Let your child know that his/her school is a safe, secure and loving place for him/her to grow and learn. Speak of going to school as a joyful, pleasant event. Visit the school with your child before they begin coming so that they are somewhat familiar with our facility.
Meet your child’s teacher. Your child will be happy and secure if he/she knows that his/her teacher and parents have a good relationship. With your support, caring teachers and a well-planned program, our activities will help develop your child’s self-confidence and sense of security in our program while you are away.
Your reassuring attitude can make the first days of school a smooth and happy experience. This will be a period of adjusting and adapting to a new routine for some children. We suggest that you confidently leave your child with his/her teacher. Assure him that you will return for him and then leave promptly.
Children can work and play easily in play clothes. This allows freedom to paint, crawl, tumble, run and participate in daily activities without the fear of getting them dirty. Please encourage independence in your child by having him/her wear clothing that can be fastened and unfastened easily. Sneakers are preferable when possible. High heels, clogs, Croc’s, and flip flops are not to be worn. Our bikes are heavy so we recommend closed toe shoes. All removable clothing should be labeled with your child’s name, especially sweaters and jackets. Necklaces, dangling earrings, rings and drawstrings on necklines of clothing are dangerous and should not be worn.
Each child must keep a complete change of clothing, including socks and shoes, in his/her cubby. Please be sure to label them with your child’s name.
Your child may bring books, CD’s, and/or items that pertain to the unit of study to share at any time. Do not allow your child to bring gum, candy, money, or toys (with the exception of a sleep toy for nap) to school.
Licensing requires a two hour rest period. While we know that not all children will sleep, we do require them to lie quietly on their cots. These cots and a cot sheet will be provided and cleaned by the school. You will need to provide a small blanket. A small soft “sleep buddy” and a travel sized pillow are optional.
SNACK AND LUNCH:
You will need to provide your child with two snacks and a lunch. The two snacks are determined from two different groups of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. Please be sure it includes healthy choices.