Frequently Asked Question

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Basic Information:

Where are you located?

Although our address says we are on Reseda Boulevard we are actually located on Superior Street just behind the church. Click here (insert link to contact page) to be directed to our contact page for a detailed map and directions to our school.

What are your hours?

Our regular day starts at 9am and goes through 12pm. You can click here ( insert link to our home page) to get more information on our lunch and extended day programs

Are you a full day preschool?

We are considered a half day preschool. Our regular hours are 9am to 12pm with an option to stay until 2pm with our extended day program.

Do you have nap time?

Because we are a half day preschool with extended hours only until 2pm we do not offer a nap time.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

In order to join one of our preschool classrooms it is required that they are potty trained by the beginning of the school year in September. However we do have a hand and hand program that you do not have to be potty trained for. You can find more information on our hand and hand program here. (please insert link to hand and hand program here)

Is there a wait list?

  • Here at Weekday we are overjoyed that so many people are interested in sending their children here and we wish we had the space for everyone but that just isn’t the case. We do our best to get families in and once we reach maximum enrollment we do start a waiting list. As the year progresses life can change so occasionally we have a family leave and we quickly check the waiting list to fill the space.

As of 1/27/2016 we are at full enrollment. If you are interested in joining the waitlist please click here (insert waiting list link here)

What is your curriculum based on?

Weekday Preschool’s curriculum framework is based on The Creative Curriculum and the California State Board of Education Early Learning Standards. The preschool also follows the curriculum goal from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue to their own interests in the context of life in the community and the world. For more information on some of our curriculum guidelines please click here (insert link to program curriculum)

Do you have an infant class?

Just a couple years ago we decided to create an infant hand and hand class where parents or guardians could come with their 8 month to 18 month old to play and grow in new experiences. Parents are guided in how to play with their children or given new ideas on what to do with their child.  For more information please click here (insert link to hand and hand)

Do you have summer school?

We do have a wonderfully fun and enriched summer camp that runs from the third week in June to the third week in July. For more information on our summer school program click here (insert summer program link here).

I’m not a part of the Methodist church, can I still attend?

Absolutely! Although we are affiliated with the Northridge United Methodist Church we ourselves do not follow a religious curriculum and encourage all backgrounds and cultures to join our diverse school.  For more information about the Northridge United Methodist Church, please go to www.northridgeumc.org

Do you have social media?

Yes we do! We currently have a Facebook that you will be able to checkout upcoming events and updates and a Pinterest where you will be able to get some great ideas.

Can I come and visit the school?

We enjoy sharing with families what an amazing environment we have created. If you are interested in visiting the school please click here (insert tour request link here) and we will set up with a date and time for you to meet with our director Debbie Goodman.

How do I contact you?

If you need to contact us for any reason please click here (insert contact link) and we can get you pointed in the right place.

School Policies:

It is very important to us to try to keep our school as healthy and happy as possible. We do enforce a strict wellness policy and ask parents to keep their children home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive discharge from their nose or eyes. If there is any chance of contagiousness like with pink eye, hand foot and mouth, lice, or chicken pox we ask that you keep your child home to minimize the chance of it spreading.  Children may return to school when all symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours or when doctors approve return.

You never know when an emergency will happen. It can never be predicted but it can be prepared for. We do our best to establish and practice our emergency procedures on a regular basis. All teachers have been trained and know their roles in the event of an emergency. We have fire and earthquake drills with the children several times a year as well as discussions in the classroom throughout the year.

All staff have been first aid and CPR trained and are quick to call on this experience even for the smallest of issues. Minor injuries sustained at school will be handled by the office staff or teachers with TLC, soap, water, ice, and/or a band-aid.  Parents will be notified in case of severe bumps, bites, cuts, etc.  In case of illness or accident occurring while the child is at school we will give the parent a call and in certain instants (i.e. fever) have the child be picked up as soon as possible. In the event of major injuries we follow first aid and CPR procedures and will call paramedics if necessary.

  • At Weekday Preschool we focus on maintaining a loving, caring, supportive atmosphere. Children are encouraged to be cooperative and to respect others. Teachers use positive approaches to help the children engage constructively, including:  Being actively involved with the children, redirecting if a child is unsettled, planning ahead to prevent problems, encouraging appropriate behavior,  consistent clear rules, encouraging the children to identify and verbalize feelings, and planning appropriate activities for the children.
  • If a child loses self-control, we may remove the child from the area with the other children to help him/her regain control and composure. We keep in close touch with parents to work out effective methods to help improve a child’s behavior. This may involve addressing any special needs that could be the cause of hurtful or disruptive behavior.

Rain, although not common here in Southern California, does happen and we are ready! We love to take these days to explore the indoors a little more and pull out some of those more involved games and activities. We also love to take them on little walks to see what the world looks like under a little water. It is a good idea to send them with a rain jacket and rain boots if you have them and umbrellas work too! In the event of a long period of rain we have a large hall that we will set up to get some gross motor play in.

Here in Southern California we are very use to the heat! We love to pull out water activities and shade play as well as indoor air conditioned fun. We are constantly encouraging kids to drink water and have it available all day long. We ask that parents bring their children with sunscreen, hats, and breathable clothing.

Tuition and Helping the School:

Our tuition is a set price monthly that has already been calculated to include any school holidays and days off. It is divided over 10 payments to be paid September through June by the 5th of every month. We do offer a 5% discount if you pay the whole years tuition. For more information on our tuition please click here (insert link to tuition page)

We could always use a few helping hands! We need help here and there for smaller things like sorting and distributing book orders, passing out flyers, or manning the snow cone table. We do need a lot of help towards the end of the school year since that is when we have some big events, the biggest being our spring fling. If you are interested in volunteering simply stop by the office and we will use you where we can!

We are a non-profit school which means that we need donation to cove a lot of the cost that we encounter throughout the year. We do appreciate any and all donations we get and we would gladly take it any time of year or you’re more than welcome to donate to our fundraising events such as our silent auction at our Spring Fling. For more information please visit here (insert link to fundraisers)

Because the preschool is a non-profit organization, fundraising is an important part of our program. Throughout the year different fundraisers will be held. Information about the various fundraisers can be found here (insert link to fundraisers). You are not obligated to participate in the fundraising activities but they are great fun!

Food:

We do have a lunch period from 12pm to 1pm but we do not provide lunch for the children. You can pack them a lunch or drop something off and they can join our fun lunch bunch group.

We have both options! If you know you are going to need it on a regular basis you can pay monthly or if you just need it here and there just sign up as needed.

We have the opportunity for our parents to sign up to bring snack for their child’s class. Here at Weekday we really like to keep things balanced and ask that parents bring a carbohydrate (like crackers or bread), a fruit or veggie (or both!), a protein (like meat or cheese), and something to drink like 100%juice, Milk, or you can just use water (we have this at school). For a more detailed look at our snack guidelines please click here. (insert link to our snack guidelines)

We love our kids here at Weekday and we know that parents love to give treats to the kids, but we do have a treats policy we follow. You are more than welcome to sign up to do snack on your child’s birthday, a special holiday, or to share family traditions. You can bring cupcakes, cookies, ice cream in a small portion for the children on that day. We do ask that those items not be brought for regular snack and there are no toys or trinkets aloud to be put in the children’s cubbies. For holidays like St. Valentine’s day you are able to bring valentine cards but no candy or toys attached.

We take allergies very seriously here at Weekday Preschool; in fact we are a Nut Aware facility. In order to prevent any incidences we do ask for detailed information when you first sign-up. We generate a list and it is posted in every classroom, the teachers’ lounge where we keep food, on the yard, and in the office. If your child needs an Epi pen please talk to the office about our medication procedures and forms. If your child has a lot of restrictions we do ask that you provide a snack for them to avoid any accidental contact.

Birthdays should be celebrated. Here at Weekday we like to make each child feel a little special on their day, or their half birthday, or any day that gets us close! Most classrooms have their own way of celebrating either with a song at circle time, at snack, or in the classroom. Parents are more than welcome to sign up to be the snack parents on their day and bring a cupcake to commemorate their birthday.

Childs Day:

A typical day here at Weekday includes many fun activities ranging from circle time and snack to art and outside play time. For a detailed breakdown of our day please click here (insert daily schedule link here) for our Daily schedule.

Assigning children to a classroom is a lot harder than one would think. We have to think about the dynamic of the children, the ratio of boys to girls, age and birthdays, how many days and what days they come, and the list goes on and on. So with that being said we also like to accommodate your wishes the best that we can. You are more than welcome to express interest in a certain classroom but we do not guarantee placement in that room. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and since it is such a tricky process we simply have to do what works.

You are more than welcome to drop a day at any point in the year. We understand that plans change and life happens. Unfortunately adding a day is not as easy. We are so privileged to have a school that is so sought after which means we are usually at full enrollment. We have a waitlist that you can join if you would like more days and we do our very best to get you in if at all possible.

Dress code:

Children should be sent in comfortable and easy clothes that children can take up and down on their own. We recommend t-shirts and jeans or cotton pants with elastic. We also ask that you not send them in their best clothes or expensive clothes because we do love to get dirty! Children may come home with sand or dirt, paint or smudges but that just means they had a great day!

We are all about having fun and hands (or feet) on experiences. We feel that in order to enjoy things sometimes you just need to kick off your shoes and go! We love to see the children walking in our river or feeling the sand between their toes. We do require them to wear closed toed shoes to ride bikes or run. If it is a bit too cold outside we also ask that they keep their shoes on but other than that they may take them off to play!

We do require that all children be potty trained before attending school in the fall, but we also know that sometimes accidents happen. Apart of our starting school procedures ask each family to bring in a spare bag of clothes for their child just for this occasion. We keep them either in their cubby or in the cabinets for easy access.

Holidays and Calendar:

Here at weekday we do our very best to respect our families diverse cultures and beliefs. We love to share your stories and traditions and encourage families to set up a time to share them with the class. Some of the major holidays that we celebrate or discuss are as follows: Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, St. Valentine’s day, Holi Day, St. Patrick’s day, Easter, Mom’s and Grandma’s day, and Dad’s and Grandpa’s day.

We do have days throughout the year that we observe or take off. Some of the major ones being winter break, spring break, and any national holidays. For a more detailed look at our days off please click here (insert link to calendar)

We have yearly events that have been traditions for decades now. Some of our big ones are Trunk or Treat, Preschool Sunday, and Spring Fling. You can look up our events by clicking here (insert calendar link)

Parent Information:

Every classroom has a Parent Board located just inside the classroom on the bulletin board. Here you will be able to see a breakdown of our curriculum, a weekly view of what they are doing, snack calendar, and important notices.

We do! Throughout the year we take walking fieldtrips to places like the fire station and post office. For our 4 year old classroom there are a couple fieldtrips that require driving like going to the pumpkin and strawberry patches and our 4 year old field trip at the end of the year.

We do have a good size library located inside of our preschool office. We keep a wide range of topics ranging from classic story books, seasons, holidays, friends, love, and dinosaurs, all the way to parent help books and craft ideas. All you have to do is stop by the office and we can get you set up and out the door with some great books in no time!

Children have all sorts’ of personalities and there are so many ways to facilitate and grow every child. We work hard to educate ourselves so we can be resources for you and so we can point you in the right direction. We have an amazing section in our schools library on how to help your child no matter what the issue is, whether it is a behavior concern, dealing with potty issues, or the loss of a loved one. We also hold to Parent talks a year, one in the fall  and one in the spring that host skilled speakers on an array of topics.

We understand that many children have strong attachments to items like blankets and bears that can help sooth them. We also know that sometimes this can become a hindrance to them getting use to school. So what we like to do is really work on a personal basis with our parents to come up with compromises or a plan of action so that your child is as comfortable and confident as possible. Other than these lovies we do have a “no items from home” policy unless it is for what we call share bags (like show and tell).

Communication is very important to us and a part of that is meeting with parents and guardians to discuss their child’s progress. We like to have conferences with our families twice a year in the fall and in the spring. If you are ever concerned about something or wanted to make sure everything is going well just ask the teachers and they will gladly let you know!