FAQ

How much time is required to participate?

You can expect to spend a few hours a month (2-3 hours) on your preschool job. In addition, you’re expected to attend the monthly evening parent education talks and general meeting as well as assist at several fundraisers and fun events throughout the year.

Can I bring my younger child with me on Participation Days?

No, the preschool is not insured for any additional children other than those enrolled.  

What kind of jobs do parents do?

Parents help with the running of the preschool. Jobs range from accounting, fundraising and social coordination through to repairs and maintenance on our building. We try to match jobs with each family’s unique skills.

I have a newborn infant.  What do I do about ‘duty days’ and meetings etc.?

The school allows a period of maternity leave during which a parent is exempt from preschool responsibilities.  However, you are more than welcome to bring your nursing infant to Parent Education Seminars and General Meetings (or other special events at the preschool).

How are the jobs assigned?

In the spring, once the next year’s class list has been settled, a committee from Executive meets to assign jobs for the upcoming year.  Effort is made to assign jobs based on each parent’s preference and skills as indicated in the Registration Package.  If none of your preferences can be met, we will contact you to discuss all available options.

I’m concerned my child will have trouble being away from me.  Can I stay with him/her?

Both the 3’s and 4’s classes have a gradual entry schedule that helps children adjust.  Our teachers recognize that every child/family is different and parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with them.  The teachers will work with you to ensure your child’s transition to preschool is a positive one, and we have no strict policies regarding having a parent stay with their child if that’s what’s best for the family.

My child has a developmental/physical disability, or behaviour problem.  What resources are available to help us?

Our program is inclusive of everyone.  We work closely with Supported Child Development and have resources for families to draw upon including support workers as well as a bursary program. If you have a child with special needs, please let us know when you register and we will help connect you with our teacher who has the resources to answer your questions and assist you in acquiring the right support for your child.

What is the policy for sick children?

The specific policy is outlined in our Parent Manual, which you will receive upon Registration.  We ask that sick children stay home if they are lethargic, febrile, have yellow or green nasal discharge, are having vomiting or diarrhea, or are infectious to other children in any way.  Children can return to school once vomiting/diarrhea have resolved for at least 48 hours, or the fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without medication.

Does my child need to be toilet trained?

No.  Our school recognizes that each develops at his/her own pace.

What does my child need to bring to preschool?

We spend a lot of time outside, so dress your child for whatever weather the day brings!  Dress your child in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained (‘play clothes’).   Children should also have:

  • A FULL set of spare clothes in their cubby, including socks and underwear
  • A pair of indoor shoes your child can leave at school
  • A bike helmet so that your child can use the preschool bikes
  • Remember to bring a snack for your child, and yourself if you are on duty

What type of snack should I pack for my child?

We encourage healthy eating habits at preschool, as well as environmentally friendly snacks.  Water is available at school, and juice or other beverages are discouraged.  If there is a student with a life-threatening food allergy (ex: peanuts), that food may be banned in any given school year.

  • Please pack your child’s snack in a small bag/lunch box, labelled with your child’s name.
  • If possible, use reusable containers.
  • Sending containers that your child can manage by him/herself is helpful to the adults, and confidence boosting for the child.