PRESCHOOL FAQ

Here are answers to frequently asked questions specifically about New Creation Preschool. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.


 

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How old does my child need to be to attend New Creation Preschool?

We are licensed as a preschool and according to state regulations, children must be at least 30 months of age and not yet in Kindergarten on or before they start at New Creation.


Does my preschooler need to be potty trained?

No.  It is a personal belief of mine that potty training can’t be forced or hurried.  Therefore, we welcome children at any stage of their potty training journey.  Preschoolers should come with extra supplies (diapers, wipes, pull ups, training pants, clothes, etc). Cloth diapers and training pants are welcomed, but per state regulations they will be bagged and sent home unwashed (same with clothes involved in accidents).


 

What is the schedule for preschool?

Children attend one, two or three sessions per week.

T/TH morning class
W morning class
T/TH afternoon class

W afternoon can be added for our T/TH morning and afternoon PreK kiddos.

Morning session preschoolers arrive between 8:45-9 and get picked up between 11:10-11:15.

Afternoon session preschoolers arrive between 11:45-12:00 and get picked up between 2:10-2:15.


2500260697_999b71f46dHow much does it cost?

We refer to the cost as “tuition.” There is a standard tuition level of $56/month per number of session your child attends in a week:

1 day a week = $56/month, 2 days a week = $112/month, 3 days a week = $168/month

We take the total number of school days for the year, calculate a total amount and divide tuition into 9 equal payments. These are due on your child’s first school day of the month September-May.  Make checks payable to New Creation and deposit your tuition in the TUITION BOX located in the classroom or have it mailed to New Creation Preschool: 221 Muse, Newton KS 67114 (some families set up automatic bill pay through their banks).  You will be sent notification when a tuition payment is overdue.  In the event that you have missed 2 tuition payments, you will be contacted by a New Creation Preschool Serving Unit member to set up a Payment Plan.

Is there financial aid? Yes. As a non profit ministry of New Creation Fellowship Church, we offer multiple tuition levels based on income and the number of people in your home.  We begin the Financial Aid process by following the same guidelines as USD 373 does for Free and Reduced. At New Creation Preschool we also take other financial needs into consideration (medical bills, debt, etc) and will reduce tuition as low as necessary to have your child attend. Please contact Kristin for more information.


IMG_0004What should my preschooler bring?

Please send a good sized school bag or back-pack every day!  Many times your child will have a stack of things to take home. And please remember to label it!  An extra set of clothing is required for children under the age of three and not a bad idea for all children! We do Show and Tell every day based on the Letter of the Week, so look around the house or yard for something to bring! “Lovies” and special toys that may help your child transition from home to preschool are welcome. Our preschool plan is that if a child brings something from home and does not want to share it, s/he does not have to and can instead save it in his/her cubby.


What should my preschooler wear?

Because so many of our projects allow freedom and creative spirits, you are encouraged to dress your child in clothes they can move freely and get messy in!  For instance, when painting at the easel during work time, it is not unusual for children to paint their hands as well as the paper! All the products we use are labeled “washable” to aid in clean up, so we can all relax and concentrate on learning!

You are responsible for applying sun-block and bug spray before school when you think it’s necessary.

As cool weather approaches please dress your child appropriately! Many children enjoy wearing layers so they can control their own body temperature while indoors! We will go out even in the coldest weather (it’s the best time to see your breath!) so keep your child warm!

We do allow children to take their shoes and socks off both indoors and out. If you aren’t comfortable with this, please let me know.


 

What kind of experiences will my preschooler have?

Children develop concepts about themselves, others, and the world by observing, interacting with others and looking for ways to solve problems.  Each day, in consideration of the skills needed for Kindergarten, they will have the opportunities to do the following:

•Develop large and small muscles through their play activities (we have two indoor slides and balance boards along with a running track!).

•Develop language skills through stories, poems, talking, drawing and playing.

•Develop math skills through calendar work, counting, building, talking, drawing and playing.

•Express themselves through art, music and movement.


What is the role of the teacher?

Kristin works ahead of time to prepare the environment and plan activities. Once the children arrive, the role of the preschool teacher is that of a guide.  The teachers will guide the children through lessons and play experiences, encouraging language and thinking skills while fostering good social skills.  This will all be done through developmentally appropriate activities.  The teachers will help to build the child from the inside out.


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Can I come visit?

Yes! If at all possible, you are encouraged to visit during class hours. This gives you the best sense of how our program runs. There is no need to call ahead, just pop in. Plan to visit with Kristin via phone or email at a later time, it is likely there will not be time to do it during class time. Children are welcome to visit as well, set them loose and see what they do!


 

 

28 thoughts on “PRESCHOOL FAQ

  1. Mollie

    Why can’t I pin your photos on Pinterest? I follow you on Pinterest, but there are more that I want on my boards!!!

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  2. Justin & Kelli Schrag

    Our son will turn 4 in April 2012 and our daughter will turn 2 in March 2012, we are interested in your preschool! Would we be able to come and observe and could we bring our children with us? How soon would we need to get on a waiting list?

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  3. Holly Harrington

    Hello. Your website is awesome and I have heard so many great things about your preschool. I am interested in having my three year old attend in the of Fall 2012. Can you provide me some information about how to enroll? In advance, thanks! Holly

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  4. Korinna

    I am a preschool teacher in Reykjavik, Iceland. Today we found your wonderful homepage and looked at it during our staff meeting. We dream about visiting you in the future but could not find out where you are :-)
    Keep up the good work.
    Greetings from Iceland.

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  5. Kristine Drucker

    Hi Kristin!
    I love reading and looking at your blog! I am a 4 and 5 year old preschool teacher in Florida. We have a big book of “standards” we have to follow in order to get the children ready for kindergarten. I am definately an out of the box, let the children play, kinda person. Sometimes, I feel suffocated by the “rules”! We only have three hours a day with the children, and I definately feel like I dont have enough time to do all that I want to do. It seems like your schedule is even tighter than mine! How do you get everything done while still incorporating “work”? (I dont do worksheets!!!!!)
    Thanks for your input!
    Kristine

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  6. mel

    hi kristin! i’ve been following your blog(s) for several years now though i rarely comment–love them both though!! i was a stay-at-home mom for the past 8 years. i just started teaching preschool myself this fall and am loving it! though i don’t have the ability to do everything i’d like to do, i am incorporating as many of your ideas (and others i find online) as i can! i was trying to look through your archives but can’t figure out how to. is there a way for me to go back and look? i’m trying to find as many ideas as i can!! thanks so much!

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    • kristin

      thank you for the kind words. and wow, i didn’t remember that my “archives” were taken off…i’ll do that. now.

      the other thing you can do is search by letter or theme.

      i search for things by typing “b is for” and then i get all our b week activities. :)

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  7. Laura Bergman

    Hi,
    I would love to have my child added to your waiting list. Can you please let me know how to do this?

    Your preschool program sounds wonderful, and the website is very helpful!

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  8. Kelly

    Wow!!! love your school. I wish we lived closer so I could visit. I’m a teacher at a Co-op school in Hollister, Ca. I love looking at your blog and getting ideas. My favorite hobby is photography, your pictures are beautiful. Your blog is a mixture of my two favorite things; kids and photos!

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  9. Autumn Adams

    I was wondering if there was a application that I need to fill out for my 35 month old. Do you still have room for Fall 2011?

    Thanks,
    Autumn Adams

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  10. Autumn Adams

    I was just wondering if there was a packet I could get in the mail for the 2011 Fall class.

    Thanks,
    Autumn Adams

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  11. Ed

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
    Love your creativity… how the heck do you get it all done in one day? I would love to know your daily schedule- I see you have different activities during your day, but what is your time frame? Im struggling to get all the things I want to do into each week!
    Help?

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  12. Mollie

    I love your website. Your pictures are so lively and really capture the spirit of your classroom. I am inspired by your blog and was wondering how your families feel about the blog. Did you ask permission first? Do your families read the blog? I am going to be a 2 Year old Preschool teacher starting June 6 and I am super excited to include some of the ideas from your blog. I think it is just lovely!

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    • kristin

      thank you. : )

      i do ask permission first. there is a “i give my permission for my child’s photograph to be used on the preschool blog knowing my child’s name will never be used.”

      i often wonder how many of our preschool families read the blog. i know some do, but not exact numbers. i’d love to know. : )

      thanks for taking time to ask,

      have fun with those two year olds,

      kristin

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  13. Angela Williamson

    Hey I am wanting to put my son conner in preschool for a day this coming year! is it to late? what do I need to do to enroll him?

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  14. miss ashlee

    i LOVE your ideas, next fall will be my first year teaching preschool & i cant wait to use some of your ideas with them (:

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  15. Mrs. D

    I love this website! I own a preschool in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada and I am getting so many great ideas. I LOVE the homemade pipe tape dispenser. I will be making one of these for my class! GREAT!

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  16. Mollie Sultenfuss

    My daughter turned 2 last week, so she should meet the 30 month minimum requirement in August. I would love to enroll her for Fall 2011. Will there be space? What do I need to do?

    Thanks!
    Mollie

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