At KIN, we believe in total transparency regarding our services. It is important to us to provide parents with as much information as possible so we can provide an educational, exciting, and care-free environment for your children. We encourage you to take the time to familiarize yourself with our rules and policies. If you have any questions about any of these rules or polices, please feel free to contact us.
The health and well-being of the children and ourselves, is our first concern.
In order to promote a healthy environment, we will:
Ensure proper hand washing!
Inform parents of any outbreaks of contagious illness/disease.
In order to best prevent the spread of any sickness, families are advised to keep their child at home for the following conditions:
Difficulty breathing - wheezing or a persistent cough.
Fever (100 degrees F / 38.3 degrees C or more).
Sore throat / trouble swallowing.
Infected skin or eyes, or an undiagnosed rash.
Unexplained diarrhea or loose stool.
Nausea and vomiting.
Severe itching, dry skin of either body or scalp if caused by head or body lice.
Any complaints of unexplained or undiagnosed severe pain.
A common cold which could prevent them from participating in forest/farm activities.
Children who have known or suspected communicable disease.
If you or your alternate emergency contact can't be reached to come to pick up your child, we will ensure the child is kept comforted and comfortable until you arrive, however it may mean the end of outside programming for the rest of the group. If we feel it is an emergency, we will call an ambulance for the child and contact you immediately. Parents are responsible for any ambulance fees that may be incurred.
A CHILD MAY RETURN TO CHILD PROGRAM WHEN
They have been free of symptoms for 24 hours and are no longer infectious. The child should also be well enough to actively participate throughout the day. In case of serious illness, a doctor's medical clearance may be required. It is required that all parents inform us within 24 hours of:
Diagnosis of serious illness or communicable disease in their child.
Exposure of their children to a serious illness or communicable disease.
Only prescription medications will be administered and only after a parent consent form has been reviewed and signed. See prescription medication consent form for further information.
No creams or lotions will be applied. We ask that parents apply sunscreen to their child before arriving or provide weather appropriate clothing such as hats etc.
PLEASE ENSURE ALL EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION REMAINS UP TO DATE!
We at KIN Outdoor Learning seek to eliminate any barriers that children may face by encouraging and promoting full participation and positive relationships. Our approach is to be wholly inclusive regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability or physical attributes, and income level.
We welcome all families to participate in every aspect of KIN Outdoor Learning Programing, and we seek to establish a diverse tribe of like-minded, accepting people. Discriminatory incidents and/or behaviours are NOT tolerated. Any incidents will be addressed immediately.
KIN is committed to enabling the full participation of children with special needs within regular group activities and routines through accommodations, modifications and extra support where necessary.
Children with special needs are not limited in attendance options (eg., part time or fewer days per week) compared to neurotypical children.
KIN staff respect and value input from parents and encourage them to be part of the decision-making process for their child. KIN supports families by offering to consult with all professionals who are involved with them and their child. We request copies of IEPs (Individual Education Plans), as assigned by the Surrey School District, from all students and implement ABA behavioural plans as written by Behaviour Consultants. The staff at KIN will work with parents and other professionals who have valuable knowledge and expertise to share with each other. The staff will also share our expertise with the parents and other professionals with whom we have contact.
We believe that each child deserves an environment and experiences that promote growth in all areas of their development. KIN believes that all children, regardless of life or financial circumstances should have access to quality childcare. As such, KIN offers tuition on a sliding scale in cases of demonstrable financial hardship. KIN also offers an annual scholarship subsidized by the South Surrey Clean Air and Water Society. This scholarship is intended to support families, young parents and refugees suffering financial adversity.
There are many animals that reside on the farm and the children will be exposed to them on a regular basis. All children will be taught proper animal safety and will be closely supervised when coming into contact with animals on the farm and in the forest! We also practice proper hand washing after contact with the animals.
Smoking is prohibited in and around the child care facility and or vehicles when children are present.
Fire safety will be reviewed with the children monthly. This review will include the following:
Fire drill exercises.
Discussion regarding appropriate steps in case of fire to environment/self.
Ensuring knowledge and location of fire safety equipment (fire extinguishers, fire alarm, first aid kit).
In case of fire, we will use the following procedure:
Staff will yell "FIRE".
If indoors, staff will direct the children to the nearest safe exit.
The number of children will be counted before exiting.
Staff will take the emergency contact list and the grab-and-go first aid bag, and cellphone before exiting.
We will proceed to our designated meeting spot in the center of the front field by 24th Ave.
The children will be counted again and 911 will be contacted.
If it is unsafe to return to the property, parents will be contacted. We will escort the children to the Tim Horton's on 192nd street and await pick up. A note will also be left on the mail-box at the end of the driveway notifying parents of our whereabouts.
Emergency procedures will be rehearsed and logged on a monthly basis. An earthquake/emergency kit and first aid kit will be left in the shed in the front of the property. An out of town phone number will be provided to parents lest local phones are not working and we cannot be reached. The evacuation process will be the same as in the fire evacuation plan.
In accordance with the Child Family and Community Services Act, anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused, sexually exploited, or needs protection is legally responsible under the Act to report the matter to a child protection social worker. In B.C. a child is anyone under the age of 19.
We will do everything we can to build a strong level of trust and rapport with each child. We will help build their self-confidence and self-esteem so that they feel empowered enough to say "No" to a potential offender. We will practice safety skills in order to give children the tools to deal with any situation that might arise.