Good communication is of the utmost importance. When a new family is accepted into our home, we like to be sure that we can share openly about any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar child care philosophy between our home and the parents. We welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the child(ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private at a mutually beneficial time. 

A child care home that nurtures children's minds and souls through encouraging experiences, caring relationships and enjoying God's awesomeness in our lives.

Cheery Tots Child Care exists for children to develop an awareness of God's love for them as early as they can by allowing them to hear and learn about Jesus Christ, so they may grow to know the Lord, respect others by practicing Godly character, and celebrate God's love for us all.

We believe it is important for each child to develop:

  • Physically by encouraging experiences that develop large and small muscle coordination and motor skills.

  • Social/ Emotionally by encouraging participation in group activities, getting along with others and developing a feeling of security and belonging.

  • Intellectually by encouraging an enthusiasm for learning through exploration and hands-on experiences.

  • Spiritually by integrating Christ-centered character qualities in daily activities and routines, modeled through the love of our care providers and the responses given to the children in our care, practiced in bible stories, songs, and prayer.

There are a few forms that make up the Cheery Tots enrollment process, which can also be completed online by clicking on the form below.

The enrollment forms must be completed and in our possession before we can assume the responsibility of caring for your child. This is to ensure that your child will get the very best care possible and satisfies the record keeping requirement of state licensing and USDA Food Program guidelines. If there are changes to any of the forms in the enrollment packet, please notify us to update your records.  If you have any questions regarding the completion of these forms, please feel free to ask Christi Zamora. 

It is mandatory for all children in our care to have current immunization records that must remain current throughout the entire care period. A copy of shot records for each child's file is required and must be kept current.

 

We choose to not accept children that do not receive childhood immunizations.  Please understand that we have very young infants in our care who are too young to have immunity to some preventable diseases, as well as a majority of parents who are not willing to take the risk of exposing their children to un-immunized persons. We cannot afford to lose the currently enrolled children for one new enrollment.

 

"Susceptible, unimmunized persons who continue to refuse the recommended measles vaccination(s) following exposure to measles should be asked to stay home from child care until 21 days after the last date the unimmunized child was exposed."

-Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Guidelines-Jan 2018

(https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/investigation/Investigation-Guidance.aspx)

 

There is no reduction of fulltime rate regardless of illness or absences, unless it is a scheduled family vacation with written notice as allowed on our contract. Payment is based on enrollment, not attendance. If the state or county deems that the child/children are not allowed to attend daycare due to a communicable illness for whatever reason, payment will still be required per the contract.

  • Hourly=$18/hr (3 HOURS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$65/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Weekly=$210/week (4-5 FULL DAYS)
  • Monthly=$800/month (4 WEEKS)

  • Hourly=$15/hr (3 HOURS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$50/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Weekly=$170/week (4-5 FULL DAYS)
  • Monthly=$660/month (4 WEEKS)

  • Hourly=$16/hr (3 HOURS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$60/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Weekly=$190/week (4-5 FULL DAYS)
  • Monthly=$740/month (4 WEEKS)

  • Hourly=$13/hr (3 HRS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$45/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Weekly=$150/week (4-5 FULL DAYS)
  • Monthly=$590/month (4 WEEKS)

INFANT (1-18MO)
TODDLER (19-35MO)
PRESCHOOL (3-5YRS)
SCHOOL AGE (6-12)
  • Hourly=$18/hr (3 HRS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$70/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Hourly=$17/hr (3 HRS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$65/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Hourly=$16/hr (3 HRS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$60/day (4-10 HOURS)
  • Hourly=$13/hr (3 HRS OR LESS)
  • Daily=$50/day (4-10 HOURS)
Although we reserve the right to accept this type of care arrangement at our discretion on a case-by-case basis ONLY, we are willing to accept drop-in requests with the agreement that we, as caregivers, have consent from parents that we may take your child/ren on short trips, run errands, or church activities while they are in our care on weekends or holidays when we agree to care for your child.  It is also understood that you may be asked to pick your child up at the address where the event we are attending is at during pick-up time before we agree for a drop-in.
INFANT (1-18MO)
TODDLER (19-35MO)
PRESCHOOL (3-5YRS)
SCHOOL AGE (6-12)
80/NIGHT
70/NIGHT
65/NIGHT
55/NIGHT

Siblings may sleep in the same room, but when other non-sibling children are present, boys & girls will occupy separate rooms.  Child may bring his/her own blanket/s and pillow/s if preferred.

 

We implement the following regular schedule for overnight care:

5:30 p.m. – Clean Up/Wash-up for Dinner

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:30 p.m. – Reading/Writing/Movie/Scheduled Activitiy

7:30 p.m. – Brushing/Bedtime Story & Prayer

8:00 p.m. – Bedtime 

TRANSPORTATION FEE = $15/RIDE (+$3/add'l mile outside the 5-mile radius from point A to point B)

OVERTIME/EARLY DROP-OFF FEE = $5 for every 15 minutes

LATE PAYMENT FEE = $30 on 2nd day after due date + $5/day after that

(Non-payment of 2 consecutive weeks will result in an immediate replacement of your child's spot)

FULL-TIME RESERVATION FEE (LONG VACATION) = Maintain full payment of weekly rate

HOLD FEE (WEEKS/MONTHS PRIOR TO 1ST DAY IN CARE) = Start full payment of weekly rate

HOLD FEE (7 DAYS PRIOR TO 1ST DAY IN CARE) = Weekly Rate as Down Payment

ONE-TIME SUPPLIES FEE (DUE AT ENROLLMENT) = $50

DEPOSIT (WEEKLY RATE FOR 2 WEEKS) = Varies for each Age Group (due in FULL on the 6th month)

DEPOSIT (Installment Agreement) = 24 weekly equal payment installments (6 months required

attendance or until after DEPOSIT is fully funded - to receive CREDIT towards Last 2 Weeks in Care)

Please remember that the maximum hours of care we will provide for your children is 10 hrs/day, and anything over that may incur overtime fees.  Although drop-in/part-time care is only 3 hrs. or less, our home child care capacity is limited to a maximum of 12 children at any given time, so drop-in care may not be provided if there is no open position for that day, as children are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If overnight care is needed for your child, we may allow it upon request and will prepare sleeping arrangements for your child.  Please remember that schedule changes of this nature may create some disruption to our normal schedule. We would appreciate as much notice as possible, so that we can plan for meals, sleeping arrangements, and any changes in activities that may occur.  

 

We maintain an open door policy for parents during daycare hours. This means that parents are always welcome to call or drop in to see their children. We would appreciate your taking into consideration our schedule when dropping in or calling, and remember that visitors usually cause children to react in an excited manner. If you call during the day, please be aware that we may be busy with the children and may not be able to answer the phone. If you would leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible. 

Children are to arrive clean and fed (unless arriving just before a meal time). We will try our best to send your child home with a clean diaper, and would appreciate the same consideration when you drop off.
MONDAY - FRIDAY : 6AM - 6PM
It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents, or cry when dropping off. Please make your drop off brief, the longer you prolong the departure, the harder it gets. A smile, cheerful good-bye kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be back is all that is needed. In my experience, children are nearly always quick to get involved in play or activities as soon as parents are gone.
 

Please be brief at pick-up times, as well. This is a time of testing, when two different authority figures are present (the parent and the provider). All children will test to see if the rules still apply. During arrival and departure, we expect parents to back up our rules. Please be in control of your child during pick up times.  Our normal procedure is to release the child only to his/her parents, or someone else the parents designate on the Authorized Pick up and Emergency Contact Form. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, please notify us ahead of time. 
It is required by state law that all parents sign their child in and out each day. For your convenience, we use the Brightwheel App for sign in/out and parents are given their own code, which gives us a written record of the child's attendance, hours, and the person who brought/picked up the child each day.
Under current law, it is illegal to discriminate against a parent or child based on race, sex, religion, national origin, and disability.
The following is a list of the paid holidays that Cheery Tots Child Care will be closed:
  • January - New Year's Day
  • January - MLK Jr. Day
  • February - President's Day
  • May - Memorial Day
  • July - Independence Day
  • September - Labor Day
  • November - Thanksgiving Day and the day after (Black Friday)
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve
We will be closed for 15 vacation days throughout the year and may/may not be taken together.  If your child is holding a full-time spot, ONE full week’s rate or 50% (varies for each age group) is still due. 
If your child is holding a full-time spot and you decide to take a vacation from 0-3 days that falls on the days your child is scheduled to be in daycare, payment is still due in full.  If you are away for the full week (your child’s 4-5 scheduled daycare days), you are required to give 4-6 weeks prior notice and pay 50% of your weekly rate (varies for each age group).

f you are away for more than a week (2 weeks max per calendar year) or a relative is keeping your child home, you are required to give 4-6 weeks prior notice and pay 50% of each weekly rate (varies for each age group) to hold your child’s spot when you return after 2 weeks. Failure of giving 4-6 week prior notice and nonpayment of the 50% weekly rate (4-5 vacation days) or a full week’s rate (2 vacation weeks) will result to termination of contract and your child’s full-time spot will be offered to other families on the waiting list immediately unless you have initiated a payment arrangement within the 1st week your child is away.

 

Cheery Tots will not honor 50% Rate Discounts if a family has used up the maximum 2 weeks Parent Vacation Days within a calendar year. If there is a need for the child to be away from daycare beyond 2 full weeks, payment is due in full by the 3rd week and the child may lose the full-time spot if payment is not made on time.

Occasionally we may find it necessary to take personal days off for things such as sick days, funeral leave, or to attend professional training. You will receive as much notice as possible and payment is NOT required for these days.
Parents may wish to secure their back-up provider for all of these situations. Although very rewarding, child care is also a very high stress occupation. In order for us to be the best providers that we can be, we will need time to relax with our family, accomplish household or child care projects, or attend training seminars/conferences.
Should we need to be away from the daycare for a short amount of time substitute care will be provided.  Care of this nature is entirely dependent upon the schedule of the substitute provider(s) and may not always be available. In the event of an emergency, should a substitute provider not be located, parents will be phoned to pick up their child. 
Parents are responsible for providing their own back up care for illness, holidays, provider’s vacations, provider’s illnesses, provider’s personal days, and of course in the event of a natural disaster. We will do our best to provide you with references of other providers available, and to give enough advance notice when possible.
It is always an excellent idea to have other child care arrangements available when placing your child into any child care program. This ensures you have care available should your regular provider become unavailable. 
Children should arrive dressed for play. We like to have fun! Having fun involves outdoor play and lots of messy activities, so please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. You will be expected to supply an art smock to protect clothes from paint or other art materials, and bibs to keep food stains to a minimum. Please don't dress your child in very nice clothing as it would be a difficult challenge to keep them spotless until pick-up time. Clothing should be comfortable and seasonally appropriate for outdoor play. Make sure to include hats, mittens, boots and coats for cold weather.  
We prefer that children do not bring toys from home unless it is something that can be shared with the entire group (i.e. books, videos, etc.). Little ones have a difficult time sharing with others, and it is even harder with their own special toys. If toys are brought, please note that they may be put away, if they are the cause of disagreements among the children.
Exceptions to this policy will be that a child may bring a favorite sleepy toy for naptime only, and toys may be brought for show and tell activities.  We are not responsible for any loss or breakage of personal items. All personal items must be clearly marked with the child's name.
Parents must supply the following items to be kept in their cubby: 
Diapers, wipes, pull-ups, powders/ointments, binkie (preferably on a binkie string), bottles, bibs, saline drops/gel and nasal syringe, blanket for rest time, and a complete change of clothes (replace when soiled), sunscreen & bug spray
 
All personal belongings should be marked with your child's name. 
With the Brightwheel App, parents can sign in/out and see updates of the children in care. It will include things such as, time of feedings, what was eaten, amount eaten, time of diaper checks and results, times of naps, any medication given, and various comments and snapshots about the child's day. Please understand that we may not be able to enter updates AT ALL times as day-to-day tasks may keep us occupied.
Preschoolers (3-5 yrs) enjoy a structured schedule that allows for flexibility. A schedule helps the day to flow more smoothly and allows the children to anticipate upcoming events. We will adhere to our written schedule to the best of our ability. There will be times when we have to make adjustments to the schedule. We appreciate families considering our schedule when picking up or dropping off children. It is better if arrivals and departures do not occur during quiet time, but when they do, please take note of the fact that children may be sleeping. Come and go as quietly and quickly as possible. Children who arrive during quiet time will be expected to rest or play quietly until the rest period is over.  We thank you for the information you filled out for us regarding your child's individual needs and schedule. It will help us get to know your child better. 
Our daily schedule, while very flexible, is as follows:
  • 6-7:00 a.m. – Early Drop offs (extended bedtime/free play)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast   
  • 9:15 a.m. – Circle Time/Activity
  • 10:00 a.m. – Morning Snacks/
  • 10:00 a.m. – Infant AM Naps  
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gross Motor Play (outside weather permitting)
  • 11:45 a.m. – Wash-up for Lunch
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunchtime
  • 12:30 p.m. – Clean-up
  • 12:45 p.m. – Story Time/Free Play
  • 1:00 p.m. – Nap/Quiet Time
  • 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Snacks
  • 3:30 p.m. – Gross Motor Play (outside weather permitting)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Indoor Free Play
  • 5:30 p.m. – Clean Up/Wash-up for Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. – Reading/Writing/ Movie/Scheduled Activity
  • 7:30 p.m. – Brushing/Bedtime Story & Prayer
  • 8:00 p.m. – Bedtime
We participate in the U.S.D.A. Food Program and all meals will be provided at no cost to parents. All parents will be required to fill out the USDA Eligibility Form regardless of eligibility.  Meals will consist of breakfast/lunch, dinner, morning, afternoon, or evening snacks.
You may bring food for your children to share with their peers.  If your child has allergies, and requires a modified diet, we must be notified of this in writing.  If a child has so many allergies that he/she cannot eat from our menu, we may require the parents to provide his/her lunch and snacks.  We never force a child to finish what is on his/her plate, but we do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like! All eating patterns will be communicated to the parents.
We do our best to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards. Children's hands are washed before and after meals, after playtime, and after toileting. We use paper towels for drying hands, so children do not have to use the same towel. If parents provide a toothbrush and toothpaste, teeth will be brushed as well. All providers are required to wash their hands frequently and also use antibacterial gel.  Beginning at toddler age, washable nap mats are used. Each child has a separate nap mat and are wiped with disinfectant weekly.  We ask that you provide your child with a sheet/blanket and pillow, which we wash weekly (unless soiled, then they are washed as often as necessary).  Children use separate cups, plates, bowls and eating utensils that have been thoroughly washed. High chair trays, etc. are disinfected after each use.
When you feel your child is ready for toilet training, we ask that you begin this teaching at home during a weekend or vacation. We will follow through and encourage your child while in our care. The child must be showing signs of readiness. When a child is ready, the process should go pretty quickly. The child must be kept in pull-ups or 5-ply training pants at all times. Putting a child in diapers part time, and training pants part time, can be confusing and delay the training process. Please keep in mind that the activity level here can distract your child from responding to an urge to use the potty, more so than at your home. Therefore, we may continue to use diapers or pull-ups until your child can and will announce that he/she must use the bathroom (not just at home, but here, as well) and can control his/her bladder and bowels for a few minutes beyond that announcement.

Parents need to supply training pants with plastic pants or pull-ups, plus a couple of extra changes of clothing each day (don't forget the socks!).  During toilet training, we ask that the child be dressed in "user friendly" clothing, as much as possible. The best items are shorts and pants with elastic waists, or dresses. Try to avoid really tight clothing, pants with snaps and zippers, and overalls. These are difficult for children to remove "in a hurry".  
There will be a designated nap/rest time each day. All children must nap, rest, read or play quietly during this period. Rest time gives children a much needed break during the day. Without rest time, some children are argumentative in the afternoon, short-tempered with others, and not real happy when they go home in the evening. 
Our main objective is to have fun, improve social skills, and encourage creative expression. We will utilize a variety of activities to accomplish this goal. Free play, reading, arts and crafts, music/singing, dancing, dramatic play/pretend, puzzles, building bricks/blocks and educational TV/videos are just some of the activities we will be doing. 
Music helps to develop young brains and will play a strong role in day-to-day activities. We may have special music activities and may also play music during other activities, for example, during arts and crafts or meal times. Some of the music we will be using may include classical, Christian worship, children's songs (by a variety of artists), and others.   
 
Television will be used as a tool to help children unwind and relax. We usually watch no more than one hour of television per day, and some days none at all. The exception may be on rainy days, or if we are having a particularly difficult day. Viewing will be limited to PBS and child-friendly, educational-style videos, such as Barney, Veggie Tales, colors/shapes/numbers/alphabets playlists, etc. 
There are certain home rules that all children will be taught and expected to follow. This is for the safety and well-being of everyone.  We use inside voice, use our words (if old enough to communicate through words), practice being gentle, and encourage playing together if not taking turns.  Hitting, pushing, biting, grabbing, kicking, spitting, or pinching other children/adults will NOT be allowed. No standing or climbing on chairs or tables. There will be no use of obscene, derogatory or disrespectful language.  Children may not walk around the home with food, cups or bottles. Respectful treatment of other people and all property, toys, and furniture is expected. Willful destruction of property will be charged to the parent at the cost to replace the item. Please support us in the enforcement of these rules, in order to create a better environment for all (see Departure and Arrival) and specifically for your child’s benefit, as he grows up knowing and understanding that rules keep him safe and helps him grow to be a better person.
As a child care home we are mandated reporters to the Department of Human Services if we feel a child is being abused or neglected. Always be sure to let the providers know when you drop your child off if he/she has any unexplained cuts or bruises. All children that come to our home with injuries have them logged into the child's file.  If you ever feel that Cheery Tots Child Care is not operating in a safe manner, please bring the matter to our attention. If you desire a copy of the state licensing guidelines, we will be happy to supply you one.  If you observe something that you know is a violation of state licensing laws, you can report the incident by calling the Department of Family Protective Services Hotline at 1(800) 252-5400, located at 1501 Circle Drive, Suite 310, Fort Worth, TX, 76119.
As with any disaster we cannot predict exactly what areas will be affected. We have done our best to try to put together a plan to inform you of our intentions to ensure the safety and security of your children.
Take immediate precautions as practiced in our monthly fire drill. We will take the children to the park located down the street from us and let them play until you can pick them up. 
We will stay put until we are evacuated. We will contact parents with our location.
We will stay put until evacuated by emergency services and removed to a safe location. Parents will be notified of our location.
Take immediate precautions as practiced in our monthly tornado drill. A head count will be done as soon as possible.  If phone contact or travel is not possible we will count on emergency services to remove us to a safe location and contact parents as soon as possible.
Indoor play: We provide a variety of age-appropriate toys for indoor play. Toys may be rotated or placed temporarily out of use so that the children do not become bored. Younger children have less-developed organizational skills and can get easily frustrated or upset when there are too many toys to choose from. It is also more difficult for them to help with clean up when there are toys everywhere, because it is so overwhelming to them. For this reason, during free play times, each child may select one or two things at a time to play with. They will be shown how to put those things away before selecting something else.
 
Outdoor play: We will be playing outdoors every day that weather permits. Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed (see Clothing/Attire section) for outdoor play at all times. Our activities will include walks, playground, water play (sprinkler in summer), and others. We do not go outside when the temperature is below 20 degrees (including wind chill), or above 90 degrees (including heat index). We are mandated by state law to take the children outside.
We maintain a positive discipline policy, which focuses on prevention, redirection, love, consistency and firmness. We stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for property. The children are explained the rules in our home frequently, so they are all familiar with the guidelines. Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. Young children have a hard time expressing their feelings. Sometimes they hit, throw toys, bite, etc. We will try to prevent problems, redirect when appropriate, discuss inappropriate behavior, encourage making amends when offense involves another person, and sometimes withdraw privileges based on the principle of "natural consequences".
 
An example might be where a child is misusing a toy then he/she will not be allowed to play with the toy for a period of time. The use of time outs will be rare except when a brief cooling off period is needed. Sometimes when children are fighting or throwing toys, we will put the toy in a short time out, and then bring it back into circulation a little later. This seems to work better than giving the child a time out.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name calling or isolation used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment.  If a discipline problem arises that does not respond to the above mentioned techniques, we will hold a conference with the parents. Together, we will try to find a solution.
Cheery Tots Child Care Home does NOT care for children who are ill.  The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well-being and safety of all concerned.
 
Sick Child Policy: Under no circumstances may a parent bring a sick child to our home, if the child shows any signs of illness (see SYMPTOMS REQUIRING REMOVAL OF CHILD FROM CHILD CARE), or is unable to participate in the normal routine and regular child care program. 
If your child is holding a full-time spot, please understand that child care providers rely solely on Fees as their source of income, and if your child's absences (INCLUDING sick days and parent days off that falls on child's scheduled daycare days) will cause their income to fluctuate because you expect a discount whenever you decide to skip daycare, they will be highly motivated to offer your child's spot to another family immediately.  For your child to keep his full-time spot, payment is due in full regardless of your child's absences.  There is no reduction of fulltime rate regardless of illness or absences, unless it is a scheduled family vacation with written notice as allowed on our contract. Payment is based on enrollment, not attendance.
 
  • Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher taken under the arm and forehead, 101°F taken orally, or 102°F taken rectally. For children 4 months or younger, the lower rectal temperature of 101°F is considered a fever threshold; (a child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to daycare, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.)
  • Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.
  • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.
  • Vomiting: 2 or more times in a 24 hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.
  • Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
  • Runny nose (other than clear), draining eyes or ears.
  • Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including ringworm.  
  • Child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care
Parents will provide any medications needed by the child, including over-the-counter and prescription medicine. Written authorization is needed for us to administer ANY medication, prescription or over-the-counter. NOTE: All medicines must be in their original container with pharmacist's or manufacturer's label, child's name, dosage instructions, current date, name of medication, and times to be administered clearly written.
Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but we make every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. If you are not going to be at your usual place of employment, or at home, please make sure that we have a number where you can be reached.  Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, if required.  Cheery Tots Child Care Home will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on our home premises.  
To be able to secure a full-time spot for your child, the weekly rate payment is required as another child could be needing the same spot you are holding.  As caregivers, our income relies primarily on fees to be able to pay our own bills that do not decrease significantly whenever there are less children in care.  Keeping your spot open until you are ready without payment is considered a significant loss of income on our end when another family is ready to start immediately.  That is unfair to us and other families, which is why we require full payment the moment you confirm you are willing to secure a spot for your child.
 
If you are not willing to start payments until your child is ready to start in our care in the future 
weeks/months, you may try again to inquire about availability no later than 7 days prior to 
your planned 1st day in our care.  If we confirm there is still a spot available, we are able to 
hold the spot for you (for the following 7 days only) with a down payment of the weekly rate of your child's age group, which will be applied to your first week in care.  You may change your mind before the 3rd day prior to your child's first day, and we will refund 50% of your down 
payment. If you decide not to move forward 1 or 2 days prior to your child's first day, the down payment to secure the spot is non-refundable.
This contract begins on the day both provider and parent signs the paper contract, and may be terminated by either parent/guardian by giving 14 DAYS written notice.  The provider may terminate the contract without notice if the parent/guardian is over 14 DAYS late with scheduled payments.  Parent/guardian may terminate the contract without notice if the provider does not comply with Texas Child Care regulation/laws.  The provider may end the contract at will.  Your DEPOSIT will be returned to you should Cheery Tots Child Care decide to discontinue care at the end of that week.  If the week is still unpaid at the time the contract is terminated by the provider, one week's rate will be deducted from the deposit that will be returned to you.
Non-payment of at least 2 consecutive weeks will result in an immediate replacement of your child's full-time spot, thus automatically ending our contract with you. We may or may not send you a final notice informing you to find another provider as your child's spot is immediately offered to other families on the wait list.  Your deposit will serve as payment for the 2 unpaid weeks, and your child will no longer have a spot to return to.  At this time, should you wish to keep your child's spot, you must find ways to make a payment arrangement on the same day or pay your overdue balance with a credit card if needed and all accrued late payment fees on top of that.
Although careful consideration has been given to the content of the Parent Handbook and the Contract, there will be occasions when these documents need to be revised.  Parents will be advised at least 14 DAYS in advance of a policy change unless it is a new provincial regulation which is beyond our control.  Parents will also be provided with a new Handbook detailing the changes.  There will also be times when it is necessary to increase the fees charged to parents.  Again, parents will be given at least 14 DAYS notice of this change.  By continuing to remain in our care and not submitting notice, changes are accepted as notified and automatically become policy 14 DAYS after notification of the change.