Frequently Asked Questions - Happy Days Childcare & Learning Centers of Northwest Indiana

FAQs

 
What do I need to bring with me to register my child?
  • Updated Immunization Records
  • Physical (must be at least 30 days old)
  • Birth Certificate
 
Do I bring a lunch for my child or do you provide?
  • The center will meet your child's nutritional needs for the part of the day in which your child spends at the center.
 
 
Does the center provide transportation?
  • The centers located in Merrillville are all within the Merrillville School Corporation public busing routes. Arranging for bus transportation to and from school is the parent's responsibility. Please contact the bus barn at 219-650-5311.

  • The center located in Highland does provide private transportation for the children attending the local Highland schools. There are limited seats available and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact Highland at 219-923-1333.
 
What holidays does the center observe?
  • New Year's Day
  • New Year's Eve - Closed at 2 pm
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
 
 

Useful Information

Illness
Children are screened daily for any obvious signs of illness. If symptoms of illness are present, the staff will determine whether the child will be able to staff at the center.

If an illness prevents a child from participating comfortable in activities or creates a greater need for care than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children or if a child's condition is suspected to be contagious and requires exclusion as determined by public health authorities, then the child is made comfortable in a location where she or he is supervised by a familiar caregiver as the parent will be notified to pick up the child. Little children often get sick. You should keep your child at home throughout the duration of the illness so as to expedite the healing process and avoid getting the other children sick. When your child is ready to return to the center, we would appreciate a note from their doctor indicating that they are free from contagions.

Click here for information from the Indiana Department of Public Health.
Dietary Concerns
Our lunch and snack menus are posted in the entrance area as well as in every classroom weekly. Breakfast, two snacks and a lunch are served daily at regularly scheduled times. Our menu follows the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional standards. We provide one third - two thirds of your child's daily nutritional needs. Meals and snacks are at least two hours apart than three hours apart. A copy will be made for parents if desired.

All children must be served a complete balanced meal each day. If any food must be substituted or withheld for dietary reasons or religious reasons, a doctor's note or religious leader's note must be on file at school station the restriction and reason for such.
Mandated Reporter
All employees of Happy Days Child Care are mandated reporters. It should be noted that the protection of child is the responsibility of the community and that the law provides that anyone may make a report to the hotline. As professionals who work with children, mandated reporters are assumed to be in the best position to recognize and report child abuse and neglect as soon as possible. Mandated reporters are the state's "early warning system" to identify probable abuse early enough to avoid serious and long-term damage to a child.
Building Security and Access
Video surveillance is used to monitor all classrooms, playground and main office. Video is reviewed daily to ensure health and safety of children, staff, and family.

Our doors open at 6:00 am but staff personnel have to let parents into the second set of doors, unless you have an access code for entrance (Highland and Merrillville South locations). The first set of doors is generally locked by 7:00 pm. Any parents utilizing evening services must call center to alert staff or late arrival.
Physical/Immunization
The State of Indiana requires that each child have a complete physical exam, performed with 30 days of their start date at the Center. The medical form is included in the enrollment packet must be on file prior to your child's attendance. Click here to obtain a copy.