Glendale Community Preschool Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the age requirements for registration?
- 2-Day classes AM or PM (Tuesday/Thursday) are meant for children 3 years of age. Two year olds can attend as long as they turn 3 before December 31st of that year.
- 3-Day classes AM or PM (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) are meant for children 4 years of age.
- For the 5-Day program, children must be 3 years old and cannot turn 5 before December 31st of that year.
Q: Does my child need to be toilet trained before starting school?
Yes, children need to be fully toilet trained in order to attend the preschool (no pull-ups are allowed). Please refer to the Parent Handbook.
Q: How many children and teachers are in each class?
Glendale Community Preschool believes small ratios and small class sizes are better for supporting children’s development. All of our classes operate with one teacher, one teacher’s assistant, and one parent volunteer.
The 2-Day classes have a maximum of 18 children (1:6 ratio). 3-Day classes have a maximum of 21 children (1:7 ratio).
Q: Am I required to volunteer in my child’s classroom?
Yes, we are a parent-run, Not-For-Profit school and we rely on volunteers both in and outside of the classroom. A rotation schedule for each class will be made by the Class Coordinator. Volunteers are responsible for supporting teachers and cleaning up after class.
Families are expected to volunteer once per rotation period (approximately every 6 – 8 weeks) for each class in which they have a child registered (i.e. if a child is registered in both the 2-Day and the 3-Day programs, families are required to volunteer once per rotation in each of the two classes).
Q: Can in-class volunteers bring other children into class?
Yes, siblings of preschool children may attend class with their parent volunteer. They tend to have a lot of fun helping volunteer!
Q: What if I need a leave of absence from my classroom volunteer obligations?
Temporary leaves of absence from classroom volunteer duties may be granted and will be considered by the Parent Committee for the following circumstances:
- Maternity leave to a maximum of 2 months surrounding the due date. A parent may take the month of/prior to the due date in addition to the month following the due date or may choose to request 2 months following the birth.
- Sick leave to a maximum of 8 weeks. A written request from the family must be provided.
Q: Does the preschool provide snack for the children?
No, children are required to bring their own healthy snack. Glendale Community Preschool has a NO Nut Policy.
- Do bring healthy snacks with at least one fruit or vegetable.
- Water to drink only.
- DO NOT bring any juice, cupcakes, cookies, sugary treats, etc. They will not be served.
Q: What do I need to send to preschool with my child?
- A small backpack.
- Full change of clothes.
- Indoor shoes for active play.
- Appropriate outdoor clothing for all weather.
Q: What is the withdrawal policy for the Glendale Community Preschool?
If you wish to withdraw your child at any time during the preschool year, one month’s written notice from the first day of any given month must be received by the Registrar, or one month’s fee in lieu thereof. June’s tuition fee will be refunded only if you withdraw your child on or before April 30 and the required notice is given.
Q: What time do I need to drop-off my child?
Be on time for class.
- Drop off time is 10 minutes before class.
- Doors are locked 5 minutes after class starts.
Q: What if I will be late for pickup?
Children should be picked up promptly after class. The Preschool has a 5-minute grace period for dismissal. If you encounter an unforeseen circumstance and know you will be detained (a flat tire, accident, medical issue, etc.), please call the Preschool as soon as possible (403-246-5015) so that the Preschool staff may work with you to make proper arrangements for your child’s care.
Q: Can I send someone else to pick up my child if I can’t make it?
Your child may be picked up by a pre-authorized adult listed on your child’s registration form. Please notify your child’s teacher if you would like to make changes.
Q: Can I send cupcakes or treats to school on my child’s birthday?
We recognize the importance of birthdays and want your child to feel special on their day. However, we do not have birthday parties in class. If you would like to bring a special treat that day, any edible treats will not be served as a snack, but may be distributed to other parents after class.
Q: My child is nervous about starting preschool and might not want to leave me. What can I do to help him/her?
At the beginning of each school year, Glendale Community Preschool uses a staggered entry approach to help ease children into their new preschool surroundings. This helps children slowly transition into preschool by attending shortened classes with half of their classmates before finally joining the full class. We ask that children go into the classroom without parents. Children are allowed to bring a comfort item (blankie, small stuffy, etc.) if needed.
Q: When is my child too sick to send to school?
Children should not attend preschool if they are not well. Health concerns include, but are not limited to, fever, chills, runny nose, a persistent cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, diarrhea, or your child just feeling ‘a bit off’. If your child has needed Tylenol or cough/cold medication within 48 hours of a preschool day, they should not go to school. If you are unsure, please keep your child home until he/she is symptom free and eager to participate in all activities.
Q: What is the policy for Educational Aides & ESL students?
Children with special needs, and English as a second language (ESL), shall be admitted on a one-month trial basis. A non-refundable registration fee will apply, as will the Community Membership Fee. Please note that for ESL children, basic communication skills are required for teachers to help address their needs. If basic communication is not present, at the request of GCP, parents/guardians of ESL students may be required to attend class, or stay on-site during class, to help their child adjust. Parental aide for ESL students may include:
- Learning the schedule of the preschool day and following the routine (i.e. Circle Time: sitting down with other children and focusing on teacher, and correcting inappropriate behaviour during that time).
- Assist ESL child in performing activities initiated by the Teacher.
- In the final week of the trial, the family will discuss with the Teacher & Preschool Coordinator the child’s progress in the program. If the family or Preschool Coordinator, in consultation with the teacher, does not believe the program meets the unique needs of the child, the child may be withdrawn without prejudice.
- Children that require an Educational Aide or Assistant during class will be admitted providing availability of space and classroom capacity.
As per Classroom Operation policies, a maximum of five adults may be in regular attendance in a class. The Teacher, Teacher’s Assistant and Class Volunteer comprise three of these adults; the remaining two may be filled by educational aides or assistants, in consultation with the Teacher and, if necessary, the Preschool Coordinator.
If the family’s preferred class is already at capacity for adults, the Preschool will make reasonable efforts to provide the child with a spot in another age-appropriate class in which space is available.