Frequently Asked Questions
Kimber Hills Preschool is committed to honoring the student to teacher ratio of:
|2 year old class||1:10|
|3 year old class||1:10|
|4 year old class||1:10 or 2:20|
Our teachers and assistant teachers are experienced early childhood educators. They are professed Christians who provide a warm and loving environment and have a sincere concern for each of our students. Each staff member has met or exceeds the State of California Licensing requirements for early childhood educators. Each staff member undergoes an extensive background check and is CPR and first aid certified.
All staff participate in continuous education requirements including in-service training, regional workshops, and conferences in order to remain alert to the ever changing needs of today’s families and to the findings of current research.
Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage where children experience anxiety when they are separated from their parent. Separation is a process. Some children have no separation anxiety and some children experience anxiety for several weeks. It is important to comfort the child and let them know it is okay to cry or feel upset. Teachers manage separation by utilizing proven strategies to lessen the unknown, such as consistent schedules and routines, bringing familiar items from home, and creating an open and honest dialogue with parents.
We encourage parents to never try to sneak out while your child is engaged in an activity. Always give a kiss or hug and say “goodbye”, and most importantly, always say that you’re coming back. Teachers and the director are available to help any child who is having a particularly tough transition.
We fully understand that “toilet learning” is a process and welcome the opportunity to partner with you as your child goes through the steps of toilet learning. For children participating in our two-year-old program, we will work with your child on toilet learning if they are currently in the process.
A child attending class ages 3 and up must be potty trained to attend the preschool. We understand that accidents happen, and we are prepared. However, an accident should be the exception, and not the norm. Our facility is not equipped for changing diapers or pull-ups for students older than 3 years old.
A healthy snack including two food groups is served twice a day. At this time, we ask families to provide a lunch from home.
It is our goal to keep each child with a food allergy safe and to honor identified food restrictions to best of our ability. The teachers will post all food allergies in the classroom in clear view. In order to best meet the children’s special dietary needs, it is essential that the staff and parents work closely together. Parents should discuss any allergy or dietary restriction with the Director upon enrollment. Parents must submit written documentation with specific guidelines for addressing each special type of dietary need and food allergy. If the child’s physician prescribes an Epi Pen, parents are responsible for providing this in original packaging with the child’s first and last name clearly labeled, as well as the medication’s expiration date. The Epi Pen will be stored in the classroom emergency bag, 5 feet above the floor in a visible location. If the child’s allergy status changes, parents must notify the staff and Director of these changes and update the child’s information.
We offer three different programs that run five days per week.
Half Day: 8:45am-11:45am
Core Day: 8:30am-3:30pm
Full Day: 7:00am-6:00pm
Children in all programs nap every day. Nap time is from 1pm-2:45pm. 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.
Our curriculum is Core Knowledge: The Preschool Sequence. The idea behind the Core Knowledge Sequence is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. This curriculum provides a core curriculum that is coherent, cumulative, and content-specific in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, age by age.
All families are welcome in our program. Our emphasis is focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His truths in the Bible. We teach the students about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how one can accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Each child will receive love and support from our staff through prayer, songs, stories, and activities. Children attend chapel once per week. Chapel time includes short stories, songs, and prayer.
We always encourage parents to be involved at school. Parent participation plays an important part in the operation of the program. It is our philosophy that as parents become involved in school, you are also involved in your child’s education. Your involvement is part of what makes our school a wonderful place for children.
To begin the withdrawal process, a withdrawal notice must be filled out and returned to the preschool office. We do request a 2-week notice to receive any potential refund.
If your child is enrolled and does not begin the school year, the first payment of the school year is not refundable.
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. We have an open-door policy so parents may drop in at their convenience. Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to coordinate ahead of time so that undivided attention may be given to you. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and milestones being reached. Each year in the fall and spring, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments which accompany parent-teacher conferences.
Kimber Hills Preschool provides all necessary materials for our program; your child does not need to bring in anything. Each child does have a cubby to keep personal belongings in however, we do not recommend sending in special toys with your child as these have a tendency to get lost or broken. Although we try to monitor children’s belongings, our main concern is the safety and engagement of our students. We cannot guarantee the security of any belongings and will not be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
No. Kimber Hills Preschool does not issue any monetary refunds, credits, or “make-up days” for days missed.
Our federal Tax ID number is # 94-2362255