Absent / Illness

If your child is unwell, please do not bring him/her to school. A child must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. A teacher will contact you to pick up your child immediately should he/she have a suspected communicable disease, or if they become ill at school. If your child will be absent, please advise the teacher.

Communication

A part of the Little Sprouts family, you will receive:

Newsletters – Emailed the week before the start of a new month to let you know upcoming events and learning goals.

Week in Review Emails – Emailed over the weekend to let you know what your child worked on the week before in the classroom. Includes stories we read, art activities, and specific learning centre subjects.

Parent Satisfaction Surveys – Three times a year you will be asked to contribute anonymously to help us create better programming, improve our services and generally let us know how we are doing.

Student Assesment Reports – Three times a year, you will receive an assessment specific to your child.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Twice a year you will have the opportunity to sit down and discuss your child’s progress

Parent Communication App – Once we have finalized classes, you will receive an email invitation to download an application on your smart device (phone/table). Once connected, you will be able to text your child’s teacher in the event of an absence, review pictures of your child each day as they are added, and receive important news and updates as they are posted to the app.

Discipline Policy

At Little Sprouts our Teachers guide the children in resolving all conflict themselves and developing self-control. The main method of discipline we use is called “redirection”. A teacher will remind your child of safe and acceptable methods of play. The child has the choice of altering his/her play methods or choosing a different play centre. We encourage them to resolve issues with their words and to develop empathy for others.

Children are NOT put into a time-out situation, as it is not a developmentally appropriate discipline method. We pride ourselves on teaching conflict resolution and prefer time-in situations and discussions.

Drop Off / Dismissal

The outer school door may open 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class, but the classroom doors remain closed until the Teachers are ready to admit students. We ask you to remain in the school foyer until the classroom door opens, and you are able to directly release your child to their Teacher.

The first 10 minutes of each class is considered drop-off time, and the children complete attendance tasks and then play at the carpet until all children are present or the allotted time has passed. If you are late to drop-off and the outer school door is closed, please ring the doorbell.

Class dismissal begins 5 minutes before the scheduled end-time to allow all parents sufficient time to find parking and enter the building. Please be courteous of our Teacher’s time and your child’s feelings and pick up promptly. Your pick up is considered late after five minutes have passed since the scheduled end-time, and a fee applies.

Please note – only persons listed on your child’s form may pick up your child. If you need to add a name, please do so in writing in person, or via email or online message. Any person we are unfamiliar with is subject to an identity check – please make sure they bring government issued ID with them.

Emergency

To be updated.

Field Trips

We take a few field trips each year.

Our first field trip is in October, and is a parent-mandatory trip to Cobb’s Adventure Park. We use this field trip as a fun way to get to know our students and their families, and for parents to get to know one another. This field trip has a minimal cost to it (under $15 per students, parent chaperone attends free of charge).

In the spring, we all board a big yellow school bus and attend an off-site field trip. In 2018, we went to the Zoo! We’ll see what 2019 brings!

Each class participates in small, local, off-site walking distance field trips as are appropriate. Examples are: Downward Dog Grooming (Pet Care), Safeway (Healthy Eating), Cobs Bread (Healthy Eating/Community Helpers). 

In-Class Literacy Program (Pete the Cat, etc.,)

Our Preschool & Junior K programs participate in a literacy initiative we developed at Little Sprouts Preschool. In a rotation, each child will take home their classroom Pete, Chester, or Little Fox, corresponding storybook, a journal, and crayons. The children are free to take their classroom mascot on whatever adventures they would like (library, grocery store, etc.,) and to draw a picture in the journal. Parents are requested to write small details about what their child did with the mascot so that we may ask questions. Your child will return to class and tell the story of what they did with the mascot. This helps their memory and story-telling skills, both important pieces of literacy comprehension.

Snack Days

At Little Sprouts Preschool, we have a parent-run snack program.

The director acts as snack coordinator, and parents will be sent a schedule for each month. Birthdays are accommodated as close as possible to the date.

On your child’s snack day, they will also be the Teacher’s “Special Helper”. Snacks for the entire class are to be provided on this day.
Please keep in mind we are a nut free and health-aware school. This means that oatmeal cookies & muffins are acceptable snack items, fruit roll-ups and candy are not. You may, however, bring cupcakes or a sweet treat on your child’s birthday.

The "Magic Box"

On your child’s snack day, they are also the special helper. They will wear the “Special Helper” tag, sit on the special “special helper” mat, hold the calendar pointer, and dress the weather panda during circle time. It is their time to be the classroom leader, helping them to gain self-confidence and leadership skills.

The class before, they will have brought home the classroom “magic box”. They can bring anything from home to school inside the magic box. During final circle time, your child will sit on the Teacher’s chair with their box, and the other students will ask questions, such as “what colour is it?” or “is it hard or soft?”, in order to help one another deduce what the special item is. Once the children have guessed, your child will be able to elaborate or provide more details about their special item from home. 

Volunteers

After the first month of school, Little Sprouts Preschool has an open-door policy, meaning parents can volunteer any time throughout the year. We encourage parents to volunteer on their child’s special helper day but are welcome any other time as long as another parent is not already volunteering. There is a calendar in the hallway to help parents coordinate their volunteer days.

We also ask for one play dough parent per class, as well as one snack coordinator per class. Details can be provided by your child’s teacher.

What does my child need to bring to school?

Children should bring a bag or backpack to school every day, a water bottle with water (or juice, as per parent preference), a change of clothes including underwear and socks, and indoor shoes. Their indoor shoes may be left at school, and do not need to be brought back and forth from home. Unfortunately, we do not have room to store extra clothes and water bottles overnight.

If your child has dietary restrictions, allergies, or is particularly picky, you may want to pack them a non-perishable snack just as a backup.

Children should wear clothing that is comfortable. We use white glue, paint, glitter, and other art materials – although we wear smocks and have the children roll up their sleeves, this does not guarantee that your child will not get art material on their clothes. Please be mindful of this when sending them to school.

Indoor shoes should be clean & non-marking. Flip flops and loose-fitting shoes are not considered safe choices. Indoor footwear is a necessary requirement in the event of an emergency evacuation.

What Will My Child Learn?

Little Sprouts Preschool’s philosophy is “Building Brains, Inspiring Minds!”. What this means, is that children are encouraged to use their imaginations, create through play, and participate in classroom activities and routines. Each moment spent in our classrooms, your child’s brain is forming relationships and a foundation upon which skills will continue to build and grow. We foster inclusion, differentiated learning, and a love for learning.

Throughout their day at Little Sprouts, your child will be offered both structured and unstructured activities and situations, both of which contribute to their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development. The children will have opportunities to participate in creative art activities, games, stories, open-centre play, and specific dramatic play situations. Our dramatic play area is a “house play” centre for two weeks each month and is a themed centre the other two weeks (EG: Flower Shop, Grocery Store, Vet Office). The table centres are rotated each week, and focus on developing literacy, math, and fine motor skills, (IE: Roll & Count, Letter Sand Trays, Colour/Shape sorting).

Each month we have monthly themes, special colour and theme days, that contribute to encouraging your child to have fun and be playful at preschool.

Our qualified and caring staff introduce the children to play situations that help develop important skills and contribute to their growing knowledge of how the world around them works, including how to react/interact in social situations with their peers. Teachers are always available to support children while they navigate the ideas of sharing and turn-taking, as well develop from parallel play to interactive play with their peers.

All of our programs work on letter, number, shape, colour, and name recognition where developmentally appropriate. Our three-day and Junior K programs also build upon the fine motor practice and correct grip from our two-day program and encourage the children in fun and playful ways to learn to write their name.

Little Sprouts Preschool prides itself on our Developmentally Appropriate curriculum and classroom routines.