1. 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
2. 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.
3. Can I bring my younger child with me on duty days?
No, the preschool is not insured for any additional children other than those enrolled. Although not guaranteed, parents are often willing to help each other out by looking after each others’ younger ones on duty days.
4. Can both parents assist with duty days? What about my nanny/grandparent etc?
Yes, both parents can assist with duty days, as can a nanny or grandparent. However, each adult who participates in the classroom as a duty parent must complete the Orientation (10 hours), attend monthly Parent Education Seminars and General Meetings, and complete all the relevant Registration documents (Dr’s note, Criminal Record Check, etc). Because of these requirements, most families choose one adult (ex: Mom or Dad) to be the ‘duty parent’. However, there are many ways for the other parent to participate in the child’s preschool experience, including assisting with the ‘job’, attending Parent Education Seminars and General Meetings, and assisting with fundraising efforts or school projects etc.
5. I work full time. Can I still attend a Parent Participation Preschool?
Many duty parents work outside the home, and find ways to schedule work and duty days around each other. Sometimes it helps for both parents to share duty days (see above re: requirements). The parent who creates the duty schedule will take into account preferences (example: only being on duty on Mondays)
6. What happens if I miss a Parent Education seminar or meeting?
If a ‘duty parent’ misses a Parent Education seminar, he/she must complete an ‘Alternate Parent Ed’. This may consist of reading a book, watching a DVD, or attending another parenting seminar and submitting a summary to the Parent Education Coordinator. The ‘duty parent’ may only miss 2 seminars per school year. If a ‘duty parent’ misses a meeting, he/she must read and sign the minutes from the meeting. Only 2 meetings can be missed per school year.
7. What happens if I can’t make it on one of my scheduled ‘duty days’?
If you cannot make a ‘duty day’, you are responsible for finding another duty parent to cover for you. In general, it is quite easy to switch a day with another parent. At the beginning of the year we circulate a list of parents who would be willing to fill in on short notice for last minute switches/coverage.
8. 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 ‘duty parent’ is exempt from preschool responsibilities. This period is usually 2 months. After that period, the ‘duty parent’ must find childcare for the baby during preschool hours. 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).
9. How are the extra jobs assigned?
In the spring, once the next year’s class list has been settled, a committee from Executive (usually the Enrolment Chair, Enrolment Assistant, a Vice President, Personnel Chair) 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.
10. 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.
11. My child has a developmental/physical disability, or behaviour problem. What resources are available to help us?
Our program is inclusive of everyone. You are encouraged to consult with our teachers regarding the best way to approach these issues.
12. 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.
13. Does my child need to be toilet trained?
No. Our school recognizes that each develops at his/her own pace.