2020-2021

HANDBOOK

 

 

69 E. Main Street

Newark, DE 19711

(302)368-1754

syerkes@newark-umc.org

 

www.newarkmethodistpreschool.com

Edited January 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM PURPOSE AND GOALS

 

The Newark Methodist Preschool is an outreach of the Newark Methodist Church.  Our school provides a developmentally appropriate learning environment for 2, 3, 4, and 5-year olds.  The following are just a few of the preschool’s most important goals:

  • To provide a warm, accepting, and positive school atmosphere.

  • To help children recognize their own special characteristics and

                        abilities; self-esteem, self-control, and independence are

                          encouraged in every aspect of our program.

  • To help each child handle and verbalize emotions in appropriate

                        ways while respecting the child’s right to feel anger, impatience,

                        sadness, etc…

  • To share with children the wonder and beauty of the world in

                        which we live.

  • Share with children the wonder and beauty of God's world we live in.

  • To offer a wide variety of activities and hands-on experiences.

 

 NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY

The Newark Methodist Preschool admits students of any race, color,

national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and

activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

The Newark Methodist Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of

race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational

policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other

school-administered programs.

PRESCHOOL STAFF

PRESCHOOL OFFICE                          

Room 110        368-1754

Director        Stephanie Yerkes     syerkes@newark-umc.org                             547-8957   

Assistant       Debbie Knight                                                                                737-2710

ROOM 106

2’s  & 3's      Christina Doughty      bigkdoughty@comcast.net                          545-1162

                     Tricia Shaw

                                                            

ROOM 215

3-DAY 2's & 3’s    Jessica Robinson    jesanded0605@gmail.com                              367-4427

                               Katie Hughes

ROOM 217                                         

5-day PreK             Anne Spoor     spoor2@msn.com                                                    598-2801

                               Patti Brooks

ROOM 12                                          

3-day PreK             Mandy Manzella   mandy.romano@gmail.com                               354-1675

                               April Caruso                             

                                                         

ROOM 211           

5-day PreK             Amy Legutko     amy@legutko.net                            

                               Suzy Moyer

NMP CALENDAR FOR 2020-2021        

                Our ORIENTATION SCHEDULE is as follows:

PLAYGROUND MEET-UPS:         

        September 8-11                                                                                                             

CLASSROOM ORIENTATION: 

        September 14-18             

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:      

        September 21-25

​SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

        October 9                                                               PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

        November 3                                                           Election DAY

        November 11                                                          VETERANS DAY

        November 21-27                                                     THANKSGIVING BREAK

        December 23-January 3                                          CHRISTMAS BREAK

        January 18                                                               MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY

        February 12 and 15                                                  PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND

        April 1-9                                                                   SPRING BREAK

        SPECIAL DATES FOR 2020 AND 2021:

       *ALL FAMILIES EVENTS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CANCELED DUE TO CURRENT LICENSING REGULATIONS*   

              TBD                                                                     SCHOOL PICTURES

              October 28-30                                                       HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

              December 16-18                                                   CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

              February 10-11                                                     VALENTINE'S CELEBRATIONS

              February TBD                                                       PREK CONFERENCES                           

             February TBD                                                       2's & 3's CONFERENCES

              May 26-27                                                            END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS

              May 27                                                                  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

                                                                                                                               

 

 

COVID-19 Policies

Newark Methodist Preschool has implemented the following guidelines for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  These guidelines may change and be revised as additional information becomes available.

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Classroom

  • Each classroom will be treated as its own family.

  • School families will not mix throughout the day, to the greatest extent possible.  

  • Students in individual classrooms will be allowed to play and interact with each other. 

Social Distancing Strategies

  • Children will remain in their classroom family and will not be mixed with children of other classes.

  • Teachers will remain with their classroom and only rotate to other classrooms if there is no other alternative. 

  • A master schedule for shared spaces has been created and will be adhered to throughout the day to limit classes being in shared spaces at the same time (hallways, bathrooms, playground).

  • Parents will drop off/pick up children at their designated drop off area.

  • Children’s activities will be set up with social distancing in mind

    • Circle time will be split so that ½ of the class participates at a time.

    • Children will be spread out during table activities.

    • Children will be encouraged to spread out when possible. 

    • Snack will be provided in groups when there are not enough tables/chairs to spread children out. 

 

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Parents will  drop off/pick up children in their designated drop off locations.

    • Christina Doughty  M/W & T/TH 2/3s- Drop off at 9:00am at Cokesbury Lobby.  Pick up at 12:15 at Cokesbury Lobby.

    • Jes Robinson T/TH/F 3s  - Drop off at 9:00 at Welcome Center. Pick up at 12:15 at Welcome Center.

    • Mandy Manzella M/W/F Pre-K-  Drop off at 9:00 at Marble Entrance. Pick up at 12:15 at Marble Entrance.

    • Anne Spoor M-F Pre-K- Drop off at 9:15 at Playground.  Pick up at 12:30 at Marble Entrance.

    • Amy Legutko M-F Pre-K- Drop off at 9:15 at Marble Entrance.  Pick up at 12:30 at Playground.    

  • Park in the Welcome Center parking lot and walk your child to their designated  entrance.  While waiting, all adults dropping off are required to wear masks and social distance from other students/families. 

  • Newark Methodist Preschool must follow Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing  regulations with respect to screening those who will be permitted to enter the building;

    • As per state regulations, parents are not allowed to enter the building at this time. 

  • At drop off and pick up, a staff member will record the arrival/departure time of each student.  The staff member will also record student temperature and parent confirmation of screening questions (see below).

 

Children & Staff Health Screenings Upon Arrival

  • Staff will have their temperatures taken upon arrival.  

  • Staff are responsible to self-certify their health each day based on Office of Child Care Licensing required screening questions.

  • All children will have their temperatures taken upon arrival by a staff member who will be wearing gloves, mask, and face shield.  Temperatures will be taken using a touchless thermometer.

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    • If a staff member or child is noted to have body temperature at or above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, a discussion must be had with the staff member or parent to determine if there is an underlying cause. The staff member or child may be admitted to the childcare, but increased monitoring throughout the day must follow to ensure the temperature does not increase or additional symptoms do not develop. 

    • If a staff member or child is noted to have a body temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they must be sent home. 

  • Parents will certify the health of their child and answer required screening questions about their child every day at drop off.  

  • Students/Staff will not be permitted to stay at school if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headache/congestion/runny nose with no known underlying cause (such as seasonal or chronic allergies), fatigue or new loss of smell or taste) unless symptoms have a known and documented cause.  

  • If a staff member or child has a body temperature at or above 100.4 or is otherwise symptomatic and considered at risk for COVID-19 exposure, the staff member or child may not be admitted to the building and should be advised to consult a health care professional for further guidance, and/or obtain a COVID-19 test.  The staff member or child should not return until a health care provider has provided a return to work/childcare document. ​

    • If a COVID-19 test was taken and a positive result was returned, the staff member or student should isolate at home.  At least 10 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared, including at least one day (24 hours) since recovery where staff or students have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication and improvement in symptoms has occurred, e.g. cough, shortness of breath, before being permitted to return to work or child care.

      • A health care provider or the Division of Public Health can provide a letter stating that the individual has been released from monitoring to the patient. ​

    • If a COVID-19 test is performed with a negative result, the individual should consult their health care provider to determine if the situation warrants continuation of isolation.  The student or staff member must provide the preschool with a return to work/childcare document by the health care provider to allow the student or staff member to return to childcare in this situation​.  Note that a negative test is relevant for the point in time at which the test was taken. It does not mean the staff or student will not develop COVID-19 in the future. 

  • If at any time a doctor confirms the cause of the staff member or child’s fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and provides written documentation of approval for them to return to work or school, then the staff member or child will be permitted to return 72 hours after symptoms have resolved.

  • If a staff member or child has been in close contact (ex. within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will be required to stay at home for 14 days from the time they were exposed to confirmed COVID-19.  If a COVID-19 test is performed with a negative result, the individual must still remain at home until the end of the 14-day period to see if symptoms develop.  

 

Health Observations Throughout the Day

  • Teachers will observe children throughout the day for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If, during the day, any of the following symptoms appear, the child will be separated from the rest of the class.  Parents will be contacted, and the child must be picked up within 30 minutes of being notified.

    • Symptoms include;

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Dry cough

  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Headache/congestion/runny nose (with no underlying cause)

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore Throat

  • Muscle Aches

 

Masks

  • Anyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a mask to enter the building.  

  • Staff members are required to wear masks at all times inside.

    • Masks can be removed during outside play if social distancing measures are taken.

  • Parents are required to wear masks at drop off and pick up.

  • Newark Methodist Preschool will follow Division of Public Health guidance regarding face coverings for children; 

    • All children in kindergarten or above must wear face coverings at all times while inside preschool centers except for meals or when doing do would inhibit the child's health.  If outside the preschool, face coverings must be worn by children kindergarten and above is social distancing cannot be maintained.  ​ 

    • All children 2 years of age through pre-kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance on how to wear cloth face coverings while inside preschool centers, except for meals or when doing do would inhibit the child's health and outside, if social distancing cannot be maintained.

    • It is strongly recommended that children wear face coverings, if doing so will not either pose a health risk to them, encourage unnecessary touching of the face, create behavioral challenges, or if they cannot safely put on and take off the face covering. 

    • If you plan to send your child to school with a face mask;

      • send in 1 extra mask daily in a clear ziplock bag labeled, “clean”

      • send in 1 empty ziplock bag labeled, “dirty” for used masks

      • practice and reinforce appropriate face mask etiquette at home frequently

 

Change of clothes

  • Students are required to have 2 sets of extra clothes available each day.

 

Hand Washing

  • Students and staff are required to wash hands upon entering the classroom and upon leaving. 

  • Proper hand washing will be taught and modeled to all students using CDC recommended hand washing procedures throughout the day using warm running water and rubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds. 

  •  Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be used when we do not have access to soap and water (ex. hallways/playground).  Sanitizer will only be administered by staff and will be kept out of reach of all students

 

Toys and Sanitation

  • Toys that have gone in a child’s mouth or been coughed or sneezed on will be removed immediately for cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Toys can be shared with children in their own classroom.

  • Toys will not be shared with other classrooms unless they have been cleaned and sanitized.

  • Fabric and plush toys will not be used.

  • Children cannot bring toys from home.

  • Sand or other sensory materials cannot be used.

  • Individual play-dough can be used.

  • Individual supplies will be provided as needed

  • Staff will clean all toys each day following CDC recommendations.

  • All hard surfaces will be cleaned twice a day and as needed.

  • All frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, faucets, ect) will be sanitized frequently throughout the day.

 

Snacks

  • All snacks will be plated individually.

  • Staff serving snacks will wear gloves.

  • Snacks will be served in small groups when there are not enough tables/chairs to space children out.  

  • No snacks from home are permitted.

    • Please talk to your child’s teacher regarding any specific food allergy needs.  

 

If a Newark Methodist Preschool child, family member or employee is confirmed with COVID-19

  • Notify Stephanie or Debbie immediately.

  • Administrative staff will contact the Division of Public Health upon learning of the illness at 1-888-295-5156 or hspcontact@delaware.gov to discuss next steps and cleaning guidance specific to our school.

  • Parents will be notified via email of the procedures to follow.

 

 

 

GENERAL PRESCHOOL POLICIES

 

CHILDREN’S ARRIVAL:

To fully benefit from the preschool program, it is important to arrive on time; many children experience difficulty joining in if they arrive after the class has begun its activities.  They also often miss important information that is provided at the beginning of the day.

For your child’s safety, all students must be brought to the door by an adult.  

 

DISMISSAL/RELEASE OF CHILD POLICY:

The preschool day ends for 2/3's at 12:00PM, and PREK at 12:15PM.  Teachers will open the door when the class is ready.  It is sometimes hard to be prompt when assisting a large group of children with coats and book bags—we appreciate your patience with this.  We will call each child or carpool individually and see them safely into the hands of the responsible adult.  If you have a special need to pick up your child early, please alert the child’s teacher at drop-off time.

We will release your child ONLY to those you designate on your Release of Child form – please include the names of anyone who may pick up your child during the school year.  You may notify the teachers at any time to make changes to this form. In the event of an emergency, a person who was not previously authorized may be able to pick up your child if you or another parent/guardian calls and provides the person’s name.  When you do require another adult to pick up your child, please tell them that they will be required to provide a state-issued identification card—we want to do everything necessary to keep the preschoolers safe.

Children will only be released to custodial parents unless previous arrangements have been made.  Court documents detailing custody arrangements are to be provided.  If non-custodial parent who is not authorized to pick up your child attempts to do so, the custodial parent/guardian and the police will be contacted.

Please resist discussing your child’s progress at dismissal time.  We ask you to remember that the teacher is always available by phone to answer questions or to schedule a conference.  It is best for your child if discussions about behavior and development are done when your child is not present.  Do feel free to call your child’s teacher at home; or talk to Stephanie Yerkes or Debbie Knight. They are available most preschool mornings in the Preschool office on the first floor, and they welcome your thoughts and concerns any time.

Late Pick-up.  We will allow a grace period of 10 minutes after which a late fee of $10 will be imposed.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS:

We take photographs regularly and all of our special events are recorded. These pictures may be posted in the center, displayed on our website, or used to chronicle your child’s development or to illustrate the daily curriculum. We require written parent/guardian permission to disseminate photographs or videos of your child or if your child will participate in special events.

 

 

CONFIDENTIALITY:

We require written parent/guardian permission before we will disclose or use any of your child’s information to others. Our staff members who work with your child will only receive the necessary information regarding your child to ensure your child’s needs are met. Please note that employees of the Office of Child Care Licensing and those with other duties related to the health, safety, and well-being of children will be given access to your child’s information for official use.

 

CLOTHING:

The children spend a lot of time in active and messy play.  “Good” clothes are often a source of frustration.  Keep in mind the various activities your child may participate in (such as climbing, bicycling, painting, water play, etc.) when you help your child choose what to wear.  Comfortable play clothes and rubber-soled shoes will give your child the freedom to actively participate.  Layered clothing is helpful since our classrooms are often warm and we play outside each day.  During winter weather, mittens and hats are needed for the playground (please mark them with masking tape inside).

   *PLEASE MARK OUTERWEAR & BOOKBAGS WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.

 

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS:

At this time, to limit the spread of germs, we ask that student possessions be left at home including special toys.  Students may come to school with a backpack with change of clothes, but we ask for all other things to be left at home.  Please label all student belongings including face coverings.

 

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:

Typically, we have an open-door policy throughout the year.  Unfortunately, due to current licensing regulations, parents are unable to enter the building.  When and if regulations change, we welcome families into the classroom for visits throughout the year.    Frequently ask your child about their activities in the classroom, experiences, and friends.  This shows your child that you are interested in his/her school life.  Your interest in what your child is doing at school gives impact to what we do.                                                                                                                     

 

ASSESSMENTS, ANNUAL CONFERENCES AND CONCERNS:

Within the first three months of the school year, children will receive an assessment related to age-appropriate developmental and educational goals.  Teachers will record developmental milestones, accomplishments, and concerns for all children throughout the school year. 

If we have concerns or your child is not meeting his or her developmental potential, we may refer you to request additional support from Child Development Watch or the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Services. 

Once a year, you will be given the opportunity for a conference to discuss your child’s developmental and educational progress. Conferences will be scheduled in February.  The teachers will reach out by phone or email for your choice of dates and times.

If you have a question or concern at any time during the year, feel free to contact the teachers or the Director.  You can be assured we will call you if there is anything unusual, we feel you should know.  The well-being of your child is very important to us, and we are happy to meet with you or phone conference at your request.

 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION:

Teachers will be communicating with families through the application called, "Seesaw".  With your consent, each student will be provided with their own individual access code to view classroom messages.  Another great way to communicate with parents is through the weekly newsletters.  The teachers use these to communicate the focus of the week as well as special activities.  This allows you to build on the teachers’ curriculum by talking at home about similar ideas.  The teachers also post requests for snacks, drivers for field trips, or an item your child needs for the class.  It is very important that each school day you read the materials sent home in your child’s backpack. ​

There is a monthly newsletter sent home by the Director that will keep you informed of upcoming preschool events.  Additionally, you are encouraged to visit the preschool website at www.newarkmethodistpreschool.com for the preschool calendar as well as periodic updates. The NMP Facebook page is also informative. The Director is generally available from 8:30 to 1:30 weekdays - please stop in for a visit and feel free to suggest ideas that might improve the Preschool.  We welcome your thoughts!

 

FIELD TRIPS:

  Due to DE Licensing Requirements, all field trips are canceled at this time.

 

TRANSPORTATION:

Transportation is not provided to and from the preschool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

ILLNESS POLICY:

If your child exhibits symptoms of illness, requires medical attention, or becomes ill during the day, you will be notified immediately.  If you are unable to be reached, your child’s emergency contact listed on the information card will be notified.  Our staff members will ensure your child’s needs for rest, comfort, food, drink, and appropriate activity are met until her or she child can be picked up. Please do not drop your child off when your child is sick.

 

HEALTH EXCLUSIONS:

In order to ensure the health and safety of the children at the preschool and to comply with DELACARE: Rules for Early Care Education and School Age Centers, Newark Methodist Preschool cannot allow your child to be at school for the following reasons unless written documentation is provided by a health care provider stating your he/she has been diagnosed and poses no serious health risk to others or him/herself:

Symptoms of Illness for Exclusion Includes:

  • Temperature of 100°F or higher without medication even if there has not been a change in behavior for infants four months old and younger;

  • Temperature of 101°F or higher without medication accompanied by behavior changes or symptoms of illness for children older than four months;

  • Symptoms of possible severe illness, such as unusual tiredness, uncontrolled coughing, unexplained irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs;

  • Diarrhea; two or more times of loose stool during the past 24 hours, or if diarrhea is accompanied by fever, exclude for 48 hours after the symptoms end;

  • Blood in stools not due to change in diet, medication, or hard stools;

  • Vomiting; two or more times in the past 24 hours, or one time if accompanied by a fever until 48 hours after the symptoms end or until a health care provider determines the vomiting is not contagious and the child is not in danger of dehydration;

  • Ongoing stomach pain (more than two hours) or off-and-on pain due to a fever or other symptom;

  • Mouth sores with drooling;

  • Rash with fever or behavior change;

  • Purulent conjunctivitis “pink eye” (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge), until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment;

  • Scabies, until 24 hours after starting treatment;

  • Pediculosis “head lice” or nits, until 24 hours after starting treatment;

  • Tuberculosis, as directed by DPH;

  • Impetigo, until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment and sores are dry;

  • Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment;

  • Varicella-Zoster “chicken pox,” until all sores have crusted and are dry (usually six days);

  • Shingles, only if sores cannot be covered by clothing or a bandage; if not, exclude until sores have crusted and are dry;

  • Pertussis, until completing five days of antibiotic treatment;

  • Mumps, until five days after onset of glandular swelling;

  • Hepatitis A virus, until one week after onset of jaundice, or as directed by DPH;

  • Measles, until four days after arrival of rash;

  • Rubella, until seven days after arrival of rash;

  • Herpetic gingivostomatitis “cold sores,” if the child is too young to have control of saliva; or

  • Unspecified short-term illness, not chronic illness if your child is unable to participate in activities or our staff cannot provide care for your child and the other children.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES:

Children with a reportable communicable disease cannot be admitted to the preschool unless documentation from the child’s health care provider states the child has been evaluated and presents no risk to others, or the Department of Public Health has advised the preschool that the child presents no risk.  If your child has been exposed to a reportable communicable disease you will receive a written notice with recognizable symptoms as well as instructions telling you how to proceed. ​ For information regarding reportable communicable disease, please view DPH’s website, http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/rptdisease.html.   

 

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION:

Trained staff will administer medication in accordance with state law and written parent permission.  OCCL considers anything other than soap and water to be medication.  Before administering any medication, you must complete a Medication Administration Record (MAR) and include all of the required information listed on the form. Medication must be in its original container and labeled with your child’s name. When your child no longer needs the medication or the medication has expired, we will return the medication to you.

To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make reasonable accommodations for children with medical needs.  If your child needs accommodations, please speak the director to discuss your request.

 

ACCIDENT/INCIDENT REPORT:

If your child becomes injured while at preschool, immediate action will be taken to protect him/her of further harm and a parent/guardian will be notified.  If your child receives a serious injury, you will be notified immediately. Per licensing regulations, a serious injury includes any impact to a child’s head. Therefore, if your child falls and bumps their head, lips, mouth, or face you will be notified immediately. An accident/injury report will be completed and provided to you within one business day and a copy of this report will be kept in your child’s file.  You will be notified of less serious accidents/injuries before your child is released at the end of the day. Less serious injuries include bumps, scrapes, and scratches.  If your child has a life-threatening injury or illness or a serious medical incident such as a seizure, allergic reaction, burn, etc., you will be notified immediately after an ambulance is contacted and you will receive an incident report.  You will be required to sign the report as proof that you were notified of the accident/injury/serious incident.

 

EMERGENCY HEALTH POLICY:

In the event of a life-threatening accident, injury or illness an ambulance will be called.  In the event of an accident, injury or illness that is non-life threatening but requires prompt, professional medical attention the Director will provide transportation. In either event the parent/guardian will be notified immediately.  If they cannot be reached the emergency contact listed on the child’s information card will be called.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS:.

The teachers plan new activities each week, and often each day; they follow the school curriculum but use their own ideas to implement.  Many hours are spent in preparation for each day.  Preschool-aged children learn through hands-on activities (play!), so it is our goal to provide them with a wide variety of experiences and to encourage their exploration.  We focus on all areas of development: language, large and small motor, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social. Lesson plans are posted in each classroom.  Each plan has activities listed to support your child developmentally and educationally. 

A TYPICAL SCHOOL DAY:

Many parents ask what happens on the average school day.  Of course, no two days are ever the same, but we do have a time frame that is generally followed.  Your child may choose not to do some activities that are offered. Do not be concerned - each child develops interests according to his/her needs and stage of development.  They learn best from the activities that interest them most.  Once a month all students have three specials, physical education, music and story time. (The day for two-year old students is 45 minutes shorter, and routine emphasis is on socialization and language development. A less structured version of the following is typical for the twos.)

The general use of time in the preschool day is as follows:

      Activity Time - 60 minutes - This is probably the most important part of the day; your child may choose any of the many activities such as: painting, other arts and crafts, dramatic play, puzzles, blocks, manipulative toys, books, science area, and math area.

       Outdoor Play - 30 minutes – Children are given opportunities for physical activity each day.  Each class has its own time on the playground.  Please ensure your child has outdoor clothing that is appropriate for the weather.  In the event of inclement weather, we have a large area in the basement dining room where we set up a variety of active play equipment.

        Snack - 20 minutes                                                                                              

        Quiet Book Time - 10 minutes

        Group Circle Times - Two 30-minute periods - The class gathers for a story, songs, music, fingerplays, games and other shared experiences.​

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY:

The goals of the Newark Methodist Preschool program support the use of positive discipline.  We provide a warm, accepting, and nurturing atmosphere where children feel comfortable and confident; capable of self-control.  The teachers establish an environment where appropriate examples are set, and positive behavior is reinforced, recognizing each child’s individuality.  When inappropriate behavior must be addressed, we do so with the use of redirection and the offering of choices.  We believe that the use of these positive guidance strategies will assist the children in acquiring and developing the skills needed to be successful in a learning community.

 

FOOD/NUTRITION:

A daily snack will be provided to your child.  A typical snack will include whole grain pretzels, apple slices, and water.  The menu will be posted on the parent bulletin board outside of each classroom.  Please note all snacks served will follow the nutritional guidelines set forth by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Your child will be encouraged to eat, but not forced to eat.  If you do not want your child to eat certain foods due to food allergies, religious reasons, or your family’s food preferences please list those on your child’s information sheet.  If your child requests a second portion of food or drink, we will gladly provide it.

 

SAFETY:

Safety is very important to our center. Our staff members are thoroughly screened, highly trained, and have successfully completed a comprehensive criminal background check. Our building has a safety plan in place to ensure unauthorized people do not have access to your children.  Our classrooms are set up to be kid friendly and hazard free.

 

SCREEN TIME:

During the full school day, preschoolers are engaged in hands-on activities that focus on all areas of development.  This times does not allow for the use of computers, ipads, TV or DVDs.

 

FAMILY CRISES:

Every family experience times of stress.  Prolonged visits, the anticipation of a trip, new people in the household, death, illness, or changed relationships in the home may create stress.  Children sense your worries even when they are not aware of the problem.  At such times the child might need extra attention and emotional support. It is not necessary to explain the source of the tension, but it will be helpful if you alert the teacher.  Frequently the child’s behavior pattern changes under trying circumstances.  The staff wants to be able to respond to your child’s needs, especially when the child is most vulnerable.

 

 

BAD WEATHER CLOSINGS:

Preschool closings due to inclement weather will be announced on NBC Channel 10 or found at NBC.com by 7:00 a.m.  You may also register to receive text and/or email alerts or call the preschool office at 368-1754 after 7:00 a.m. where there will be a message on the answering machine to tell you whether we are open.  We try to follow the Christina School District decision, however, there may be days we consider it appropriate to open when Christina closes or delays their opening, so please refer to the resource mentioned above to know for sure.  Snow closing time is NOT made up at the end of the year due to building and staff availability, however, there are scheduled snow contingency days for winters with inclement weather that forces several school closings.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT:

Before you child begins care, we must have the following information on file:

 

  • Completed Application for Registration

  • Completed Teacher Information Form

  • Current medications and completed Medication Administration Record

  • Signed Parents Right to Know

  • TV/DVD/Computer Usage Permission

  • Permission to Photograph

  • Any court orders on custody and visitation arrangements, if applicable

  • An IEP, IFSP, or Section 504 plan, if applicable

  • Emergency Care Parent Permission

  • Field Trip Permission, if applicable

 

Within 30 days of enrollment, you must provide your child’s health appraisal that includes his or her health history, a physical examination, growth and development, age-appropriate immunizations, and medical information for treatment in cases or emergency, the child’s blood lead level, and recommendations regarding required medication, allergies, restrictions or modifications or the child’s activities, diet, or care, if applicable.

 

TUITION PAYMENTS:

Tuition may be paid monthly, semi-annually, or annually. Payments made after the 15th of the month require a $5 late fee.  Checks are made payable to NEWARK METHODIST PRESCHOOL.  They may be dropped off in the preschool office (Room 110, 1st floor) or mailed to:

Newark Methodist Preschool

69 East Main Street

Newark, DE  19711

If you have a temporary or special financial burden which will delay your tuition payment, please call the preschool office to notify Debbie or Stephanie @368-1754.

 

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS:

We understand how important your child is and know that questions and possibly complaints or concerns may arise. If you have a question, please speak with your child’s teacher or the administrator. If you have a concern or complaint, please speak to the child’s teacher first, unless you do not feel comfortable doing so. If that is the case, please speak with the administrator. If your child’s teacher does not handle your concern or complaint in a satisfactory manor, please feel free to contact the administrator. We want you to feel comfortable speaking with our staff members.  Please know that your questions, concerns, and complaints are especially important to us and will be addressed to the best of our ability.

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SAFETY & SANITATION POLICY:

To provide your child with the cleanest environment possible play tables, floors, carpets, sinks, faucets, toilets and toilet seats are disinfected daily.  To reduce the spread of germs and bacteria proper hand washing techniques are used by staff and taught to the children.  Standard precautions are used by staff and custodians to clean and disinfect areas that have been contaminated by bodily fluids. All teachers are trained in proper hygiene practices, which include hand-washing procedures, standard precautions, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, safe food handling, and diapering procedures. Each classroom is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to licensing regulations.

The proper diaper changing procedure is posted in the bathroom where diapers are changed and used when it is necessary to change a diaper.  A lined, foot-activated container, inaccessible to children is used to dispose of all diapers.

 

 

LICENSING & ACCREDITATION:

Effective February 2004, the Newark Methodist Preschool is fully licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families pursuant to Title 31 Chapter 3 of the Delaware Code. 

The preschool has long been a member of the Nursery Kindergarten Association of Delaware.  NKAD recognizes the professional goals of philosophy, program and staff of preschool programs in Delaware.  In addition, many of our staff are members of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children(DAEYC).

 

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT:

As a preschool provider in the State of Delaware, if any staff member in good faith suspects child abuse or neglect they are required by law to make a report to the Division of Family Services of the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.

 

MEGAN’S LAW:

In compliance with “Megan’s Law” (11 Del Code 4121), the preschool is notified about all registered sex offenders who have recently moved to, attend school in or are employed in the City of Newark.  We, in turn, are required to maintain a binder which holds the information that we receive.  This binder is kept in the preschool office where any parent who wishes to access the information is welcome to do so anytime during preschool office hours.

 

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW NOTICE:

Under the Delaware Code you are entitled to inspect, at any time, the active record and complaint files of any licensed child care/preschool facility.  To review a child care facility record, contact the Office of Child Care Licensing at (302) 892-5800. 

The DELACARE Rules for Early Care & Education are always kept in the preschool office for parents to read and review upon request.