Ladybug Crossing follows all Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Licensing requirements. The ratio of staff to children is as follows: Infants(6wks - 18mos) - 1 staff:4 infants, Toddlers (18mos - 3 yrs) - 1 staff:6 children, Threes 1 staff:10 children, Fours 1 staff:12 children, School Kids 1 staff:15 children.
Most of the time you will find that we maintain more staff than required for each classroom.
We do not offer drop in care. We believe that the foundational piece of caring for your child is developing a trusting relationship between provider and the family. That is a difficult thing to build with drop in families.
Our tours are unscheduled. We prefer drop in tours so that parents can get a true feel for the atmosphere of our center. We anticipate that a tour should take approximately 30-45 minutes. We will show you around our entire building, introduce you to the teachers your child will be interacting with and answer any questions. Our enrollment paperwork will be emailed to allow you time review it. If you choose to hold a spot at the tour, be prepared to pay your $75 registration fee or first month deposit for our infant spaces.
It a good idea to come prepared with questions so that you are informed about our practices!
Ladybug Crossing offers controlled access to our building. Our main door is locked during business hours with the exception of the very early morning. You may access the building in two ways, by ringing the camera doorbell and being buzzed in, or you may pay a deposit for a keycard to access the door. Only staff and direct caregivers (parents, foster parents, custodial grandparents) are allowed cards.
We also have high quality security cameras located in each of our classrooms and our playground. These record to a DVR allowing us to be able to go back and investigate any incidents or allow parents to see.
I am happy to share that we have extremely low turnover rates among our head teachers. Most of our head teachers have been with Ladybug Crossing for 4+ years and have teaching experience that extends beyond that.
Our staff go through an intensive on boarding process. For any staff that has not worked in a childcare environment, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services requires 45 hours of inservice. However, our on boarding training is 55 hours and an investment in the staff that we bring onto our team. All staff a required to have CPR as well as training on how to recognize child abuse, Safe Sleeping and Shaken Baby Syndrome training.
They are trained on our curriculum, our social and emotional expectations and basic child development. We recently added Circle of Security training for Classrooms to their training schedule. This class reinforces how important strong, stable connections are with the children in their classrooms. I feel confident in saying that our staff are the best trained staff in the area!