Discoveryland Preschool - Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill | CA
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Information and Policies

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Ages: 2 through 5 years (2 year olds in diapers accepted)

About Discoveryland Preschool
Discoveryland Preschool is registered and licensed under the State of California and abides by a non-discriminatory policy of admission, extending equal rights, privileges, programs and activities to all students ages two through five years.

Discoveryland Preschool has established a program that provides for the development of the whole child in a Christian atmosphere. We provide an environment with materials that cultivate the child’s emotional, social, spiritual and physical development. Discoveryland Preschool offers a semi-structured curriculum in which the child learns through exploring, experiencing and accomplishing, thus building a foundation for future learning.

Discoveryland Preschool’s staff has been carefully selected for their educational background, preschool training, teaching experience and for their sensitivity to the individual needs of the young child.

Admission/Daily Program
Pre-admission

  • State law requires each child, unless exempt for reasons prescribed, shall have received a thorough physical examination which indicates that the child was found free of communicable disease. Each child must have a current immunization record. No child may begin school without this immunization record on file at the school. The physical examination form must be on file two weeks from enrollment.
  • Discoveryland Preschool has a probation period of at least two weeks, at the discretion of the director, during which the child will be observed to make sure that he/she interacts appropriately.
  • Inappropriate behavior might consist of/but not be limited to any of the following: a continuous problem of aggressive or disruptive behavior, consistent biting problem or the child has special needs that the school is not able to meet (learning disabilities that require special handling).

Daily Program
  • The program that we pursue provides a Christian environment that promotes a love for learning and a positive attitude within each child. We offer a comfortable growth-oriented program with experiences in art, science, cooking, music, dramatic play, manipulative activities, movement and games.
  • When the child enters the classroom in the morning, he/she is greeted by the teacher, and then given the freedom to explore the various activities and interest centers. These centers are a collage of constantly changing activities which may contain paints, books, clay, musical instruments, blocks, and much more – special things for special days. There are enough interest centers and activities going on that the child is motivated to learn, but enough things remain the same to provide the security and comfort of familiarity.
  • A teacher is always nearby to lend support, answer questions, and to help the child when there is momentary loss of control with materials, equipment or emotions.
  • The best time to talk with the Director by telephone is in the morning before 9:00am or in the afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00. Feel free to talk with the Director any time during drop-off or pick-up if you have any questions or concerns. Please plan to complete your conversation with teachers by 6:00 p.m. Teachers who are not present in the early morning have a parent communication book available where you may write messages to the teacher.

Policies
Health Policies
  • Preschool children are very susceptible to infections and contagious diseases. For the protection of all students, parents are asked to observe their children for symptoms of possible illness. The child’s temperature must be normal for 24 hours before the child may return to school. Members of the school staff are also required to make daily observations, and may not admit a child if symptoms of a cold or illness are present. In such cases, the child is isolated from the others and a parent is contacted. If the child’s nose or eye drainage is not clear you need to keep him/her home. Children who arrive at school sick will be sent home immediately.
  • Medication will only be administered with a doctor’s prescription and all medication must have the child’s name and directions attached. Medication must be provided in the original container.
  • All children are required to have current immunizations, state health and emergency forms on file.
  • If a child needs medical attention, but it is not an emergency, the school will make all attempts to contact the parent. If the parent cannot be reached, the school will contact the emergency numbers on the emergency forms completed by the parents at the time of enrollment. Until the arrival of the parent or an ambulance, the director or the assistant director will be in charge and make all decisions about the care of the child. The parent will be expected to assume responsibility for any resultant expense. The school will maintain a parent’s signed consent form agreeing to this provision.
  • No child may stay indoors during outdoor play time. After a severe cold or illness it is sometimes advisable to keep children indoors for a few days, however, we do not maintain staff to care for unwell children. Keep your child home a little longer if you do not wish him/her to be outdoors.

Arrival and Departure
  • Morning drop-off parking is available next to the preschool playground.
  • When children are being left off or picked up from school, parents are required to check-in and out with a fingerprint and/or password through Procare Child Care Mangement software, and walk their child into the classroom where a teacher will greet him/her.
  • Sometimes tears accompany the first day of school. Be assured the staff will give support and can handle the situation. Be sure your child understands that you are not abandoning him/here, but will return “when school is over” (some do not understand the concept of time). Give your child a hug and a kiss, then please leave. A prolonged farewell may intensify the problem.
  • A child will be released to no one but his/her parents, unless the individual’s name is listed on the enrollment card or we are informed in advance. This person must be able to show picture identification before the child will be released. You may email or telephone an authorization if a situation arises on short notice making it impossible for you to come for your child.
  • Our preschool program begins at 9:00 a.m.  Children become accustomed to daily routines. Please drop off and pick up your child on time. This will alleviate anxiety and fear.

General Information
Clothing
  • Dress your child in play clothes that may get dirty without upsetting you. Many times getting dirty is just a part of exploring. Dress your child in clothes that encourage self-help. Many trips to the bathroom are delayed because a child cannot remove clothes easily. Remember to place your child’s name on all clothing.
  • We will go outdoors every day, weather permitting. Please dress your child in suitable outdoor clothing. Shoes are required at all times. No flip flops, please. Sandals must have a strap that encloses the foot.
  • Since we have sand on our playground, we need to dump the sand out of the children's shoes after every time we are outdoors.  It would greatly help if you send your child in velcro-type shoes or to use a "Better Bow" when you tie their laces.  If you don't know how to tie a Better Bow, please ask our staff or look on-line for an example.  It's a better bow!
  • Each child should have a labeled change of clothing appropriate to the season. These are to be left at the school. Please send them in a clearly-marked plastic.

Nutrition
  • Mealtime is an experience of great social and emotional importance. Our meal times offer a good opportunity for conversations and are a pleasurable time for your child. Two snacks are provided each day; one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. Please bring a sack lunch for your child . Please do not send extra food, gum or candy to school. Special nutritious snacks, adequate for the entire class, may be shared by making prior arrangements with the teacher.
  • All lunch food should already be cooked. We have a microwave available for heating up food.
  • If the child is allergic to any specific foods, please let the staff know so that proper arrangements can be made for him/her.
  • Please make sure your child eats breakfast and  remember that what your child eats for breakfast affects his/her behavior for the day.

Nap Time
If your child is staying all day, please supply him/her with a blanket and a crib-sized sheet in a labeled pillowcase that can be left here. Blankets and sheets are sent home on Fridays to be laundered and should be returned to school clean on the following Monday.

Discipline at Discoveryland Preschool-Pleasant Hill
  • Prevention, positive reinforcement and redirection are the primary methods used in our program for behavior management.
  • We redirect the child. when possible, to help them calm down and gain control of their emotions. A child sometimes needs a few minutes of quiet time to help ease these feelings within themselves. We do not administer corporal punishment.
  • Staff will always encourage appropriate behavior by using the 3 R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for your actions. Our success depends on parent involvement and it is important to be a positive role model for children so they are clear what is expected.

Birthdays
Birthdays are very exciting to young children. It is fun to share their special day with their school friends. We will help your child honor this happy time. If you wish to send a snack, please contact the teacher for the best day and time.  Also, please consider our nutritional emphasis. Our teachers will be happy to give you helpful suggestions.

Drop-ins
Inquire with the Preschool Director if you would like to have your child attend Discoveryland for an occasional extra day.

Fees
Staff are provided whether your child is at school or absent due to illness or vacations. We find it necessary to charge by the month according to the agreed upon number of days that you have requested care for your child. This is the only way we can provide quality care. No credit or make-up days are given for school holidays or absenteeism of any kind. All tuition is due on the first day of the month and late after the 5th of the month.

Registration
The Discoveryland school year is from September 1 through August 31. Completed registration forms with an annual non-refundable registration fee will be due September 1 for all students. Students enrolling after March 1 will be assessed ½ the registration fee for the remainder of the school year. Students who are continuously enrolled through the summer will have their registration fee waived.

Financial Statements
For your convenience, a monthly financial statement will be prepared that reflects your payment history and current incidental charges. Payment for all recurring monthly charges must be deposited in the tuition lock box prior to the 5th of the month. Payment for incidental charges is due by the 5th of the following month.

Payments received after the 5th of the month will be assessed a late fee unless prior arrangements have been made.

Returned Checks
Bank fees/tuition late fees, the amount of the check, plus a $25 fee will be charged to you and payable either by cash, money order, or a newly issued check. After two returned NSF checks, tuition must be paid in cash or money order. Payments made on returned checks must be received by the 5th of the month or they will be assessed the tuition late fee.

Overtime

There will be a late charge for children who are not picked up by 6:00 p.m. sharp! If you need to speak with the teacher, please plan to do so prior to closing time. This charge will be added to your bill each month. We do NOT offer daycare after 6:00 p.m.

Withdrawal
Two weeks’ prior notice or two weeks’ tuition is payable upon the child’s withdrawal from this program. A notification period to withdrawal is not required if the withdrawal is requested by the school.