and/or days is Toddler Haven open?
Toddler Haven is open on a weekday schedule, the hours will
depend on your contracted requirements. Statutory Holidays; weekends;
after-hours events & functions; and overnight options must be pre-approved by myself, and
are only available to families registered with Toddler Haven.
Do you have Police Clearance?
Yes, a Police Clearance
and background check for both myself and my husband.
have you been a childcare provider?
Without counting my years as a teenager, I have been a
childcare provider for well over 28 years now.
How long do you intend to provide
childcare services for?
Good question! Being a parent myself I
understand how difficult and frustrating it can be to search for a good
provider...have your child settle in...just to find out the day home has
become a "fly by night" setup, leaving you once again to begin a new search.
Consistency is vital to the social and
emotional development of little ones.
have visited my "about me" page, you will have noted that before
opening under Toddler Haven,
I began my adventure in 1987, offering "babysitting services" and continued
as a contracted provider under "Sheila's Day Home".
Since I was providing long term childcare services you eventually get to the
point where although the children started out in diapers, they all too soon
enter junior high, and of course reached an age
where they no longer required my supervision.
maternity leave I re-opened under ~ Toddler Haven ~ newly renamed in my youngest sons
honor. I offer families the continued tradition I began back in 1987.
How close are you to any
located within 2 blocks of North Haven Elementary School, with NO BUSY ROADS to
walk along and NO streets are required to cross on route.
Do you provide before and after
Yes... Before and After School
care can be available.
Do I pay even if my child is
Yes, you are paying
for a contracted space, not on your child's attendance.
What about vacations?
Please notify me at least 1 month in advance when you plan to
take vacations. If you will be away for more then 2 weeks at a time I may
require a holding fee to keep your child’s spot available. If you choose to
take the day off work and keep your child with you, regular fees will still
Provider vacations: Provider is
4 weeks of vacation per
year (20 working days). I have always tried to work around my clients
vacation times so that our holiday schedules coincide. Should I decide to take a vacation,
will be given regarding specific dates. As my
husband works with the school board, these dates will more than likely be
during July or August. I am aware of his schedule by the end of
each year. I will try to take into account the families I serve but
alternate care will be the responsibility of the parent(s).
Do you provide receipts?
Yes, receipts are
provided for income tax purposes.
What kind of payment plans do you
A fee schedule can be worked out for
by-weekly; or monthly.
Do you charge a fee for late
Yes, all payments are due in advance of
child care services. A late fee of $10.00 per day (including weekends)
will be charged for late tuition payments.
If your fee schedule is for the 1st of
each month, please do not wait until the 5th to make your payment. Try
to imagine if your work did not pay you on time?
What if I have other errands and
I am late picking up my child?
A late fee of $5.00 will be charged for late pick ups for every additional
15 minutes or a portion of such minutes, without advanced approval from day
home operator. Please take this into account when filling out contract
hours, allow yourself safe driving time, work or school delays etc.
pre-approval: This does not mean you contact me at
or near pick-up time. Please be considerate of me and I will always be
fair to you.
What kind of activities do
you do through the day?
Please view this subject under "Daily
Schedule" or our "Programs" for more information.
Do you work
with an agency?
No, I do not. Toddler Haven is a private "babysitting service" / "day home" which is
monitored by parents. I am unable to offer subsidies, but I do provide
receipts. My personal standards are the same, if not higher, than if I were under a contract
with an agency.
Why do you accept no more than 6
I believe that children are entitled to enjoy and benefit from a small group
ratio. Smaller groups allow for closer interaction with both their
caregiver and peers alike. I find this arrangement works best and
allows for a more flexible schedule, geared to each child's individual daily