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PARENT HANDBOOK

Alphabet Soup Preschool will play an important role in your child’s development.  It is essential that parents be informed as to the goals, curriculum, and socialization process which will take place.  We hope you will lend us your support by adhering to the following guidelines in this hand book.

Philosophy

Our goal is to create a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through creative play, while nurturing each child’s sense of accomplishment and personal growth. Our daily activities are designed as a foundation for your child’s early development.  Children learn through interactive play, we provide an environment that is conducive to this goal.  Activities include art, science, pre-reading, math skills, dramatic play, music, language and writing development. We stress the utilization of all senses for the most efficient learning experience. We ensure that all children have the opportunity for small and large muscle development as well as individual and group interactions.

Admission Requirements

* Children will be accepted for care between ages 2 1/2-5 years

* Children must be potty trained to attend Alphabet Soup Preschool-Green Lake.

* Parents must submit all necessary forms including

Application Form

About Your Child

Health History

Current Immunization Record

Emergency Medical Consent

Emergency Contact

Pick-up/drop-off Authorization

Field Trip Authorization

 

* A one time non-refundable $50.00 registration fee is due when all forms are submitted.

* Alphabet Soup Preschool will provide care for any child regardless of color, race, sex, national origin, religious affiliation.

What to Bring?

* A change of weather appropriate clothing to be kept in their cubby.

* Blankets and cots will be provided for nap time. Your child is welcome to bring a special nap time companion from home such as a blanket or stuffed toy.

* A well balanced nutritious, ready to eat, lunch in a labeled container. Please leave all candy at home!

* Morning and Afternoon snacks are provided. We offer healthful choices that are served family style. We use only organic fruits and vegetables.

Curriculum

Teaching Practices in our Preschool Program

Adult-child interaction.

Teachers and children are active partners in the learning process.  This balanced approach to adult-child interaction — also called “intentional teaching” — is critical to the effectiveness of the program. It includes techniques for encouraging learning in specific content areas as well as strategies for helping children resolve conflict.

Classroom arrangement, materials, and equipment.

The space and materials are carefully arranged to promote active learning. The center is divided into interest areas organized around specific kinds of play; for example, block area, house area, small toy area, book area, sand-and-water area, and art area.

Daily routine.

Teachers give preschoolers a sense of control over the events of the day by planning a consistent daily routine that enables the children to anticipate what happens next. Central elements of the preschool daily routine include the plan-do-review sequence, small- and large-group times, greeting time, and outside time.

Curriculum Content

Key developmental indicators.

The curriculum is built around teacher- and child-initiated learning activities in five main curriculum content areas: approaches to learning; language, literacy, & communication; social and emotional development; physical development, health, and well-being; and arts and sciences.

Active Learning

What is active participatory learning?

Our educational approach is based on the belief that young children build or “construct” their knowledge of the world they are “active learners.”

This means learning is not simply a process of adults giving information to children. Rather, children discover things through direct experience with people, objects, events, and ideas. They learn best from pursuing their own interests while being actively supported and challenged by adults.

Teachers are as active and involved as children in the classroom. They thoughtfully provide materials, plan activities, and talk with children in ways that both support and challenge what children are experiencing and thinking. Active participatory learning is a process in which teachers and children are partners. The goal of promoting active learning is reflected in every aspect of the curriculum.

Ingredients of active learning

Active learning has five ingredients which must be present:

Materials:  Abundant supplies of interesting materials are readily available to children. Materials are appealing to all the senses and are open ended — that is, they lend themselves to being used in a variety of ways to expand children’s experiences and stimulate their thought.

Manipulation: Children handle, examine, combine, and transform materials and ideas. They make discoveries through direct hands-on and “minds-on” contact with these resources.

Choice: Children choose materials and play partners, change and build on their play ideas, and plan activities according to their interests and needs.

Child language and thought: Children describe what they are doing and understanding. They communicate verbally and nonverbally as they think about their actions and modify their thinking to take new learning into account.

Adult scaffolding: “Scaffolding” means adults both support children’s current level of thinking and challenge them. Adults encourage children’s efforts and help them extend or build on their work by talking with them about what they are doing, by joining in their play, and by helping them learn to solve problems that arise.

Teaching Practices

Adult-child interaction is the process of working alongside children and communicating with them both verbally and nonverbally to encourage learning. One of the most important strategies for adult-child interaction is sharing control with children: creating a balanced climate where adults and children are partners in the learning process. Additional strategies include focusing on children’s strengths, forming authentic relationships with children, supporting children’s play, using encouragement instead of praise, and taking a problem-solving approach to conflict. During training, teachers and caregivers learn a host of specific techniques for carrying out each of these strategies.

The classroom in High Scope settings is divided into interest areas stocked with a stimulating range of materials designed for specific types of play, for example, house area, art area, block area, small toy area, computer area, reading and writing area. Materials are arranged in consistent places and the shelves are tagged with child-friendly labels so that children can get out and put away materials themselves. The classroom’s organization also helps children understand how the world is organized, and concepts like more, less, same, different, large, small, in, out, in front of, etc. The outdoor play area is considered part of the learning environment and is arranged and equipped to support all areas of child development, including cognitive, social, and physical abilities.

The daily routine in our program is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large- group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles.

Policies

Discrimination/Anti-bias Policy

Alphabet Soup Childcare does not discriminate in admissions, enrollment, or hiring on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability.  We provide an environment that is bias free and culturally democratic.

Behavior Philosophy & Policy

We want to ensure that every child is safe while in our care. Our program provides an environment that encourages and promotes cooperative interaction, respect for others, and non-aggressive problem solving between children. We believe in a positive, proactive approach to discipline and behavior management.  Elements of this belief include minimizing the opportunity for inappropriate behavior by re-directing the child’s attention and energy.  When behavior problems or conflicts occur each child involved will be given a chance to talk about what happened and produce a solution.  For severe incidents where a child’s safety is at risk or harm has been done to another, that child may be excluded from the group with an adult until they are in a calm state and ready to rejoin the group. All of our teachers have been trained in “Love & Logic”. www.loveandlogic.com

Child Abuse & Neglect Policy

Washington State law, WAC 388-150-480, requires that any suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation be reported to Child Protective Services immediately.

Drop-off/Pick-up Policy

Your child cannot be picked up by anyone who is not on your pick-up authorization form.  If there is someone that you would like to add to your list please document this on your form.  You must use your full signature when signing your child in and out.  Please note the time your child was dropped off and picked up on the sign in and out sheet.  There will be a $10.00 charge for every 15 minutes past the 5:30 pick up time.  The amount will be added to the following month’s bill.

Holidays

We plan to celebrate holidays by exposing the children to a wide variety of cultural beliefs celebrated throughout the world.  No one belief will be taught.

Field Trips

Due to our close proximity, we will be walking the students to Green Lake throughout the year. All of the students will be required to wear reflective vests over their clothing to allow for easy recognition by teachers. These will be provided by the school only used for field trip purposes. The completed field trip authorization form will be kept in your child’s file.

Daily Schedule & Activities

Our daily activities are designed as a foundation for your child’s early development.  Children learn through interactive play, we provide an environment that is conducive to this goal.  Activities include art, science, pre-reading, math skills, dramatic play, music, and language and writing development. We stress the utilization of all senses for the most efficient learning experience. We ensure that all children have the opportunity for small and large muscle development as well as individual and group interactions.

FULL DAY
Opening
8:00
Centers
Art/Math/Science/Writing
8:00-9:30
Morning Snack
9:30-10:00  
Circle Time
Art/Music/Drama/Sharing 
10:00-11:00
Outside Time
Large muscle development 
11:00-12:00 
Lunch
12:00-12:30
Story Time
12:30-1:00
Quiet Activities/Nap
1:00-2:30
Afternoon Snack
2:30-3:00
Outside Time
Large muscle development 
3:00-3:30
Centers
Art/Math/Science/Writing
3:30-5:00
Clean-up/pick-up
5:00-5:30
SCHOOL DAY
Opening
8:30
Centers
Art/Math/Science/Writing
8:30-9:30
Morning Snack
9:30-10:00  
Circle Time
Art/Music/Drama/Sharing 
10:00-11:00
Outside Time
Large muscle development 
11:00-12:00 
Lunch
12:00-12:30
Story Time
12:30-1:00
Quiet Activities/Nap
1:00-2:30
Afternoon Snack
2:30-3:00
Outside Time
Large muscle development 
3:00-3:30
Pick-up
3:30
MORNING
Opening
8:30
Centers
Art/Math/Science/Writing
8:30-9:30
Morning Snack
9:30-10:00  
Circle Time
Art/Music/Drama/Sharing 
10:00-11:00
Outside Time
Large muscle development 
11:00-12:00 
Lunch
12:00-12:30
Pick-up
12:30

Tuition & Hours

MONDAY-FRIDAY

YEAR ROUND

 

FULL DAY        8:00-5:30

(937 NORTH 71ST ST. & 7310 LATONA AVE NE)

SCHOOL DAY   8:30-3:30

(937 NORTH 71st ST. & 7310 LATONA AVE NE)

  MORNING       8:30-12:30

(780 LINDEN AVE NORTH)

Monthly Rates

FULL DAY
5 days/$1625
4 days/$1300
3 days/$950
2 days/$650
SCHOOL DAY
5 days/$1400
4 days/$1150
3 days/$850
2 days/$550
MORNING
5 days/$875
4 days/$700
3 days/$525
2 days/$350

A one time non-refundable $75 registration fee is due when all forms are submitted.

All payments are due the first day of each month prior to care. Non-payment will result in the termination of care.

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes will take effect at the beginning of the month with at least a two week notice.

All schedule changes are subject to availability. We will need a 30 day notice if your child needs to withdraw from the program completely.

Days Closed

We will be closed Thanksgiving day and the Friday after, the week of Christmas-New Years, the Fourth of July, Labor day-Friday & Monday, Memorial day-Friday & Monday as well as two required Teacher Training days, the day after Labor day and Presidents Day.

Tuition fees are a flat rate, reserving your child’s space regardless of illness, unplanned absences, days closed or snow days.

Health Care Plan

In case of accident or emergency:

* Minor injuries will be treated and the child will be allowed to stay for the remainder of the day.  All minor injuries will be recorded in the Accident Log book found in the office.  Parents will receive an accident report form with the relevant information.

* In the event of a life threatening emergency, staff will call 911. Parents will be notified immediately.  They will be instructed as to the course of action taken.  A staff member will remain with the child until a parent or an authorized emergency contact person can assume responsibility.

* In the event of an illness or injury that is not life threatening, first aid will be given by attending staff.  Parents will be notified and we will follow parent instructions as to the best course of action in order to provide medial care.

Health & Illness

It is or goal to keep all of our children as healthy as possible. It is of the utmost importance that parents adhere to our health and illness policies, not only to protect the ill child but also to protect those children that are well.  Any child who is experiencing the following symptoms should make arrangements for alternate care until the symptoms have disappeared for at least 24 hours.

FEVER – VOMITING – DIARRHEA – EARACHE

Please let us now if your child will absent due to illness.

Medication

We will only disburse prescription medication if it is in the original container with the physician’s instructions for administration on the label.  Medication will be placed in the Medication Container in the school’s refrigerator.  Do not leave medication in lunch boxes, backpacks or anywhere that may be accessible to children.  A medication form must be completed indicating time, dosage and duration of medication.

There are certain groups of non-prescription medications that can be administered.  Parents must provide all over the counter medications. (we will require a physician’s prescription indicating dosage for children under two years of age.)

* Antihistamines

* Non-aspirin pain relievers/fever reducers

* Cough Medicine

* Decongestants

Parents must sign all medication authorization forms, both prescription and non-prescription for medication to be administered.

Parents are responsible for keeping all immunization records up to date.