Preschool Policies and Procedures

Clothing

A preschool can be messy. Please send your child in clothing that is comfortable to play in. Rubber soled shoes are preferred for safety in the classroom and playground. Please wear flip-flops at home. Also keep in mind that the children need clothing that enables them to use the bathroom without any trouble. For example, belts, buttoned pants, etc. are all difficult for their small hands.

 

Toys and Backpacks

Please do not send toys to school. It is much easier on everyone if we play with preschool toys. When it is time, children will be permitted to bring in an appropriate item that corresponds with our letter of the week. The item will be placed in our letter box until calendar time when your child will be permitted to share it with the class.

We ask that you keep backpacks and bags at home. We are limited on space to hang items, especially during the winter months. We staple all items together so they will not get lost.

Please put your child's name on all items brought to preschool such as coats, hats, letter box items, etc.

 

Snacks

Snacks are provided for each session. We try to serve nutritious snacks such as cheese & crackers, fruit, celery, carrots, popcorn, etc. Any donation of healthy snacks is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you wish to donate snacks and when, so that we will not prepare snacks for that day. We ask that you save sweets for birthdays. It makes the day that much more special! You may want to consider “Cheerios” or other cereal for snack. It's economical and is a nice addition to the children's breakfast or lunch that they enjoyed before coming to school. Be sure to inform us of any allergies your child may have.

Individual food items must remain at home. Please have children finish eating before they enter the preschool room. The only food that is permitted in preschool are snack items that are being donated for the entire class, or children with special allergies.

  

Illness Policy

For the health and safety of all of the children, First Baptist Church Preschool will strictly follow the illness policy.

Please read the information carefully.

A child will not be allowed to attend preschool when any of the following are present:

  • Diarrhea– A child must be free of symptoms for 24 hours.
  • Fever– A child may not attend if they have a fever (100 degrees or higher). The child must be without a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducers.
  • Vomiting– If your child vomits while at preschool, a parent or emergency number will be contacted immediately. The child will be separated from the group, but not out of sight of the staff. They will be made as comfortable as possible. The child must be picked up and will not be permitted to return to preschool until 24 hours have passed since the last time they vomited.
  • Runny Nose– Preschoolers may attend if they have seasonal allergies or the common cold. Symptoms include clear, runny nose, and an occasional cough or sneeze.
  • Lice– A child may not attend preschool until they have received a second hair treatment.
  • Rashes– Children may not attend preschool with a rash unless we receive a doctor’s note stating the rash is not contagious.
  • Communicable Diseases– Maryland State law states that children are not permitted to attend if they have a communicable disease. Illnesses that are classified as a communicable disease are, but not limited to: Lice, Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat, Chicken Pox, Infectious
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Ringworm, Infectious Diarrhea. If your child has symptoms of a communicable disease, you will be asked to pick them up immediately. They may return when they are no longer contagious and we have received a doctor's note. All preschool families will be notified of the possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to look for. You are asked to contact the school if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease so that we may make the other preschool families aware of the situation. Your child will not be identified as having the communicable disease. We will not make known at any time their name, sex, or class.
 

Discipline Procedure

A “Time Out” will mean a child will be seated on a chair apart from the group but not out of sight of the staff. A 3-minute timer will be used. A staff member will talk with the child quietly to explain why his or her behavior was unacceptable, and an example of appropriate behavior will be given.

If a child displays acts of physical aggression, destructiveness or tantrums, a “Time Out” will be given. If the child continues to display inappropriate behavior, the parent will be contacted to set up a strategy for changing the behavior. Our rules will not change from day to day. Limits will be consistent and firm.