NOVEMBER 8TH, 2016 Minutes
In Attendance: Pat McIntosh, Lisa Strenkowski, Shelley Rideout, Tamika Lightfoot, Sarah Hoban, Heather Hansen-Dunbar
Regrets: Karin Bradley, Ulanda Ulalia, Warren Haire
Thanks to our amazing chair, Lisa, for bringing PIZZA!!! YUMMY YUM! And thanks to our super treasurer, Tamika, for bringing TRUFFLES! OMG! YUMMY YUM!
From the Daycare Act: “The facility’s agenda for each meeting includes (48 (5))
➢ Safety, care and well being of the children (48 (5)(a)): Our maintenance man had to rehang a shelf in Dynamic that had come down. We also pressure washed the giant ship rope as it was discolored and we wanted to ensure it was not mold / mildew? (on front playground) The classrooms have some colds but there is no particular illness circulating.
➢ Status of facility’s license (48 (5)(b)): Our Annual Inspection took place on November the 3rd. We are in full compliance with no violations but she did make some notations for us to consider / change.
GOING OUTSIDE TWICE A DAY: The Zest room had not gone out twice a day the previous week (3 days out of 5) due to not enough children having required outerwear. She proposed we schedule outdoor time on the playground with less puddles on puddle days to get them all out whether they have right clothes or not. We are discussing this and also preparing an extensive requirement list for families.
LABELLING OF BABY BOTTLES: we have always labelled the shelves in the fridge for the specific children and she would like the bottles labelled. We can either replace the shelf labelling with this or just label the bottles.
MEZZO MATS: getting worn at seams. Recommended replacement. (did this the same day via Costco.ca)
EMERGENCY NUMBERS: phone numbers in baby room are posted by the phone and need to also be by the exit.
EVAC PLANS THAT ARE POSTED: Recommend also highlighting the plan for that room.
INFANT FOOD PLANS: are in children’s files in the office. Recommend that they also be in a binder with index tabs in the infant classroom.
➢ Programs provided by the licensee (48 (5)(c)): Our curriculum is Emergent. We provide both full and part time programs for toddlers and preschoolers; full time programs only for infants.
➢ Equipment & materials available to the children (48 (5) (d)): The very large art supply order approximately $2500 was placed. Some items were purchased through Walmart.ca (shaving cream), some through Staples Preferred (card stock) the remainder were purchased through Avron. We also got a large quantity of loose parts recently from Goodies, Dartmouth Surplus, and Princess Auto. We purchased $2000 worth of books and toys from Chapters but got a $500 discount due to Friends and Family sale. We also purchased 30 custom made “baby-doll slings” made with different fabric, some for inside and some for outside. Placed an order with Woodchacallit.ca after meeting with them.
➢ Staffing patterns and staff qualifications (48 (5) (e)):
Baby Room: Team of 4: Two Level 2’s and Two Entry Levels, Mezzo: Solo Teacher: One Level 1, Bounce: Team of 3: Two Level 2’s and One Level 1, Zest: Team of 3: Three Level 3’s (one is working a maternity leave term position for us until February when a Level 2 is slated to return), Vivacity: Team of 3: One Level 3, One Level 2, One Level 1, Dynamic: Two Level 3’s, One Level 2.
--- We reached out to http://www.woodchacallit.ca/ regarding replicating the Outlast blocks. We met with them and placed an order of other items. Following up on whether or not they believe they can replicate Outlast products.
--- We contacted our local BP: Boston Pizza. Either Sean or Vanessa will be calling us tomorrow to discuss enrolling us in School Earnback.
------We then prepared the Mom’s Pantry information for dispersal on the lockers tomorrow.
Heather was writing a couple of notices to parents and asked for the parents of the committee to help with the concepts, approach, phrasing etc. and for ideas. One was a letter about drop off time being 9 a.m. and the other was about required items to have at daycare. The committee recommended a clothing drive for families to bring in outerwear / clothes that families have outgrown to help others with acquiring the needed items. Also the committee decided to purchase either 1 or more MEC rainsuits to have a raffle to fundraise to buy more of these with the rainsuit(s) as the raffle prize.
Committee Functions: Lisa Strenkowski is the Committee’s Chair. Tamika Lightfoot is the treasurer.
Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of Each Month!
Our next meeting is December 13th from 7 to 8:30 pm J See you then!