Bothell Tots

Licensed In-Home Early Education and Care      

Bothell Tots Operations and Policies

Introductory visit with families


We schedule our visits after 5pm as our days are dedicated to your child in our care as well as you during drop-off and pick-up times. Introductory visits must include applicable parents and children.­­ For safety and in the best interest of each of our children and to properly accommodate each child 

Focus and attention when in a social environment


We have a trial period of (2) weeks for each newly enrolled child. This period is used for both parent and provider to observe the child’s adjustment to care and to talk about any concerns. Communication should be ongoing during this time and is required from the parents during this time. Together, we can determine if the service and child’s adjustment is satisfactory to everyone. If any issues cannot be resolved during this period care may be terminated without 30 day notice and required future payments. Of course, it may take longer than two weeks to assess each child’s needs or need for accommodation. Communication will be ongoing. 
Breaking down value


~4 Weeks – 24 Months per week $400 5d/ $330 4d/ $270 3d/ $190 2d/ $100 day

~25 Months – 36 Months (Walking) per week $360 5d/ $290 4d/ $220 3d/ $150 2d/ $80 day

~37 Months – 5 Years (Potty trained) per week $330 5d/ $270 4d/ $200 3d/ $130 2d/ $70 day

~Before and/or after school care per week $120 5 days

~Non-School Days per week $220 5 days

Meals, snacks, educational programs and most field trips are included in the cost of tuition listed above..

Records, statistics


We apologize, we do not accept DSHS Subsity 

Evening care and requirements


  • Evening rates (post 5:00pm) are $5 more an hour, when pre-arranged.
  • Holiday and Weekend care rates are $7 more an hour, when pre-arranged.
Holiday times and time off


Martin Luther King JANUARY

Presidents Day FEBRUARY

Memorial Day MAY

Independence Day JULY


Veterans Day NOVEMBER

Close 4pm day before, Thanks Giving & Friday NOVEMBER

Close 4pm day before, Christmas Eve & Day & New Year’s eve DECEMBER

Back up care is required


Parents must have back-up care pre-arranged before care begins. Please keep in mind that children will get sick and should not be in an active setting when they are sick. 

Time and attention for all


We provide monthly fire drills and quarterly disaster drills

Daisy and Cean are our two furry children
Two boxer dogs, three firebelly frogs, one axolotles 

Family environment for all


We guide and interact daily to:

  • Demonstrate positive interactions with children and other adults when children are present
  • Interact with children through listening and responding to what the children have to say
  • Have frequent verbal communication with children in a positive, reinforcing, cheerful and soothing way
  • Explain actions, even to very young babies
  • Treat each child with consideration and respect
  • Appropriately hold, touch and smile at children
  • Speak to the children at their eye level when possible and appropriate
  • Be responsive to children, encouraging them to share experiences, ideas and feelings
  • Respond to and investigate signs of distress immediately
  • Perform age or developmentally appropriate nurturing activities that:
  • Take into consideration the parent's own nurturing practices
  • Promote each child's learning self-help and social skills
  • Stimulate each child's development
  • Provide each child opportunities for vocal expression
  • Our adult voices do not dominate the overall sound of the group 

Both young and old learn from each other


With a daily schedule planned we try to insure on task and positive behavior. If discipline is needed it is by age group.

Infants to 20 months:

Are removed from the situation and re-directed in other play.

Toddlers to three years:

Are told “NO” with a brief discussion of behavior and re-directed. Short time outs may be used if negative behavior continues. Time outs are one minute per age. All time outs are within provider’s sight.

Four years and older:

Discussion of behavior to work out the situation into a positive behavior. If conflict is between children, a short discussion on how to talk and listen to each other. If behavior still hasn’t improved, the child is removed from the situation and is given another activity to do alone. This gives the child time to settle down and time alone with provider.

If adverse, negative or dangerous behaviors continue:

Parents are notified and called upon to help come up with a solution if the behavior becomes defiant or out of control. Expulsion will be considered if behavior continues. Corporal punishment or spanking is never used. If aggressive behavior was not disclosed prior to enrollment 15 days tuition, past termination, is required for us to find a replacement for your child. 

Game sharing and communication


We use consistent, fair and positive guidance methods. These methods are appropriate to each child's developmental level, abilities, and culture and are related to each child's behavior. We communicate all day to build an understanding of what consistent, fair and positive interaction means. 

endless care options


We use positive guidance methods. The guidance methods include the following:

  • Planning ahead to prevent problems
  • Allow the children choices for positive behavior
  • Distracting
  • Redirecting
  • Encouraging appropriate behavior
  • Explaining consistent, clear rules
  • Encourage children to be involved in solving problems
  • Explaining to the children in the reasonable and age appropriate natural and logical consequences related to the child's behaviors. 
Open religion without bias


Bothell Tots, LLC is open to all religious beliefs. Please be advised that we do celebrate National Holidays and Birthdays. If for any reason a parent does not want their tot to participate we can have other activities available. 

daycare daily educational schedule


Schedule will vary according to the children’s’ daily needs, drop offs and pick up times



10:00-11:00AM OUTDOOR PLAY


12:00-2:15PM NAP




field trips away from home


Although we have certain times of the day that we provide a stationary circle time education happens all day every day in A direct and indirect fashion.

Social skills: Are probably the largest part of our daily teachings through activities here at Bothell Tots. We find endless opportunities to help allow our children to advance socially. At the end of the day we aim for confident, independent, expressive, caring, kind, smart children with a solid self-esteem and image.


Sharing is caring: We learn every day how to share and take turns together.

Leading by example: Whether the child is two years or nine years old we allow them guidance responsibility. They thrive on the attention and sense of responsibility it gives to lead the group by example.

Reward system: We can’t reward enough. Regardless of the age we find that reward and praise changes the environment and the learning ability in the group instantly. Positivity breeds positivity!

Clean-up/Helping: We teach participation as early as they can comprehend so they can learn the importance of helping themselves and others in addition to team work concepts.

Manners: We learn to share, use polite phrases, open doors, lend a hand, etc…

Respect for all: We learn about personal space, how to address each other, privacy, and appropriate ways of getting other’s attention and how to reach out to someone.

Music time: We sing and dance and play musical instruments. Music is played throughout the day for inspiration and according to activity.

Time and Calendar: We talk about the time of each event throughout the day; we also talk about the month, Weeks and days.

ABC’s: We sing and talk about the ABC’s. Alphanumeric visuals are all over.

Logic/Reason/Experiments: We talk about and give examples of what is logical, what is real, what is imaginary. We talk about dreams, our favorite things, weight of objects and a number of other experiments to give a broad education.

Math: We gather, this includes sorting, counting, learning colors, and learning numbers.

Free play: Kids are free to imagine and learn. This is the favorite part of preschool. The tots learn to imagine, role-play, play independently or with each other, dramatic play, play with kitchen toys, puppet shows, and builds puzzles. - Outside time, daily.

Reading: Reading is a big part of life and the sooner they learn the better off they are. We have a large number of books for each age group and we strongly encourage reading. It is part of our routine to read to the kids as often as possible.

Writing/drawing: We encourage writing and drawing as early as they are able.

Small motor: There are many activities that we do daily to improve small motor.

Large motor: There are many activities that we do daily to improve large motor.

television or screen time


If we provide screen time for children in care, the screen time is:

Educational, and developmentally and age appropriate, not violent or with adult content. 


We limit screen time for all to not exceed two hours per day during operating hours; Do not require children to participate in screen time; Provide alternative activities to screen time; Assure children are at least three feet from a television screen. 

We minimize exposure to screen time for any child under the age of two by: Providing alternative activities for the child and moving the child away from direct view of the screen.

Kalaina during rest period


We have daily supervised rest periods for children. Scheduled nap and rest periods are required by the State of Washington until a child is over age five. Our kiddos play and learn hard each day and need the rest time to recharge and stay healthy.

Infants: Receive two to three rest periods each day.

Children 16 months to five years: Receive one interrupted rest period each day.

We do:

  • Provide quiet activities for the children who do not require rest and are over age five. These activities offered be of minimum disruption to sleeping children.
  • Communicate with the parent or guardian about the child's sleep needs and patterns
  • Keep consistent nap times each day.

We do NOT:

  • Force a child to sleep.
  • Allow any form of sedation. 


Although not completely SID proof, we do the following:

  • Closely supervise a sleeping infant and physically check on them regularly
  • Place all infants on a firm mattress
  • Place all infants on their back while sleeping in a portable crib with a firm mattress.

None of the following are used:

  • Fluffy blankets
  • Sheepskin
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed toys
  • And we take special care to assure the infant does not get too warm. 
Nightime childcare options


We will be awake until all children in care are asleep. We will be on the same level of the home as the children in care. We will wake and care for any needs all children in care have before, during, and after sleep.
The art of food equals energy


We provide meals and snack foods to children in care according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Child and adult care food program (CACFP) charts for the ages of children in our care.


A parent or guardian may provide alternative food for their child.

A written food plan is not required for infant formula, breast milk or baby food supplied by the child's parent or guardian.

Possible reasons for accommodations:

The child's medical needs; Special diets; Religious or cultural preference; Family preference; If supplementation is needed for any of the above reasons parent may provide ALL foods for children which meet the USDA CACFP requirements.

WE SHARE. If you choose to bring your child with food randomly (unless it is for a baby or allergies) please be sure to bring enough for all the children!
Breast milk option and requirements


Breast milk is always allowed here and is stored and fed safely and properly to each infant who is supplied with breast milk. 

Developmental Milestones


We consult with and have approval from an infant's parent or guardian before introducing solid foods to an infant. When the parents are comfortable with beginning solid foods, let’s have a discussion around when and what foods the parents are comfortable for us to begin. All infant food must be provided by parents in a food safety manner. 

diaper training and toileting


  • We provide a diaper changing area that is separate from any area where food is stored prepared or served.
  • The diapering area is cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • The diaper-changing surface is free of all other items not used in diapering the child. 


The container of diapers and diapering supplies may be sent home daily if requested.

If cloth diapers are used, the diapers:

  • Diapers will not be rinsed
  • Diapers will be kept in the diaper disposal container (provided by parent) until picked up by the parent or diaper service; or
  • Placed in a securely closed plastic diaper bag (provided by parent) and sent home with the child daily. 

We will do our best, if asked, to remember the number of poopie diapers and the consistency of them, but the best way to know for sure is by taking them home. J

  • Check diapers every two hours
  • Change the diaper when necessary, or whenever the child indicates discomfort
  • Attend to the child at all times when diapering a child
  • Do not rinse soiled diapers
  • Place soiled diapers directly into a diaper waste container

Diapers must be:

  • Disposable OR Cloth diapers which are supplied by a commercial diaper service
  • Reusable cloth diapers are to be supplied by the parents.
  • When cloth diapers or panty are used, a waterproof, washable barrier must be used between the diaper and the child's clothes. 
toilet training and requirements


When potty chairs are used, we clean them after each use:

  • Empty the potty chair into the toilet; and
  • Clean and disinfect the potty-chair. 


We discuss toilet training with parents when a child is showing interest, is able to comprehend the process and shows they are ready for training.

We use:

  • Positive reinforcement
  • Culturally sensitive methods
  • Developmentally appropriate methods
  • A routine developed in agreement with the parent or guardian
  • Pull ups or diapers must be worn through the entire process of toilet training
  • Tuition rates are decreased once child is fully potty trained. Free of accidents during the day and during nap time
Please don't forget, regression is a common occurrence. Be patient. :)

Serving Canyon Park, Bothell, Lynnwood, Alderwood, Woodinville, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett,, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Montlake Terrace, I-5, I-405, Hwy 525, Mukilteo school district bus route,