Our Program

As previously stated, it is the philosophy of Wee care Preschool that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery. Preschool children are creative and receptive, the staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend this preschool. The purpose of the preschool is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and develop the child as a whole. Planned within the framework of this philosophy and purpose, Wee Care Preschool’s curriculum includes sharing and conversation time, stories, songs, finger plays, creative art activities, games, large muscle activities, field trips throughout the community, food preparation, science and nature activities, exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, letters and celebration of birthdays and holidays. A complete Wee Care Program Plan is on file at the school and may be obtained at any time by the parent.

Field trips

Written permission is necessary for your child to participate in field trips. In accordance with state law, children are required to be transported with seat belts and seated in booster seats. Children who are three years old must be transported in an approved safety seat provided by the parents.

Snacks

Snacks are served at each session. They consist of fruits, crackers, bread, peanut butter, etc. 100% juice and 2% milk are also served. An effort is made to provide nutritious snacks for the children. Snacks are also store bought items and stored and kept according to proper specifications.

Birthdays

These are special days. Please talk to your child’s teacher to arrange a special plan for bringing goody bags from your child if you so choose. Birthday treats from home planned for snack will NOT be an option unless specified by your individual teacher. Instead, we prefer birthday goody bags for the children to bring home in the place of a sugary snack at snack time. This individual attention continues to develop a positive self-image in the children. Summer birthdays are celebrated at the end of the school year in May or on the “half birthdays” according to the teacher’s preference.

Transportation and Carpooling

Transportation is provided or arranged for by the parent. Parents frequently form carpools. The staff will be glad to assist you. A list of names and addresses of children who are in your child’s class will be available at the beginning of school to help you in establishing carpools. Please inform the teacher of carpooling arrangements.

School Cancellation

School cancellation will be announced on the Marshall radio stations. If Marshall schools are closed for bad weather, Wee Care will also be closed. If Marshall schools have a 2 hour delayed start, Wee Care classes in the morning session will run from 10:00-12:00pm and the afternoon classes will remain the same. If schools have a 1 hour delayed start, all Wee Care morning sessions will run from 9:00-11:00am. Please check school closings before sending your child on snow mornings and afternoons.

Absenteeism

Parents of children who will be absent for any reason during the day should contact the preschool prior to arrival time.

Health Information

Each child is required by state regulations to have on file a signed emergency care statement authoring emergency care and transfer of a child to a local hospital and emergency numbers for reaching parents or guardians or another authorized person. Please inform the school of emergency information changes, if you move, change jobs or if home or business phone numbers change.

Each child is required by state regulations to submit a completed health form prior to entry. A physician must sign this form or qualified health care person and must include an up to date record of all immunizations with dates. No child who arrives at school noticeably ill, with a rash, has vomited within the last 24 hours or with a fever of 100 or greater will be admitted for that day. Should a child become ill during the day, parents will be notified immediately and the child will be isolated from the other children by being asked to rest on a cot in the dramatic play area within sight of an adult at all times. Holy Redeemer’s nurse is available for consultation.

In the event the child contracts a communicable disease and exposes the other children, parents will be notified of such exposure when they arrive to pick up their children. The child will not be allowed to return to preschool until the period of contagion has passed.

A staff member trained in CPR and First Aid will be on duty at all times children are present. In case of a medical emergency during a preschool session, a staff member will administer First Aid. The parent or authorized adult will be notified at once. If medical attention is required, the staff will call a local ambulance service that will transport the child to the hospital. Every effort will be made to contact the child’s own physician.

Staff without a doctor’s order will NOT dispense medication. In such cases, the teacher, according to physician’s instructions, will administer it. It will be stored in the nurse’s office (separate room close to the preschool classroom). Refrigeration is available if required.

Drop Off and Pick Up of Children

NO child is to be brought to school until 8:15am for morning classes. The teachers need this time to prepare for projects, plan for the class, review those plans with the assistant teacher and set up activities for the class period. We appreciate NOT having the children arrive until the actual class time begins! NO child will be allowed to walk home unless the school has written permission from the parent or guardian. For safety sake, children must always be left in the care of an adult. Children must also be brought directly to the classroom. Children must never be left at preschool without a teacher present. Parents are asked to return to the classroom to pick up children after class is over.

Holidays

We observe all holidays. This is an important part of your child’s heritage. We will have parties at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Wee Care strives to make observances fun and non-violent. Anyone who wishes to contribute information of other cultural holidays is invited to contact your child’s teacher.

Research and Publicity

Parental permission will be requested in writing prior to any occasion of research, experimental procedures or public relations activities involving your child.

Pets

Wee Care Preschool is a proud owner of many pets! There will be other pets and animals brought in our classrooms but not without notification to families via monthly newsletters. All pets brought to the classroom for show and tell must be properly cared for, inoculated and licensed (if required by the City of Marshall).

Discipline

Discipline in the classroom centers on the positive and stresses and commends positive behavior patterns. When possible, we will endeavor to guide a child to redirecting his/her interest or activity if the behavior problem involves what the child is doing and how he/she is interacting with other children. We will help a child learn acceptable behavior alternatives. The safety of the children in the classroom and the staff will be protected and if threatened, immediate and direct consequences will be provided.

In the event those above methods of behavior modification are not effective, the child may be separated from the group for a brief time. Anytime a child is separated from the group, the teacher will enter the date, time and incident in preschool’s separation log. In the event of persistent unacceptable behavior continues, the parent will be contacted for a conference and the staff will observe and record the incidents of negative behavior.

At NO time shall children be subjected to corporal punishment, emotional abuse, separation from the group (except within rule guidelines) punishment for lapses in toilet habits, withholding of food, light, warmth, clothing, medical care or use of physical or mechanical restraints.

Confidentiality of records

Children’s records are open only to the child’s teacher, the assistant teacher, the Director, an authorized employee of the licensing agency or the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Licensing

Wee Care preschool is licensed for a capacity of eighteen children per class. We maintain and exceed the minimum requirement of 1 to 10 adult to child ratio.

The Department of Human Services of the State of Minnesota licenses Wee Care. Telephone number is 651-431-6500

Parent Conferences and Communication

This booklet has been supplied in an effort to answer many of your questions. Please contact anyone on staff if you have more questions. Parents are informed of the activities of the preschool through monthly newsletters. The newsletter includes weekly or daily themes, class activities, field trips and suggestions for parents. We also use www.weecarepreschoolmarshall.com as a way to communicate with you and our home phone numbers and/or home email addresses are also listed on our newsletters. Parent Boards are also available outside each classroom door detailing your child’s day.

Two opportunities for parent conferences are offered during the year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. (The Fall Conference is offered while the Spring Conference is scheduled.) Either the parent or the teacher may request an additional conference any time there is a special concern.

State regulations concerning class size and teacher ratio do NOT make it possible for children to bring friends to visit during class time. Parents are encouraged to visit preschool at any time. Because of occasional field trips and special activities, advance notice is suggested, but not required. If the teachers are not free to talk with you, please understand that the children come first during class time. The teachers will happy to talk with you after the children are dismissed. Please remember that this is your preschool and your child’s education. So come and find out what is happening!

Affirmative Action Statement

Wee Care Preschool advertises in the public media in order to make openings known to all. Children are admitted regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin or religion. Children with physical disabilities will be accepted on the approval of the instructor and Director, and if needs of the child do NOT indicate the need for more advanced, specific training other than what our staff is qualified to do.

Reporting Policy for Programs Providing Services to Children

A separate form with this information is available to you in your Parent Night folder. Please consult this form for the information available regarding this policy on abuse and neglect.

Pandemic Planning

Upon request, Wee Care Preschool must cooperate with state and local government disaster planning agencies working to prepare for or react to emergencies presented by a pandemic outbreak.

Developmental Assessments

Each child will be given two formal assessments during the preschool year. The first will be given sometime in the Fall months. This assessment will establish a baseline of knowledge for our teachers and you as parents to work from. The second assessment will be given sometime in February or early March. Both assessments will include all four learning domains (social, emotional, cognitive, physical). Copies of these assessments will be sent home to the parents as they are completed. The last assessment will be discussed thoroughly at Conferences in March. The assessments given will be based on the age of your child. If we suspect any areas of concern with your child regarding his or her development during any of these assessments or by our own classroom observations, you will be contacted. If deemed necessary by both parent and teacher, a referral will be made to the appropriate professionals.