Winter Playground Policy - We include Free and Structured outdoor play every day and see this as a vital part of your child's schedule. If your child is not able to participate in outdoor play for whatever reason, we ask that you keep them at home. During periods of extreme cold, playground times may be shortened. Young Toddlers go out once every morning. Children ages 2 and older go out twice a day, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. Children will remain inside for any active snow showers.
In order for your child to comfortably play outside, they will need the proper attire, to include:
- Sturdy shoes/boots and socks
- No Scarves
- IF there is snow on the ground, you may bring a snowsuit - We are only able to play in the snow if at least 5-8 children (depending on the classroom ) have proper cold-weather attire.
All playground visits are at the discretion of the Director and may be modified during extreme temperatures/weather.
Mandatory Inspections - The Fairfax County Office for Children conducts multiple site visits over the course of a year to make sure that we are maintaining regulations and standards. Our most recent unannounced visit occurred on December 10th, 2015. The Inspector spent a total of 3 hours conducting a thorough inspection of facilities, records, and most importantly the staff's interaction and overall care of children. We are very pleased to report that there were no major violations. A copy of the full report has been posted on Information Boards in both houses and we encourage parents to read the detailed report.
Teachers were also found to be in compliance with their Yearly Training requirements. All Teachers are required to take a minimum of 16 hours of Early-Childhood Training every year. This training is specific to the age groups that they are teaching and cover a wide-range of topics including, but not limited to: promoting good behavior, problem-solving, strengthening early math/science and literacy skills, creating stress-free environments, outdoor play and transition activities. Feel free to ask your child's teachers about some of their more recent trainings - our teachers are always excited to share some of the new and exciting strategies they have learned. The annual training hours are separate from the CPR/First-Aid & Bloodborne Pathogen Training that we require of all of our teachers.
Show & Tell is now listed in the Calendar portion of the website - click on the individual day to see what items your child needs to bring in.
January Monthly Activity Calendars and Lunch Menu are now posted online.
We will be open on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.