Policies & Procedures

​​Positive supervision and interactions with children increases safety, confidence, and learning.

Constant interaction and praising during all activities allows for consistent supervision.

Provide individual attention to all children – word, tap on shoulder, participate in activity (puzzle, legos, etc.).

Attention to the children who are following directions. 

Name to Face attendance is kept at all times, before and after each activity. During activities the staff is aware of the number of children in their care at all times and where they are, counting often.

Staff is aware of all areas being used and has continuous visual of all children.

In the event of an accident or incident, staff will take care of the injured child first by giving him/her first aid and then fill out the report for a management person to sign. All accident/incident reports need to be filled out and have the parent sign the day of the occurrence. After the parent has signed all reports are to be turned into the office at the end of the day.

State required ratios are to be followed at all times. If staff is in need of assistance they will ask the center director or staff in charge for coverage. The staff must wait for a response and coverage before leaving the room in order to stay in proper ratio.

State required ratios are:
Infants – 6 weeks to 15 months – 1:3 or 2:7
Toddlers – 15 months to 2.9 yrs – 1:4 or 2:9
Preschool and up – 2.9 yrs to 7 yrs. – 1:10 or 2:20

​Playground Specifics:
Upon entering the playground staff take attendance one by one with their attendance sheets putting a check mark next to each child's name as they enter the playground.

Playground gates are checked to make sure they are closed each time it is entered. 

Staff position themselves throughout the playground to ensure that they have a constant visual of each child. 

All structures are monitored closely for appropriate use and safety.

If a child is in need of a bathroom staff brings the child inside. A child never enters the building unattended. 

There is a first aid kit located on the inside of the door to attend to minor scrapes.

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Pitter Patter Academy has the expectation from its owners and staff to provide the most comfortable, nurturing, and educational care for each child.
Our high quality care is proven by our staff, classroom management, and our level of instruction.

Our teachers are trained with age appropriate teaching strategies, positive behavior management systems, and peer cooperation techniques before entering the classroom to teach. Pitter Patter Academy teachers keep their classrooms organized with a highly structured schedule that provides each classroom with activities that encourage learning, fun, and each child to participate. The teachers use a variety of creative methods to increase the children's knowledge of language and senses. A child's vocabulary skills will allow them to transition to reading smoothly and help ensure comprehension.

Our classrooms have previously prepared books with lesson plans for read aloud time by the teachers. The teachers during this time go through the books in many steps to increase individual vocabulary, conversation skills and basic book awareness. The child is taught in all classrooms through the books to look at the pictures, recognize sequence and transition words, and changes in setting. In each classroom there is also an area where the children can explore books on their own utilizing the skills they have learned within the groups.

The key to a successful classroom is structure and organization. The proper balance and implementation of academics, motor skills, and socialization will provide the children with the best early learning years.

  1. Each classroom has a schedule that will be followed daily. A consistent daily schedule will allow the children to have the ability to know what activities are next and avoid difficulties in transitions.

  2. Classrooms have a picture schedule that identifies what is going on through the day. 

  3. Schedules vary according to classroom ages and season. 

  4. Each classroom teacher is trained on providing a positive behavior incentive classroom with positive reinforcers (such as stickers and stamps) that will increase positive social behaviors and incorporate following directions to complete academic activities,

  5. Classroom behaviors are managed with modeling, structuring, positive praise, re-directing, etc.

  6. Classroom activities for the day are previously planned, prepared, and organized. 

  7. Staff as part of Pitter Patter Academy have the purpose of providing a loving environment for children that pride themselves on the education the children receive. The curriculum is focused on pre-reading/reading, numeral concepts and peer positive social interactions.​

  8. Daily activities include morning meeting, phonics, art, read aloud/comprehension, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, free play, group activities.​​

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Pitter Patter Academy

​Pitter Patter Academy has the expectation from its owners and staff to provide the most comfortable, nurturing, and educational care for each child.