Please keep this handy for your reference.
1. LABEL EVERYTHING: bottles, their tops and lids, pacifiers, sippy cups, diaper bags, food containers (tops and bottoms) and food jars, clothes, blankets, toys. Remember other children may have things that look just like your child's, and we may not be able to tell the difference. If another parent mistakenly gets an item of yours, when they find your name it can be returned.
2. DIAPERS: We use only disposable diapers because we cannot adequately and properly store dirty cloth diapers individually for each child. Caregivers can change a disposable diaper, using plastic gloves, and handling only the outside plastic, reducing the chance for cross contamination. Bring one bag of disposable diapers with child's name written on the outside of the bag, replace as needed, and bring any cream, sunscreen or powder you wish used on your child. Make sure his/her name is written on the outside, as well. DHS now requires that we have your written permission to use these items on your child and that we keep them in our locked containers.
3. CHANGE OF CLOTHING: One or two complete sets of clothing, including
socks, to be kept at school at all times. Write your child's name on the inside labels. If we use a set of these clothes, please bring a replacement set the next time you come to preschool. Except for infants. please be sure to include a crib sheet for nap time.
4. BOTTLES: Bring three or four 4 - 8 oz. bottles. Bring an extra can of formula and one extra bottle in case your baby needs more.
5. FOOD: For infants, we ask for enough baby food to be kept here to last one week, each week. When your child begins eating table food, we ask that you bring a lunch box with an ice pack for them. We do not have room in the refrigerator for them. We provide spoons, bowls, etc. Please send a sippy cup when your child is ready to try
to use one. We cannot sanitize dishes properly, so they will be sent home daily.
6. MEDICATION: Sign the medicine instruction sheet, and place your child's medication in the appropriate locked box. It must be in the original bottle, with your child's name and dosage clearly written on it. Over the counter medicine will not be given by our teachers unless your pediatrician provides us with written instructions. Do not put medicine in bottles or sippy cups. We cannot regulate that and another child may accidentally ingest it.
7. MAILBOXES: Always check your mail box and daily reports when you pick up your child. This is the only way we have to insure that you are kept informed of what is happening. The preschool classes communicate through the chart tablet in the hallway instead of daily reports. This is a summary of the day's events for the class.
8. TIME: We ask that you bring your child here by 9:00 a.m. If arriving later, please be sure they have had a snack.
9. SIBLINGS IN THE INFANT ROOM: We ask that older siblings do not come into the infant classroom when you drop off any babies. The older children add much confusion to the room, and they play with,toys, etc. which adds possible germs from their hands, that increase the chance of infection for the babies. Please drop off siblings first, and then baby. Pick up baby first, then sibling.
10. CHILD NOT COMING: Please call to let us know if your child is not coming, or if you are coming in late. We are concerned when a child is not here. That also allows us to provide an extra space to those who made need it unexpectedly.
11. NOTIFYING PARENTS: We will call you if your child seems ill, has a serious accident, or is unhappy for a long period of time. If it is deemed necessary that you need to come because of illness, we ask that be done as quickly as possible.
12. QUESTIONS? Please talk with us about any concerns or questions. We strive to work together with you and follow your requests as much as possible. There are times, though, that we may be unable to fulfill a request, because of the nature of caring for a group of children. In other words, there sometimes are things that you may be able to do at home when caring for one child, that is not feasible for us to do when caring for a group of children. If we are unable to do something, we will explain the reason.
PARENTS OFTEN SAY, "ALL MY CHILD DOES IS PLAY ALL DAY." During the day, your child is:
• Meeting new friends
• Playing with toys that help develop many skills
• Looking at books
• Listening to music
• Pouring sand and water
• Becoming independent
• Learning from others while broadening their horizons.
So, you see, what looks like play is really child's work. Activities are designed to:
• Improve coordination
• Introduce new ideas
• Build self-confidence
• Increase language
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD YEAR
TEMPLE PRESCHOOL STAFF