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Policies and Procedures

Early Steps Montessori Academy has an open door policy, come by anytime you like. For the safety of all children, we do request that you make your presence known to the person in charge and cooperate in not disrupting the school´s program.

 Early Steps Montessori Academy is open to children ages Infant-

6 years old without discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, religion, race, color, sex, mental or physical disabilities.


Hours of Operation

Hours of operation for Early Steps Montessori Academy are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am- 6:00 pm.


Upon enrollment, your child will need all state, county and Early Steps Montessori Academy forms completed in a timely manner. All forms necessary (except medical forms) will be provided by the school. In addition, you may be required to submit new forms in order to keep important information current.


Medical Emergency

If a child becomes ill, injured, or has an adverse reaction to prescribed medication while at the school, the parent(s) or emergency contact person will be notified immediately. If it is necessary to seek immediate medical attention for a child, the child will be transported to the closest medical facility based on the needs of the child. In the absence of a parent, a staff member will accompany the child to the hospital. In the event of an occurrence of a communicable disease as outlined by the Department of Health, written notification will be posted on the classroom door within 24 hours or the next business day.


Severe Weather, Fire or Emergency Situations

If an emergency situation develops such as severe weather, fire, physical damage to the building, or any other situation that poses a threat, the safety of the children is our first concern. Fire and severe weather drills are conducted according to state and county regulations or every 30 days. If there is an emergency situation and it becomes necessary to close the school, parents will be notified to make arrangements for early pick-up. If there is inclement weather and it is determined that the school will not open, parents will be instructed by the school regarding TV or radio stations providing closing information. If an emergency situation develops and it is determined that the building or premises are unsafe, your child(ren) will be moved to a safe location. Parents will be notified of the situation and you will be required to pick up your child(ren) immediately.


Sick Policy

We want your child to learn in a clean and healthy environment and follow Hillsborough County childcare licensing procedures for illnesses. Please read our policy on illnesses in our parent handbook registration packet upon enrollment of your child. There is a parent copy given to you at registration.


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