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For children six weeks old to five years of age, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hosptial offers onsite, subsidized childcare. Kids Club, located in a renovated elementary school building adjacent to the hospital, is licensed by the State of Indiana and requires all caregivers to be trained in CPR and first aid. Lead caregivers must also have a Child Development Associates degree.
Due to the popularity of this program, Kids Club often has a waiting list for new children. Parents should call in the early months of pregnancy for infant registration, and new employees may have to wait to begin using the program. Currently serving more than 130 families with an average daily attendance of 85, it is easy to see that Kids Club is a favorite benefit of many IU Health Bloomington employees.
Kids Club Hours:
Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6:30 pm
All children will receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack if at Kids Club during meal hours. The menu is reviewed by a dietitian.
Infant formula is provided with several different options to choose from. Breast milk is also welcomed.
RATES AND SCHEDULES:
Kids Club offers daily, weekly and drop in rates. Call for a current rate schedule. Parents (or guardians) must work at IU Health Bloomington to enroll a child, and may only use Kids Club on days they are working for the hospital. The flexible scheduling offered is ideal for health care workers and schedules are due on a weekly basis. Kids Club is closed on major holidays.
A center and theme-based philosophy is in place at Kids Club. Each day, staff strive to make each child's stay a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration and discovery. Beginning in the toddler room, children engage in daily learning activities such as circle time, art projects, song and dance, sharing, stories and finger plays, outdoor activities, field trips and much more. The staff's purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole. View the Kids Club Parent Guide for a complete listing of concepts and daily schedules.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STAFF
The T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® INDIANA project serves as an umbrella for educational scholarship opportunities for people working in licensed, registered or legally exempt child care centers and homes in Indiana.
The T.E.A.C.H. project design is a partnership model, which requires the sharing of expenses between the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA project, the sponsoring child care program and the scholarship recipient. Bloomington Hospital provides financial assistance and paid study time to Kids Club staff pursuing a CDA through the T.E.A.C.H. project. Teachers must commit to stay with Kids Club for one year. Most staff take courses through Ivy Tech State College. By supporting additional education for Kids Club teachers, parents recieve the benefits of enhanced cirriculm and care.