Here is a list of common questions you may have regarding our preschool program. If your question is not here, please contact us.
1Can my child bring a snack from home?
Yes! In fact, parents are asked to send a small snack and juice or water with their child daily. Snacks must be labeled with your child’s name and date as required by licensing policies. Due to the prevalence and severity of food allergies, as a precaution, we ask that parents do not send in snacks or treats containing peanut butter or any type of nut or nut products. We recommend that snacks be nutritious and non-perishable. Suggestions for healthy snacks and lunches include: fruits, small sandwiches, vegetables, muffins, and cereal. 100% fruit juice or water is the recommended drink.
2Can I bring in a treat for my child’s birthday?
You may provide a treat for birthdays and be asked to furnish good for themes or holiday celebrations. If you wish to bring a special treat for your child’s birthday, please make prior arrangement with the teachers. They will know the number of children in the class and any food allergies that must be considered.
3What should I do if my child is sick?
Please do not send a sick child to school. If a child arrives with symptoms of illness, the child will not be permitted to stay. Children will be excluded from contact with the other children; seated with the staff at the front desk until parents can be notified. Please notify us if your child becomes ill and will not be attending that day. We ask that parents notify us when their child contracts a communicable disease. The preschool will notify all other parents about any communicable disease outbreaks (This does not name the child involved just the classroom to indicate highest exposure). A child will not be permitted to attend preschool when he or she have vomited or had diarrhea during the previous 24 hours. Medication may not be administered during program hours, therefore, do not send any in with your child.
4What should I do if my child loses an item?
Please label all belongings. FCPS and the site stag are not responsible for lost items. Lost and Found items are kept in a basket at the front of the schoolhouse and are donated at the end of the school year if not claimed. Personal belongings should be kept in a bag or backpack, which will be store in the classroom cubbies
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6What are the Qualifications of Teachers?
All of our preschool head teachers have college degrees and/ or Masters in Early Childhood Education. On a weekly basis, our staff work closely with each other and the program director to develope lesson plans. BedRock Preschool also provides continuing in-service training and enables teams of teachers to attend conferences and workshops to bring back the latest in concepts, methods, and materials. Our bi-weekly staff meetings with the educational director serve as one of the most important training and resource gathering periods for our teachers. Our teachers have the energy, intellect, and charisma that take children on a magical and challenging voyage of discovery. Our teachers are well-educated and nurturing people who respect the children’s need for security while encouraging autonomy.
7What is the Teacher Student Ratio?
All classrooms have a qualified early childhood educator leading the class and an experienced assistant teacher. Head teachers In addition to these two primary teachers, we have floaters that “float” from classroom to classroom when there is a need for additional help. Classrooms may also have student teachers from cooperating colleges and Special Education Itinerant Teachers working with individual students. BedRock Preschool is licensed by the Department of Health Division of Day Care and meets all of their requirements.
8How frequently are Toys and Classroom Sanitized?
The toys and classrooms are sanitized on a daily basis. Teachers follow a detailed checklist and sign off upon cleaning. Toys and surface areas are sanitized by the mandated 1:9 ratio bleach to water solution. Our housekeeper also maintains school appearance and cleaniness.
9How can I find out how my child is doing?
Parents may phone or e-mail at any time. Parents may also request a parent/teacher meeting. We have an open door policy so parents may drop in at any time, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom. Sometimes a peak through the window might be a better option.
10How is parent-teacher communication conducted?
Teachers and Administrators are always available to speak with parents about any concern, and a parent may request a meeting with their child’s teachers at any time. Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to make an appointment so that undivided attention may be given to you. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and milestones being reached. Additionally, each child is sent home with a form daily that communicates how the child enjoyed school, as well as the activities of the child’s day. Each year in the spring and fall, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments which accompany parent-teacher conferences.
11Is there a sleep or rest time?
We encourage the children to follow their own needs during the day, being active and resting as they feel the need. There are no set sleep times or beds for sleeping and most children won’t need this during the day. However, there are cosy cubbies, soft cushions and a couch and a weary child will always find a place to curl up or a lap to sit in for a story. An end-of-the-day meditation is often offered as an option for children who want to lie quietly with a guided visualisation.