Our staff is carefully screened and selected on the basis of educational background, experience, attitude, character and most importantly – the love of children. All staff are required to document their credentials and submit to a state criminal and child abuse background check which includes fingerprinting.
Our staff completes 10-20 hours of professional development coursework including CPR/First-Aid certification. We have a very low staff turnover, with many longstanding, dedicated teachers.
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment Laurel Tree follows a strict policy regarding illness/immunizations. Every student must submit current up-to-date immunization records and an annual Universal Health Form completed by a licensed physician. Parents are required to submit an allergy card, if applicable and instructions/documentation on anything that would require a special care plan i.e., Asthma, Diabetes, etc…
If a child becomes ill while at the center, parents will be asked to pick them up within one hour. Children must be fever free and symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to the center. Children with an excludable/contagious illness may not return to the center until receiving 24 hours of effective treatment and/or submitting a signed note from a doctor indicating they pose no risk to other children.
Laurel Tree Academy will provide a breakfast consisting of cereals, fruits, bread products and milk for children arriving no later than 8 a.m. We will provide 2 healthy snacks, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Snack choices will include items such as yogurt, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, cheese, crackers and natural juices or milk.
Lunches should be sent from home daily and include healthy choices. Please avoid foods that are high in sugar, dyes, and/or caffeine. There is an option to purchase lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a nominal fee. Current choices include chicken nuggets, hamburger and pizza supplemented with healthy side items supplied by Laurel Tree Academy.
There is an option to purchase healthy lunches M-F in Lumberton for a nominal fee.
The menu rotates every 2 weeks and includes favorites such as pasta, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and more.. Healthy sides and dessert are included.