First Impressions has established policies to ensure your child has a unique, quality, and safe educational experience. Policies include the clothing, diaper set, nutrition, birthdays, items from home, inclement weather, health, medication & illness, payment, and release.
Children should have a labeled change of clothing, which is to include a shirt, undershirt, pants, underwear and socks.
If your child will be spending the day with us, please bring a small crib-size blanket and pillow for nap/rest time. These items are to be left at school and taken home for weekly washing. If your child is attached to a certain "blankey" and must take it home each day, we certainly understand. Be sure to let us know.
Dress your child appropriately for our ever changing "Michigan" weather. Outdoor play is part of our program, so please include fall weather gear, and hats, mittens, coats, scarves, snow pants and boots for the winter season.
For those children in diapers, we ask that you supply disposable diapers and wipes in a plastic shoe box, all appropriately labeled. Toilet training will be planned with both the child's primary caregiver and the parent so that the toilet routine is consistent between school and the child's home.
Children will be provided a daily morning and an afternoon snack. Please send a nutritional lunch in a lunch box. Lunches are refrigerated and we will be happy to microwave anything that needs warming. Milk is provided for lunch. We are a peanut-free school.
If your child will be celebrating a birthday with us, please feel free to send a birthday treat. We suggest a finger food such as natural cookies, cupcakes, muffins, etc. Only packaged, store bought treats with ingredients labeled can be served, due to children with peanut allergies (Please check ingredients prior to purchasing treats). Please make arrangements with us prior to your child's birthday, as we want to make the day very special. Party favors, decorations, balloons, lollipops, and/or entertainment are not permitted.
Items from Home
It is preferable that children leave their toys at home so that they won't get lost or broken and the child's feeling won't be hurt. The children, however, can bring a favorite "something" to school, which might help the child feel comfortable and secure during the initial adjustment period. Children will have the opportunity to bring items relating to the theme of the week during teacher scheduled "sharing time."
In the event of inclement weather or a building problem, notifications will be sent to local television and radio stations for announcement. Watch or listen to your favorite station which makes these types of announcements for updates.
Health, Medication, & Illness
The State of Michigan requires a health history and examination for all students. A Health History & Immunization Form must be completed and signed by both you and your child's physician and dated within the previous twelve months. A licensed physician must certify any restrictions for students. Also indicate on the form if your child has allergies and/or dietary restrictions. If your child develops a new allergy, please notify us immediately. NOTE: The Health History & Immunization Form must be completed by your child's first day of attendance.
DO NOT send MEDICATION to school in your child's backpack. It must be personally delivered to a teacher or director along with a signed Medication Permission Form. ONLY those medications that are prescribed by a physician and labeled with your child's name by a licensed pharmacist will be administered.
If your child becomes ill while at First Impressions, we will make him/her as comfortable as possible until a parent or emergency care person arrives. To help us maintain a "healthy" atmosphere here at school, we cannot allow children in our building with contagious symptoms such as:
- -Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
- -Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye-red or running eyes)
- -Contagious Skin Rashes
- -Coughs, if persistent or productive (We realize that coughs due to colds sometimes linger for weeks. We distinguish this by the cough at the beginning of a virus and the cough at the end. The cough at the beginning of an illness is contagious).
- -Any skin eruption, particularly if red, swollen and/or draining
- -Pain and/or stiffness in the neck and headache
- -Sore throat
- -Swelling and tenderness of glands, especially neck glands
- -Any childhood contagious disease such as scarlet fever, etc., for which there are no immunizations.
YOUR CHILD MUST BE SYMPTOM FREE FOR 48 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
All programs require a registration and materials fee along with a completed application form.
First Impressions offers weekly and monthly tuition payment options. Please inquire at the office for further information.
The following Release Policy was established for the protection of your child.
- 1. A child can be released only to the parent, guardian or person(s) indicated on the Child Information Card.
- 2. A child may not be released to any individual under the age of 18.
- 3. In the case of a divorce or separation, the child is released only to the custodial parent, unless the custodial parent indicates otherwise in writing. A copy of the legal custody documents indicating the custodial parent should be submitted to us.
- 4. If special arrangements for a day need to be made, only written notification will be accepted.
- 5. First Impressions requires a driver's license/photo ID of any individual to whom First Impressions releases a child.