When choosing the right preschool for your family we understand that the more information you can gather, the easier your decision should be. With this in mind we're sharing a list of questions, and my responses to them, from a parent who was undecided about which school to choose and had little exposure to the Reggio Inspired approach. While all Reggio Inspired schools are different, this is how NSW implements its principles: (names changed)
Email from a parent:
OK, here are some of my questions:
I know you're open from 7:30 to 5:30, but are there particular hours of instruction during which you recommend that children be at school? e.g., do you suggest that parents not pick up their child until after a certain hour?
Can you give me a little more detail on your sick policy than is on the FAQ? My child seems to have a runny nose half the time (even when he's not otherwise sick), and if that means we would have to keep him at home, that could be a problem for us.
In the Reggio method, how do we as parents follow my child's learning?
Can you give a little more detail about the parental involvement expected (aside from what's in the FAQ)?
Do you ever have kids who don't take to the activities that you offer? If so, what do you do?
From Kristin's phone at 9pm:
You have our hours right. In order to get the most out of the day your child should be at school for morning meeting by 9:00am. If you do a half day for any reason, pick him up at 11:45 (after lunch). If you're all day, you can pick up anytime after nap 2:30-5:30. Evening circle starts at 5:00.
Our sick policy focuses on doctors orders and a 24 hour home time after the last throw up. A runny nose, if it's green or accompanied by a cough or sneeze or fever should be seen by a doctor then we will support the doctor's recommendation. Clear runny noses won't bar your child from coming to school.
Your child's learning is carefully monitored and assessed by 4 teachers in their classroom. Your child's core teacher and the atelierista will formally inform you at two parent teacher conferences per year. The assessment tool used is the DRDP (I can send you a copy) which looks at the whole child. You can ask about progress on any day either in person, by emailing, or by scheduling an extra meeting with your child's core teacher. You'll also learn of the whole class progress from our daily blog posts and evening teacher presentations of the children's work.
Parental involvement is an invitation into friendships through the school by working or studying together as adults. While we encourage you to sign up for a committee, there is no obligation to do so and we respect that we're in the business of supporting working families with limited extra time.
If we have a child who is uninterested in activities, we haven't planned a successful day. We take our cues from the children we work with and plan around their interests so that curriculum reflects the children in our care. This means they develop a love of learning while engaging in serious and rigorous study covering academic and social and emotional development. We will strive to know your child and design the learning environment around them.
I'm happy to keep this conversation going. Please feel free to call or email any other questions.
Thank you for taking the time to ask,
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