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The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center earns ‘MOve Smart’ status

August 27, 2015 The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center earns ‘MOve Smart’ status Center promotes an active lifestyle with physical activity standards for child care The Berry Patch has adopted new guidelines for physical activity to assist child care providers in guiding children’s optimal physical growth and health and further promote an active lifestyle. The Missouri MOve Smart Guidelines, developed by the MO Department of Health & Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance (CFNA), are designed to boost the physical activity practices and improve the health and wellness of children ages 2-5. The guidelines include recommendations for total amounts of structured and unstructured physical activity, indoor physical activity, learning integrated physical activity, screen time, staff participation in physical activity and staff role modeling of an active lifestyle. “This center’s accomplishment demonstrates a commitment to the health of the children in care,” said Ann McCormack, Bureau Chief of CFNA. “Children who are active throughout the day are establishing life-long healthy habits that help to prevent obesity and reduce their risk for chronic diseases as they age.  Children who are active are more likely to become active adults.” The MOve Smart program is voluntary and open to all licensed and license-exempt child care facilities throughout Missouri. The program is offered at three levels: minimum, which closely follows the minimum state licensing requirements, intermediate and advanced. Each level requires increasingly higher physical activity standards, and only centers that meet the intermediate or advanced levels are recognized. The Berry Patch Professional Child Care Center, LLC has achieved the intermediate level. More information about the MOve Smart Guidelines can be...

MENU

A nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are prepared at the Center and served daily.  The menu is posted in the bulletin board across from the office and in each classroom. Breakfast is served at 8:15am. If you would like us to feed your child breakfast they need to arrive at the center no later than 8:15. The two year old classroom has a morning snack at 10:00 and everyone has lunch between 11:45-12:00. Afternoon snack is served at 3:15 after the children wake up from their naps. Berry Patch practices Family Style Dining. Family Style Dining is an approach to serving meals that allows the children to serve themselves from shared bowls and platters of food. Everyone is served the same meal and eats together at the same time. The teachers eat lunch with the children to create a home-like atmosphere.  During this time, we teach the fundamentals of good nutrition, sound eating habits and table manners.   Food exceptions may be made for medical or religious reasons.    ...

BOOK ORDERS

The Berry Patch families will have opportunities to order from several book clubs through out the year. Scholastic book club order forms will be placed on the Parent Table and Main door about every 5 weeks. Along with the order form will be the due date and the information for placing your order online. I believe you can check the website and order books anytime. If you do just let Karla know so she will know to look for your books. The Berry Patch receives points and free books for every book ordered. So in addition to the great prices you get we get new books and CD’s. We also have The Book Lady set up a display about every 4-6 weeks. The display is set up for a week and the books you order are delivered when she picks up her...

Reunification sites

The Department of Health and Senior Services, our licensing agency for Missouri, has established new rules for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.  One of the requirements they have established is the need for offisite Emergency Response Locations and a Reunifaction letter for parents. The Evacation Locations: Our Lady of Life Apartments  7655 Watson Road St. Louis, MO  63119   314-968-9447 Webster Child Care  624 Lohmann Forest Lane   Webster Groves, MO  63119    314-968-3189 Parents will be notified during a phone call, email or by a note at The Berry Patch where the relocation site is for the children. The Cure of Ars Church is a disaster site for The American Red Cross.  In the event of a catastrophic disaster The Red Cross will establish a site here.  In that event, it may benefit the chilren and staff to remain...

Smile for the Day

Katelyn was going to the Fox to see Beauty and the Beast, but she was most excited to see the “fox”. The next day she was very disappointed she didn’t see a fox and the building wasn’t even shaped like a fox!!

PARENT HANDBOOK

HOURS OF OPERATION The Berry Patch is open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., five days a week, twelve months a year. We are closed seven (7) days out of the year for holidays. New Year”s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. We will close at 1 o”clock on Christmas Eve and at 5 o”clock on New Year”s Eve. Holidays will be celebrated according to the state of Missouri”s observance.  E.G. if Independence Day falls on a Saturday, but it is observed as a holiday on Friday, we will be closed on Friday. STATE LICENSED The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services licenses the Berry Patch.  In our operation, we meet or exceed all of the standards for child care.  These standards relate to our facility, staff, health and safety procedures, nutrition, child-staff ratios and record keeping.  State and county health, fire and licensing representatives routinely inspect our Center.  All staff undergoes a background screening through Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Family Care Safety Registry.  Licensing regulations and reports are available upon request in the office.  Staff are mandated by the state of Missouri to report suspected Child Abuse and Neglect.  Parents can also report Child Abuse and Neglect.  The telephone number to report suspected cases of Child Abuse and Neglect: 1-800-392-3788. United 4 Children We are proud to be members of United 4 Children.  As a member, we enjoy many special advantages and services.  Each room is inspected and observed, videotaped or workshops for the staff are conducted annually. Suggestions are then made for continuous...

TAX CREDIT

Year end receipts have been sent home.  You will need the information for your child care credit when you file your income tax.  The Federal ID#90-6135568

Testimonials

To my Dear Teachers at Berry Patch: I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the great times I have had these past three years.Thanks for holding my hand when my mom left for work all those mornings when I felt lonely-thanks for rubbing my back to help me fall asleep during nap time-thanks for being such a good role model and helping me learn all the things I am going to need to survive in Kindergarten and especially thanks for helping me become the little independent person I have become.I will always remember you and be grateful for all that you have done for me. You will always be in my heart, Emilee Attending The Berry Patch has become a family tradition in our home.Our youngest child is not yet two and I can”t wait to enroll her when she is old enough to attend;. I know she will thrive, just as her big sister and brother have, in the warm, caring and safe environment provided by Karla and all of the teachers. Chris and...