Handbook

Welcome to A Sunshine Palace Preschool

 We are happy that you have chosen our program for your child. It is a privilege
for us to have the opportunity to share in your child’s growth.  We will provide
 a nurturing, caring environment in which your child can grow and develop.
 Every member of our staff is committed to the safety and well-being of your child. 
Please know that I am also available for you and your child.  Thank you
for your confident expression in entrusting us with the care of your child.

Sincerely,
Jamie Lockrow
Preschool Director

 

Philosophy
We believe that each child is a unique and special individual!  Our program is well balanced to meet each child’s individual needs.  We have a great responsibility to the children who attend A Sunshine Palace Preschool and the staff provide your child with a safe, secure, stimulating and educational environment.  The early childhood years are an important time of development for children.  During this time, children need a stimulating environment in which they can build on their own knowledge, through many “hands on” experiences and through their own style and pace of learning.  Many opportunities are provided for the children to explore and manipulate a variety of materials.  Each child’s needs and interests are kept in mind in the planning of curriculum and in daily activities.         

Curriculum
Our preschool offers a variety of experiences to stimulate children’s natural ability to learn and explore the world around them.  Age appropriate activities provide for the development of basic skills and encourage a child’s sense of wonder.

A strong emphasis is placed on socialization skills, oral language development and motor skills.  Teachers work from a thematic approach that presents new and challenging concepts to the children.  The curriculum is a balance between learning centers, individual instruction, group time, and teacher directed activities.  Our curriculum design recognizes that children learn best through active participation.

Each day the children will have the opportunity to learn while participating in Art, Music, Discovery, Circle Time, Snack Time, etc.

Young children are always learning and looking for ways to have funs.  Our goal is to accomplish this in a happy and relaxed manner in a loving, nurturing environment.
Goals of our Curriculum

  •            to provide a positive sense of identity and emotional well-being
  •            to develop age-appropriate social, physical, language and motor skills
  •            to encourage thinking, reasoning, questioning and experimenting
  •            to provide exposure to the arts and encourage creative expression
  •            to demonstrate proper health, safety and nutritional practice
  •            to respect gender, age and cultural diversity
  •            to encourage both interaction with other children in the group and participate in entire group activities   

Registration
A once a year registration fee of $50.00 is due at the time of enrollment.  This fee holds your child’s place on the enrollment list.  We cannot guarantee placement in our program without this fee.  This fee is not refundable.

Tuition
Tuition is based on how many days your child is signed up for.  The weekly tuition is as follows:

Half Day 8-12
Rates

  • 2 Days: $70
  • 3 Days: $90
  • 5 Days: $110

Full Day 7-5:30
Rates

  • 2 days $95
  • 3 days $135
  • 5 days $165 and
  • Drop off days are $50 a day.  

No Credit will be given for any absences.  Tuition is due on Monday of every week.  A late fee of $5.00 a day will be assessed for tuition not received by Wednesday.  Tuition not received by the end of the week will result in the child not being allowed to attend class until the bill is brought current.

Birthdays
We love celebrations, and birthdays are among our most favorite!  Please feel free to bring a special treat for your child’s class on his/her birthday.  We also love any reason for a party!  There will be celebrations through out the school year and we encourage all of our parents to help and participate in our festivities.

Parent Communication
Parents will receive a newsletter at the beginning of each month, which will give an overview of the upcoming activities and lessons.  Please encourage your child to tell you about their day. 

Parents may wish to speak to their child’s teacher regarding questions and concerns about their child and the appropriate time to do this is at the end of the day.

Snacks
Our program is committed to encourage good nutrition as an important part of your child’s growth.  Our Preschool will provide a healthy snack and the fee for this is included as part of your child’s tuition. 

Clothing
Children should wear comfortable, washable play clothes.  Out motto is to play hard and have lots of fun.  Clothing should be simple and easy for the children to manage.  If you have any questions about what is appropriate clothing, please ask your child’s teacher.

Discipline
Methods of discipline will be administered in a loving and constructive manner.  Children will receive gentle, verbal correction as occasions warrant.  Positive behavior is reinforced as a means of discouraging inappropriate behavior.  Physical punishment is not used under any circumstanced.  Chronic discipline problems will result in the parent being contacted for a conference.

Holidays/Weather

A holiday calendar will be handed out to parents.

We also follow Troy City Schools patterns of closing school in the case of severe weather. If the school is closed, so is the Preschool. If Troy City Schools are delayed the preschool opens at the regular time.

We are only closed on major holidays.. the schedule gives full details  


Arrival/Departure

  • We open at 7:00AM
  • Pickup by 5:30
  • Late Charge of $1 per minute after 5:30. A phone call is needed
  • Please be on time! Children will not be allowed to leave with anyone other than the parent or designated person listed on the enrollment form. The parent may make arrangements with the teacher’s for another person to pick up their child, however identification is required.  


Health/Medication
We ask the cooperation of parents in maintaining excellent health standards.  Parents are asked to keep their children home when the child shows any of the following signs:

  •            Has a temperature of 100 degrees or more within the last 12 hours
  •            Has a sore throat or discharging eyes (untreated pink eye)
  •            Has had vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  •            Any signs of contagious disease (notify if exposed)

Your child will not be allowed in class with any of these symptoms.  If your child develops any of these symptoms while at school, you will be contacted immediately and expected to pick up your child as soon as possible.

 
 
We provide daycare , birthday parties and camps for children between 18 months and kindergarden from the following communities: Troy, Brunswick, Pittstown, Grafton, East Greenbush, Averill Park, Cropseyville, Tamarac, Spiegeltown, Hoosic Falls,
Hoosic Valley and Melrose

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