Safety/Security


At Pee Wee Patch, your child’s safety is our number one priority. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at Pee Wee Patch. We have taken all necessary precautions to ensure your child is safe at all times.

Secure Access


Once you enter our lobby, you’ll notice that the doors leading into our center are locked. Authorized parents and faculty simply place a finger on the reader and they are granted access into the center. All visitors must see the front desk and cannot enter the center without proper identification and authorization. Teachers are the only one's with access to the codes. 

Video Surveillance


Pee Wee Patch has a 24/7 video surveillance system and provides cameras in every classroom, at each entrance door, throughout the hallways, on the playground and our parking lots.  Parents can’t say enough about the benefits of Pee Wee Patch’s safety measures.

Authorization


Only pre-approved people with photo identification may pick-up your child.

Background Checks


All staff and volunteers are required to have a criminal history check using the Michigan state police internet criminal history access tool (ICHAT) or equivalent, for a person’s state of official residence, shall be completed before making an offer of employment to that person. A copy of the ICHAT and DHS clearance is kept on file.

Highly Developed Hiring Processes


Our hiring process is best described as ‘thorough’. Prior to being hired, applicants are carefully screened and interviewed. Each potential employees must have a criminal background check and ICHAT completed before the offer of employment.  All staff must have medical examinations, TB test and detailed reference checks. New employees participate in New Hire Orientation, a vigorous hands-on training that introduces Pee Wee Patch policies and procedures which explain our high standards. All staff and volunteers are trained annually in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Safe Sleep and Shaken Baby. At Pee Wee Patch we require our Team Leaders and Lead Teachers to be trained in child development, early childhood education or a related field.

Emergencies


At Pee Wee Patch we are serious about training for tornados, fires, earthquakes and lockdown situations. We have an emergency evacuation plan at each center and posted in each classroom. All classrooms have a crisis manual with step by step instructions. We don’t just have a plan; we regularly test and train so our staff and children are ready.

Playgrounds


Our high-quality playground equipment is safe, sturdy and tested monthly by our Maintenance Technician to ensure it is secure and in good working order. We have safe fall zones with soft landing areas if your child takes a tumble. All outside play areas are wrapped in secure fencing.

Sanitation


Pee Wee Patch is cleaned with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. Our center is cleaned nightly by cleaning vendors. Cleaning supplies are kept safely out of reach of children. While other child care providers clean toys each evening, Pee Wee Patch sanitizes toys throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs. We encourage children to wash their hands throughout the day by singing songs and teaching lessons about health and hygiene. Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas.

Medications


We have strict policies for administering medication to your child to ensure they are protected. Based on the recommendation of DHS and new research about healthy practices for all children, we require a doctor’s note for any medication, prescription or over the counter, given to any child to ensure safety. Medications are stored securely out of the reach of children. Only properly staff administer medications to children while in attendance at Pee Wee Patch.

Wellness


At Pee Wee Patch we assess every child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s day with us; we increase assessment during flu season. We notify parents when a child does not feel well and/or shows symptoms to help prevent an illness from spreading. We require parents to pick up their child within an hour after being called.

Other safety measures are:

  • Finger print or number code entry systems
  • Check in/out computer system
  • Classroom observation windows
  • Visitor/Solicitor/Tour Policy
  • Secure entry and exit for facility and outdoor play areas
  • 24 hour monitored fire systems
  • Fire retardant systems (sprinkler system throughout our building and on both floors), smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Handicap accessible
  • Health Service Plan in place
  • Child sized furniture

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