Program Facts & Questions
Our first summer program will coincide with the start of Indiana's Stage 4 opening guidelines. Your child's safety is our utmost priority and we will be following the recommendations set by the State of Indiana.
If there is no delay in the process of reopening Indiana, we believe the design and nature of TerraTime programs is ideal for reconnecting children with nature and their peers.
Small program size (26 max children in each program)
Adult to child ratio of 1:6 (ages 3-5) and 1:8 (ages 6-12)
Safety, hygiene, and hand washing protocols are taught to children and practiced by staff
We monitor and enforce our sick child policy
ALL of our programs are held outdoors
Our outdoor classroom is located on 9.5 acres with plenty of space
We need at least 8 children registered to hold a program. Help us spread the word and invite your friends! Early-bird pricing has been extended to May 31st.
We also understand that things could change at any moment. We will be providing a 100% refund if any of our programs are canceled due to COVID-19.
Children participating in our drop-off programs are expected to be able to:
Cooperate with transitions in activities and locations
Stay within the activity area and not wander away from the group
Use positive language
Follow leaders directions
Treat others with respect
Play cooperatively with other children
Behave in a manner that does not pose an unsafe situation for themselves, other children, or team members
Be independent for personal care needs such as washing hands and toileting
What happens if it's raining?
There is a lot to learn and much fun to be had in the rain, therefore most programs still run if it rains. This same policy holds true if the weather is hot, cold, snowy, or windy. With the right clothing, children will typically have a great experience learning outside. There are, however, certain conditions that are not conducive to safe, productive learning. If weather is dangerously hot or cold, or if there is a threat of lightning, Site Directors are trained to postpone or cancel the session.
In the rare case that a session is canceled due to extreme weather, the Site Director will alert all parents by email. If the decision is made within 1.5 hours of session start time, those enrolled will be alerted by text as well. A makeup date will be established and communicated, typically by adding an extra session. If this is not possible due to TerraTime’s program schedule, a refund will be pro-rated based on the amount of time missed.
How much does it cost?
There are many factors involved in determining the cost of our programs, such as the geographical area, number of sessions, and length of each session. As a result, the cost of our programs can vary. Pricing information is provided within each individual program description.
The first child you enroll in a TerraTime program pays the full price. Any additional siblings enrolled at the same time receive a 10% discount. A sibling is considered a child in the same family unit, validated by a legal document (birth certificate, marriage, adoption, etc.).
Online payment is available on our website, or you can mail in your payment with the Registration and Medical Release Form.
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date that the tuition is paid in full. The tuition payment must accompany the Registration and Medical Release form in order to hold a child’s spot. The remaining forms need to be turned in at least one week before the first day of the program. Your child will not be able to participate if these are not on file.
A $50 non-refundable registration fee is included with the tuition payment.
100% will be refunded if we need to cancel due to COVID-19.
What forms need to be filled out for my child to attend?
When you enroll your child with TerraTime, you will receive the following:
· Registration & Medical Release Form
· Wavier of Liability Form
· Parent Handbook with Signature Page
Please take the time to review these documents carefully and complete them in full.
What happens if a program is already full?
If programs are filled when a parent inquires, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list. As vacancies occur, they will be filled from the waiting list first. You will also be notified if another program opens up that your child is eligible to attend.
Food & Snacks
Children will need to pack a snack each day. We will occasionally make a snack as part of our curriculum. Let us know on the registration form if your child has any allergies. No peanut butter or nut products are allowed at our programs due to extreme allergies for a few children.
For programs lasting longer than 3 hours, children will need to bring a packed lunch. Small cooler style lunch boxes are recommended, as we do not provide refrigeration. Please include utensils, if needed.
It is recommended children bring a water bottle with them to have during the day, regardless of the length of the program. Lunch box and water bottle should be labeled with the child’s name where it is easily seen.
Who will be working with my child?
Our team members are carefully selected, trained and have a wide variety of child-development experiences. We complete background checks on all adults working with children. In addition, Site Directors and Lead Teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid. More information about individual team members can be found on the "Our Team" page of our website.
Will my child be safe?
Although team members work hard to give children all of the space they need to direct their own play, they are also there to help remind children when their play is getting dangerous. Team members are trained to allow safe risk taking. A few, simple rules help us address most situations:
Children can explore on their own as long as they can still see or hear their leader and stay within boundaries.
If children are taking physical risks, we check in to make sure that they feel sturdy and safe in their risk taking.
Team members encourage children to engage in risky play, but give clear direction about how to do so in a way that preserves their safety and the safety of other children.
Team members are provided with extensive suggestions about how to manage common risks associated with play in outdoor spaces and someone trained in First Aid and CPR is always onsite.
TerraTime does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, or source of payment. All children are welcome here.
Children with Varied Abilities
Children with varied abilities may be enrolled into our programs upon the collaborative planning and agreement between the family and Site Director. Each child’s unique needs will be considered on a child-by-child basis. To support inclusion, specific adaptations and logical accommodation solutions will be examined and reasonable alternatives explored. Modifications to policies and procedures can be made if they do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program and services the program provides or adversely affects the operation of the program. Services will be offered in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the child. It is the practice of the TerraTime to do a pre-screening as deemed necessary for children with special needs in an effort to establish if the program is able to meet the needs of the child. Interested parents will be asked to submit written permission, allowing the Site Director permission to observe their child in either their home or current childcare environment. Occasionally more than one observation is necessary.
For the safety of the children and team members, TerraTime is a closed program. All visits during our programs must be scheduled and approved by the Site Director in advance. If you would like to tour our location with your child before they attend, please contact our main office to make an appointment. If an adult guest (18 or older) is interested in observing one of our programs, please make arrangements with our main office. Unregistered children and child guests are not allowed to attend our programs.
Photographs & Promotional Materials
Occasionally, TerraTime takes photos or videos of program activities for marketing purposes. Photos are not used without parental permission as indicated on the registration form. If you need to modify this release, please notify your Site Director or the main office in writing.
Parents often choose to share pictures of their kids at play during our programs across social media, as they do with many other kids activities. Before posting, you must get permission from other parents when their child is in the picture.