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TOUCH OF EDEN DAYCARE FAQS

I am a new mom trying to slowly acclimate my son to a daycare environment, how can you help?

We know that it is difficult to let go and it may take the child some time to get acclimated so we encourage you to bring your child in daily for a few hours each day a week before you plan to begin full-time care. This has helped some of our current clients during the acclimation process. We also encourage you to include any favorite object or toys when you bring them in.

Do you have part time program for my infant?

Unfortunately we do not have a part-time program for kids under 2 however, we can do drop-off when we have spots available. The difference between drop off and part time is the commitment. For drop off, we can only take you on days when we have availability but we reserve the right to give that spot to someone requesting full-time services upon request.

As a courtesy, we do provide you a two week notice so that you can make the determination as to whether or not you’d like to go full time at that point before we give the available spot to another family.

Do you potty train?

We do potty training and start as early as 20 months but all depends on when the parents choose to start. Potty training is an exciting time and consistency matters so we would like to begin knowing that the parents are ready and willing to reinforce the same thing at home.

While we typically begin potty training for them at age 2, we look to the parents to advise on how soon they’d like to get started. When we work as a team, it’s easier on the child as well.

Do you use the cry-it-out method for the kids at nap time?

While there are several studies that speak for and against the “cry-it-out” method, the fact of the matter is that we are a small family daycare without the bandwidth or desire to explore the “cry-it-out” method. We want our kids happy and don’t want them disrupting the peace by crying while others are napping and waking everyone up.

So we don’t let the kids ‘cry-it-out”. We discuss with the parents and find out how to effectively soothe your child so that he/she eventually is able to nap like the other kids.

How do you discipline?
We do not believe in corporal punishment and don’t practice it at Touch of Eden. We discipline by talking to the children about their action and observing time-out. To be effective, how long time-out lasts varies depending on the age of the child. For example, a 2 yr old may be in the silly corner in time out for a maximum of 2 mins.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM except on major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Memorial Day etc. On Christmas Eve, we close at noon and reopen after the New Year. We see this period as a time for all to spend time with family and also for us, a time to make some improvements by doing some repairs to the facility and also get rejuvenated so that we are upbeat and ready for your children after the holiday.
Do you provide meals?
No, we do not provide meals especially because of the risks and liabilities associated with food allergies. There are cases where even the parents don’t realize their children are allergic to food items so we take pre-cautions by not providing meals. However, we do provide snacks and still ask you to provide a listing of any food items that your child may be allergic to so that we can plan the snacks accordingly.
In case of inclement weather, what rules do you follow?
In the case of severe/inclement weather, we typically follow PG county schools guidelines in cases where they are closed. In cases where they are open on a 2 hr delay, we open at a regular business time.
Do you have half day program?
While you are allowed to drop your child off as late as you may like before our closing hours, we do not offer half day schedules. You can do so at your discretion but doesn’t affect your childcare fees.
What is your pricing?
Please call us for detailed pricing information.
Do you accept vouchers?
Yes, we do accept vouchers and will fill out all necessary paperwork as required to get your child started at the time you want.
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For any other questions, please write us at [email protected].com or call us on
301-836-1920.

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