Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is your program a “preschool” or “daycare”?
We offer educational and age appropriate activities all day long. Families today have a variety of schedules, so we have designed our program to incorporate activities throughout the day that are fun, educational and prepare children for school successfully so children can fully participate no matter when they attend school.
2. Does my child have to be toilet trained?
No! Children are admitted to St. Luke’s Preschool without regard to whether they are toilet trained or not. Some children may start the program in diapers or pull-ups, and it is expected that staff will change diapers and assist children in positive ways to learn to use the toilet. Coordination with the family around toilet training is key. When a child shows signs of toilet training readiness, a conference between the teacher(s) and the parents(s) will be set up to establish common goals and methods and create a Toileting Training Plan. Families with children who are not potty trained must provide their own diapers and wipes. If diaper rash cream is needed, parents must complete a medicine consent form before we can apply it. Due to time/staffing, children who are not potty trained will be charged toddler tuition until they are fully potty trained.
3. Do I have to pay for child care on days when my child does not attend?
Regular school attendance is an important part of your child’s learning experience. When a child is absent due to illness, or on vacation tuition still must be paid. There are no refunds for absences.
4. Does my preschool child have to take a nap?
No, however, if your child is at the Preschool in a Full Day program, he/she will need to rest quietly during the hours of 1:00-2:30pm. We do not require sleep, but that children rest quietly or engage in a quiet activity during this time. Children are free to get up and join in quiet activities whenever they wish.
We provide cots for each child. You will need to bring a blanket and pillow clearly marked with your child’s name. Every Friday these items must be taken home and washed and returned on Monday.
5. What is your approach on discipline?
St. Lukes Preschool believes active learning through choices eliminates behavioral problems and creates independent thinkers. We provide an atmosphere of acceptable and positive reinforcement. With very young children discipline is not a form of punishment. Through positive reinforcement appropriate behaviors are shaped and encouraged. Clearly defined expectations and acknowledging desired behavior as it occurs allows a child the freedom to securely explore the environment–to engage in active learning. Focusing on the positive things children are doing gives them a feeling of success, thus encouraging independence and increasing self esteem. We set limits in a positive manner which helps develop self-control, understanding, and respect for others. By making choices children learn that logical consequences occur for the choices made. We encourage children to verbalize their feelings and actions and the resulting consequences are always immediately discussed by the child and the teacher. Every effort will be made to handle discipline problems through redirection, problem solving and through staff and parent/guardian collaboration. Children will be encouraged to practice desirable alternatives to undesirable behavior. If discipline problems persist, a plan of action will be discussed at a parent/guardian conference. The plan of action may include, but will not be limited to, the following solutions: rearranging the environment, professional observation, decreased time in the classroom, Social Service intervention, or other child education program options.
Corporal punishment or other humiliating or frightening punishments are prohibited.
6. Will my child learn about religion at school?
The preschool is affiliated with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. We use age appropriate themes which include stories, books, and songs from the Old Testament or New Testament. In general, the children will be learning about affection, joy, sharing, gratitude, giving comfort, accepting differences, and appropriately expressing emotions. The children may visit the church to share a special “chapel time” with the reverend or teachers. Our visits may include singing chapel songs, hearing a special chapel story or “message,” and saying a prayer.
Prayer is a part of the daily activities at St. Luke’s. The children say grace together before they eat, and may pray together at other times during the day.
7. What if my child cries when I leave?
We encourage you to bring your child for a visit before they actually attend. When you say good-by to your child, always let them know you will pick them up after school. Teachers are sensitive to the emotional needs of your child and will provide a caring and loving environment. A typical transition to a routine school schedule takes about two weeks. Parents are welcome to drop by at anytime or to call to check in whenever they wish.
8. Do you give snacks or meals at the center?
Yes, we serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack everyday. We have a kitchen on site where our cook prepares our meals. Our menu complies with the Child and Adult Food Program requirements. We incorporate seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible and prepare much of our menu from scratch. We do not charge additional fees for meals.
Meals are served family style. An adult sits at a table with children and children are encouraged to serve themselves. Children can eat as much as they want and are encouraged to try the different items being served. If your child has any food allergies, please let us know. Please notify us of any special dietary needs/restrictions in writing.
Candy is not to be brought to school and we will not serve candy that is brought for lunch.
Peanuts and products with peanuts in them are not allowed at school. If your child brings something to school with peanut products in it, it will not be served and we will substitute another item for it. We will return the food item to you at the end of the day.
9. What should my child wear to school?
Indoor clothing should be the “everyday play” kind. The children will be climbing, crawling on floors, using paint and other messy materials, and although we have aprons they aren’t always spill proof, so please save children’s good clothes for other times. Shoes need to cover the whole foot. Flip-flops, shoes without backs and high heels should not be worn—children are very active and these types of shoes can be dangerous.
Please dress your child warmly enough for outdoor play every day. Children have an outside play period on all but the coldest, hottest and rainiest days. Labeling all clothing prevents a lot of mix-ups and losses.
Write your child’s name on the inside of all clothing and shoes. Children need to wear shoes in the classroom.
Children should have a clean change of clothing at the center at all times. Clothing should be exchanged as the seasons change so that children are adequately dressed. We do have a few extra clothes for emergencies. We ask that you return these to us, washed, within three days of use.
Backpacks are useful in ensuring that children have their shoes, extra clothing and cold weather gear all in one spot. Please write your child’s name on the inside of the backpack. It is also important to be aware of items your child has in the backpack when leaving for school. Please be sure that the items in your child’s backpack are ones you want to be there.
10. What is the student/teacher ratio at your center?
The ratio for preschool is 12 per children per 1 adult according to Licensing requirements, however we typically have a ratio of 8 children and 1 adult.
The infant classroom ratios is 4 infants per 1 adult.
11. When should my child stay home from school?
The health of each child is important to us. We ask that you keep your child at home when he or she shows signs of illness. No child will be accepted in the morning if they have a fever of 100.6 or higher. Outdoor play is a daily activity in our schedules. If your child is well enough to attend school they are well enough to go outside.
If a child vomits, has diarrhea, an extreme case of cold or a fever at school they will not be allowed to return until 48 hours have passed. In addition, if your child is on antibiotics, please do not send him/her to school until he/she has been treated for at least 24 hours.
If your child has any contagious diseases (such as chicken pox, pink eye) please let us know so that we can inform other parents of incubation periods.
If your child becomes sick at school, we will call and ask that you pick up your child as soon as possible. Your child will be isolated from the other children until arrangements are made to pick him/her up.
Minor injuries requiring first aid will be treated in the center office or classroom. An Ouch Report will be completed by the teacher immediately after the child is treated for every incident. Parents will receive a copy of the Ouch Report upon pick up. Every effort will be made to contact parents as soon as possible when the following occur: facial/head wounds, bites, or unusual incidents/injuries. In case of emergency every effort will be made to contact the parent. Emergency medical treatment may be sought immediately in cases of extreme medical emergency or when all efforts to reach the parents have failed.