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Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact me if you have any additional questions

1. What is Little Hands & Flourishing Minds Site Protection Plan during Covid-19?

It is my absolute mission to ensure the safety of your children and my family. I adhere to all guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health departments and even go beyond them. My goal is to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. The following precautions will be taken:

 Arrival/ Pick Up - Upon arrival I will welcome you and your child outside at the wellness check center point. The parent and child’s temperature will be taken. 

 Daily Health Temperature Checks - I will conduct visual wellness checks for all children upon arrival and ask health questions when concerned. 

 Healthy Hygiene Behavior - Everyone will continue to wash hands & doing so more often with soap and water. *I have also installed automatic hand sanitizers for students to use freely throughout the day with supervision.

 Disinfecting - Little Hands & Flourishing Minds has adopted the CDC and Los Angeles county of public health recommendations to prevent any spread of Covid-19. Kids shoes will be removed at the door before entering the classroom. Parents please bring an additional pair of shoes that child/ children can leave here at school. I will disinfect them every day they are kept here. 

- Classroom & high traffic areas will be disinfected x2 a day as well as before and after class. Bathroom will be disinfected every time after each use. 

- Toys will be washed and disinfected daily.  

- Students individualized materials will be labeled and kept in their separate cubby to ensure personal items are separate from others.

-Materials provided to students will be planned to accommodate space between children.

 Cough and Sneezes - Properly will be taught to children on how to cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face, tissue or sleeve covering. Health and safety activities will be incorporated into the daily routine and curriculum. 

 Napping Equipment- Children’s nap time mats are spaced out as much as possible, keeping a minimum of 3 feet apart with the head-to-toe orientation to reduce the potential for viral spread. Cots will be sanitized in the morning before class and after each use.

 Meals/ Snacks- For the mean time, we will no longer have a ‘family style’ lunch. Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all children on individual trays to prevent the food contamination and spread of germs.

 Instructional/Daily Routine 

  • Students will have their own materials: pencil, markers, colored pencils, box of crayons and journal.

  • There will be a minimum 1:10 ratio in the classroom

  • When permittable, all activities will take place outside. This includes but is not limited to class activities, snacks, lunch, playtime.

 

Additional guidelines and/or precautions can be added in the future.

2.Do I need an appointment to tour?

Yes, I do tours by appointment only. I do not have an office or administrative team, so I am the only one able to give tours! 

3. Are you open year-round?

Yes! I am open year-round. Since I'm a small business, I do close for a 1 week for winter break over the holidays, 1 week for spring break, 2 weeks for the summer, and federal holidays. 

4. Do you use a waitlist?

Rather than a chronological waitlist, I use a wait-pool system. If a space opens up, applications are reviewed. Desired schedule, start date, and a family’s schedule flexibility all play a part in which child gets the space. Currently enrolled families always get priority for schedule changes over new applicants. If you have the flexibility, I always recommend starting with what is open or as a drop-in until the desired space opens up. 

5. Are children separated into age-specific classrooms?

No, I do not separate children based on age or ability. I have a mixed-age group setting that is interest-based, so children have the freedom to choose which activities they participate in and the duration. Children are always encouraged to try new things, but never forced to do anything they are not ready for. Younger children learn so much from the older children, and the older children learn responsibility and compassion by helping the younger ones!

6. Do you prepare children for kindergarten and teach ABC's and 123's?

Yes! I sometimes use worksheets and my "academic” curriculum incorporates math, language arts, science, geography, sensory, fine motor, and a whole lot of arts and crafts into all of our daily activities. Every moment can be a learning opportunity at this age. Social skills and critical thinking develop through play and other learning enrichments.

7. How often do children go outside?

Every day for a minimum of an hour or more. Some days we are outside all day, including eating meals outside, doing art outside, or having circle time outside! Books, Legos, playdoh, drawing materials, etc. are often available outside as well. The children are usually given the choice to stay out longer or come inside for a different activity. Children are encouraged to bring proper attire. 

8. Do you go on field trips?

4-6 times a year I have weekend field trips for the whole family! Parents can drive their own children and we meet at a location. This is a great time for families to get to know each other! A pumpkin patch in the fall, a children's museum in the winter, a zoo in the spring, and a summer picnic at a park are some of our yearly events!

I also have weekly, monthly, and yearly in-class field trips! Specialists come to us! I have weekly yoga, creative movement, music, and cooking enrichments. A petting zoo, paleontologist, dentist, fire fighter, police officer, marine biologist, and a Reptile Lady visit us throughout the year!

9. How do payments work?

Payments can be made with a check, or cash. Invoices are sent online through the schools email address. Tuition is charged monthly in advance for consistent schedules, drop ins are charged that same day. Tuition is based on 4 weeks curriculum and is due monthly. Drop-ins are per day or per hour.

 

10. What is your discipline policy?

Treating each other with kindness and compassion is our main house rule. As we are aware, kids

will be kids! Learning how to treat themselves, each other, and things are all a part of growing

up. When discipline is necessary, I will follow our class rules and treat every child with

kindness, respect, and compassion. Modeling appropriate and mature behavior is key. I

will guide the child’s behavior based on understanding the individual needs and stage of

development. Under no circumstance will your child be struck, yanked, shaken, sworn at,

belittled or otherwise made to feel threatened (absolutely no corporal punishment).

 

I do not have a one-size fits all discipline policy because each situation is unique and every

child is motivated by different feelings. If an unproductive behavior becomes a consistent

issue or if  a child harms another children, parents will be notified and an action plan will be

discussed. Each child deserves to spend their day in harmony, experiencing play and exploration in a safe environment.

11. How do you communicate with parents?

I have a few ways I communicate with families! Face to face daily communication is always encouraged at drop-off and pick-up. Monthly Newsletters are sent to each parent regarding curriculum, specialists, upcoming events, and important reminders. If there are ever any concerns on either end, I will email, call, or set up an in-person meeting with parents. Twice a year, a detailed email will be sent out with information regarding your child’s school progress, about their interests, development, updates, etc. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the Winter and Spring. I do my best to communicate often and work together with families to help their children have the best child care possible. 

12. What kinds of food do you serve?

I serve mainly fresh and organic foods. Grains, protein, and fruits and veggies are balanced in each meal. I buy my produce from local stores, so I make sure to get the best! 

13. What do I need to bring and what is provided?

Children should be dressed in cool, breathable, comfortable clothing. A seasonal change of clothing, including underwear (labeled) should be sent in on the first day. Children will be engaged in activities such as food preparation, baking, crafts and painting; so please dress your child in suitable clothing. Appropriate  seasonal attire is recommended. I.e. Rain gear and easy on/off shoes and coats.  If your child wears pull-ups, bring those, along with some wipes. *All items from home must be labeled with your child’s name.

Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included  in full day care. Depending on your child’s schedule your child may need to be fed before coming to class. Your child can bring a comfort item from home, for nap time only. Children are discouraged from bringing specific toys or valuables as I am not responsible for items that are lost, broken or misplaced while in my care. 

13. Is Little Hands & Flourishing Minds home-based?

Little Hands & Flourishing Minds is a licensed private home preschool. Mrs. Bricia lives there! 

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