There is no more important priority for parents, or for AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, than safety. On all levels, our safe and secure environment allows your child the comfort to be himself or herself, thus nurturing their growth and development. Peace of mind begins from the moment you arrive. Only enrolled families can enter the building using code access. We also safeguard your child’s arrival and departure through our strict check-in and check-out procedures.
When a visitor is not familiar to our staff, or if the school is in lock down, a phone is available in the vestibule at the front door to communicate with the Program Director and/or Assistant Director. Photo ID is required from all unfamiliar visitors including non-enrolled families, vendors, and anyone authorized for pick-up. Teachers and staff can instantly access the names of individuals who are approved for drop-off and pick-up.
Our administration members conduct monthly fire drills with all staff and children. Tornado drills are also performed, May through September, at all locations. Emergency drills and reviews are completed quarterly. Twice a year, our administration and teachers review the Emergency Procedures Plan so all team members know their role in the following situations:
Fire | Tornado | Chemical spill | Flood | Power outage | Blizzard | Serious illness or accident
Additionally, we have our procedures reviewed annually by a third-party safety and security consultant to monitor for best practices and efficiency.
Sanitation and healthy hygiene habits are not only modeled and taught to our children but are important components of our quality assessment program. Hand washing, cleanliness, healthy eating, daily exercise, and proper rest are all encouraged, modeled, and taught at our schools.
We expect children who are ill or unable to participate in our daily activities will be kept home until they have had ample opportunity to rest and get well.
At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we proudly serve balanced meals. Our menu meets USDA standards and offers servings from the following five food groups each day:
Vegetable | Fruit | Grain | Protein | Dairy
To provide the highest quality care to your child, we implemented a teeth-brushing program. While we focus on dental health each February for National Children’s Dental Health Month, we also added an age-appropriate dental health regimen. This program is for children 6 weeks to 4 years. Infants (4 months and older) use an infant toothbrush, to keep gums healthy even before the first tooth appears, with water (not toothpaste) to rinse.
Children in toddler rooms and older are encouraged to brush with a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste we provide after lunch.