If you’re wondering
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I find out how my child is doing?
Parents may phone or e-mail at any time. Parents may also request a parent/teacher meeting. We have an open door policy so parents may drop in at any time, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom. Sometimes a peek through the window might be a better option.
2. How is parent-teacher communication conducted?
Teachers and Administrators are always available to speak with parents about any concern, and a parent may request a meeting with their child’s teachers at any time. Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to make an appointment so that undivided attention may be given to you. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and milestones being reached. Additionally, each child is sent home with a form daily that communicates how the child enjoyed school, as well as the activities of the child’s day. Each year in the spring and fall, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments which accompany parent-teacher conferences. Teachers also contact parent via Life Cubby, our online parent portal.
3. How can I be involved in my child's school experience?
We gladly welcome parents to join us for special celebrations, birthdays and presentations. Additionally, parents may volunteer in their child’s classroom or simply stop by to visit! A teacher may also ask for parent volunteers to help with a particular activity. If you would like to participate you may always ask the teachers for opportunities.
4. Do you offer part-time schedules?
Yes, for children in our Early Childhood programs (Toddlers, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten). Part-time options include 3 day programs (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or 2 day programs (Tuesday/Thursday).
5. Do the children nap regularly?
Children in our Nido and Early Childhood programs nap every day.
Nap time is from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. If your child has outgrown the need for a daily nap, he or she will be required to rest quietly on their mat while the rest of the children sleep.
6. When and how are children’s skills evaluated?
Formal Assessments are conducted quarterly. These assessments not only help parents to understand where their child is in his or her development, but also what areas can be strengthened. We incorporate both informal and standardized assessments during the year, as well as noting the individuality of each child relative to his or her own progress. These assessments guide us, as educators, in developing our curriculum so that it matches the needs of the children in the class. Teachers’ observations of a child reflect the child’s growth and needs, both as an individual and as part of a group. This plays an important role in the day-to-day plans of the class.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice per year. These conferences are mandatory for the Pre-Kindergarten program, and highly encouraged for all other age groups. If we have a concern about your child’s development, a conference is required regardless of age. Conferences may also be requested at other times by either parents or teachers as the need arises.
7. Is a hot lunch option available?
Yes, parents may purchase a freshly prepared hot lunch for their child on any day for $3.
8. Are you affiliated with any religion?
Yes, Discovery Kidzone is non-denominational Christian. However, we recognize all religions and cultures. We do not have a specific religious curriculum but we do celebrate Christian holidays. We have a diverse community that encompasses many religions and cultures and we endeavor to be sensitive to every family’s beliefs.
9. Will my child be prepared for primary school after attending Discovery Kidzone?
Graduates of Discovery Kidzone move on to a variety of public and private schools. We receive very positive feedback from both parents and teachers that Discovery Kidzone graduates excel when starting primary school, and are at a significant advantage academically, socially and developmentally.
10. What is the educational background of Discovery Kidzone teachers?
Our teachers far surpass the basic licensing and STARS requirements. Many of our teachers hold a degree in Education or their CDA or are Montessori Certified. We offer several opportunities and scholarships for our teachers to continue their early childhood education.
11. What is the teacher to child ratio in each program?
Our classroom ratios for each program:
Infant & Toddler: 4:1;
Summer Camp & After-School: 14:1.
12. What is your Vision and Mission Statement at Discovery Kidzone?
At Discovery Kidzone our vision is to provide high quality and unique educational environments and to provide early learning experiences that build a solid foundation and passion for life-long learning.
We believe that Creating + Learning = FUN and we strive to follow this basic principle in all that we do.