We recently came across this article in Parents Magazine about 5 questions you should ask when looking for a preschool. We thought we’d save you some time and answer the questions about New Creations Preschool. See below!
Do teachers stick around?
At New Creations Preschool, this is one thing we’re extremely proud of—our teachers have staying power. The three teachers on staff have a combined 57 years of experience at New Creations. Teacher Penny has been on staff for 21 years, Teacher Ruth for 22 years, and Teacher Sheila for 15 years.
This is important for your child, as Parents notes, “Research shows that kids who’ve had several preschool teachers have a harder time adjusting to school than children with a single teacher.”
What is the average class size?
Our classes average 10-20 students. We have two full time teachers and one assistant teacher. Two teachers are always present during the school day (one teacher and one assistant). Our required teacher-child ratio is 1:10.
The Parents article mentions the National Association for the Education of Young Children issues guidelines of a ratio of 1:10 for 3-5 year-olds (with a maximum of 20). Since we are always at a ratio of 1:10, we fall well within these guidelines.
What is a typical day like?
Parents says, “Though all children need some structure, a good preschool program will include enough time each day for exploration, free play, and peer interaction, says Jack Shonkoff, M.D., head of the National Academy of Sciences committee on integrating the science of early-childhood development.”
Here is a schedule of our typical day. As you can see, we start each day with an important Free Choice Time, where your kid can learn, explore, and grow! And our day is packed with peer interaction.
How is discipline handled?
We are proud to focus on a loving, Christian way to handle discipline. We focus on gentle reminders, redirect students to another area of the room if helpful, and we find teaching moments where we can in some of the chaos that can come from situations that require discipline.
We take time to teach conflict management skills. If two children are having a problem, we bring them into the hallway to talk to them away from the rest of the class. We ask each child how they are feeling and encourage them to talk to each other. And we encourage and remind the students to tell others how they feel, and to ask if they can have a turn or join in the play instead of knocking down what others are playing, taking things away, or hitting.
We always communicate with the parents after class to be sure they are aware of what happened.
What are your instincts telling you?
We strongly believe that you will know if New Creations Preschool is right for you. To help you imagine whether our school will work for your child, we encourage you to schedule a tour. This will give you the opportunity to check out the classroom, meet Teacher Penny, and ask any additional questions you may have.