Does my child have to be toilet trained?
Children should be in the process of learning to use the washroom, however, all young children have accidents from time to time. If your child is not yet trained just put them in pull-ups so that teachers can help out in the washroom if necessary. Please be sure to bring extra clothes each day so that teachers can change wet or soiled clothing when required.
Should my child bring a snack to Preschool each day?
Yes, we ask that each child bring a piece of fruit or a vegetable to place in the sharing bowl each session. Teachers will cut up the fruit or vegetable and we will share it with everyone at snack time. As some children have severe life threatening allergies to specific food groups we ask that you please ONLY bring fruit or vegetables. Specific prohibited foods items will be posted.
What qualifications do teachers have?
All teachers are qualified Early Childhood Educators and have years of experience in the care and education of young children. Teachers maintain first aid certificates and are committed to providing positive child care experiences. All staff, including substitutes, student teachers and volunteers are screened upon application and undergo a Criminal Record Search.
What do you do if two children are fighting over a toy?
As young children enter into social situations it is not uncommon for minor conflicts to arise. Teachers are very actively engaged with children at play or are very nearby so they are able to identify potential problem areas and address them quickly. Usually, it is as simple as acknowledging the child’s needs and helping with language and appropriate strategies. For instance asking the child to pass the toy on when they are finished or together establishing a time frame for use are usually effective techniques. Perhaps there is another similar toy close by or sometimes a cooperative arrangement might be made where the children create something together using separate toys. The intention is to help the children develop effective communication and problem solving skills, as well as self-control and sensitivity in their interactions with others.
Will my child be prepared for Kindergarten?
Yes. Curriculum planning in a play-based learning environment provides all the key elements for a child’s successful transition to Kindergarten. Problem solving and mathematical skills, language and vocabulary development, critical thinking, reading readiness, gross and fine motor development are all a part of everyday learning. Most importantly children will have developed self-confidence and the social and emotional tools required for the next stage of their learning.