Why Should I send my child to Preschool?
Educators and psychologists agree that the single most important period in the development of a person’s intelligence occurs between birth and age five. Children’s minds are extremely absorbent and their curiosity peaks during these early years. When properly nourished and stimulated, a child’s mind forms patterns for learning that serve him or her well throughout life.
What is the difference between Day Care, Nursery School and Preschool?
Day Care Centers are generally for the purpose of caring for children on an all-day basis. Nursery Schools are generally experienced in socialization and play. Preschools are oriented toward educational experiences combined with socialization and play.
Are your teachers certified?
Each of our classes has a certified Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher who is encouraged and given the resources to pursue certification.
Can I visit my child anytime I want?
Absolutely! At Wee Scholars Academy we have an open door policy. Our center is equipped with a secure system at the front door. When you enroll your child you will chose a pin code that will allow you access to our school during school hours. We welcome our parents to come and see their child during the day and explore with them the many activities that fill up their day.
How often do you close during the year?
We are open year round, including a summer camp program. We do close 10 days a year for major holidays.* Our policy at Wee Scholars Academy is to be here for our families; except for extreme conditions, we remain open during inclement weather.
*(New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.)
What is your Discipline Policy?
Wee Scholars Academy believes in positive discipline, the process of teaching children how to behave appropriately. Positive discipline respects the rights of the child, the group and the adult. Positive discipline is quite different from punishment in that it informs children what they should do rather than what they should not do. Punishment teaches fear. Positive discipline teaches self –esteem.
What do you do to make the separation from my child easier for both my child and me?
Separation can be very emotional for both you and your child. Wee Scholars Academy has many different strategies to help in the transition, and to make this time a positive and smooth one. Some things to think about:
- Allow your child to bring a special something from home, something that comforts him or her to keep in the cubby for when he or she is feeling overwhelmed with separation.
- Talk about going to school often, ask your child questions about his or her day and refer to the teachers by name frequently.
- Bring your child to school before his or her actual start date so he or she can explore and become familiar with the environment and the teachers.
- Take the time to say Good-Bye and reassure your child you will be back to pick them up. Sneaking away leaves your child with a feeling a loss or abandonment. Try to be consistent with your morning or afternoon routine; routine things comfort children. They know what to expect. Most importantly, know your child will be held and comforted and receive all the attention he or she needs to get through this most difficult time and bond with the teachers and classmates.
What is your sick policy?
For the safety of our children Wee Scholars Academy adheres to a strict illness policy. Please do not send your child to school if he or she has exhibited any signs of illness or communicable diseases within the prior 24 hours. He or she will need to be symptom-free and fever-free without the use of any fever-reducing medications for 24 hours. If your child becomes ill while at school, we will notify you as soon as possible and you will need to pick up your child (or make arrangements to have him or her picked up) as soon as possible. In order to prevent the spread of germs and llness, our teachers and staff adhere to strict procedures with respect to hand washing and sanitizing our toys, equipment, tables, etc.
Do you provide a snack for my child?
Wee Scholars Academy will provide a healthy snack in the morning and in the afternoon. Included with the children’s snack will be juice or milk.
What is your teacher–to-child ratios?
Wee Scholars Academy provides low state-mandated teacher to child ratios in order to provide the best possible supervision and attention to each child. The maximum ratio for Preschool (2.5-3) is 1:10, Pre-K (3-4) is 1:12, and Kindergarten (4-5) is 1:15.