Policies

Call 281-554-5000 for more information about our Policies.

Health and Safety Policies

1. A child who is apparently ill will not be admitted to Gimmie A Break.

2. A child with a fever or contagious illness must be kept at home. Fever is considered a temperature of 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit or above. We cannot dispense any medications to the children.

3. If your child becomes ill, you will be notified and asked to pick up your child.

4. In case of medical emergency, we will call 911 first and then we’ll call the parents immediately thereafter. Please make sure we can always contact you or a responsible adult.

5. Notices will be posted regarding any communicable diseases within the center as soon as possible.

6. If you would like to apply bug spray or sunscreen to your child, please put it on at home before your child arrives.

7. Because we are open late, we watch for intoxicated drivers. Children WILL NOT be released to intoxicated drivers under any circumstances! Please be sure to have a safe ride arranged for your child.

8. All important notices for parents will be posted at the front desk for easy viewing.

9. When dropping off or picking up your child, please be sure to first check in at the front desk. When picking up your child, please be prepared to show your I.D. Children will only be released to the person who was designated at drop off.

Food Policies

1. Meals are only served between 7 AM – 8 AM, 11:30 AM – 1 PM and 5 PM – 7 PM (or 5 PM – 7:30 PM on Fri. and Sat.) These meal times apply even if food is brought in from home or a restaurant.

2. When dropping off your child, please alert us to any food allergies.

3. Our refrigerator space is limited. When sending lunches or snacks from home, please use a cold pack inside the lunchbox if the food requires refrigeration.

4. To help keep the center clean for everyone, we do not allow children to bring gum or candy from home. A piece of candy is typically available for children when they leave our facility.

Please drop by our full meal policy page and menus page.

Toy/Clothing Policies

1. All children’s belongings must be clearly labeled.

2. All children 18 months and older must wear shoes.

3. To prevent broken or lost toys, we do not allow children to bring toys from home. Please check our lost and found regularly for missing items. The contents are donated to charity every month if unclaimed.

Payment Policies

1. Unless you have previously purchased a discount package, all hourly charges must be paid each time that you drop off your child. If your pre-paid package hours are depleted, and you have an unpaid balance, the overage will be charged to your account at the higher, non-discounted hourly rate.

2. No refunds are given for pre-paid hours. Any overages will be applied to your account as a credit.

3. There is a late fee of $5.00 per child plus $2.00 for every minute past closing that you pick up your child. This fee must be paid separately and cannot be taken out of your account.

Enrollment / Reservation Policies

1. All children must be enrolled in our facility by having all information complete on their enrollment and credit authorization forms, and by paying the $50 registration fee. If your child does not attend public school, you must complete page two of the enrollment form, which includes a physician’s signature and the child’s current immunization record.

2. The initial registration fee includes the membership fee for one year. In order to continue paying member rates, the membership fee must be renewed annually on the family’s anniversary date.

3. Reservations are required for all children under 3 years old. Without a reservation, we cannot guarantee that space will be available for your child.

4. There is a three-hour minimum on Friday and Saturday nights for children under 3 years old.

5. All children under 3 years old must be cancelled by 9AM on the day of the reservation (10 AM on Saturdays). Failure to cancel the reservation by this time will result in your account being charged a “No Show” fee for the entire reservation. You may not cancel a reservation if it is made on the same day as care.

6. If you do not show up within 2 hours of your reservation time, we will cancel your reservation and charge you for the time reserved.

7. Infants and Toddlers (6 weeks-35 months old) cannot be dropped off between 11 am. and 2 pm. This is their nap period, and it disrupts their sleeping.

8. All children under 3 years old must be dropped off prior to 8 pm. in the evening.

9. If transportation is needed from school to Gimmie A Break, we contract with an outside service that can transport your child to Gimmie A Break.

Discipline Policies

1. Discipline steps we follow are: (1) Time Out for the same number of minutes as the age of the child. For example, a three-year old would be in time out for approximately three minutes. (We repeat this step for minor problems.) (2) Call parent to speak to child. (3) Call parent to pick up child.

2. Please let us know in advance if there are any special needs that require our attention.

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