Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s supplies for diapering (a diaper wallet that includes a child’s personal mat), wipes and ointments- labeled with your child’s name. At arrival we will ask that you have your own diapering mat before admitting your child.

Children’s supplies for napping (if needed) are also important- each child napping at care will need to have a fitted sheet for fitting over a nap mat at minimum. We will need to have this also before admitting your child to care. Please clearly label children’s materials. 

Tinker Tree has revised policy and will no longer accept children who are “mildly ill” in care. Children must be symptom free without fever-reducers for at least 72 hours. Before coming to care, please check the children’s temperature to be sure it’s normal. Children with diarrhea cannot be admitted to care. 

The law requires that children over 2 years wear a mask in public, or in situations where social distancing is not possible. All parents are to provide a mask for park visits or neighborhood walks. With their name on it, of course.

We have a vegetarian option to each meal, and parents are welcome to provide foods for their children as an alternate. We have worked around many types of food allergies and are trained to handle them. Our program serves nuts and seeds as part of our vegetarian option, parents should know about us.

We have experience helping our children learn to use the potty. We take a relaxed approach, asking and reminding and celebrating without pressuring if it takes months, weeks or days.

We require a written agreement statement for sleeping arrangements for our children, and do our best to employ the same things families do at home. We provide mats at daycare, and parents are welcome to provide a portable crib to use in my home for babies to sleep. We do not nap babies in swings or strollers at daycare, or on their tummies, as per state law. Our goal for rest and relax time is to teach the children that it is good for them to take rest when they need it, stretch out if they need it, or just take-in some quiet. We help each child as they need from singing to snuggles and create a relaxing experience where they can recharge.

To have a successful separation a child needs to feel they are cared for by someone. Our goal is to get a child to feel connected to another caregiver, and support them as best we can. We “sing about it,” or read a book about it, sit in someone’s lap a while we talk about who is here for them and assure them that someone will do the best job they can to help them feel better until mommy/daddy comes back. Separation anxiety comes and goes with life events and our team is there to help your child cope in the process of saying goodbye first day to last day. If a child is having an especially long time (7+ minutes) without signs of relaxing, we reach out to parents to assess next steps.

We work with families to come up with a goodbye ritual/routine that works for their child, and parents are always welcome to reach out at any time to check in. We recommend some time to visit before care begins, if possible, and to enroll a minimum of 2 1/2 days a week. And we recommend that the more stressful a goodbye is for your child, the faster it must happen. Once you are gone, they can move on.

The very first requirement is to be genuinely interested in and learning about young children. Caregivers come from diverse backgrounds caring for young children as family members or professionally, are interviewed by the caregiving team as well as the director, have an audition interview and a background checking process, including reference checks. There is a probationary period to assess and train new caregivers new caregivers before they are unsupervised with children. Required training courses for caregivers upon hire are CPR/First Aid, Safe Infant Sleeping Practices, Mandated Reporter Training and Supervision of Children. Most of Tinker’s caregivers have well over 200+ hours of training and/or degrees in the field.

Yes. Caregivers may escort children with your permission.


We will receive and dismiss children outside of the building to provide for proper distancing and to respect the protocol of my building. We ask parents who are working from home to take their strollers back with them for us to have as much room as possible for the children inside. We cannot accommodate non-compact strollers. More information on the “how” of this will be discussed as needed with each family.