Many of our procedures during the January – May 2021 session will be modified to maximize safety to our staff and families. Please see our Pandemic Parent Handbook in the forms section.
The following information pertains to our normal operating procedures.
1) How do I pick up and drop off my child?
The doors will open at 9 am for drop-off. In the morning, please park and walk your child to their classroom, sign them in on the sign-in sheets and make sure they are safely in their classroom.
At noon, 3 year old and 2 ½ year olds will be picked up in the classroom. Please sign your child out each day. Pre-K students will be dismissed from the white gate on the playground, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, please pick up your pre-K student in their classroom.
2) Does my child have to be toilet trained?
Children in the 2 ½ year old classes do not need to be toilet trained. 3 year olds and pre-K students will need to be toilet trained to attend school.
3) Do you provide snacks? What types?
We provide all snacks, unless your child has a life-threatening allergy. All students are served fresh fruit at least one day per week. We also provide cheese, crackers, cereal, pretzels and other similar nut-free snacks each day at snack time.
4) Does VPCP include lunch?
2.5 and 3s classes dismiss at 12 noon and do not eat lunch at school. PreK students bring lunch from home and eat with their classmates on Tuesday and Thursday. Monday, Wednesday, Friday PreK students are dismissed at 12 noon.
5) What special classes will my child attend and how often?
Each child attends Chapel in the Sanctuary once per week. Each child also attends a Music and Movement class once per week with our dedicated Music and Movement teacher.
6) Do the students go on field trips?
We have in-house field trips a couple of times per year which may include Peter McCory, the One Man Band, a reptile expert, animal shows, storytellers, or magicians.
7) How do you handle discipline at school?
We follow the tenets of Becky Bailey, Ph.D. and her Conscious Discipline philosophy and Katharine Kersey and Marie Masterson’s 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children.
8) Can parents visit the classroom?
Of course, parents are welcome in our classrooms! Arrange a time with your child’s teacher.
9) How do you handle the beginning of school and separation anxiety?
We have an Open House at the beginning of each year during which the parent and child will visit the classroom with the teacher, assistant teacher and other class members. Once school starts, we ask that parents provide a loving, efficient goodbye to their child and trust that your child is safe with us. Our experience has taught us that parental confidence will translate to success for the child in having a happy and productive time at school. Parents are welcome to stay in the Director’s office as long as they need and we are happy to check on your child often and report back to you how they are doing.
10) Do you provide financial aid?
Yes, please contact the preschool office for a scholarship application.
11) What hours are you in session?
We are in session from 9-12 Monday-Friday for 2.5 and 3s students. PreK students are in session 9-1 on Tuesday/Thursday and 9-12 Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
12) How will I communicate with my child’s teacher?
Each teacher will send out a weekly newsletter by email. In-person parent teacher conferences are held in November and written assessments of each child are sent home in April. Parents may email the teacher at any time with questions or concerns. In addition, parents may always speak to the teacher at drop-off or at pick-up or schedule a time for a phone or in-person conference. We love communicating with parents!
13) How do you handle children with allergies?
If a child has an EpiPen for a life-threatening allergy, parents must submit a MAT form (FORMS section) signed by a doctor when they bring in the EpiPen at the beginning of school. At the beginning of the school year, we will schedule a short conference with the parent, teacher, Director and Assistant Director to go over the symptoms and treatment for the child.
14) Do you give medication at school?
We do not give any medications except EpiPens at school.
15) Should I notify the preschool if my child is sick?
Yes, please send an email to the teacher and the office at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child will be out sick. If your child has a diagnosed condition (strep, lice, RSV, or any other communicable disease), please let the office know as well.
16) If my child is sick, when can they come back to school?
For the safety of all children, please keep your children home from school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. Children should also have not vomited or had diarrhea in the previous 24 hours before they attend school. If your child becomes ill during school hours, we will contact you to come pick them up. Please make sure that your emergency contact information is up-to-date in the preschool office.
17) What safety training does your staff have?
All office staff, teachers and assistant teachers are up to date in PMAT (EpiPen administration), First Aid, CPR, and MinistrySafe (sex abuse recognition training). We conduct monthly fire drills and regular lock-down drills of the school as well.
18) What opportunities are there for parent involvement?
We hold several special events throughout the year including a welcome parent coffee, Halloween parade, Christmas parties, parent education seminars and a spring picnic. We also have several parent volunteer opportunities.