Parents are required to sign children in and out each day with their full legal signatures. This makes sign-in/sign-out sheets a perfect place to pass important information back and forth. It takes a little time, but it gives parents a sense that their child is important to you and helps you inform them about their child's "other world."
Parents are required to sign children in and out each day with their full legal signatures.
You can add a column to the sheet for messages such as:
Some messages will be personal or too long to fit on the sheet. The person leaving the message can write on the sheet that a folded note is attached with the person's name on it.
School-age sign-in/sign-out sheets need morning columns for parents to sign them in and caregivers to sign them out to go to school. They also need afternoon columns for caregivers to sign them back in from school and parents to sign them back out. WAC 170-295-7030 states that "the parent or other person authorized by the parent to take the child to or from the center must sign in the child on arrival and sign out the child at departure..." Licensing requirements do not state a minimum age of a person authorized to sign a child in or out.
If you have a policy regarding a minimum age for signing in and out, be sure to clearly state it in your parent handbook.
If you do not have a center policy (or if you make an exception), you must decide on an individual basis whether a particular older sibling is responsible and capable of signing out their younger sibling and walking the child home.
Before making a decision to allow an older sibling to remove a child consider the following:
Set a center policy stating that only persons over the age of 18 can sign a child in or out of your center. You can make exceptions to your policy as needed in order to meet the individual needs of your families based on the particular children involved. If you do make an exception, have the parent sign a statement giving authorization to their under-age child to remove the child from your program and keep it in the child's file.