What is your curriculum like?
We take our cues from the natural world and the interests of the children. Our curriculum incorporates the seasons and holidays, so over the winter we might study snow, animal habitats in winter, and the Chinese New Year. We also try to follow the interests of our children, so if they are fascinated by dinosaurs we would read books on the subject, put out dinosaur toys and puzzles, and make dinosaur tracks in our playdough. We believe that any topic can be an opportunity for learning, and we try to encourage the children’s curiosity and passion.
What is your discipline policy?
Our goal at Tiny Acorns is to create a community of friends. We try to model good behavior and help the children learn how to share and use the materials in appropriate ways. When issues arise we respond according to the situation. The problem may require redirecting the child’s attention, providing a new toy, or pulling the child away from the group for some time to calm down. If we remove a child from an activity it is never done in a punitive way, but as a way for the child to calm down and regroup.
What is your sickness policy?
We follow the regulations of the Department of Health. If a child has is found to have a fever of 100 degrees or above he or she will have to be sent home. All children must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. In cases of diarrhea or vomiting all children must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. If a child has had lice he or she must be lice and nit free before returning.
What is your daily schedule?
8:30-10—arrival, indoor play, and center time
10:40-11:15—outdoor play or center time
11:15-12—gym, music, or art project
5:00-6:00—free play/center time and pickup
What is your payment schedule?
We ask our parents to provide us with a deposit of $1000 once they accept a spot in the program, as well as a registration fee. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the last payment of the school year. The other payments will be billed in 4 equal installments throughout the year. All payments will be accepted by check, money order, or Chase Quickpay. There will be a $25 late fee applied to payments made after three business days and $50 after five business days. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
What holidays do you take off, and do you offer camps and mini camps on those days, what is your summer school schedule?
Please take a look at our calendar of holidays for the 2017-2018 school year here:
What are the ages of children in your program?
In our preschool program we care for children from the ages of 2 years to 4 years old.
How many teachers do you have/ what is your student to teacher ratio.
For our younger children, the 2's group, we will have two teachers for a group of 8 children. For the older three year olds we will have two teachers for a group of 12, and a teacher who will assist with the older group if needed. We also have cluster classes in music, gym, and art with additional teachers.
Do you provide potty training?
We are happy to encourage potty use in our school if your child is potty trained or starting that process. We want to support your goals in this process and will partner with you if your child has had success at home using the potty. However, while we are happy to support the goals for your child in that area, if we see regression we may ask parents to provide us with pull-ups or trainers.
Do you go on field trips?
We live in such a beautiful neighborhood that it would be a shame not to enjoy it! We will be taking neighborhood walks, visiting the park, and going to local playgrounds when the weather permits. We hope to very soon go on more ambitious out of neighborhood field trips, but it depends on both parent involvement and readiness of the children.