White Birch Center Wide Newsletter
Parents and families are welcome at White Birch Center at any times. Please feel free to drop in, share a skill or talent, read to children, or perhaps chaperone an activity or field trip. It is never necessary to announce your arrival. Our staff want every family to feel comfortable visiting and spending time at the Center.
All children and staff are required by NH Child Care Licensing to have physical examinations and immunizations to participate in our programs. Children may be exempt from the immunization policy due to religious beliefs. A parent or guardian must complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption in a Child Care Program affidavit, which must be notarized. All Health Forms must be updated yearly for children younger than first grade, and every two years for school-age children. Children should not be allowed to attend the program when they are not well enough to follow the normal routine of the day. The following are indications that you should keep your child at home, or that they may be sent home: A fever of 101° or higher; Two or more bouts of vomiting; Two or more bouts of diarrhea not associated with taking antibiotics; Any communicable disease (these may require medical treatment before a child is permitted to return). We understand families sometimes find it difficult to miss work when a child is ill. Our staff will make every effort to make your child comfortable when ill and will ask that your child be removed or not attend only when absolutely necessary. If you have any questions about whether or not your child should attend, feel free to call and discuss the issues with your child’s teacher or refer to our sick policy, attached to the enrollment form, for further information.
White Birch Center addresses the safety and behavior of all its children through PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)). Positive behavior support is a behavior management system that examines challenging behaviors to understand the reason behind them and then attempts to prevent the occurrence of the challenging behaviors while teaching the child the skills that they need to be successful. The approach focuses on positive methods to redirect and change behaviors rather than a punishment based approach. Occasionally a child may pose a safety risk to themselves or others or are disruptive to the classroom due to behavior; e.g. refusal to follow directions, running away, biting, kicking and hurting others or themselves. Often a behavior plan is developed at this level and is implemented by all who interact with the child; e.g. child may work towards earning a privilege by demonstrating positive behaviors. A formal behavior referral is initiated when a child exhibits behaviors that pose a significant safety risk to themselves or others that do not appear to be responding to typical positive interventions. A behavioral referral requires input from staff, parents and the behavior analyst. A meeting will be held with staff and families to assist in uncovering possible stressors or underlying health or developmental issues that may be contributing to behavioral challenges.
White Birch Center is able to provide resources such as the Early Intervention screening (0-3 years) and Child Check through the public school from the school district that the family resides for children 3 years and older. If challenging behaviors continue to persist and escalate to the point that the child (or others) cannot be kept safe, it is at the discretion of WBC to terminate the child care contract for the child. A two-week written notice will be provided.