Preschool Activities and Daily Interactions

What are your hours?
We are open from 7:00am - 6:00pm, Monday-Friday.

What is your holiday schedule?
We follow a modified version of the Bernards Township School District. Our calendar provides a complete list of holidays.

Our preschool program (ages 2½ - 6) runs from September through June, and we also offer a weekly summer camp program.

How are the kids grouped into classes?
In our infant and toddler programs, we group the children by both age and ability. We make sure both you and your child are completely comfortable before moving them up to the next stage.

Children over 2½ are in our preschool program where they are grouped by age and date they will enter kindergarten. All of the children in the class move up to the following class in September as a group.

How large is the group my child would be in?
We follow state ratio guideline in establishing our class sizes.

Our infant class will have no more than 7 children.

Our toddler program maxes out at 12 children with 2 teachers and generally strives to stay below 10 children.

Our teacher to child ratio is 1 to 10 in our 2½-3 and 3-4 year old classes and no more than 12 students per teacher in the pre-kindergarten class.

What will my child be doing on any given day? What is the schedule?
For the infant age, we customize a routine that works with your child’s schedule.

In the toddler program, we begin to develop a class routine that includes centers, learning, art, snacks, large muscle development, and outdoor play.

Each class will start the day with opening activities followed by circle time. Your child’s class will follow a schedule that will include centers, large and small group learning, art, snack, activity room time, and outdoor play. Your child’s schedule will be posted outside his or her classroom, and a copy will be sent home at the beginning of each school year.

Do you offer extracurricular activities?
We have weekly specials such as music, creative movement, gym class, and library time. These specials are included in the cost of your tuition, and do not require a separate sign up or fee.

Additionally, as a convenience to our parents, we offer extra programs such as soccer, sports, and cooking classes during our aftercare program. These classes are provided at a small fee.

How do you discipline children?
Our philosophy on discipline is based on redirection rather than time out or any other of punishment. We want to encourage children to learn how to make the right decisions themselves, rather than being told what to do or not to do. We want children to feel good about working the problem out themselves (with teacher supervision of course). If a child is endangering the welfare of another child in the classroom, the teacher will immediately intervene, take the child or children to the side, and help them resolve their differences.

Is the program developmentally based or does it have an academic focus? What is the advantage to your approach?
We base our program on academic, developmental, and social growth. We believe that a balance of academic, developmental, and social aspects is crucial to a successful preschool program.

Infant and Toddler Day Care Program

How old do you have to be enroll in our infant program?
We accept children as young as six weeks of age.

My 2 year old is really advanced. Do you allow children to move to the next class early?
Because of state licensing and fire codes, we cannot let a child move to our preschool program until they are 2½.

Do you provide formula or diapers for the infants?
We do not provide items such as formula or diapers to our children. Each child has such unique needs, and we have found it is best to have the parents provide the items their children need.

Do your teachers have experience giving a bottle to a child who is used to being breastfeed?
All of our infant teacher have experience with how to feed a child who is normally breastfed including paced feeding and proper breast milk storage. You are welcome to send in frozen breastmilk to be stored here or send in fresh milk daily.

Preschool Food and Sleep Information

What kind of food should I bring for my child?
For our infants and toddlers you are welcome to bring whatever type of food you feel comfortable with your child eating. Our staff follow your lead with how you want your child fed.

In our preschool program, we will provide morning and afternoon snacks (you are always welcome to send your own). You may send in a lunch from home or you may purchase a lunch through our catering partner. We can refrigerate and heat food for lunch.

What is the rest schedule?
In the infant room, we work with you on a schedule that fits your child and family’s current needs.

In our toddler and preschool programs, the children lay down for a nap after lunch. Children are not required to sleep, but they will have a quiet time where they can rest or read a book on their cot. We follow the state guidelines for how long a child needs to rest, which varies based on the age of the child.

Where do the children sleep?
Each child has their own crib or cot that they use for nap-time. We provide bedding for all the children. This bedding is washed weekly in free and clean laundry detergent to protect sensitive skin. Children are allowed to bring in a small personal item such as a stuffed animal if it will be of comfort to them during rest time.