Accepting Applications for Next School Year
August 24 2020-May 21 2021
We do not have any current summer openings.
Hourly rates are billed to the minute after a one hour minimum charge. If you are over an hour, we round up to the next hour.
If one of our closings are during the week, divide the weekly rate by the number of days they were here to figure up how much to pay.
Unless you are taking a scheduled vacation day; if you cancel, your child is sick, or you are a no show, you are still required to pay the full amount stated in the contract for those days.
We currently do not accept half day positions, your daily rate covers an entire day of care.
Families paying full time get 2 weeks off free for vacations and part-time families can take 5 days off per year free and your spot will be secure. Anything more will require full payment. This is applicable only after a child has been enrolled for at least six months. If the enrollment is less than six months, there is no vacation time allotted towards childcare fees. All days we take off will be free of charge to you.
We ask for a two weeks notice before you take off, and we will give at least 1 month’s notice before we take off unless it is for an unexpected emergency or funerals. In most cases, we can give our time off a year in advance with reminders sent out as they approach.
Work Layoff, Loss of Job, Maternity Leave:
A leave of absence will be granted due to a layoff, job loss, or a new baby. We will hold your spot for 6 weeks for $25/child per week. After 6 weeks it will be full tuition in order to continue to hold your spot. If you decide to keep your current child in our care during leave, full payment for that child is still required.
Drop-In and Trading Days:
We accept children as full-day drop-ins when there are enough spaces available among our regular children.
Part-Time children are only allowed to trade days if there are enough openings for the day. We have different children coming throughout the day who may come opposite days as you. Since there is a maximum child allowance for us to have in care at one time, you must check with me in advance to see if there are openings for drop-ins for the day. If there are drop-in spaces available for the day you are wanting to trade you may do so. If there are no openings available for the day you are wanting, you are still required to pay the full weekly amount regardless if they come or not.
You are allowed one schedule change per day. If you tell us your child will not be attending on a certain day you are still required to pay the same weekly amount and we have the right to allow drop in children to come in your place that day.
You will still be required to pay for days your child is sick because payment is holding their spot regardless of attendance. If a child is out sick for a whole week, we will refund half of your weekly tuition with proof of a doctors note.
If we are shut down due to a pandemic, tuition will not be due. Once we open back up if families are still not comfortable returning to daycare, they will have 3 weeks where we will hold their spot without pay. After those 3 weeks, half tuition will be due. If a family still does not return after 6 weeks, full tuition will be due to hold their child's spot or their spot will be terminated with 2 weeks pay according to our signed contract agreement.
The holidays we take off are posted on our Mark your Calendars page. If you choose not to come to daycare on these days, tuition is still required.
If your child is part-time, and the days vary from week to week, please provide a schedule for me that covers at least two weeks at a time.
If your child is normally here Monday-Wednesday-Friday (or 3 days per week) and one of those days your child does not come to daycare due to sickness or other reasons, payment is expected for 3 days.
We charge a fixed weekly rate by our contracted agreement. If you decide to keep your child home for a day or two, payment is still the same whether the child was there or not. Payment obligation is based on the days and hours you agree to use the daycare services not on actual days of attendance unless they exceed the hours contracted. This applies to regularly scheduled and part-time children also.
Any parent who withdraws from Little Sprouts with a delinquent payment will be sent to a collection agency. NO EXCEPTIONS.
No refunds are given for services rendered. Reimbursement may only be issued for overpayment of services.
If daycare is closed on Friday than payment is due on the last day of childcare of that week. We will accept a post-dated check for the Friday of that week.
Due within a week after our first interview with your signed contract.
This fee guarantees a spot for a specified date of the child. This fee is non-refundable should alternate arrangements be made by you. The amount is equal to one week’s pay rate and will be credited to fees owed the first week you begin daycare with us.
Payment is due a week in advance. The holding fee will be used for week 1. You pay at the end of the week in order to come the following week. We have late fees and a no pay, no stay policy.
Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up
Drop off time before your contracted hours or pick up time after these hours must be prearranged and only on an occasional basis. After 20 minutes of no call/no show we will start calling emergency contacts. Please notify us if an undesignated person will be picking up your child.
Photo identification may be necessary for anyone picking up your child that is not notated on the authorization form. If consent and/or proper ID are not received, the child will not be released until we hear from the parent or they obtain identification. Please understand this is for your child's safety.
We are pretty flexible considering weather and traffic issues, just don’t make excuses and let us know before closing if you will be late.
Late fees will be added up and will be due with payment on Friday.
If payment is late you will be given a fee of $5 per day. Payment is due by Friday at 5:30 pm unless prior arrangements have been made.
After 5:31pm on Friday until Saturday at 5:30pm late fees will be $5.
5:31pm Saturday until 5:30pm Sunday lates fees will be $10.
5:31pm Sunday until Monday morning late fees will be $15.
If payment has not been made by drop off on Monday the child will not be able to stay until payment and late fees are caught up.
Receipts and Payment Forms:
We are tax deductible. A receipt will be provided when requested. Annual receipts will be provided in January with a yearly payment form so that you may claim your childcare credit on your taxes.
When paying with cash, please have the exact total.
When paying with a check, please make sure writing is legible. We will try up to 2 times to deposit a check. A fee of $25.00 will be assessed on checks not accepted by the bank. If a check has bounced, you will be required to pay cash from that day forward.
Failure to Pay:
If we cannot count on our paycheck from week to week, this could be grounds for termination. We will be unable to pay our bills, buy groceries, keep up with a reliable car, provide crafts and activities and much more if we are not paid. We work hard for our daycare families and deserve respect and payment for services rendered. Please respect this business and pay us on time.
Frequently asked questions
How many children attend the daycare? What is your child to caregiver ratio?
Most days we have between 5-6 children. Our max child to caregiver ratio is 6:1 during the summer months. We accept no more than 2 infants at any given time.
What do you serve for meals and snacks? Or do parents need to provide food?
Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are Provided:
How do you handle discipline or behavioral problems? For instance, how do you handle biting, hitting, or bullying situations?
What is the potty-training procedure?
Do you transport children in a vehicle? Where would you go?
We will have you sign a one time transportation form without specific dates because we are out in the neighborhood on a regular basis. We go on walks, drive to parks, to museums, movies, farms, roller skating, soft play areas, volunteering..etc on a regular basis especially during the summer so for us it's just easier to have you sign one waiver and then will verbally tell you what our trips for the week will look like. We usually go out between 1-2 times a week during the school year and about 3 times a week during the summer.
Picnics in the park
Safe T Town (free for 4-5 yo in Troy)
Brukner Nature Center
Island Metro Park
Thomas St. Cloud Park
Dayton Art Institute - kids get in free
Free movies - Danberry, Cinemark during the summer months
McDonalds, Burger King, Chick- Fil-A play places
Stillwater Church playplace
Play Area at the Piqua Mall
Sunwatch Indian Villiage
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
What is your nap time policy?
Do you have references I can contact?
Contact us for a list of references.
What is your sick policy?
What days and hours are you open?
We are open on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:30pm