It is important that we protect your child by ensuring that your child does not leave the center with a person you have not authorized on your “Child Information Card” to pick up your child. Also please tell us when someone else that you have authorized on you “Child Information Card” will be picking up your child. Even if it is an emergency, we must have your permission to release your child to someone other than you. We will need the person’s name and a description of what he or she looks like. The person picking up your child will have to show us a picture ID before we will release your child from our care.
We have to assume that both parents have the right to pick up your child, unless you give me a copy of a court order stating otherwise. We will need to discuss how we should handle the non-custodial parent who arrives to pick up your child if their name is not listed on the enrollment form as one who is able to pick up your child or children. If we have a court order and a non custodial parent tries to pick up the child, we will immediately call the custodial parent. If the non-custodial parent leaves with the child, we will immediately call the police and report the situation. We will not place the other children at risk in a confrontation with the non-custodial parent.
It is very important to us that your child arrives home safely. Therefore, if the person who arrives to pick up your child appears intoxicated or otherwise incapable of bringing your child home safely, we will call the parent or emergency contact person listed on the “Child Information Card” to request their assistance. If the situation occurs a second time, it will be grounds for terminating my care of your child.
All children should be transported to and from child care in a car seat or child restraint if under 6 years old or 60 pounds. For further clarification, refer to the Pennsylvania Law regarding children and seat belts and abide by that law for your child’s safety. We will not release your child if the person picking up your child does not have a car seat and your child falls into the car seat requirement age bracket.