About Us

Our method of teaching is a “hands-on” approach. Children, like most people, learn easiest and have more fun when they learn through their senses and by experiences. We present information through games and activities which involve the child. Your child may not necessarily bring home a paper or craft every day; please understand that does not mean “they did nothing” at daycare that day. What it means is that the child is a participant, not just an observer, and is involved in a variety of creative learning activities.

Our mission is to provide safe, affordable, quality childcare services and support families in their efforts to work and/or attend school; and create fortified bonds between the children.

The goals of our curriculum are multi-faceted. They encourage children to be enthusiastic, self-confident, independent learners. Tiny Tots strives to always meet and/or exceed the following goals:

  • Social: Help children learn from adults and one another by observation, imitation, and interaction.
  • Emotional: Provide a safe and secure environment where children can develop pride, self-confidence, independence, self-control and a positive attitude toward life.
  • Cognitive: Promote curiosity and help children acquire learning skills, such as the abilities to solve problems, make choices, ask questions and express their ideas, observations, and feelings.
  • Physical: Help children develop and enhance their small and large muscle skills and feel confident and comfortable with their own bodies.

Our curriculum goals are achieved through integrated, theme-based activities and conversations with adults and children.

General Information

Tiny Tots will no longer be providing transportation to and from school until further notice. When center transportation becomes available, we will notify you directly. We are sorry for the suspension, we are a small center with limited staff. If this affects you personally and you have no way around it, you can call your child’s school and try to arrange a bus stop on our street. If you are successful, let us know the bus number, times and we will happily walk them. The bus stop must be on our street no more than a block and will require a routine field slip form to be completed.

Parents and/or guardians must notify the Tiny Tots staff of vacation dates at least two (2) weeks in advance with the exception of ‘extended holidays’. An extended holiday is considered to be more than five (5) consecutive weekdays. Half payment is required for extended holidays to preserve the child’s place at Tiny Tots.

If your child will be absent or needs to attend classes at our center at an unscheduled time, parents and/or guardians must notify the Program Administrator of the change as soon as possible or no later than 8:00 AM on the affected day.

It is mandatory that you sign your child in/out of the program each day using the Tiny Tots Attendance Sheet. Our staff assumes responsibility for your child once they are signed into the program and walked to the child’s teachers. Parents must bring children all the way into their classrooms and acknowledge a staff member upon arrival and pick up.

Children’s files are established and maintained solely for the use of Tiny Tots, and authorized persons from the state of OH Licensing Agents and Licensing Inspectors. All information about the children, families, or other staff members (including names, addresses, phone numbers, development, etc.) is strictly confidential and is not to be discussed outside of the center. Inappropriate disclosure from any staff member will be an automatic dismissal of that staff member.

At the time of pick-up, parents are asked to make contact with their child’s supervising staff member to ensure that Tiny Tots staff members are aware that the child has been picked up. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children before and after sign-in. No child is to be passed over the playground fence for pick up or drop off. Check your child out the same way when you pick them up.

Parents are expected to assume full responsibility for their children once they enter the classroom. Do not allow your child to touch the exit door handles or open the doors. We work very hard at teaching the children not to touch the exit doors.

Children may not be dropped off at the entrance of the building or be sent inside alone. Parents are required to personally bring their children into the classroom and to sign the child in on the Attendance Clipboard by the door. Tiny Tots staff members must be made aware of each child’s presence before the parent departs. Any special messages, special pickup notes, etc. are to be given to the teacher. Teachers, however, will not assume direct responsibility for your child until you are ready to walk out of the building.

Despite the advertisement and center signs posted outside the building, Tiny Tots Day Care Services operates Monday through Friday between 5:45 AM and 11:55 PM, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday save the following national and government holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. Tiny Tots will notify you in advance of our early release, Holiday hours, and closed days. There are always signs posted on the doors for you to see and memos sent out with your children. Furthermore, your child’s teacher will verbally tell parents/guardians when these changes occur and notifications will go out via Brightwheel©.

Children play hard and need to be comfortable. We ask that children be dressed in clothes suitable for the many arts, playground, and climbing activities of their day. Cold weather does not necessarily keep us indoors, so please be sure that children have the necessary mittens, sweaters, and hats, etc., appropriate for the day’s weather changes. All clothing should be labeled with the family’s name, to facilitate dressing and reduce loss.

Health & Safety Procedures For Children & Staff

All staff members must wear latex gloves when changing diapers or when they may come into contact with body fluids such as blood, vomit, urine, fecal matter, wiping noses, etc. Hands must always be washed after each task that may obtain germs (regardless if you have worn gloves):

  • After each diaper change
  • After cleaning a child’s nose
  • After you have assisted a child with going to the bathroom
  • After coming in from outside
  • Before handling food or snacks
  • Staff should help the children wash their hands after each of the above-mentioned tasks as well.

All staff members will ensure the following:

  • The diaper changing mat is disinfected before and after each use
  • Nap mats are disinfected each week or as needed
  • Toys and equipment are disinfected each week or as needed (mouth toys should be disinfected after use)
  • The kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily
  • Floors are vacuumed and or swept and mopped daily or as needed

In any and all circumstances a written report describing in full detail of such accidents, including when, where, what, who was present. Each employee witnessing such an event will write a report:

  1. Fill out a report
  2. Have the parent sign it
  3. Make a copy for the child’s folder

Under NO circumstances should a child be left alone. If you need to leave the room, have another staff member cover for you until you return. A child should never be left alone with another person that is not a staff member, parent, friends, etc.

In case of a missing child, the death of a child, or structural damage to the building:

  • 1st – Call 911
  • 2nd – Call Center President and inform them of the situation

If at all possible every teacher should stay at the center until the police and licensing department have talked to you. An incident report will need to be filled out by each person involved.

A child will be sent home if they are vomiting, have diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or more. No child in the contagious state of a communicable disease will be accepted for childcare. Symptoms of communicable diseases include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Eye Discharge/Pink Eye
  • Head Lice or Nits
  • Chicken Pox
  • Rosella/Measles
  • Mumps

Before returning to the center a child must be free of all symptoms for at least 24 hrs and have a Physician’s note.

Before going outside one staff member should check the playground for any hazards. Each child will need to get a drink of water and go to the bathroom before going outside. If a child needs to come back into the building, do not leave the child unattended. A teacher must accompany the child. The teacher should not just stand at the door. On the playground, the teacher will interact and play with the children at all times and should not group them together. Each child should be able to get a drink of water before going home.

We DO NOT administer oral medications. We will apply sunscreen, diaper ointment, lotion, Chap Stick and other creams as necessary with signed permission forms.

Teachers will not group together. Each teacher will supervise and interact with the children. At lunchtime, the teacher will sit facing the entrance so you can see who is entering or exiting the center. At all times you must be able to look up and see the children regardless of what you are doing or where you are sitting. Furniture should be arranged so you can see each child.

If you are ill, please use your own judgment to determine whether or not you are too ill to be at work or not. If you have any kind of contagious illness, a doctor’s release should be brought before returning to work.

A teacher must be able to lift 30 lbs whether it is a child, moving furniture, equipment, carrying supplies, etc. If something needs to be moved or carried that weighs more than 30lbs you will need to get someone to help you. The teacher should pick up children by their upper body using both hands. Children are never to be picked up by their arms or hands.

In compliance with regulations for the State of Ohio, all children must have current immunization records.

Minor accidents include but not limited to: bumps, scrapes, cuts, minor burns, bruises, insect bites, etc. An accident requiring medical attention by a physician includes but not limited to: severely broken limbs, severe bleeding, severe burn, allergic reaction to insect bites, food allergic reactions, fainting, unconsciousness, severe bump to the head or abdomen, etc.

We will call 911, and then parents or emergency contacts will be called and told of the situation. The director or another member will accompany the child until the parents or emergency contacts are present.

“Ouch” reports are to be written for every incident regardless of severity.

Parent & Guardian Information

Your child is required to have a blanket for nap. Parent(s) it is your place to insure that your child has one at the beginning of every week. Blankets are to be taken home at the end of the week, to be cleaned and sanitized. We are not accepting pillows or stuff animals, sorry. Please make sure that your child’s blanket is cot size thank you.

Toddler children are to have two full changes of clothing. Toddlers need 4 pull-ups daily, if they are in the beginning stages of potty training they will require 6. The teacher will notify you if your child is low at the end of the day. These children are changed every two hours or when wet. Toddler children are taken to the restroom after every meal and before and after outside time. If potty training potty time is around the hour marker. Toddler children need to be walked to their classroom so that they can put their belongings away. By walking the children to their rooms, they learn responsibility and you encourage them on literacy. You encourage literacy by helping them find their name. If the children aren’t to the point where they recognize their name, they can turn to you for encouragement. When the teacher helps them, it’s only to reinforce the literacy.

If you bring in items needed for the child, YOU are to place them in their cubby. This will eliminate you leaving items in the infant room. The Infant room is for 0-18 months and the Toddler room is 18 months-2 ½ years old. Please take your child’s soiled clothing/blankets home at the end of the day. This means that when you pick your child up in the evening, go to their class and check their cubbies. Don’t be afraid to take the artwork, we made it just for you! Please make sure your child’s physical is up to date and have to weather appropriate clothing. We go outside temperature permitting. Children are required to have an hour of daily outside time per the state. Toddlers require a blanket for a nap, no pillows.

If your child has any medical conditions it is imperative that we are notified. Several foods are processed in plants that make the items in which your child may be allergic. There is a form for a modified diet and allergies located in your child’s enrollment form. Please see your child’s teacher if you need to update throughout the year. We can update these forms now to eliminate the issue today.

School-agers don’t require a change of clothes. However, if your child has potty accidents, it would be wise to pack them a spare. School-agers aren’t required to take naps, if they chose to do so they may bring a blanket. School-agers are not to bring in makeup, lip gloss, or hazardous items. All lip balm requires a medication form to be filled out. After the form has been taken care of, school-agers can keep lip balm on their persons at all times. The balm must not be visible after use, this is out of compliance with the state, health, and safety.

Parents again, walk you, preschoolers, to their classrooms. Each preschooler needs a full change of clothing and a paint shirt. The paint shirt is your preference. It will eliminate your child from exploring colors on their nice clothes. Preschoolers are always learning something new and ready to share. Take the time to observe their classroom at the end of the day. Ask them about what you see on the walls. Please reframe from allowing your children to bring toys to school Monday – Thursday. On Friday we will have share day. The share toy must be small enough to fit in their cubbies, or it cannot stay. Preschoolers require a blanket for a nap. The blanket must be small enough to fit on a cot during and after a nap, with no comforters, and no pillows. All blankets are to be taken home at the end of the week and washed. Please don’t return dirty blankets, it’s unsanitary.

You are required to walk your children into their classrooms. Please swipe your children in and assist them with putting away their belongings. Tear off the Swipe receipt and take it to your child’s teacher. Your child will not be signed in until they (the teacher) have received it. Children will not be able to stay if they don’t have the day to day items essential to their well-being. Walking the children to their classroom will eliminate the loss, unaccounted items, and confusion on who came in with what. If you bring in a child without the items they need, you will be turned away until you have gotten the necessary items. Per the Ohio Department of Job and Family services, each child is required to have two full changes of clothing, a blanket, diapers, wipes, and formula.

Infant Parents please read your child’s daily report. Daily reports will be emailed complements of Brightwheel. If you prefer a live copy please notify your child’s teacher and make sure you fill out the top portion. Your children will need no less than 5 diapers a day. We are required to change infants every 2 hours upon their arrival time or last home diaper change. You can also bring in a sleeve of diapers, the teacher will notify you when low. Each infant needs a full pack of wipes. The wipes are used for diaper changing, hands, and face. If you bring in a 1/3 of wipes, they will be gone by day two. When you purchase wipes that don’t clean properly, more is used to clean the child’s body. For the younger infants’ wipes are used to eliminate the use of hand soap to prevent allergic reactions. We can only use what you bring in. Remember, what you do at home we cannot do. We must abide by the STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS. Each infant child needs 3 full changes of clothing.

This consist of shirts, pants, socks, and undershirts if it’s your preference. All infants need FORMULA, no other diary supplement will be considered or taken UNLESS YOU HAVE A DOCTORS NOTE. If your child is a jar eater, they need stage one/two foods. Each child has a cubby with their name on it, all items you bring in at drop off are to be housed in their cubby and the teacher will label and separate later. When several children arrive back to back it’s total confusion to a new staff member and can be overwhelming to a current staff member. By placing your child’s items IN THEIR CUBBY, you can eliminate this. Infants are to arrive dry or it will be your duty to change them. Please make sure that you clean the changing area before you leave if you use it. Please take children out of car seats and hand the child to their teacher. There are no diaper bags to be left at Tiny Tots.

Teachers Information

You are an early childhood professional and help portray the image of the center. Your overall appearance must be professional and appropriate for your job duties. Please adhere to the following dress code. Includes but not limited to:

  • Shorts: No short shorts: must be five (5) inches or less from the knee.
  • Skirts: No mini-skirts: all skirts must be below the knee or longer.
  • Shirts/Blouses: Must cover all breast area, NO cleavage showing, or bulging out of shirt! All back areas must be covered; absolutely no see-through tops. Sleeveless is OK.
  • Shoes: Tennis shoes or walking shoes are preferred. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Body Piercing: Body piercing are ok if kept to a minimum and is in good taste.
  • Tattoos: Cover if they are not appropriate!
  • Jewelry: Infant/toddler room – no loose jewelry, hoop earrings, long necklaces, bracelets, etc.

The purpose of Forms Central is to provide customers and staff with a dynamic listing of all ODJFS forms along with the capability to order forms online.

Cell phone use during work hours is strictly prohibited. All Tiny Tots’ teachers must sign our required documentation. By signing this agreement I understand I will be terminated if caught using a cell phone regardless if you are checking the time, checking missed calls, texts, or just checking. Please leave the phone in the car and if someone needs to reach you in an emergency then they can call the center. No exceptions!

Tuition/Fees & Payment Policies

An annual, non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 is charged for each child enrolled. A child is not considered enrolled until the registration fee and all required paperwork has been received. All checks are to be made payable to Tiny Tots Day Care Services and all payments should be given to the administrator.

Full time (weekly basis) fee for families paying a weekly rate is due on Monday of the week for which childcare is being provided.

  • The weekly fee for children aged 6 weeks – 18 months is $328.04
  • The weekly fee for children aged 18 months to 3 years is $230.01
  • The weekly fee for children aged 3 years to 5 years is $206.50
  • The weekly fee for children aged 6 years to 12 years is $173.46

Picking up your children after your scheduled work time will result in a late fee. Even if you call the center and say that you are going to be late picking up your children, there will be a late fee. Late fees are $5.00 per child, per minute for the first five (5) minutes, and $1.00 per minute per child their after.

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Center Hours

Mon - Fri: 5:45 AM - 11:55 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Contact Us

1442 Elmore Avenue
Columbus, OH 43224, USA
Call Us: (614) 268-7345
Email Us: contact@ttots1442.com

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