Preschool Room - What to Bring
Your child will need one complete change of clothes (including shoes) and a jacket to be used in emergencies. Children who are toilet training may need extra underwear and additional clothing during periods of frequent accidents. Bathing suits and water shoes are recommended for summer “water days�?. Please remember to provide clothing appropriate for the season.
We encourage birthday celebrations. On your child’s birthday you may choose to bring a treat to share for afternoon snack. If you choose to bring something, please be sure it is relatively nutritious and avoid chocolate and nuts. Please read the ingredients to make sure that no peanuts were added and that it was not made in a factory that processes nuts.
We usually sing a birthday song while the child carries a globe around a paper sun, once for each year of growth. To help us see his or her development, please send along a photo for each year plus an early baby photo. We sing Happy Birthday and take a trip down memory lane.
The Earth goes around the sun,
[Child’s Name] goes around the sun, The Earth goes around the sun, And now [Child’s Name] is (one, two, three, four, five.]
Snacks are provided by parents who are assigned alphabetically, on a rotational basis, by the classroom teacher. Quantities will vary throughout the year depending on the size of the classroom. The contents of the snack list will vary depending on availability of certain products that may be required by the classroom. When purchasing products make sure that all ingredients are read, make sure snacks don't contain nuts and are not manufactured with machinery that also manufactures nut products. Juice is no longer served in the preschool classroom; therefore juice is no longer on the snack list. Please be sure to follow the guidelines for the classroom as we are required to serve nutritious meals and snacks which meet USDA requirements for child development programs.
Parents may be asked to purchase classroom supplies at various times of the year. These supplies are crucial for hte continued success of the educational develpment of the children in teh classroom. For every $20 spent, an hour of volunteer time will be earned. Volunteer hours can also be earned when a person watches the children while the staff attends meetings or other scheduled events during the course of the year. All parent involvement is greatly welcomed and appreciated in the preschool room.
Breakfast is provided between 7:30 and 8:30. Morning snack is provided between 10:00 and 10:30. Morning snack varies between an "individual" or group snack experiences. Afternoon or "group" snack is eaten together as a group at about 3:45pm. Depending on the snack being served, the children may be allowed to help themselves to additional snack that may be set up on a table.
- different types of cheese
- cheez its
- graham crackers
- whole wheat crackers
- pretzels (low salt or unsalted), sun chips
- ritz crackers
- blueberry muffins
- bagels, cream cheese (strawberry, pumpkin spice or regular)
- yogurt (vanilla or plain)
- apple sauce
- club crackers
Peanut and Nut Policy
Many food products pose problems for children with allergies, but the most dangerous in a school setting are peanuts and tree nuts. Tree nuts include almonds, walnuts, cashews, filberts, etc.
As Small Savers is a peanut-free Center, we want to ensure that no peanut or nut products are introduced into the classrooms. This is because children do not necessarily have to ingest peanuts and tree nuts, but exposure, even in the tiniest amount, through inadvertent contact (nose, eyes or mouth) can cause a serious reaction.
Strict avoidance is the only means of preventing an allergic reaction. Therefore, we require parent and staff cooperation in the following ways:
- Please make sure that your classroom teachers are aware of your child's food allergies;
- Do not bring food items to school, including snacks, gifts, etc., for children or teachers containing peanut or nut products;
- For food items that are brought to school to be shared by all the class, please bring only products that have been purchased in a store and have a clear and readable list of ingredients. Staff will refuse distribution of food products that are not properly labeled.
- For labeled food items which are brought to school to be shared by all the class or school, please do not bring in products with labels containing peanut or nut products, OR warnings about cross-contamination with peanut and nut products, such as:
- "Processed on shared equipment with peanut (or nut) products";
- "Manufactured in a facility that also processed peanuts (or nuts)";
- "May contain traces of peanuts (or nuts)".
Staff will refuse to distribute any of the above-mentioned products.
Small Savers will not be responsible for food that is not distributed by the Center itself. When a child is present at a potluck (or party/function where non-Center food is provided), the child's teacher or the Lead Teacher will not permit the child to eat food not provided by the Center unless otherwise specified by the parent. We thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.