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Old 08-27-2019, 08:08 AM
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Oops, So I missed this part of the new regulations. Anyone else trying to figure out some guidelines to this? I have a new client starting in a few weeks who wishes to hang out with us for the first week. Do I ask for a background check? She mentioned looking forward to first day pictures. I have some kids who are "No Photos." Do I say no cell phones out and I'll supply pictures?


The new regulations:


Unlicensed child care providers are also now required to:Allow the parent/guardian access to the premises and their child
(with specific exceptions)


No person providing child care at a premises, or operating the premises, shall prevent a parent from
entering the premises while child care is provided there for his or her child except,
(a) if the person believes on reasonable grounds that the parent does not have a legal right of access
to the child;
(b) if the person believes on reasonable grounds that the parent could be dangerous to the children at
the premises;
(c) if the parent is behaving in a disruptive manner; or
(d) in the circumstances prescribed by the regulations
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:22 AM
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Oops, So I missed this part of the new regulations. Anyone else trying to figure out some guidelines to this? I have a new client starting in a few weeks who wishes to hang out with us for the first week. Do I ask for a background check? She mentioned looking forward to first day pictures. I have some kids who are "No Photos." Do I say no cell phones out and I'll supply pictures?


The new regulations:


Unlicensed child care providers are also now required to:Allow the parent/guardian access to the premises and their child
(with specific exceptions)


No person providing child care at a premises, or operating the premises, shall prevent a parent from
entering the premises while child care is provided there for his or her child except,
(a) if the person believes on reasonable grounds that the parent does not have a legal right of access
to the child;
(b) if the person believes on reasonable grounds that the parent could be dangerous to the children at
the premises;
(c) if the parent is behaving in a disruptive manner; or
(d) in the circumstances prescribed by the regulations
I am in the US but that rule above only says that parents have a right to access their child.
It doesn't say they can hang around for any amount of time.

Accessing their child. NOT other people's children.

Too many parents are interpreting that rule as to meaning they get to hang out when it just means they can access their child (drop off and pick up).

Observing other people's children isn't part of that rule.

Hopefully that makes sense.
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:04 AM
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My official rule just came down that parents can only volunteer one every 90 days without a comprehensive background check.

Based on that, 5 days would definitely require one.

That said, there is no way I'd have enrolled this parent.
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We have to allow access to parents whose children are in care here as well and we jive to ID anyone who is on the children's pick up list.
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We have to allow access to parents whose children are in care here as well and we jive to ID anyone who is on the children's pick up list.
I have the same rule. It means coming in to inspect the playroom and premises. They also must be allowed a quick headcount, now. My policy is that they cannot have access to or interact with other children and must take their child with them when they leave. Enter, look, count, sign-out, leave.

If we are concerned about their child's development/behavior, we schedule a time for them to watch the camera from the comfort of my living room or the playground discretely from the garden bench, then follow up in conference (after closing) what they witnessed. I set up activities that highlight the issue we are working on. It is a partnership. I also have volunteering opportunities, with scheduling and permission forms.

If unscheduled inspection drop-ins became a reoccurring thing, I'd probably let them go. Mistrust or suspicion is the only other reason I can see for feeling entitled to interrupt an entire classroom and another adults workday. That would sour a working relationship.
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We now have to post our state ratio licensing info now. Not sure if the parents even notice it or count the kids in care, but this is a new thing here as well. I printed it straight from the licensing site and put it by the sign-in sheet.
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We have our license posted on the board in another building that lists how many we are licensed for and when it expires
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