We will pick up your child from school at 1:30pm on Mondays, or 2:30pm Tuesday - Friday. Our bus is equipped with lap-and-shoulder seatbelts, fire extinguisher, and emergency bag. Upon arrival, a center-provided snack is offered- please note, our facility is pork and nut free. After snack, homework help is given, from spelling quizzes to science fair research. Once homework is done, it's play time! Our School Age classroom has foosball and air hockey tables, a Wii console and computer access, as well as Lego and K'Nex sets, puzzles, arts and crafts, and construction and Dramatic Play areas. School Agers also have access to our playgrounds, gym, and STEM Lab for further enjoyment.
What age children do you serve?
Children 6 weeks to twelve years of age.
How can I obtain information about tuition?
Tuition varies by program level, schedule, and by individual classroom. To find out more information about tuition, please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 813-615-1918.
What is APPLE accreditation?
The Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE) is a national early learning program accreditation. With over 1,000 accredited programs, APPLE is one of the largest accrediting agency for early learning centers. In Florida, APPLE is accepted as one of Florida’s Gold Seal Quality programs. Studies show the positive effects of high-quality early learning centers on the physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional outcomes of young children. The APPLE program will raise our center to a level of quality that will enable us to better serve the children and their families.
Is there a playground on site?
Our center has four playgrounds! One playground is dedicated to our youngest children, infants through two year olds. Another is dedicated to children ages three and above. We also have a basketball court and a sand and water playground. All of these playgrounds were designed with safety in mind and feature solid soft surfacing and state of the art play equipment.
What are the educational goals of Bright Horizons?
Comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character. Preparation for Success in Life
Approaching life as an invitation to learn
Becoming a confident and competent lifelong learner
Becoming a confident and competent user of technology
Developing emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills
Preparation for Academic Excellence
Developing the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
Achieving excellence in language and literacy
Developing an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
Achieving excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
A Rich and Rewarding Childhood
A World of experience
Do you offer both full and part-time enrollment?
Yes, many of our children attend part-time. You can choose from three schedules; 9a - 1p, 9a - 3p, or 7a - 6p. Our two day schedule is Tuesday/Thursday and our three day schedule is Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Do you have space available in your program?
In many instances, yes, and in some instances our programs may have a short wait list. As with any quality program, our services are in demand. The best recommendation is to tour our facility and let us help present you with enrollment options that best meet your needs.
Do you offer holiday programs for school age children?
Yes! Our School Age program is open to all children in grades K - 5 on days that school is not in session. Children will enjoy an active day including time in the gym, on the playground, in the STEM Lab and pool, as well as the School Age classroom.
What kinds of programs do you offer for children?
We offer a wide range of programs for children ages 6 weeks through grade 5, which are academic, social, and motor based. Children can attend full or part-time. Our curriculum, the World at Their Fingertips, instills a love of learning and provides the basis of later school success. Some of our favorite enrichment program offerings are lessons in soccer, the dramatic arts, and swimming. Lessons are available to all community children, whether or not they are enrolled in our early childhood programs.
Are meals provided at the center?
Yes! We offer breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack catered from GA Foods. All meals are USDA regulated, pork free, and nut free for the students' health and safety.
Do you offer after school programs?
Yes! We offer after school care, holiday care and summer camp for school age children. Our after school program serves children attending Clark Elementary, Tampa Palms Elementary, and Chiles Elementary schools. Bus transportation with seat belts is provided. Children enjoy all of our facilities including the gym, STEM Lab, playgrounds, classrooms, and pool!
What are your teacher's qualifications?
All of our teachers have a minimum certification of CDA (Child Development Associate), ECE (Early Childhood Education) degree, or related Baccalaurate Degree. Associate Teachers possess either coursework or training and experience working with young children. In addition, all of our teachers undergo 45 hours of training mandated by the State of Florida, 40 hours of Bright Horizons Foundations for Success Training and annual in-service training hours.
Are you a nut-free facility?
Yes, all Bright Horizons centers are nut-free. Our catered breakfast, lunch and snack are nut and pork-free.
Can I do something special in my child's classroom for their birthday?
Absolutely! Due to allergy risks, we recommend buying mini-cupcakes that were produced on nut-free machinery. Homemade treats must come in with an ingredient list to ensure student health and safety.
Where can I find all the enrollment forms needed to complete my file?
For Florida-specific enrollment forms, please go to https://enroll.brighthorizons.com/Default.aspx?state=FL and complete the applicable forms and print them out, or send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For children 6 weeks to 5 years old, we require immunization and physical exam records as well, which can be faxed to 813-975-2900.
Does Bright Horizons at Tampa Palms offer a summer program?
Yes! Our center is open year-round and we offer a fun and enriching summer camp for children up to age 12. Our camp includes:Yes!
Action-packed program that’s both fun and educational
Age-appropriate, engaging investigative topics that incorporate children’s interests
Virtual field trips & special guests, and daily fitness activities
Health, safety, and security policies that meet or exceed local, state, and national standards
Contact us to learn more. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged!
Are you conducting health screening for those who are entering the center?
Yes, all employees, parents and children will have to pass a daily health screening. The health screening includes a temperature check and a series of COVID-19 related questions that pertain to the individual and their households.
What is your current COVID-19 center policy?
The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:
Your household must remain out of the center if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):
(a) A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or
(b) Traveled: internationally; or domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.
14 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:
(a) At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and
(b) Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
(c) The household has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.
Do Bright Horizons daycare centers follow state/local requirements for masking and vaccinations?
Where there are additional state or local requirements, for example around vaccination/masking, Bright Horizons also complies with applicable legal requirements in each jurisdiction in which we operate.
What enhanced safety measures have you implemented?
Bright Horizons is trusted by parents around the country – including many doctors and nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19 -- to care for their children. We’ve partnered with pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Kristin Moffitt of Boston Children’s Hospital to implement enhanced safety protocols for all areas including daily health screening, distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. Our goal is to ensure that all of our health and safety practices in every center are in line with recommendations provided by the CDC and requirements of state and local municipalities, and have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core. For more detailed information, visit: https://www.brighthorizons.com/health-safety
Are children required or allowed to wear masks or face coverings while at the center?
Where mandated by local state authorities children do wear face coverings or masks. In other locations Bright Horizons does not require the use of masks for children, however, at a parent’s discretion, children ages 2 older are permitted to wear face coverings while in our center. Teachers will work with these children to become comfortable putting on, wearing, and taking off their face coverings. For more information about our center’s policy, please contact us.
Are all staff required to wear face coverings and gloves during the day?
All employees will be in face coverings while working.Those conducting health screenings will wear gloves while conducting the screenings. Those undertaking disinfection activities will be wearing gloves while disinfecting. Teachers will wear gloves for activities that they wore gloves for in the past; diaper changing and bathroom help, wiping noses, first aid and cleaning. They also wear gloves for preparing and serving food. They will not be required to wear gloves all day.
Are you allowing prospective parents to visit centers?
Prospective parents are being encouraged to visit via a virtual meeting with the center director.
How does Bright Horizons ensure the cleanliness of centers?
At all of our centers, rigorous health and safety practices are a foundation of the way we care for children.
Both staff and children are frequently washing hands throughout the day, including when entering and leaving classrooms.
Food preparation surfaces, eating utensils, tables, highchairs, computer keyboards, mixed use surfaces, changing tables, and potties are all sanitized after each use by staff wearing gloves. Floors, diaper pails, countertops, sinks, fountains, door and cabinet handles, and plastic toys are all sanitized daily. Certain high-touch toys such as play-doh are not currently in use.
Sanitizing measures will also be applied to our playground equipment. Centers and are receiving special cleanings as needed.
Parents are not allowed to enter the classrooms at pick-up and drop-off. A teacher will meet parents at the door to bring the child into and out of the center. Designated staff wash or disinfect hands after escorting each child, before meeting next child.
What are the educational goals of Bright Horizons?
During your search for the perfect child care partner, this is among the most important questions you can ask. For over 30 years, we’ve been a company that is guided by our HEART Principles and an unerring belief in putting children first.
At Bright Horizons, we know that childhood is a treasured time. We believe it is our responsibility to provide environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood, nurture each child’s individual growth and development, and pave the way for success in school and life. We promise to:
Nurture and care for the whole child
Craft and integrated curriculum based on expert research
Support and develop each teacher
Implement an emergent, inquiry-based approach to learning
Cultivate curiosity and creativity through projects, exploration, and play
Encourage children to be confident experimenters and problem solvers
Build an inclusive and respectful community
Create joyful places for childhood
Can children with special needs enroll in a Bright Horizons center?
Yes! Bright Horizons strives to and has successfully accommodated a wide range of special needs and individual differences in our group programs. We believe in inclusive programs that attempt to meet the needs of a wide range of children and which focus on each child’s strengths. We support a collaborative team approach – the teacher, director, specialists, and parents. The team will work closely together to try to maximize each child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and to attempt to eliminate any barriers or safety issues which a group program may present.
Does Bright Horizons perform background checks on its employees?
The safety of the children in our care is our highest concern. Bright Horizons maintains stringent hiring practices and conducts criminal background checks on all teachers and caregivers in our centers. This check includes a criminal record search and a cross-reference check to determine prior convictions or other records of criminal activity that would call into question an employee’s’ suitability to care for children. Additional elements of our required background checks include verification through the Office of Foreign Asset Control and Sexual Offender Database Search. The frequency for updating criminal background checks for employees depends on state or other center-specific requirements.
What is The World At Their Fingertips?
Our research-based World at Their Fingertips® curriculum meets children where they are developmentally, with Signature Practices that build confidence and excitement about learning at every age and stage. In every classroom, our goal is to help children do more than learn; it’s to cultivate the joy of learning. And our emergent approach — teaching skills by leveraging a child’s own interests — enables teachers to tailor activities and projects for the specific talents and needs of each child in the class. Learn more about our specialized programs for babies, toddlers and preschool children, and how we prepare children for schooland life beyond.
Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?
All Bright Horizons center staff are trained in CPR and first aid. Once an employee is hired, they are required to fulfill 16 hours of training through our new employee orientation. This training takes place over a two-day period, where the employee spends time observing each age group in the center. Teachers must successfully complete first aid and CPR training, in addition to local licensing and/or Department of Health requirements (e.g., food handler safety card.)
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Where can I learn more about other Bright Horizons locations?
We have many centers across the US, and each center reflects the unique personality of its leadership and community. To find the best fit for you and your familyfind a child care center near you.
I'm not quite ready to enroll in the center but I am interested in continuing to hear about what is happening at the center. How can I get information more regularly?
We encourage any family interested in center information, regular updates and invitations to the many events we are planning, to contact us.
What is NAEYC accreditation?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed standards to define and recognize quality child care programs. In order to be accredited, a child care program must meet a variety of strict criteria, including having a well-trained faculty, good staff-child ratios and group sizes, and a comprehensive curriculum, as well as meet stringent health and safety standards. The program must also provide meaningful opportunities for family involvement.
What if I’d like to enroll but the center doesn’t have space available?
Finding the right daycare and early education solution can be a lengthy process. Our best recommendation is to start early! Even if your preferred Bright Horizons center doesn’t currently have space available, we still recommend registration for your first choice center. At Bright Horizons, you can register at up to three locations. Once registered, we will add you to our wait list and you will be offered a space as soon as one is available. For many families on a wait list, Bright Horizons offers the ability to enroll a nearby center on a temporary basis, or until your first choice center becomes available. If you’d like further advice on how to find the best preschool for your family, take a listen to our webinar on finding a quality preschool program.
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