Frequently Asked Questions
|Q: What are the benefits to enrolling my child at Children’s Academy?
A: Benefits Children’s Academy Offers Children:
|Q: When does the school year begin and end?
A: Our school year typically begins in the third week in August and ends at the first week of June.
|Q: Does my child need to be potty trained to attend the school?
A: No. We do not require that children are potty trained or are actively participating in the training process before the start of school.
|Q: My child will be 4 in the fall. Can I enroll him/her in the VPK program?
A: No. Eligibility is determined by the State entrance age law and the Hillsborough County rule that a child must have his/her fourth birthday on or before September 1st of the year they wish to enter Kindergarten grade. Therefore, all students must be 4 years of age by September 1st to be enrolled in the VPK program
|Q: What is the teacher to child ratio in each class?
A: Following are the maximum class ratios for each class:
|Q: What discipline methods are used at the school?
A: Administrators and teachers provide helpful guidance to children by respectfully acknowledging feelings while redirecting or limiting behavior. The goal is to support young children as they gain the ability for self-discipline. We also use problem solving as the main strategy to help children resolve conflicts.
The steps of conflict resolution we use are:
|Q: What accommodations does the school make for children with peanut allergies?
A: The school strives to achieve a peanut-free school environment. An allergy list is posted in each classroom so that all adults are aware of any allergies a child may have. All snacks provided by the school are peanut free. Parents are also asked to provide peanut free snack for their kids at school during birthdays or holiday parties. Lastly, we hope to further limit peanut exposure through regular cleaning of the classroom areas and hand washing by students, parents, and others coming into the classroom at the start of each class.
|So Why do Children Bite?
Not all toddlers bite other children. Sometimes a toddler classroom will go months and months without a biting incident and then suddenly there is a “rash” of biting. None of them the fault of a bad home, bad parents, or bad teachers. Sometimes we think we have a good idea what’s causing the biting but most of the time it’s hard to know what’s going on in our little ones’ minds. Here are some of the reasons young children may bite:
Teething: When children are teething applying pressure to the gums is comforting and babies will use anything available to bite. Since there are so many things to chew on, teething is probably not the only reason toddler bite other children.
What we do to prevent or reduce the number of biting?
We do our best to avoid any immediate response that reinforces the biting, including dramatic negative attention. The biter is immediately removed with no emotion. We calmly, but in a strict tone use the following statements, “We use our teeth for food” “Biting hurts our friends” The caring attention is focused on the victim.
· We organize the teaching team so one person’s function for a given period is to handle “custodial” matters, diapering, etc. leaving the other staff free to be the “play person”, directly involved with the children.
What we do about the chronic biter?
If we’ve tried everything, conferred with the parent and used all the approaches we can