All paperwork must be completed and all fees must be paid prior to your child starting playschool. A $80 non-refundable registration fee is required with every registration package. Program fees can be paid with cash or cheque for the full amount dated September 1, or 10 cheques for the monthly fees post-dated for the first of each month (Sept-June). There is also a $100 Classroom Cleaning deposit required for each family. This deposit (cheque/cash) will be returned to you upon completion of your classroom cleaning date. For volunteer families there is an additional $500 (2 cheques of $250) Parent Helper deposit that will be returned to you upon completion of required parent helper days. Families must also provide a $200 Fundraising deposit that will be returned when the fundraising requirements have been reached. All cheques are made payable to Stony Plain Playschool. There is a $25 service charge for any NSF cheques.
If you select the Parent Volunteer fee structure, you will have the option to select your preferred Parent Helper days on your registration package, or you can sign up at anytime. Parent Helper days are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If you cannot fulfill your assigned parent helper day you are responsible to find an alternative parent to switch days with. There is a $500 Parent Helper deposit required with your registration.
All volunteers interacting with the children must have a current criminal record check completed prior to their helper day. A letter will be provided to you at the start of the school year to ensure fees will be waived when requesting the criminal record check from the RCMP.
Helper parents should come at least 5 minutes before class times and must stay for the duration of the class. Time is spent with classroom set-up, assisting the children with projects, cleaning, sweeping, setting up snack and escorting children to the washroom. A complete list of parent helper duties is posted in the classroom. No siblings are allowed to accompany parent volunteers.
Families are eligible for a discount if two or more children are attending Stony Plain Playschool during the same school semester. The first child is full price, the second child is 10% off and the third child is 15% off. Please provide one Classroom Cleaning deposit, one Parent Helper deposit (volunteer families only) and one Fundraising deposit per FAMILY when multiple children are attending at the same time.
In the event of a withdrawal from Stony Plain Playschool, there will be no refund of fees or deposits after the first two weeks of each semester, with the following exceptions:
- reasons of health (doctor’s certificate)
- moving to another area
- the unanimous recommendation of the Executive
To maintain the good health of all our students and their families, it is important to have a clean classroom. A $100 Classroom Cleaning deposit will be required with your registration. There will be 7 cleaning days designated (1.5 hour minimum) throughout the year for parents to sign up. Your deposit will be returned to you upon completion of your selected classroom cleaning date.
The 2018/2019 school year will run from Monday, September 10th, 2018 to Friday, June 21st, 2019. The school is closed on statutory holidays and follows the public school calendar for PD Days, Fall Break, Christmas, Teachers Convention, Easter and Spring Break.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURES/LATENESS
The morning classes run from 9:00 to 11:30a.m. and the afternoon classes run from 12:15 to 2:45p.m. Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time and bring your children into the playschool. See that they are delivered safely to the teacher and help them with their coats, boots, etc. When picking up your children please arrive 5 minutes ahead of class ending time and remain in the bootroom until the teacher opens the door. Repeated lateness (more than 2 times), or an extended late pick-up (15 minutes or more) may be subject to re-imbursement of the teacher’s salary. This will be dealt with on an individual basis by the executive.
The teacher MUST be informed in advance and in writing if you have authorized someone other than yourself to pick up your child. If your child should not be released to another person (i.e.: parent, grandparent, etc.), please speak with your child’s teacher and inform the playschool in writing. In case of severe weather, you will be notified if the school will be closed. If the school remains open, please come at your own discretion.
SUPPLIES & CLOTHING
All children should have a backpack, containing inside shoes, a change of clothes and a cup. The backpacks will also be used to carry their crafts and newsletters home. Please ensure that ALL your child’s belongings, including their clothes, are clearly marked with their name. Children are not to bring toys from home.
Please send your child in clothes suitable for “mucking”. Sometimes play can be dirty work! Clothes should be easy for the child to manage themselves so that they may enjoy independence and privacy should they have to go to the washroom. It is also important that the children are dressed to suit the weather. Outdoor activity is a part of our program. This means snowsuits, boots, mitts and hats for the winter and waterproof clothing for the rain.
Each student is to bring their own snack to class. Please send your child with two food group options (yogurt & apple slices, crackers & cheese, etc) as we will spend time talking about healthy eating in class. The teacher will send out a note during the first week of school to let you know if there are any foods that need to be avoided for allergies in your child’s class.
Developing self-control and learning appropriate social behaviour is essential to a child’s social development. Appropriate behavioural management or “discipline” methods serve to guide a child’s behaviour while protecting and enhancing their self-esteem. In guiding children’s behaviour, two types of methods are used: preventive and intervention strategies. Preventive strategies are used to decrease the chances that the unwanted behaviour will occur. They include appropriately planned programs and setting clear and simple rules children can remember. Intervention strategies are used to stop or redirect undesirable behaviour when it occurs, and include calming, redirecting and reassuring the children. If an undesirable situation occurs, the teacher will approach the parents/guardians to discuss the situation.
PROCEDURES DURING ILLNESS
Please do not send your child to playschool if they are not feeling well (i.e.: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, coughing). If the illness is contagious, your child must remain at home. It is better for them and it is also a safeguard for the other children. We DO NOT want children being sent to Playschool with any flu-like symptoms. Flu-like symptoms include: FEVER, COUGH, SORE-THROAT, EXTREMELY RUNNY NOSE and/or MUSCLE ACHES and PAINS. Children are not to return to school for at least 3 DAYS AFTER their fever has disappeared WITHOUT the help of fever-reducing medication. If your child becomes ill at playschool, you will be notified promptly so that you can take them home. In an emergency, the teacher will take whatever steps are immediately necessary to get medical help.
In the event of an incident (defined as an adverse traumatic event), or an accident requiring First Aid, children will be given immediate attention. If necessary, First Aid will be administered and/or medical assistance obtained and parents/guardians will be notified immediately.
In the event of a FIRE, GAS LEAK or other such emergency, the children will be taken to the Mcdonalds located North of us. Parents will be notified immediately to come and pick up their children.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the fees?
- The program is priced according to the number of sessions per week your child is registered and whether your family can commit to required parent volunteer days.
Program fees for both programs can be paid all at once on September 1, or with three post-dated cheques dated September 1, January 1 and April 1.Please see the INFORMATION PACKAGE for other fee and deposit details.
- Are parent helper days required?
- Families have the option to choose whether or not to volunteer based on the two program fee schedules. Parent volunteers are an essential part of our playschool in order to meet required adult to child ratios in the classroom. These days are a great opportunity for parents to observe your child’s progress and development, and your child will be looking forward to sharing these school days with you. You will have the option to select your preferred Parent Helper days on your registration package, or you can sign-up at the Open House (August). Parent Helper days are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Even if your family has chosen the non-volunteer program option, we still encourage parents to come spend time in the classroom as the children look forward to sharing their school experience with mom or dad.
- Do volunteers require criminal record checks?
- All volunteers interacting with the children must have a current criminal record check completed prior to their helper day. A letter will be provided to you at the Open House to ensure fees will be waived when requesting the criminal record check from the RCMP. If you require additional forms for additional volunteers, please ask the teacher.
- What are the responsibilities of Parent Helpers?
- Parent Helpers provide snack for the class, assist with classroom set-up, help the children with projects, help with clean-up, set up snack and escort children to the washroom. A complete list of parent helper duties is posted in the classroom.
- I have younger children, can I bring them on my Parent Helper days?
- No, siblings are not allowed to accompany parent volunteers.
- Does my child need to be potty trained?
- Yes, all children must be toilet trained prior to their first day of class.