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What to Wear

 Think of your child’s comfort, and provide simple clothing that is free of complicated fastenings.  Think of messy activities, and provide clothing that is washable.  Provide a sweater or jacket on sunny days; you know how fast the weather can change in our area!!  We may go outside for an activity on any non-rainy day, so dress your child accordingly.We enjoy as much as you seeing the children in their newest fashions, however, we don’t enjoy seeing the sad and worried faces when accidents occur, and they do occur.  We will make every effort to keep your child’s clothing in the condition in which it arrived, but do remember “Little hands are fast and small bodies unpredictable.” 

Potty Training Policy

 Due to state requirements all children entering A Child’s First Steps Preschool must be potty trained.  Consequently, children must be able to utilize restroom facilities on their own while attending classes.  However, it is understood that accidents can happen and such situations will be dealt with accordingly by staff members.Lakeland Hills location: Due to state requirements all children entering A Child’s First Steps 2 Preschool must be potty trained, unless you are in the 2’s class and stay for the first hour of class on your scheduled week.  Consequently, children must be able to utilize restroom facilities on their own while attending classes.  However, it is understood that accidents can happen, and staff members will deal with such situations accordingly. 

Newsletter

 To further strengthen the link between home and school, each month you will receive both a snack /activities calendar and a School Newsletter.  We will try to communicate as clearly as possible through them any information you may need to know in addition to sharing a bit of your child’s preschool day with you.  It will remind you of upcoming events and inform you of any school needs as well.

Conferences & Observations

 First and foremost, our classroom is open to parents at all times.  There will be a specific time set aside for parent orientation and open house for classroom observations, but you are welcome at any time during the year. Separating is sometimes difficult for a child and/or parent at the beginning of the school year.  To help this situation we encourage you to wait in our classroom for as long as needed until your child has an opportunity to become comfortable in their school environment. Additionally, Kindergarten readiness conferences will be offered in the spring, but please let us know anytime you have a question or a concern about your child. 

Show & Tell

 Show and Tell is a very important time in the school day.  It may well be your child’s first opportunity for “Public Speaking.”  We encourage, as you might too, your child to bring in one item for Show and Tell.  Please assist your child in selecting something to share with a thought, perhaps, for the curriculum we are studying that month.   The most important thing, however, is for the child to be comfortable with his/her decision (even if the same decision was made last month, too).  We would appreciate a limited to ONE  item per child per time to share.  That’s about all time and attention spans will allow.   


*Note:  A Child’s First Steps Preschool teachers can and will handle - bugs, snakes, and other creepy crawlies so don’t hesitate to share.


Show and Tell Schedule:

Dieringer Heights location:
Girls:  First class day of each week:  (Monday) 4’s or (Tuesday) 3’s
Boys:  Second class day of each week:  (Wednesday) 4’s or (Thurs.) 3’s


Lakeland Hills location:
Girls:  First class day of each week:  (Monday) 2’s or (Tuesday) 3’s or (Wednesday) 4’s
Boys:  Second class day of each week:  (Thursday) 3’s or (Thursday) 4’s 

Ways We Can Help

 When you enroll your child in our school, we assume the responsibility of giving assistance with special needs in relation to your child’s school adjustment, growth, and development.  We will look after his/her health, safety, and social/emotional being while he/she is in our care.We would really appreciate it if you would keep us informed of any changes in your child‘s home situation during the school year.  For example, the birth of a baby, an accident, a death, a separation or divorce, a traumatic experience, just to name a few.  If we are kept informed of any such changes, we will be better able to deal with any changes in your child’s behavior during class time. 

Health & Safety

 Your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates is a matter of great importance to us.  Please use common sense when deciding if your child is well enough to attend school.  Keep in mind that sending a sick child exposes the entire class.  Please keep your child at home if he/she has a temperature, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, constant cough, or other symptoms of a communicable disease such as a sore throat, reddened eyes, and stomach ache.  Most important, if a child has been exposed to a contagious disease, they should be kept at home.  Strep throat, pin worms, viral infection, infected ears, glands, the measles, mumps, and head lice are considered “highly” contagious.Your child may be sent home if he/she appears to have symptoms of illness during class time.  In such cases, we will make every effort to contact you first.  We will then proceed to other emergency contacts you have listed.In the case of accidental injury, we will make an immediate attempt to contact a parent.  If we cannot reach you, we will contact the child’s emergency contact number before seeking medical attention. 

Emergency Preparedness

 Earthquake and Fire Drills will be practiced throughout the year.  We will acquaint your child with evacuation procedures.  Children soon become accustomed to the drills and know exactly what to do.Included in this parent handbook, is a recommended emergency supply list that lists items each person (child or adult) would need to help sustain them for 72 hours incase of a major disaster.  We require an emergency kit for each child in a preschool class.  We will require at least 20 emergency kits to cover an entire class.  The preschool will provide these kits.  Parents are required to provide a comfort letter and photo(s) of your family for comforting purposes and we will keep these letters and family photos till the end of the school year.  If your child has a severe allergy, you may provide an emergency kit. 


Please keep your emergency information at school up to date!!! 

Holidays / Snow Days

 School will be closed on national holidays and vacations observed by the Dieringer school Districts calendar.  Written notice of such closing will be made via the newsletter and snack calendar.  A Child’s First Steps Preschool follows the Dieringer School District schedule and consequently preschool will close anytime the Dieringer School District closes.  Listen to any radio station, or TV station for school closure information. When there is a closure or an interruption of our schedule, we will try to contact each of you by phone. If there is a 1 hr. delay we will still have a.m. classes.  If there is a 2 hr. delay we will not have a.m. classes.  There will be p.m. classes if Dieringer School District does not close for the day.  If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact us. 

Birthday Snacks

 Birthday snack is very important to your child and to our preschool.  Please allow your child to bring their favorite snack food (Yes cupcakes are just fine).  Your child will be able to design his/her very own Birthday crown, and this is always a very exciting time for your child.  We sing “Happy Birthday” during snack time and as usual, parents are welcome in at anytime for this very special celebration. 

Discipline

 The discipline policy of our preschool is designed to aid the child in developing inner control.  Discipline is viewed as a process of the child’s learning appropriate behaviors.  Positive reinforcement for “good behavior” in a warm supportive environment promotes the child’s self-confidence and leads to increased desirable behavior.  The child is also challenged with learning and doing new things, thus preventing the discipline problems which may occur from boredom.When corrective discipline is necessary, it will be administered by the teacher in a POSITIVE consistent manner, appropriate to the situation.   When the child’s behavior is unacceptable, the teacher will remove the child from the group; talk with him/her; discuss the problem; discuss alternate ways to handle the problem.  If the disruptive behavior continues, the staff will then determine if a conference with the parent(s) is necessary.  Brief    “Time Outs” will be used if necessary to aid the child in quieting his/her body and mind and allowing an opportunity to begin “anew” with more acceptable behavior. 

Diversity

 Preschool children are active eager learners who want to know all about the world around them.  This age is the perfect time to introduce them to different cultures.


A Child’s First Steps preschool will be looking for your ideas, in hopes your family can share their heritage.  We would like to include your family experiences, cultural foods, music, language, clothing etc.  Our youngPreschool children need to learn about and understand the world around them first.  We would like to teach them about our families with whom they are classmates within these early years.  Your help is needed.A special “blessing” is sung at the beginning of each snack time.  Our day at A Child’s First Steps Preschool is begun with and ended with prayers.  If you have a prayer we can teach the children we certainly welcome it.