All-Things-Child-Care.com, Child Care Loung and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services all offer basic templates and samples to help child care providers create day care handbooks. An effective handbook provides parents and employees with information about the center's policies and procedures, such as the philosophy and mission of the facility, payment information, hours of operation, meal and snack schedules, and typical daily activities by age group.
The elements included in a child care handbook often vary, depending on the facility and the state where it operates. The resources available from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services cover rules and regulations governing child care in the state of Ohio, while Child Care Lounge's handbook download reflects day care facility laws in Delaware.
All-Things-Child-Care.com provides a 14-page PDF template with a cover page that includes space for a logo, a table of contents and guides to help a user write each section of the handbook. A sample PDF handbook, including a welcome letter, attendance policies, program information, fee details and enrollment forms, is also available.
Child Care Lounge publishes a seven-page day care handbook template in Word format. The document includes sample wording for basic elements, such as typical schedules and activities, behavior policies, health requirements, necessary supplies, and pick-up and drop-off procedures. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a handbook checklist as a PDF and a Word document, along with a 13-page PDF template with sample wording, based on Ohio rules for child care providers.