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Monday, July 4, 2016

POTM: Staff & Volunteers

The following is taken directly from our Handbook. If you have any questions, let us know.

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool teachers enjoy their jobs and truly love working with children. They display a passion for teaching children through their conversations and affection with the children. All of our teachers either have their CDA (Child Development Associate credential) or Child Care Professional Associates in Applied Science or are working toward it (or a related field). 

Our staff members all go through the hiring process which includes: a personal interview with the administrator, a working interview in the classroom, and documentation of education and credentials. 

All staff members meet the requirements required by the state of Michigan. 
• Each staff member has had a criminal history check using ICHAT 
• Each staff member has been cleared through the Department of Human Services 
• Each staff member has current CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens certifications. 
• Staff members in the infant/toddler room have training in safer sleep, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome 
• Each staff member completes 16 hours of trainings, workshops, or seminars every year to learn new information on child development, curriculum, health and safety, family communications, and many other topics. 

Staff candidates (and volunteers) will NOT be hired if they have been convicted of any of the following: 
• A listed offense, as defined in section 2 of the sex offenders registration act, 1994 PA 295, MCL 28.722. 
• Child abuse or neglect.
• A felony involving harm or threatened harm to an individual within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of hire. 

Staff (and volunteers) will not be present in the center until there is documentation from the department of human services on file at the center that he or she has not been named in a central registry case as a perpetrator of child abuse or child neglect. 

The Director and owner, Ms. Jenn, has been doing daycare since 1999. She started as a home provider then expanded to a group home and has now opened Jellybean Daycare & Preschool. She worked very hard to receive Accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care, obtain her Child Development Associate and her Associate degree in early childhood education.

When we are full, our staff will consist of 15-18 employees. Ms. Jenn is the director, owner, and lead preschool teacher. Juju is Jellybean Daycare & Preschool’s administrator and co-director. Mimi is our chef. There will be a lead infant/toddler teacher and assistant teachers enough to meet a 1 to 3 ratio in that room. There will be a lead preschool teacher and assistant teachers to meet a 1 to 5 ratio in the preschool room. These ratios are ones that we have chosen to give the children a little extra attention. Occasionally, we might have to use state ratios (1 to 4 and 1 to 8) in instances where a teacher calls in or in an emergency situation. For more about your child’s teacher, look in their room where their interests and credentials are posted or on our website staff page. If you ever have a question for any of us, please let us know. We are here to help. 

Volunteers, including parents, who will be unsupervised with children, will have also been cleared by the Department of Human Services. All other volunteers will be supervised by staff at all times. If a volunteer has contact with children for at least 4 hours a week for 2 consecutive weeks then we will require a physical from their doctor as well as verification that they are free of TB. This is the something that the state requires of our staff and volunteers. 

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool hires employees based on their education and expertise within our environment. We cannot be responsible of held liable if parents hire center employees for privately arranged child care outside of Jellybean Daycare & Preschool. 

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