FAQs

Daily Activities and Schedules

What days and times are available?

Our center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Our full day is 8:00 am – 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm.

We have early drop off and late pick up hours available for an additional fee.

What is my child’s daily schedule?

Your child’s daily schedule is posted on the Family Bulletin Board in or outside the classroom.

Are meals provided?

We provide breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day for your child and the cost is included in your tuition. A menu is provided to you each month. You may find our menu on this website under 'Food Menus'

Are nap times provided?

All children from Toddlers to Pre-Kindergarten have one scheduled nap time per day. Infants take as many naps as they need throughout the day.

Environment

Do you have an outdoor playground?

We have a wonderful playground area that is unique to our center and separated into four areas – There are adequate spaces for our Younger Learners, children up to 2 ½, and for our preschool and school age children. The playground offers slides, climbing toys, ride-on toys and a variety of outdoor toys. We also have a grassy area great for a soccer game or a picnic as well as a unique water park for refreshing summer fun!

Are there separate rooms for each age group?

Children are separated into classrooms according to age: Infants are 6 weeks to 18 months, Toddlers are 18 months to 24 months, Twaddlers are 24 months to 36 months, Preschoolers are 3 year olds, Pre-K are 4 years old and School Age is Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Is there a curriculum that is written for my child?

Yes for all ages, programs and classrooms. Whether your child is enrolled full- or part-time, our renowned curriculum encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking, problem solving and socialization. Our Curriculum Director is enthusiastically involved with our classroom Lead Teachers guiding, training and ensuring that the curriculum is actively implemented and that your child is benefiting from our program. Our lesson plans are posted on the Family Bulletin Board in- or outside each classroom. Visit the Programs and Curriculum heading on this website to learn more about your child’s curriculum.

Communication

Can I visit the facility without an appointment?

At Tutor Time, we have an open door policy. We welcome current and prospective parents to our center at any time.

Is there communication about what my child did during the day?

With the PreciouStatus app, you will be able to get photo and status updates on the activities your child is engaged in — as well as key reminders, events, alerts and more — sent straight to your email or the PreciouStatus mobile app. Throughout the day, every day!

Safety and Illness

Is there a safety plan in place in case of an emergency?

Each room has a layout of the building that shows where you are and how to get out in case of an emergency. We practice a fire drill monthly as well as drills for other types of emergencies throughout the year with the staff and children. You will be notified of the drill on your child’s daily information sheet.

What is your medication and sick policy?

Our sick policy is written with the best interest of all children – sick and healthy. Vomiting, diarrhea, a nose with yellow and green mucus, eyes with redness and/or yellow or green mucus and a fever are all signs that your child may perhaps be sick and possibly contagious. We cannot stress the importance of keeping your child home when ill. Your adherence to our illness policies might help keep your child from multiple illnesses and other classmates and our staff healthy.

Our center is licensed to dispense medication. The administration of medications requires a completed MAT form signed by the parent and the physician. Additionally, Tutor Time requires the parent’s consent for all creams and ointments you provide for your child.

What do I do if my child becomes sick at Tutor Time?

If a child becomes ill at the center, we will make him or her as comfortable as we can until the parent, guardian or emergency contact person is contacted and is able to pick up the child. We request that your child be picked up in a timely matter.

Are immunizations and physicals required?

Yes. We require all children to have an updated physical prior to their start date. All children’s immunizations must follow an immunization schedule put forth by the NYS Department of Health. If a parent chooses not to have his or her child immunized, they must have the immunization release form signed and dated by the child’s physician. A monthly notice will be sent home if your child is in need of an updated physical and/or immunizations.

Staff Training and Facility Licensing

Are you licensed?

Tutor Time Child Care Center is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

What is the caregiver to child ratio?

Each age group has a specific ratio that meets the NYSOCFS requirements for a licensed facility:

Teacher to child ratio Age
1:4 6 weeks to 18 months
1:5 18 months to 36 months
1:7 3 years old
1:8 4 years old
1:9 5 years old
1:10 School age

Does your staff have training in early childhood development?

The NYSOCFS has strict guidelines on the qualifications of a teacher and teacher assistant. In addition to their education, all staff members must complete 15 hours in training their first six months at the center and 30 hours every two years. Our staff is required to take the following workshops: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Child Care, Child Abuse Maltreatment and Neglect, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Infant and Child CPR & First Aid.

Are teachers trained in First Aid and CPR?

This is a requirement of all our staff members.

What background checks are completed on staff members?

NYSOCFS requires a State Central Registry, a NYS justice center background check, a criminal background check (fingerprints) and a sex registry background check.

Registration and Fees

What are your daycare fees and schedules?

We offer full and part time care. Please call at 631-777-8880 or contact us for the most current rates. We gladly accept full and part time schedules. We only require a two-day minimum per week.

Do you have a list of references that I can call?

We have a list of parents who you can contact for a reference. Please call us for contact names and phone numbers.

How do I register my child?

Once you have decided on Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center as the childcare center that best fits your needs and the needs of your child or children, you simply need to complete the Enrollment Agreement, the Enrollment Forms, obtain an updated physical and immunization record from your child’s physician and submit the paperwork with the registration fee and deposit.