Hebrew Learning Center

Hebrew Learning Center

Parent Guidelines
19210 West Dixie Highway Aventura, FL 33180
Tel: (305) 932-5417

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Hebrew Learning Center welcomes all families to our program.
The programs at the Hebrew Learning Center arise from a common desire for excellence in meeting the needs of children and their families for nurturing, growth and development, relationships and understanding.

WE BELIEVE…

  • that the home is the most important factor in a child’s development.  We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote the healthy development
  • of children and parents.
  • that the dignity and worth of each child and family is important
  • that loving, trusting and respecting each child makes that child capable of loving, trusting and respecting others.
  • that each child should be helped to have a positive self-image.
  • that it is important to meet each child’s needs for physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.
  • that the needs of children change as they grow; that programs must respond in content and structure by using the best techniques in human development.
  • that children deserve a nurturing, safe and happy environment which promote their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
  • that children deserve to have teachers who are capable and caring and whose values enable them to be excellent role models.

THE PROGRAM
Hebrew Learning Center at the Hebrew Academy encourages children to choose freely from a wide range of play and learning experiences and in doing so, helps them to recognize, understand and express their own emotions as well as to sympathize with the emotions of others.

The variety of experiences include opportunities for creative self-expression through the media of dance, musical rhythms and art; development of manipulative skills and motor coordination through puzzles, blocks and climbing equipment; the increase opf exposure to materials that stimulate basic awareness; growth of language skills through stories, songs and dramatic play; and relaxation through water play and other quiet activities.

OBJECTIVES
Days are planned so that children will:

  • Be safe
  • Feel secure
  • Receive individual attention and affection
  • Develop satisfying relationships with other children and adults
  • Develop self-discipline
  • Experience successes in order to develop a positive self-image
  • Learn to respect the person and property rights of others
  • Develop intellectual and physical skills

Welcome to Hebrew Learning Center!
Quality child care involves not only the child but also a close working relationship between the caregiver and parents.
This handbook will describe the goals and objectives of the Hebrew Learning Center and the parents’ responsibilities
in establishing this relationship.

Keep Us Informed
Please be sure to provide our center with complete enrollment information including current home address, home telephone number and numbers where you can be reached during the day; telephone numbers of two local persons in case of an emergency (friend, neighbor, relative) and names of authorized persons with permission to take your child from the center.

Carpools & Transportation
Before the start of the school year parents whose children are in a car pool should inform the Center.
A list of car pools will enable us to insure that your child leaves with the correct person.

If there is a transportation change during the year, please inform the Center in writing so that we can supervise the children properly.
Parents in each car pool are responsible for any emergency arrangements that must be made if the driver for that day cannot make it.

Discipline & Guidance
At the Hebrew Learning Center the term guidance is used for several reasons.
It is a positive term  and implies working WITH the child to develop internal control of her/his behavior.
Our goal is to encourage the children to become creative, independent, responsible and socially mature human beings.
This involves learning to make responsible choices, and accepting the consequences of such choices.

Guidance takes several forms:

  1. Environment – a place designed for children.  The furniture is child-sized and the program is filled with lots of hands-on experiences.
  2. Logical Rules – such as keeping our hands to ourselves and taking care of the learning environment.
    These are discussed with the children so that they fully understand why such rules are needed.
  3. Curriculum – is developmentally appropriate, based on the children’s interests and level of readiness.
  4. Positive Behavior – We reinforce the behaviors we encourage.  Catch them being “good”!
  5. Redirection – Often, interesting a child in another activity can eliminate a potential difficulty.
    We might ask a child to help us or send him/her to a different area to play.
  6. Positive Reminder – telling the child what we want them to do, rather than using “no” or “don’t”.
  7. Renewal Time – Occasionally a child needs to be removed from the situation for a brief time, allowing them to consider alternate behavior.

Any on-going situations will be discussed with the parents to ensure a cooperative approach.
Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns.

The safety and well being of each child is of paramount importance.  Therefore, hitting and biting are not acceptable behaviors.
Children may not hurt themselves, other children or the classroom materials.
The child will be removed from the group and parents will be called.

In the event of an ongoing behavioral problem, a conference with the parents and staff will be scheduled.
Children who consistently exhibit aggressive/disruptive behavior and require more than their fair share of the teacher’s time and attention and do not seem to respond to the school’s disciplinary practices may be asked to withdraw from the program until further maturation or improvement occurs.

A professional evaluation at the parent’s expense may be required to better understand the child’s needs, and to determine if our school is the proper educational setting for the child.

Our classrooms contain a wealth of learning materials and educational equipment.
Children (unless asked to do so by the teacher) should not bring toys from home.

Finances
In order for a student to attend Hebrew Learning Center, each family must sign an Enrollment Contract and deposit ten post-dated checks dated the first of each month from September through June each totaling 1/10th of the annual tuition or credit card information.

Should a check or credit card charge be returned unpaid for any reason, a fee of $30.00 will be charged.

If payments are two months or more in arrears this shall be cause for immediate termination of the student’s enrollment at Hebrew Learning Center.  Such enrollment shall be terminated upon the Center’s notification by certified mail to the Parent/Guardian.

Should you require any modifications or amendments to these payment requirements, please seek the help of the Director immediately.

Health, Safety & Security
Florida State law requires us to have on hand a completed current health form (Form 3040) and record of immunization (Form 680) for each child.  We must also have a registration form, notarized emergency form and a copy of legal guardianship where application (i.e. separation, custody, divorce).

Illness & Medication
A sick child has difficult time learning and also constitutes a health hazard to others.
Use the maxim, “When in doubt, stay out”. Please call the school office if your child is absent for more than two days.
Children who appear ill during the night or display symptoms of a beginning illness should be kept at home.
If a child is out for more than 3 days, a doctor’s note will be required in order for the absence to be registered as “excused”.
Please inform the school immediately when your child has a communicable disease or head lice so that other parents can be notified and the children checked.

Your child must remain at home when any of the following conditions are present:
Fever (A child should remain fever-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.)
Behavior:  If a child looks or acts differently, i.e. awake all night and crying, unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, irritable, listless or restless
Respiratory:  Breathing difficulties, wheezing or coughing, colds with yellow-green nasal discharge, initial onset of cold
with watery eyes and clear nasal drainage along with sneezing
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Rash: Undiagnosed other than heat rash or diaper rash
Sore Throat
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Head Lice
Impetigo
Other Communicable Diseases

After having had a communicable disease the child may return to school upon certification that he has been absent for the necessary isolation period:

1.Chicken Pox – 6 days, all lesions are dry and crusted.
2.Streptococcal infection including sore throat and scarlet fever – no sooner than 24 hours after start of oral medication or an injection.
3.Head Lice – all nits and lice are totally removed.
4.Conjunctivitis – at least 24 hours after the start of medication and no drainage present.
5.Pinworms – no restrictions following the start of treatment.

For any other illnesses please contact your pediatrician.
Illness or Injury in School

In accordance with Dade County regulations, Hebrew Learning Center is restricted to treating wounds or injuries with ice, soap and water and band-aids only.
Should other injuries occur, parents will be notified immediately and/or paramedics will be summoned.

These restrictions will also prevent the school from issuing over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, etc.
Parents may come to school to do so.

Parents will be summoned to take their child home should the student feel unwell and therefore should be sure that
the children are healthy before sending them to school.  If your child displays any of the symptoms listed on page 14 above
you will be called and will be expected to pick him/her up within one hour of being notified.

Each student file must contain a signed and notarized Emergency Form.
This form, in addition to providing emergency and medical alert information, also grants Tiny Tots the parents’ authorization to
act as their agent in procuring appropriate medical or surgical services should the need arise.

Medications
Dade County statute forbids the school to administer medications to students.
No medication, including Tylenol or other pain-killers, vitamins or nutritional / herbal  supplements can be administered at school.
Tiny Tots will only be responsible for medications needed for emergencies (anti-kits, asthma treatments, diabetes medications, etc.), doctor-prescribed antibiotics for infections, or for educational reasons (Ritalin, etc.).
A parent consent form (coupled with a physician’s prescription) must be completed and given to the school secretary before any medication can be dispensed.  All of these types of medications must be given to the school in their original containers.
No changes in dosages can be made without a written order from the physician.

Hours of Operation, Arrival & Dismissal

Hours
Hebrew Learning Center opens promptly at 7:00 AM every day and closes at 6:00 PM.
Before care and after-school care are available.  Please be sure to discuss your needs with our staff so that we.
can accommodate your work schedule to the very best of our ability.
Parents are invited to visit our center at any time.
Kashrut
Meals

Students will bring their own kosher meals from home.  Snacks will provided at various times during the day.
All foods brought to school should conform to the laws of Kashrut.  If you have any questions regarding Kashrut,
please call the office.

Some general rules:
Products should have a Kashrut symbol.
No meats or meat products should be sent to school.

If your child does not bring his/her meals, sandwiches will be provided at an extra cost.
Lunches should be a nutritious meal made up of the 4 food groups.  A sandwich, fruit or nutritious snack and juice box or water would be appropriate. No canned drinks and no carbonated beverages are permitted.  Candy and soda will not be permitted in school.

Safety First! Parents should carefully check any cans sent to school.  Some tab-topped cans (i.e. fruit salads, tuna fish, etc.) have lids that are extremely sharp and dangerous. Please be sure to purchase only those cans that have blunt edged-lids when opened.

Please refrain from sending in anything that may get too messy, sticky or would be distasteful if eaten cold.
Such items could include cold macaroni products, rice, beans, peas, pizza, etc.

Birthday Parties
Birthday parties may be held in conjunction with the Shabbat party on Friday. Please check with the teacher for scheduling and approval. All snacks must be approved for Kashrut before being brought into class.
Parents are encouraged to check with the office regarding the contents of “goodie bags” prior to the day of their distribution.
No refreshments made at home will be served.

School Attire
Please dress your child in comfortable clothes.
When choosing attire, please remember that our teachers will be changing many children during the day.
Keep clothing simple with the easiest “snap-off snap-on” in mind.
Clothing with difficult buttons and belts should be avoided.
Toddlers will wear smocks to protect clothing, but school is “messy business” – painting, water and sand play, etc.
If it would upset you to see paint on the clothes, please don’t let your child wear it!  Children must wear closed-toe shoes (ex: sneakers) for playground safety.  No sandals are allowed.
Please be sure to label every item sent to school to avoid losses or mix-ups.