General Policies & Information

Facility and Class Schedule
Lighthouse Academy will be open from 6:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. Monday – Friday, excluding specific holidays. Our Preschool program begin at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 12:30 P.M. Our Pre-K program begins at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 12:30 P.M.  Because late arrivals are disruptive to the class program, parents are encouraged to have children at school on time so that they will receive the full benefits of the educational program. Individual class schedules are posted in each classroom. *Pre-K and Preschool students must arrive no later than 9:00 A.M.; please call if you will be in later due to an appointment. Any half day Preschool or Pre-K child that is picked up later than 12:30 P.M., without notice, will be subject to an automatic full day tuition for that day.


Observed Holidays/Staff Development

LABOR DAY
NEVADA DAY
THANKSGIVING DAY & FAMILY DAY - (Thursday & Friday)
CHRISTMAS
NEW YEAR'S DAY
PRESIDENTS' DAY
MEMORIAL DAY
INDEPENDENCE DAY
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY - (The Friday before school starts)

Please Note: All days closed have been taken into account in formulating Lighthouse Academy rates and there will be no reduction of payment on the weeks with holidays. In addition, the center will be closed for a staff development day as stated in the school calendar schedule. We reserve the right to close the day before or after any of the above-mentioned holidays.  Notice will be given in advance for any changes.


Arrival and Pick-up Procedures
All children must be signed in and out on the daily sign-in sheets located at the front desk. A signature is required. Please include the time you drop off your child as well as the time that you pick up your child. Signing in is an important safety precaution and also a state requirement by Childcare Licensing. Children must be walked directly to their classrooms, and cannot be left to walk into the building or to their classrooms unsupervised. Parents will be called to return to the school if a child has not been signed in. No one under the age of 16 years of age may pick-up a child at this facility at any time.  We ask that you refrain from using your cell phone when picking up or dropping off your child.  This is greatly appreciated.


Late Pick-Up Policy and Fees
In the event that your child is picked up after 6:30 P.M., a fee of $5.00 will be charged to your account, per child for the first five minutes.  After the first five minutes we will charge an additional $5.00 per minute.  After ten minutes, we will begin to call the authorized escorts from your list.  If, however, your child(ren) have not been picked up by 7:00 P.M. we will notify the authorities, Child Protective Services, and the City of Henderson Police Department. 


Authorized Escorts
The names of all authorized escorts must be on record in the school office. Picture identification must be provided in order for the child to be released. Once the teacher becomes familiar with escorts, identification may no longer be necessary. If an authorized escort or guardian is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the staff at Lighthouse Academy will refuse the release of the child, and will if necessary notify the authorities immediately.


Custody Orders
Certified custody orders must be provided to the director any time a limitation is put on a parent or legal guardian of a child.


Napping/Quiet Time
Every child enrolled for more than five hours must have a nap and/or a quiet period daily.  The nap/quiet period begins at approximately 11:30 A.M. in the infant toddler programs and at 12:30 P.M. in the two-year old and preschool programs.  The scheduled times begin after the children have finished eating lunch.  Each child will be provided either a crib or a cot.  Each child will need a crib sheet to cover the napping cots, the center will then launder them weekly.  You may supply your child with a special belonging from home for comfort with your child’s name indicated on each item.  This item or items will be kept in your child’s individual cubby and must be taken home at the end of the enrolled week.  It is our policy that your child not be dropped off during their scheduled naptime.


Birthdays
A child’s birthday is a very special day at school. We wish to recognize and celebrate all birthdays.  If you wish to bring in store bought treats, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher.  Additionally, we have begun a new practice where birthday children wishing to do so, may donate a book to their classroom.  Written inside each donated book will be the child’s first name and birth date.  Books donated will be read to the class and become part of that class’s library.
    


Dress and Appearance Standard
We encourage you as parents to dress your child in washable play clothes that are both comfortable and manageable.  Pajamas will not be permitted except for special day celebrations.  Many day-to-day lessons and or activities may involve water, glue, sand, paint, markers, dirt, etc. We are not responsible for any damage done to clothing items.  We also recommend your child wear safe and sturdy shoes that are comfortable and fit well.  Open-toed shoes such as sandals and hard-heeled shoes such as boots are not permitted due to safety regulations.  Please remember this is a Christian Facility, dress your child appropriately.  Our standards are at least the minimum Clark County School District standards. Please supply a complete set of extra clothing, season appropriate, for your child to change into in case of an unforeseen accident.  The clothing will need to be placed in a large zip lock bag with your child’s name clearly printed on the outside of the bag and on each item inside the bag.  We also recommend all clothing that is often removed due to seasonal changes such as coats, sweaters, scarves, or sweatshirts be labeled with your child’s name so that no items are lost.


Toys and Personal Belongings
Toys are not allowed at school, unless it is your child’s regularly scheduled show-and-tell day. Our facility will not be responsible for lost or broken items. If a child brings a toy to school on any day other than show-and-tell day, the toy will be removed from the classroom and be kept in their cubby until the parent picks up the child.


Candy and Sodas
Candy and soda are not allowed at school for treats or in lunches. Lighthouse Academy is committed to promoting and serving foods that are nutritious, appealing, and supportive of your child’s growth and development.  We feel that every daily activity is an opportunity for a child to learn.  Snack and Lunch times are no different.  We encourage your child to develop healthy food habits and help them understand the importance of a well-balanced and nutritious diet.  We will also help your child learn valuable table manners and cleanup practices.


Child Abuse
It is Nevada State Law and the moral responsibility of the Director and the entire staff to report any signs of verbal, physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. Signs of abuse will be documented and reported to the Child Abuse Hot Line at 702-399-0081. Children will not be released to any adult who shows signs of alcohol or drug intoxication.


Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy
Smoking or the use of any tobacco products is strictly prohibited inside the center or anywhere on the entire premises at all times. No exceptions will be permitted.


CPR/First Aid
All staff members are required by the State to attend training classes in CPR, First Aid, and recognition of communicable diseases.


Insurance
Nevada state law requires all facilities involved in the care and education of children to carry liability insurance. However, it is not a requirement to carry medical or health insurance on the children attending the facility. Lighthouse Academy carries liability insurance only. Most accidents occur as a result of children being children; playing, running, testing their abilities and interactive skills. Any injury occurring to your child while attending school will be the responsibility of the parent’s health or medical insurance.


 

Health & Safety Policies

 

Health Forms
The Health Department requires proof of a physical examination on file. A health statement form is available at the school office and must be returned 15 days after the child’s enrollment date. Any physical restrictions should be noted on this form.


Immunizations
A completed immunization record must be on file in the school office prior to the child’s first day. Nevada’s new requirement is varicella (chicken pox). The child receives this shot between the ages of 12 months thru 18 months.  Please turn in your child’s updated immunization records after every shot.

 


Sickness, Injury, and Medications
A goal of this facility is to maintain the best possible health conditions for the children. Parents can help meet this goal by adhering to the following policies. Please keep in mind that the welfare of your child and classmates in this facility are at risk if you bring a sick child to school. Please notify the office by 10:00 A.M. if your child will not be attending school due to illness. This facility reserves the right to deny admission to any child suspected of having a communicable disease. Designated staff members may dispense medications only with a Doctor’s prescription and when medicines are in marked containers.  A separate medicine box/container will be kept locked at all times for all children’s medicines in a designated area. If your child is sent home due to an unknown rash, a healthcare provider’s note must accompany your child in order to return to class. The parent, legal guardian, or other person authorized by the parent shall be notified immediately when a child has a sign or symptom requiring exclusion from this facility as follows:

  - A child has an illness that prevents them from participating comfortably in the preschool setting and in outside activities. Children who cannot go outside with their classmates must stay at home.

  - The illness results in more care than the childcare staff can provide without compromising their health and safety.

  - If a child has any of the following conditions: 
       - Temperature: oral temperature of 100 degrees or more. 
       - Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness, such as: unusual lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs. Your child may not return to school without a healthcare provider’s note stating that the condition is non-communicable.
       - Uncontrolled diarrhea: increased number of stools, increased watery stools, and/or decreased form that cannot be contained in a diaper twice a day will result in a child being sent home. Child may return when diarrhea stops.
       - Vomiting illness: If a child vomits during care they will be sent home. Child may return when vomiting resolves.
       - Mouth sores with drooling: Child may return when a healthcare provider determines that the condition is non-communicable.
       - Rash with fever or behavior change: Child may return when a healthcare provider determines that the condition is non-communicable.
       - Purulent conjunctivitis or pink eye: Child may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
       - Scabies, Head lice or other infestation: Child may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated. We enforce a strict “no nits” policy in order to return to school.
       - Tuberculosis: Child may return to school when released by healthcare provider.
       - Impetigo:Child may return to school 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
       - Chicken pox:Child may return six days after onset of rash or until all sores have dried and crusted.
       - Pertussis: Child may return five days after receiving antibiotic treatment.
       - Mumps: Child may return six days after onset of parotid gland swelling.
       - Hepatitis: Child may return one week after onset of illness, or as directed by health department when passive immunoprophylaxis.
       - Measles: Child may return six days after onset of rash.
       - Rubella:Child may return six days after onset of rash.
       - Shingles: Child may return when released by healthcare provider.
       - Herpetic Gingivostomatitis, such as uncontrollable oral secretions: Child may return when healthcare provider recommends.
       - Any other communicable disease mandated by the Clark County Health District. (see Health District website)

A child who is ill and/or contagious will remain in the office until an authorized escort can pick them up. Office personal will attend to their individual needs. If you are called to pick up your child, we ask that you come within one hour from the time of the call. Parents not cooperating with the illness policy will be asked to remove their child(ren) from Lighthouse Academy.


Medical Emergency Process
The Emergency Care Authorization Form is a key source of information during a medical emergency. This form grants authorization for any needed medical or emergency care along with the release of necessary records. Appropriate first aid procedures will be administered if a child becomes ill or injured at the facility. In the event that emergency transportation to a hospital is required, a staff member will accompany the child until a parent, guardian, or authorized person arrives.  All expenses that are associated with a medical emergency are the responsibility of the parents or legal guardians.  With the exception of minor scratches or abrasions, all other illnesses or injuries are documented on an Accident/Incident Report Form and a copy is given to the parent(s).  Additional copies of each accident/incident report are maintained in the records on the child.

Please notify the Director immediately if any changes need to be made to your child’s emergency care information.

Depending upon the seriousness of the situation, emergency calls will be made in the following order:  When warranted 911, Parents and Emergency Contact.


Biting Policy
Biting is a natural action of every young child. However, it is not pleasant for anyone involved. Toddlers do not have the verbal skills to express themselves, so sometimes they use their hands, feet and teeth to communicate.

It is the goal of Lighthouse Academy to provide the safest possible environment for your child. Our goal is to maintain a low teacher/student ratio and an age appropriate environment. Toddlers do bite and it is possible that your child could get bitten or could be the biter. The following steps are taken when biting occurs:

  - An ice pack may be applied to the bitten area.  A lot of love will be given to both children involved. 
  - If skin is broken, the cut will be cleaned with peroxide, and the parent will be called. In some instances, doctors may want to see the child.
  - The situation will be carefully evaluated and documented on an accident form.  A copy of this form will be given to the parents of the child who was bitten.  An incident report will be completed and a copy given to the parents of the biter.
  - The staff will stay close to the biter, because of the tendency of the child to bite again. An emphasis will be placed on redirecting the biter’s actions so this behavior does not become a pattern.
  - If the child bites again, the child will be placed in a playpen or highchair during diaper changing time, feeding time, or when staff is not able to give full attention to the child.

If biting continues, the parent of the biter will be called immediately.  We will try to find a solution or the child will be asked to leave Lighthouse Academy for the safety of the whole group.  It is our goal to do everything we can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.


Discipline
The facility will not tolerate or allow any form of physical punishment.
Redirection of your child will be handled in a positive manner. Redirection is intended to be a learning experience. Children must learn self-control. Continuing behavioral problems will be discussed with parents and the Facility Director. Every effort will be made to correct the problem and encourage good behavior. If the child does not respond to discipline, we will call you to pick-up the child. However, after a reasonable period of time, if your child’s behavior is still causing problems, your child will be dismissed from our facility.


Allergies
If a child has allergies of any kind, parents must alert the office staff and teaching staff so that the appropriate precautions can be taken to protect your child’s health. Allergies must be noted in your child’s pre-admission history form. A photo of your child will be posted in the same classroom as your child with allergies listed.


Emergency/Disaster Plan Procedures
Lighthouse Academy has developed extensive written plans in case of an emergency or a natural disaster.  Fire and emergency evacuation drills are scheduled, conducted, and evaluated to comply with the regulatory agencies.  A layout of our facility floor plan is posted in each room and corridor. Emergency exits are shown on the plan.

 


Child Car Safety
Your child’s safety and well being is very important to all of us, whether he or she is here under our care, or with you or other family members.  Please Never ever leave your child in a car unattended, even if it’s only a second while you drop off or pick up your child.  Always buckle your child in an age appropriate car seat while riding in any vehicle.  Nevada State law (NRS 484-474) requires children under 6 and 60 pounds ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for that child’s age and weight.  The car seat or booster must be installed and used according to manufacturer’s instructions.  All other passengers and drivers must wear a seat belt.  As a licensed provider and advocate for children we are mandated child abuse reporters and the law requires us to report such violations to the proper authorities.  Please remember that car accidents can and do happen close to home.  Never sacrifice your child’s safety to avoid a tantrum or meltdown.  Your child’s life depends on it!


 

Services Provided


Meals and Snacks

Breakfast is served in the morning from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and will consist of cold cereal and milk.  If your child will be arriving after 8:00 A.M. please ensure breakfast has been provided prior to arrival. 

Snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Snacks and beverages are provided to each child during the morning and afternoon nutrition period.  Snacks are selected from foods that are healthy and that meet the nutritional requirements for children.  The snack menu will be posted each Friday for the following week.  Please inform the teacher when a snack on our menu is not suitable for any special needs your child may have due to allergies or diet.

Parents are to provide a sack/boxed lunch for their child/children on every full day of attendance or on any day that attendance occurs during the lunch period.  Milk will be provided to each child during the lunch period.  All lunches should have your child’s name on them.  Please do not send foods that require heating.


Chapel
Each week a representative of South Hills Church will be presenting a small 10-15 minute “sermon” for the children ages 3-5 in the Church Sanctuary located next door.   Lighthouse Academy’s staff will walk the children from the school through the playground and into the back of the Church Sanctuary for the chapel service.  By using the playground to access the Sanctuary we will eliminate any child from being near any moving cars and/or traffic areas. Each service will begin at approximately 10:00 A.M. with songs and dances, ending around 10:30 A.M.


Lost and Found
All items found at the school are sent to the lost and found area located in the office, where they can be reclaimed before or after class. Periodically throughout the year these items will be discarded or given to a charity organization. We encourage you to mark all personal items brought to school.


 

Age Groups
 

Infants (6 weeks to 9 months)
The following daily care items will be required for each child: two changes of clothes, diapers, Pacifier (if necessary), pre-mixed bottles marked with the date, dry cereal and baby food, nasal aspirator, up to two small comfort items for napping, feeding utensils and sipper cup (age-appropriate). All items must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. These items will be used for the special care of your child. For health reasons all non-food items must be contained in a zip-lock plastic bag. The parent will be sent a note when your child runs low on diapers and other necessary items.


Young Toddlers (9 to 18 months) & Older Toddlers (18 to 27 months)
The following daily care items will be required for each child: two changes of clothes, diapers, Pacifier (if necessary), a crib sheet if napping, and up to two small comfort items for napping. Snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Parents are required to provide a sack lunch. All lunches should have your child’s name on them. Please do not send food that needs heating.  All items must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. These items will be used for the special care of your child. For health reasons all non-food items must be contained in zip-lock plastic bags. The parent will be sent a note when your child runs low on diapers and other necessary items.  In the older toddler room, please no bottles or pacifiers.


Potty Training (27 to 36 months)
These classes are the “Official Potty Training Ages”. The following daily care items will be required: two changes of clothes, pull-ups or diapers, a crib sheet if napping, and up to two small comfort items for napping. NO pacifiers, bottles or sipper cup in this room. Snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Parents are required to provide a sack lunch. All lunches should have your child’s name on them. Please do not send food that needs heating. All items must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. The parent will be sent a note when your child runs low on other necessary items.


Preschool and Pre – K (3 to 4 years) and (4 to 5 years)
The following daily care items will be required: a change of clothes in a two gallon “zip lock” bag, a crib sheet if napping, and up to two small comfort items for napping. Snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Parents are required to provide a sack lunch. All lunches must have your child’s name on them. Please do not send food that needs heating.  All items must be clearly labeled with your child’s name. The parent will be sent a note when your child runs low on other necessary items.


 

Programs and Curriculum Offered

Our education program is based on “hands on” experience. Children learn best through the use of all senses by exploring the world around them. Each day, in the morning and afternoon, your child will participate in a complete learning program.

 

Lesson Plans
A monthly overview will be posted in a central location, written by the teacher, showing you the specific activities that your child’s class will participate in. This enables you to talk about these activities at home and reinforce the learning.


Curriculum
It is our philosophy and goal to create an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.  We believe in developing the child as a whole. That is why we have chosen the A Beka Curriculum.  We use this curriculum exclusively for our phonics and scripture program.  This allows our teachers to impart their own creativity, experiences, and themes into curriculum to ensure a Hands-on developmental experience inside the classroom.  We feel that this program will provide each child with an environment that is fun, warm, supportive, and will prepare them for success in the public school system and beyond.  Any curriculum offered by Lighthouse Academy can be reviewed at any time.

 


Newsletters
Parents are informed of the activities their children will be participating in through a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will include weekly topics, class activities, suggestions for parents, and any upcoming events within the community. 

Parents are also encouraged to visit their child or children at any time.  If you would like to sit in your child’s classroom, advance notice is required.  If you would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis in your child’s class, a health card is required.


Website
Our website offers additional information as well as updates.  Our website address is www.lighthouseacademynv.com  Parents can find special events, a monthly calendar, parent testimonials, frequently asked questions, as well as a great photo album.