Safety & Security

The safety and security of the children under our care is of paramount importance.
Friends Early Learning Center shares the Friend Church campus with Cornerstone Christian Academy, Senior Independence Adult Daycare and the Friends Church (although have exclusive use of our classrooms and adjacent hallways when Friends ELC is open).  Friends ELC benefits from this extended team of security minded adults focused on ensuring the safety of the young children and seniors in the building and on guard for suspicious situations.

Facility Security

  • Friends ELC has video surveillance actively monitored by the Directors
  • Access to the children's rooms is limited to authorized staff and guardians
  • Our facility has a receptionist desk (staffed 9-5) monitoring the only door unlocked during the hours Friends ELC is open; additionally, there is at least one facilities person on site monitoring the building during the hours when Friends ELC is open
  • The building is equipped with an emergency alert system that with a press of a button notifies the police department we require immediate emergency assistance
  • The police department and fire department have familiarized themselves with our campus in the case of an emergency
  • Safe, secure perimeters ensure that children can enjoy outdoor play safely
  • We use rooms constructed with the children's safety in mind; each Friends ELC classroom has a counter and a half height door blocking a child from leaving the room when not supervised
  • Each Friends ELC classroom has a connected bathroom equipped with age appropriate equipment so a child does not need to leave a classroom to wash their hands or use the bathroom
  • Our centers include smoke detectors and fire extinguishers (ceiling mounted water sprinklers) which are regularly inspected
  • We have the ability to dial 911 directly from any of the children's rooms

Emergency Response

  • We are serious about training for tornadoes, fires and lock down situations
  • We have an emergency evacuation plan that is reviewed by the local police department
  • We don’t just have a plan, we regularly test and train so our children and teachers are ready in the case of an emergency

Authorization

  • Only people that you as a parent have pre-approved and who provide us with photo identification may pick-up your child from Friends ELC

Health & Wellness

  • We assess a child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s time with us
  • We notify parents when their child does not feel well to help prevent an illness from spreading and to ensure the child gets prompt care

Sanitation

  • We clean our centers, including the toys, each day with safe, non-toxic cleaning products
  • Cleaning supplies are locked safely out of reach of children
  • We instruct children to wash their hands throughout the day and teach them the importance of hygiene
  • Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas with sterilization of the diaper changing area done after each use

Playgrounds

  • Our  professionally installed playground equipment is sturdy and inspected regularly to ensure it is safe and in good working order
  • The playground equipment has safe fall zones with soft landing areas
  • Our outside play area is surrounded by secure fencing

Staff Qualifications

  • We have dedicated, friendly caregivers who are trained in child development, early-childhood education and/or a related field
  • We conduct criminal background checks to ensure trustworthy staff and passionate teachers provide the best care and education for your child
  • Our staff and teachers are trained in first aid and CPR