What can I do to prepare my child for preschool?
Starting any school program is an exciting milestone! It can also be quite stressful for a young child. New situations and change can, at times, be unsettling for all of us. For many children this may be their first experience of separation from parents or care givers at home. It is common for even the most outgoing child to be anxious the first day of school.
We have a few suggestions for assisting your child:
- Prepare you child for the new school experience by explaining what to expect.
- Convey a positive attitude. Young children are aware of your feelings. Your enthusiasm will assure the child that school can be a fun and exciting place.
- Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include warning the child you are leaving in 2 minutes, a kiss and hug, or a wave. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with “Ok just one more kiss, and then I really really have to go,” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, this seems to encourage children to become less trusting and makes the second day of school even harder.
- Establish a routine involving both the night before a school day as well as morning preparation. Rituals and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situations.
- Feed your child a filling and healthy breakfast. A bowl of sugary cereal, donuts, etc. often results in behavior and attention problems by mid-morning.
- Pack a filling and healthy lunch for your child. Please include fresh fruit and raw veggies as opposed to cookies, chips and sugary drinks. We have found that the children want to eat or drink these first and then they do not want to eat their healthier options. Parents often ask how they can help out. This is one of the most important and basic ways.
Our teachers are here to help make school a happy and safe place for your child. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your new or returning student.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due between the 1st and 10th of the month.
What is the snow policy?
If Prince George’s county schools are cancelled, then Cheverly Nursery is cancelled.
If Prince George’s county schools have a two hour delay, then Cheverly Nursery has a TWO hour delay.
If Prince George’s county schools have a one hour delay, then Cheverly Nursery has a ONE hour delay.
Each child is responsible for providing snack for the class (35 students) several times throughout the year. A snack calendar will be sent home in the week before a new month. Please provide healthy snacks (fruit, veggies, cheese, yogurt, etc.). Avoid foods that are high in sugar or are over-processed. No peanuts, treenuts, soy, or strawberries.