Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Is the Learning Tree Licensed and Inspected? Yes, we are licensed by two different ministries, as well as report to additional ministries. Nurseries are under the license and inspection of the Ministry of Social Development, while the Kindergarten is under the Ministry of Education. We also abide by the laws and standards of the LMRA, Ministry of Commerce, and others.
- What is the National Association for Education of Young Children, (NAEYC)? The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
- What Is Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)? The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old from England. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children. As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
- Do you have other components that enhance your curriculum? We provide reinforcement activities to each of our thematic units of study. These activities are stated on the school calendar and are at no cost to the parents. Some of these activities are Book Fair, Costume Party, Movie Day, Sports Day, National Day Celebrations, Science Days, and more.
- What methods of discipline do you use at The Learning Tree? We use positive reinforcement. We believe children can be taught to take ownership of their behavior by reward the positive and building character and high self-esteem. A full description of our Discipline Policy can be found in the Student Handbook for parents.
- How do I find out how my child is progressing in school? The Learning Tree provides three assessments each year, one per term. Nursery does a Developmental Checklist of skills that are age appropriate for children of nursery age, while Kindergarten does an assessment of key concepts of skill development that are age appropriate for Kindergarten ages. These are followed up with parent conferences to discuss your child’s progress.
- Do your teachers help with potty training? Teachers and staff are trained to assist in potty training of children ages 2 and above. Several positive reinforcement strategies are used to encourage student’s potty training in a nurturing environment.
- What is your sick policy? Parents are encouraged to phone in when a child is sick. However, as policy, sick children running a temperature are kindly requested to stay at home until there is no further temperature to avoid the spread of any illness to other children in the classroom. If a child begins to run a temperature during school hours, parents will be notified to collect the child from school. A complete sick policy is available for parents in their Student Handbook.
- Can parents pay-as-you-go at The Learning Tree? Unfortunately, this option is not available. Tuition is collected for each term, and the policy for early withdrawal or late registration is clearly provided in the Student Handbook for all parents.
- Are uniforms worn at The Learning Tree? We do not have a “traditional” uniform; however we do have school T-Shirts that all students must wear.
- Do you administer medication at school? As policy, we do not administer medication to students. If your child is on long term medication for a pre-existing condition you will be required to come in and administer any medication yourself.
- What happens if my child gets hurt at school? If there is any minor injury, an Injury Report will be prepared and signed by a teacher, and administrator. Included in this report will be details of injury and any actions taken. If the injury is of a serious nature, the parents will be notified immediately, and a course of action will be agreed upon. As part of the enrollment procedure, a medical form will be filled out indicating course of action for critical medical injuries.
- How can I become involved at The Learning Tree? The Learning Tree practices an open-door policy for parents. From time to time, parents will be invited to be buddy readers or classroom storytellers. Ask your teacher how you may participate in any activity and get signed up! Parents who wish to assist with a party or event, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your planned visit. In addition, parents will receive a Monthly Newsletter detailing the upcoming Thematic Units of study and a Daily News form each day that will provide what their child did that day and how they may begin a dialogue with their child to reinforce any thematic topic or activity of the day. There will be a Parent Night early in the first term to introduce parents to our classrooms, teachers and staff, and discuss any and all practices and policies. Parents may feel free to visit and interact with the school program at any time.
- Are meals provided at The Learning Tree? The Learning Tree provides a mid-day snack and juice that is served prior to the end of the day. Lunch is at 10:00 a.m. each day, in which each child is requested to bring a healthy, lunchbox lunch prepared from home.
- Are birthdays and holidays celebrated at The Learning Tree? Learning Tree welcomes birthday celebrations in the classroom. Parents should request a preferred time frame from the teacher, and provide a list of food items proposed for the birthday party. We would like to make sure all food items are on the approved list of healthy food items and no allergic food items are being served. For an exact list of approved items please feel free to discuss it with your teacher. Holidays are celebrated in accordance with the appropriate Ministries. Key holidays are approved by the ministries and these can be found in the Student Handbook as well as the Calendar.