BEFORE THE SUMMER PROGRAM BEGINS
Open House Nursery School is licensed by the NY Department of Health, and they require that we follow very strict guidelines. Before your child enters school, we need a doctor’s report of a physical examination within the last 12 months. Have your physician fill out the Child Health Examination Form. This form is mandatory for admittance and must be handed in by the first day your child attends. We cannot admit children into Open House without a completed health form.
Children New to Open House
Parents of children new to Open House should plan on spending time in the classroom during the first week, especially if your child is coming into a nursery school setting for the first time. If you are in doubt as to whether you should leave the classroom, ask your child’s teacher.
You will need to fill out other forms in addition to the child health examination forms. They can be found in New Student Forms.
All families need to make sure that contact and pick-up information is up-to-date. Open House will not release your child to anyone who has not been authorized to do so. If a caregiver picks up your child, it is important that we have all contact information for that person.
Do not label anything you never wish to see again. All other items should be labeled in waterproof ink, including towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, hats, and shoes.
Please bring the following items that stay at Open House while your child attends our summer program. These items may need to be refreshed during the program; a staff member will let you know.
Sunscreen (we reapply when necessary)
One complete change of clothing (including socks & underwear)
Hat or visor
Closed-toe sandals (no flip-flops please – they are dangerous to climbing children)
Labeled, large ziplock or plastic bag in which your child’s items will be kept
If your child stays after 1pm, please also send a sheet or light blanket with a cuddly rest toy, if desired
DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM
Each day, send your child to school wearing a complete, head-to-toe application of sunscreen. The children will most likely spend the first portion of their morning on the roof playground in the water & under the sun. Your child should be dressed in a clean and dry bathing suit under their clothing and bring a clean and dry towel and an extra set of underwear.
Open House provides snacks and drinks, but each child will need to bring a lunch. Perishables must be labeled and placed in “perishable” basket every morning to be kept refrigerated until lunch time. Glass containers and candy are strictly prohibited. Open House is a nut-free facility. Classrooms may have additional restrictions if attending children have allergies. If your child is going on a trip and is required to bring a bagged lunch, make sure all items are completely disposable.
If needed, please send your child with an adequate supply of diapers.
Early drop off is available beginning at 8am. If you are signed up for a 9am arrival time, please do not arrive before 8:50am, unless you have purchased extended day vouchers. We expect children to arrive no later than 9:20am, but if your child is going on a trip, be sure that he/she arrives at least ten minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Open House closes promptly at 6pm. It is important to our staff and your child that your child’s pick-up is by 5:55. Therefore there is no grace period for late pick-ups. Late fees will be charged when pick-up occurs after 6pm.
At pick-up time, wait until the teachers have opened the classroom door before you go in to meet your child. It is very important for the well-being of your child that you arrive on time. If you do expect to be late, please notify the school so your child can be prepared for the delay.
Children are only released to their parents or to those designated in writing. Alert us in the morning if you have any change of plans and note it on the Going Home Notes hanging in each classroom. We will not release a child to anyone who is not scheduled to pick up your child that day. Keep all contact numbers completely up to date so that the school can reach you at any time.
The school provides snacks and parents provide lunch. Glass containers, nuts, and candy are strictly prohibited. If your child is on a special diet or is allergic to certain foods, let us know before camp begins. If your child’s needs are very unique, we may ask you to provide snack from home.
We will not force children to eat at lunchtime but will encourage them to eat. Children are asked to eat a minimum of half of their main course before proceeding to the dessert portion of the lunch. When feasible, we will send home the uneaten portion of your child’s lunch. In this way you will have concrete “feedback” concerning your child’s lunch habits.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Please alert the school if your child has been ill or exposed to a contagious disease. The staff at Open House is allowed to administer prescription medicine only with the written authorization of a parent. Pre-measure the dosage at home and label the container with your child’s name. Teachers cannot administer over-the-counter medications.
If your child falls ill at school, we will notify you and ask you to pick him/her up as soon as possible. Here are the symptoms that will prompt such a phone call:
A fever of 100 degrees or over
Diarrhea or vomiting
An unexplained rash or blistering
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Symptoms consistent with chicken pox, impetigo, strep throat, or any other contagious disease.
An ill child will be compassionately isolated from classmates and be made as comfortable as possible. Before returning to school your child must be free of symptoms, including fever, for 24 hours. In some cases we may require that you bring us a doctor’s note.
Accidents & Medical Emergencies
If your child sustains a minor injury at camp, an Incident Report will be completed and a copy will be placed in your mail pouch.
If your child has a medical emergency, we will call you immediately. If you can’t be reached we will call you child’s physician, and if necessary we will call an ambulance or take him/her to the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Until you arrive, the Director will take responsibility for your child’s well being. The Director and many staff members are trained in CPR and first aid.