Family ACCESS Early Learning Center practices a nut-free policy; however, we are housed in a building that is not necessarily nut-free. Because of this, parents/guardians, educators and students work together in following these guidelines and policies.
All parents/guardians will be asked to fill out a sheet listing any and all allergies that their child(ren) may have. Along with this sheet, parents/guardians will be given an Individual Health and Allergy Plan to complete and sign along with their child’s healthcare provider. A medication consent form must also be completed and signed by the parent and medical practitioner.
Parents/guardians are required to meet with their child’s classroom teacher prior to the child’s start at Family ACCESS.
A physical exam is required and must be updated yearly by your pediatrician. Immunizations should be up to date and are required by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care for all children in a licensed childcare program. Prevention is our model. We are able to provide information about medical or religious exemptions to the required immunizations on request.
Children need to have documentation of lead testing. If your child is over nine (9) months of age, you will need to provide documentation that your child has been screened for lead poisoning.
Family ACCESS’s Mental Health Consultants work with closely with teachers to support a nurturing classroom environment, positive teacher-child interactions and address the individual social/emotional needs of children. Specific activities include: weekly classroom observations, informal sharing of information; participation in teacher team meetings; mentoring and coaching; and, consultation as needed for an emerging challenge or crisis.
In addition to time spent in the classroom, our clinicians are available to meet with parents and/or children to provide added support around the life events that all families face: new siblings, the death of a grandparent, a move, etc. They are also available to provide support, referrals and counseling for those times when your child’s worries, behaviors, anger or sadness cause you concern.