home and Toy Town

Communication Between Home and Toy Town

We want to share with you the many happy experiences of your child’s stay with us.  The teacher will keep you posted on day-to-day events and happenings through daily notes, and discussions.  The teachers will meet with you during a scheduled conference at any time. You can also request to speck with the Director at any time.

Our parent’s bulletin board located in the hall will inform you of any pertinent information or any news that we feel might be of interest to you.

Our program has a variety of options, which ensure that parents and teachers have an effective way of negotiating difficulties and differences that may arise from time to time.  These options include special conferences, requested by the parent, teacher, or director.

Breakfast, Lunch and Snack

Breakfast, Lunch, & Snack

We hope you will come eat with your child from time to time.  Toy Town Pre-School will provide a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for each student.

All meals and snacks prepared by Toy Town Pre-School and will meet and /or exceed the nutritional guidelines and 50% of a child’s daily dietary needs as stated in the Minimum Standard Rules for a Licensed Child Care Center.  Menus for all meals and snacks will be posted on the parent bulletin board in the hall and emailed to all parents.

All meals are included in tuition.

Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. Any child that would like to eat breakfast at Toy Town Pre-School must arrive by 7:45 a.m.  All children must arrive by 8:30 a.m..

If your child has a food allergy, you must obtain a doctor’s written list of foods your child should avoid. This list will be given to your child’s teacher and a copy will be kept in the kitchen and office.

Birthdays

Birthdays

We celebrate birthdays during our afternoon snack period.  Please make advance arrangements with your child’s teacher if you plan to bring birthday treats for your child and his/her classmates.  We ask that you send a simple food item and no party favors or gifts.  Some suggested birthday treats:

Fruit                            Ice Cream

Fruit Muffins              Finger Jell-O Shapes

Pudding                      Cookies

Health

Health

In an effort to maintain your child’s health, an antibacterial soap is used at Toy Town Pre-School for hand washing.

For the safety of the entire group, we must say that if your child/children are “well enough” to come to school, they are “well enough” to go outdoors with the rest of the class.  We cannot send a group of children outside with inadequate staff while a needed teacher is left in the room with one child.

Medication

Medication

Medication must be administered to a child with written permission from the parent/guardian and with a prescription from a doctor.  A Medication Administration Request Form can be obtained from the office.  Once the form has been completed please give the form and medication with instructions on how to give it to the office personnel.  Also, inform your child’s teacher that your child has medication for the day.

  1. Please observe the following rules:
  • Any medication (prescription and non-prescription) brought by parents/guardian for their child/children must meet these requirements:
  1. Be in the original container
  2. Be labeled with the child’s name
  3. Be labeled with the date if a prescription
  • Include directions to administer the medication and if prescribed, include the name of the physician prescribing the medication.
  •  Not be administered after the medication’s expiration date

2.      Any non-prescription medication stating, must be accompanied with a note from the physician stating permission to administer and the dosage amount to be given.  The same for any child under the age of two years if the medication states not to administer to children under two.

3.      Child Care Licensing requires that all medications must have current expiration dates and, in the case of a prescription, must be prescribed to the child receiving the medicine, not a sibling.

4.      Because of the seriousness of dispensing medicine, we only administer medications twice daily: 11:00am and 3:00pm please adjust your dosage schedule accordingly.

5.      Parents must premix sample medications.  Sample medications must have written instructions from your physician on a prescription pad.

6.      All breathing machines are to be dropped off in the office where they will remain.  All medication for breathing machines must be premixed by parents and stored in the container, accompanied by written instructions from your physician on a prescription pad.

7.      We will only give medication if it is prescribed to be given three or more time daily.  If medication is prescribed to be given three times we will only give it once.

Medications are stored in labeled storage areas, inaccessible to the children.  It is unsafe and will not be allowed to leave medications in your child’s designated area, diaper bag, lunch box, or backpack.  All medication, to be administered at Toy Town Pre-School, LLC, should be given to the Office upon arrival.  No medication will be given if the Medication Administration Request Form has not been completely filled out with the parent’s signature.

Ilness

Illness

A staff member will greet your child/children every morning.  During this greeting, the teacher will look for any signs that your little one is not feeling up to par.

Should signs of illness be detected, your child will need to return home with you.  A child who is ill cannot be brought to Toy Town Pre-School under any circumstances.  It is important to make alternate arrangements for your child when he/she becomes ill.  The state does not allow a sick child to attend or remain at a licensed child care center.  By keeping your child home, you will help us keep contagious illnesses to a minimum.

If your child becomes ill while at Toy Town Pre-School, he/she will be nurtured and isolated from the other children.  Your child will never be left alone.  Toy Town Pre-School will notify you to pick your child up immediately.

Please notify Toy Town Pre-School if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease.  Likewise, if your child has been exposed to a communicable disease at Toy Town Pre-School parents will be notified immediately.  Notices of contagious illnesses such as the flu, chickenpox, pink eye, etc., appearing in a class will be posted on the parent bulletin board.

*If your child will not be attending Toy Town Pre-School due to illness, please notify Toy Town Pre-School.

Guidelines for Determining Sick Children

Guidelines for Determining Sick Children

One of the most important steps in avoiding the spread of disease in Toy Town Pre-School is observation.  Each day before you bring your child to Toy Town Pre-School, please make careful observations about your child.  If he/she isn’t himself/herself, check to see if any apparent symptoms, especially fever, are present.

You should adhere to the following instructions if your child has the accompanying symptoms:

1. If your child’s temperature registers 100.4 degrees or more your child must stay home.

2.  If your child’s temperature is 99 – 100.3 with any symptoms listed below or if any of the symptoms marked with an asterisk (*) are present, regardless of fever, your child must stay home.

Diarrhea defined as two or more loose, watery bowel movements within a one- hour period.

3.      Other problems requiring a child to stay home, in order for treatment to be started, include the following situations:

Lice– a small grayish white insect on the scalp, usually accompanied by eggs attached to hair shafts in groups

Scabies– a mite living under the skin surface, appearing as small red dots, usually between the fingers, causing an intense itch

Ringworm– a fungus of the scalp or body, causing intense itch

Impetigo– one single or a cluster of small blisters that will break, drain, become crusted

Using the above guidelines, if the Director determines that your child should leave Toy Town Pre-School you will be contacted and asked to pick you child up.

Above all your child/children must be symptom-free of fever for 48 hours with out a doctors note and fever free for 24 hours with a doctors note saying they can return to school and free of diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to Toy Town Pre-School.  This rule will be strictly enforced.  If you bring your child to Toy Town Pre-School before the designated time has ended; your child/children will not be allowed to stay.

Medical Emergencies

Medical Emergencies

All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid.  Simple first aid will be administered by the teacher or Director and noted on an Accident/Illness Report.  You will be notified at the end of the day of any minor accidents that have occurred.

In the event of a medical emergency, your child will be transported to the parent’s network hospital, accompanied by Toy Town Pre-School representative.  If the emergency takes place off campus, the students will be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room. Parents will be notified immediately by a Toy Town Pre-School employee.  If we are unable to reach you, the designated physician noted on the Emergency Medical Treatment Form will be contacted.  Upon enrollment, all parents are required to sign a Consent For Emergency Medical Treatment Form, giving Toy Town Pre-School permission for such action.

Immunizations

Immunizations

State law requires that each child entering a child care facility must have immunizations against certain diseases.  An immunization record signed by the child’s physician or issued by the health department is required before the child will be allowed to attend Toy Town Pre-School, LLC.  All immunizations must be current before the child begins attending Toy Town Pre-School.

Hearing and Vision Testing

Hearing and Vision Testing

The Texas State Department of Health requires that all children starting at the age of 4 years be tested for hearing and visual acuity on a yearly basis.  Parents must submit a current test report from a private physician.

Children under the age of four are not required to get tested.  However, under special circumstances, we may suggest your child have his/her hearing and vision tested.

Severe Weather and Evacuation Drills

Severe Weather and Evacuation Drills

Toy Town Pre-School will practice monthly fire drills. Toy Town will practice tornado drills every three months. Toy Town will meet all state safety codes and requirements, all fire and tornado guidelines for protection will be posted in each classroom and on the parent bulletin board.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

 Emergency Preparedness Plan

If at any time Toy Town is required to evacuate the building we will relocate to one of the following location depending on the reason for the evacuation and the distance we must obtain between our location and the center. Complete and current details of this plan are provided upon request.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming EventsClick here to download the Calendar of Events for Toy Town preschool.

Toy Town Preschool Menu

Lunch MenuDownload the Breakfast | Lunch | Snack menus.