Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Are there any exams / interviews for the admission process?
  • Q: How can I find out how my child is doing?
    Parents may phone or e-mail at any time. Parents may also request a parent/teacher meeting. We have an open door policy so parents may drop in at any time, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom. Sometimes a peak through the window might be a better option.
  • Q: How is parent-teacher communication conducted?
    Teachers and Administrators are always available to speak with parents about any concern, and a parent may request a meeting with their child’s teachers at any time. Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to make an appointment so that undivided attention may be given to you. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and milestones being reached. Additionally, each child is sent home with a form daily that communicates how the child enjoyed school, as well as the activities of the child’s day. Each year in the spring and fall, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments which accompany parent-teacher conferences.
  • Q: How can I be involved in my child's school experience?
    We gladly welcome parents to join us for special celebrations, birthdays and presentations. Additionally, parents may volunteer in their child’s classroom or simply stop by to visit! A teacher may also ask for parent volunteers to help with a particular activity. If you would like to participate you may always ask the teachers for opportunities.
  • Q: My child does not speak English, how do you work with children who are not native English speakers?
    It is not unusual for us to have children start with us who do not speak English. Our caring teachers are adept at making each child feel welcome and included in all activities, and parents will notice a burst of language early on. Children learn languages quickly, and our teachers are proficient in encouraging children to gradually begin to express themselves confidently.
  • Q: When and how are children’s skills evaluated?
    Formal Assessments are conducted twice per year. These assessments not only help parents to understand where their child is in his or her development, but also what areas can be strengthened. We incorporate both informal and standardized assessments during the year, as well as noting the individuality of each child relative to his or her own progress. These assessments guide us, as educators, in developing our curriculum so that it matches the needs of the children in the class. Teachers’ observations of a child reflect the child’s growth and needs, both as an individual and as part of a group. This plays an important role in the day-to-day plans of the class.
  • Q: Will my child be prepared for primary school after attending Kinder Planet Preschool?
    Graduates of Kinder Planet Preschool move on to a variety of public and private schools. We receive very positive feedback from both parents and teachers that Kinder Planet graduates excel when starting primary school, and are at a significant advantage academically, socially and developmentally.
  • Q: Does Kinder Planet pre-schools offer transportation facilities ?
    Yes, the facility is being provided by vendors who have proven track records in preschool transport. Transport facility is only available for school children and not for Day care children.
  • Q: How do you handle if children are sick or need medication during school hours ?
    As a matter of practice we advise parents not to send sick children to the school. However, if the child is in recuperative mode and needs some follow up medicines, then the parents need to give the medicine along with a medicine approval form and the doctor’s prescription and we can give it when the time is due. If some child feels sick during the school hours we immediately inform the parent and rush to the nearest available facility with due approval from the parents.
  • Q: What is the educational background of Kinder Planet Preschool teachers?
    Our teachers far surpass the basic accreditation requirements. The teachers form the backbone of any preschool. Kinder Planet Preschool selects its teachers strictly on the basis of their educational qualifications, relevant experience and their attitude towards learning and learners.
  • Q: What is the turnover rate of your staff?
    Our turnover is very low. We have many teachers who have been with us for over 8 years. But we also are pleased to have a good mix of both mature and younger staff.
  • Q: What is the teacher to child ratio in each program?
    Our overall school-wide child to staff ratio is less than 6:1, with individuals classroom ratios varying throughout the day. Our average classroom ratios vary for each program:
    • Playgroup & Nursery: 10:1;
    • Junior & Senior Kindergarten: 15:1;
  • Q: What is the educational philosophy of the preschool?
    We embrace a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
  • Q: How do you compare to the Montessori teaching philosophy?
    Our philosophy is developmentally oriented following a strong academic curriculum. Our program provides opportunities for being with other children in a setting conducive to the individual child’s development. We provide meaningful play to strengthen the child’s interests and natural abilities. This builds important foundations for gross and fine motor skills, as well as academic areas such as reading, critical thinking, and problem solving. We provide a warm environment for children where they receive the nurturing and continuous positive reinforcement they need to develop to their fullest potential.
    Traditional Montessori programs are entirely child-directed within the learning environment. This method promotes a structured daily routine.
  • Q: How much time will my child spend outdoors?
    Outdoor play is vital for young children, and we spend a significant amount of time outside at Turtle Rock.
    Many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. From venturing off-campus for nature walks to taking advantage of our natural playground, opportunities for wonder and discovery are limitless.
  • Q: How often is the environment cleaned?
    Our primary goal is to keep the childcare environment clean and orderly is very important for health, safety, and the emotional well-being of staff, children and their families. The teachers themselves are diligent about sanitizing all surfaces when necessary, including after eating. All toys, playground items and materials are regularly cleaned and replaced as needed.
  • Q: Is the school secure?
    We take the safety of our campus very seriously. Our school implements a comprehensive security system, including multiple security check points:
    • Secured front entry door.
    • Only authorized admittance. Unauthorized persons must wait to be assisted by a staff member.
    • Immediate photo identification on office staff computers as parents and children enter to verify identity.
    • Record of all individuals authorized to pick up your child.
    • Security cameras throughout to ensure safety.
    • Traditional sign-in and out in classrooms.
  • Q: What is the school's withdrawal policy?
    You must give a minimum one month’s notice if you intend to withdraw your child from school, and partial months of attendance must be paid in full.
  • Q: How are children's birthdays celebrated?
    Recognition of the child’s special day varies by classroom, but usually includes a birthday crown and the singing of “Happy Birthday”. If you wish to donate a book to the class you may put an inscription in the front of the book and the book will be read during class time on your child’s birthday. Teachers will make sure your child feels special on his or her day. Parents are also welcome to be part of this celebration.
  • Q: How does the school handle discipline?
    We utilize a “positive redirection” approach, in which we re-direct children to make appropriate choices. We encourage children to work together and “use their words” to solve conflicts. We give them key words to help communicate their needs. We do not use “time out”, however, we may occasionally give children a chance to calm down by having them engage in quiet time. We encourage empathy with others.
  • Q: My child has difficulty separating from me. What strategies can be used to help my child transition to the classroom?
    Prior to your child’s first day, we recommend a scheduled 30-minute parent and child visit to school to become familiar with the teachers and the child’s classroom and playground. Parents are encouraged to remain positive about their child’s new experience and be optimistic about the new transition. It is a good idea to have many conversations about school before the first day. On the first day, parents are encouraged to drop their child off and get the child situated and comfortable.
  • Q: Are there any other expenses during the year besides tuition?
    In general, tuition covers all educational expenses throughout the year. There is Annual day celebration costume fee.
  • Q: Can I pay the fee in instalments?
    For convenient of parents we have 4 installments of Tution fee. The details will be provided by school management while taking admission.
  • Q: What is your Cancellation / Refund Policy?
    • Fees once paid shall not be refunded for any reason whatsoever after beginning of the session.
    • In case of cancellation the parent needs to send an email about the same and no oral communication will be entertained.