Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Your child doesn’t need to be fully potty-trained.  We understand that accidents happen. We do not have access to a change table so we can not change soiled diapers. If that happens, you will be contacted. We also ask that pull ups instead of diapers are used during school time so that your child can easily participate in class trips to the bathroom.

Every child is asked to supply a change of clothes regardless of whether they are fully toilet trained or not. This helps us be prepared for spills or accidents of any kind.

What kind of fundraising do you do?

We typically have several fundraising opportunities through out the year.  The money raised helps to fund extras for the preschool. It is important to note that participating in any fundraisers is completely optional.

Can I bring a treat for my child’s birthday?

Yes, you can bring a treat for your child’s birthday. Please ensure that there are no nuts in the treat that you choose to provide.  Treats will be handed out at the end of preschool to give parents the choice of whether the treat is appropriate for their child.

What should I do if my child cries when I drop them off?

The transition to preschool is a big one and tears are developmentally appropriate. Please give your preschooler a hug and a quick reassurance that you will be waiting for them when preschool is over then leave. Preschoolers usually stop crying as soon as you are gone. The teacher will do her best to send you a picture via text message as soon as she has the chance, so you can be sure that they are happy at school.

What should my child wear to school?

We are a play-based program. There is a very good chance we will be painting or engaged in messy play.  Please make sure that clothes are machine washable and comfortable.  Your preschooler’s shoes should be well fitting and suitable for daily gym activities.

What if I am running late? Can someone else pick up my child?

Please do your best to arrive for pick up on time because it causes preschoolers a lot of stress when you are late.  If you do find that you are running late due to circumstances beyond your control, please let the school know as soon as possible so we can reassure your preschooler.  If you are having someone else pick up your preschooler, it is important that you let us know ahead of time so we are aware of the alternate plan.

What will happen if my child acts up in class?

When a child acts up it is usually the best strategy to distract the preschooler with a new task. This is often all it takes to redirect a student who is misbehaving.  If the behavior continues or if they hurt another child they will be separated from the group and asked to say sorry for the behavior.  Parents will be contacted if problems continue.

How will I know when my child is ready to move to kindergarten?

It is not uncommon that a child spends a third year in preschool.  Depending on maturity and where their birthday falls this may be a good choice for your preschooler.  There are many things that need to be considered when deciding if it is right to move your child onto kindergarten.  Some skills to consider are:

  • Is my child independently able to get dressed to go outside?
  • Can my preschooler open snack containers independently?
  • Is my preschooler interested in making friends with other preschoolers?
  • Can my preschooler sit and listen to a story?
  • Can my preschooler draw simple shapes and lines?

If you are wondering about this, you are encouraged to speak with the teacher.