Parental involvement in the life of the Woods Hole Day Care Cooperative provides a unique opportunity for you and your child to become comfortable in an educational setting and begin to build a positive platform for later school growth. We encourage your involvement as much as possible in the school. Visiting the school during your child's session is permitted and your parental right.
Parents can learn about the goings-on of the center by checking the parent bulletin board and reading the weekly message "Coop Life Lines." Also, please be sure to check your "mailbox" each day for notices, as well as precious artwork created by your child.
It is hoped that all parents will take advantage of the opportunity to attend Parent/Teacher conferences. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss your child's activities and behavior and help form an educational plan for your child. Reports will include information on observations and documentation of your child's progress in a range of activities such as, developmental domains of Cognitive, Social/Emotional, Language and Fine and Gross Motor and Life Skills. Conference times will be offered mid-year, although parents may initiate a meeting at any time they feel it is necessary. Teachers are responsible for writing progress reports every six months and these will be discussed with you at these conferences and kept on file with your child's records.
What Your Child Needs
Each child should arrive on his/her first day with a complete change of clothing, including diapers and wipes, if needed. Children attending the afternoon sessions must bring a flame-resistant sleeping bag/blanket for nap time. These items will be stored in a tub provided at the center and taken home regularly to be washed. Periodically clean out your child’s cubby and check that the necessary clothing is there. Be sure it is appropriate for the season of the year. Clearly mark all your child’s clothing.
Parents whose children attend the morning session must provide lunches with beverage for their children. During the regular school year lunches are refrigerated to ensure freshness. Summer session lunches need ice packs, as there is no refrigeration. If lunches are accidentally forgotten or not adequate the Day Care will have supplemental food available. A suggested list of suitable proteins, fruits, vegetables, dairy and grain products follows:
Protein: ham, tuna, turkey, chicken, bologna, meat loaf, toddler meat sticks, egg, etc.
Fruit: apple, pear, peach, grapes(cut up), orange, clementine, banana, avocado, strawberries, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
Vegetables: celery, green/red pepper, green beans, peas, snap peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, potato salad etc.
Dairy: milk, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, any kind of cheese, etc.
Grains: whole wheat bread, raisin bread, oatmeal bread, muffin, crackers, cereal, etc.
Nutritional morning and afternoon snacks are provided and prepared in a safe and sanitary manner by the parents. This will work on a rotating schedule.
On your day, you will be asked to provide 2 different snacks, one for the a.m. and one for p.m. snacks, each for about (winter session) 29 children and (summer session) 23 children. Snacks can be brought in on the day they are needed, or non-perishable items can be brought in ahead of time, labeled with the child’s name and snack date, and placed in the kitchen. Refrigerator space is available, if necessary.
It is our sincere hope that this can be a fun way for you and your child to share part of their school day by choosing a favorite, bringing a staple from your home, or baking together.
It is important that children be picked up on time. When dropping off or picking up, please be prepared to do so at the scheduled time when the session begins or ends. Also the children need to be picked up no later than 5:00pm when the center closes for the day. Parents will be charged an extra hour for every 15 minutes they are late picking up their child(ren). This penalty imposed by the Board of Directors is designed to keep the Coop running safely, smoothly and legally.
Share your Talents/Donations
If you have an interesting hobby or talent that you would like to share with the children, speak with the Director about donating your time and talents to the Cooperative. Donations of play materials are also always welcome. Please, if you have any "junk" around that could be used by us, let us know. We gladly accept: old sheets, pie plates, ribbon, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, old costume jewelry, magazines, buttons, old greeting cards, wood scraps, fabrics, and any assortment of items that could be changed into a work of art by your child.
Please share your problems and concerns with us, even though arrival and departure times can be hectic. Feel free to call and discuss any questions you may have or set up an appointment. If you have suggestions, comments, or concerns please bring them to the attention of the Director who is available to talk in the afternoon hours when not in the classroom. If there needs to be further discussion, the issue will be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors who are also open to suggestions, comments, and concerns. Meetings of the Board are held monthly, and all parents of children attending the Cooperative are invited to attend. Their dates are posted on the parent bulletin board. All parents are given the opportunity to evaluate the program anonymously at the end of the school year.