MOPPETS is the name affectionately given to our children who attend our child care while mommy attends the MOPS meeting.
How do I make childcare reservations?
Childcare reservations should be made one week in advance of each meeting. Our MOPPETS Coordinator, Jennifer Gossen, will contact you directly about your childcare needs. Childcare space is limited, so if you need to miss a meeting, please cancel as soon as possible so that we may offer the spot to a mom on our waiting list. If you have two no-shows without canceling your childcare, we will recognize that another mom has a greater need for childcare and give her your monthly spot.
What should my child bring to MOPPETS?
Please bring a diaper bag that includes diapers and an extra change of clothes. Diapers will be changed on an as needed basis in the nursery, but at least once during the meeting. Babies and toddlers two & under may bring a bottle or spill proof cup. Please be sure that all personal items (bags, bottles, cups, clothing, etc.) are labeled with your child’s name. If your child is still potty training, please bring a change of clothes and be sure his/her childcare provider is aware of the situation. We encourage your child to leave toys, etc. at home to avoid losing them, however if your child is attached to a blanket, toy or pacifier, please be sure all items are well labeled with your child’s name. Due to possible food allergies in the classroom we ask that you do not bring food from home for your children.
Will my child be provided with a snack?
Children are served a light snack and water, so please note on their registration form if your child has any food allergies and talk with your child’s caregiver about this. You can pack a beverage in a labeled, spill-proof cup/bottle for each child. Babies in the infant room who are old enough will be offered Goldfish and/or Cheerios with your permission.
May I keep my child with me during the meeting?
Because MOPS is a very rare and special time for moms to have a break from the responsibilities of being a mom, we strongly encourage you to leave your children in the care of our wonderful childcare staff. However, we understand that nursing babies may need to be with you at times.
What if my child cries for me?
Drop off times during MOPS meetings can be stressful for both the children and their mothers. We try to ease the separation by providing music, toys and activities to keep children busy and happy. Please show your child a game or toy, help him/her feel comfortable, tell them goodbye and that you will come back, and then simply leave. It is normal for your child to cry; in fact, it is a good sign, showing that they are attached to you. After a short time, they usually will stop crying and begin playing. Please be assured that the childcare staff will never let them cry without holding or rocking them or trying other comforting measures. If the staff's best efforts fail, you will be notified immediately. If your child does cry very hard for more than ten minutes, you will be notified and taken to your child.
What if my child is sick?
If your child gets sick during the meeting, you will be notified so they can be taken home. For the health of all our families, if you suspect your child is sick, PLEASE do not bring him or her to the meeting.
Please keep your child home if he or she:
- Has had fever anytime within the past 24 hours, regardless of illness
- Has had diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24-hour period
- Has a cold that is less than four days old
- Has a heavy nasal discharge, thick green or yellow mucus
- Has a constant cough or congestion
- Has a sore throat or earache
- Been exposed to a contagious illness (i.e. chicken pox, strep, etc.)
- Has a rash that has not been seen by a doctor to determine the cause
- Has red and discharging eyes
- Is fussy, cranky, and generally out-of-sorts
- Is just tired - rest at such times may prevent the development of serious illness
- Have symptoms of a possible communicable disease - these are usually sniffles, reddened eyes, rashes, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, or diarrhea
Your child may come to childcare:
- If a cold is over, but a minor nasal drip remains
- If there has been an exposure to a communicable disease, but the incubation period has passed
- If your child has been on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours and has been cleared by your physician. Please arrange your child's medication schedule so that he/she is not required to take medication during program hours
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