Frequently Asked Questions About Preschool

Fairmont students thrive in a safe and secure learning environment, where passionate educators are committed to students’ academic, social, and character development. Our youngest Fairmont students benefit from programs that blend advanced academics, purposeful play, and developmentally appropriate activities.

Children who go through Fairmont’s early childhood programs will master key literacy and math skills by the time they enter kindergarten, and gain the developmental skills and academic readiness necessary to help them succeed in our advanced elementary program. They will also experience enriching activities such as technology, music appreciation, physical education, science, and art. In kindergarten, they will begin learning a foreign language.

Fairmont’s educational environment nurtures a sense of self, fosters confidence, and creates tomorrow’s global leaders.

How old does my child need to be to enter preschool?
Your child may begin attending Fairmont Private Schools’ preschool program at two years old. A child’s progression through the early childhood education program is determined by their age and readiness.

How old does my child need to be to enter pre-kindergarten?
You child may begin attending pre-kindergarten if they are at least four years old by December 1st.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?
You child must be fully potty-trained to enroll in our preschool program. This means that they must be able to tell an adult that they need to use the restroom, then use the restroom and wash their hands independently.

What is your student to educator ratio?
All classes are arranged to maintain a student to educator ratio of 8:1. We find that this ratio and class size provides for optimal socialization and relationship building among children. With multiple adults in a classroom, students receive close adult supervision during play and focused teacher interaction during academic work time.

Does my child have to take a nap?
All preschool and pre-kindergarten students participate in nap time, but children are not required to sleep. After a busy morning of academics and play, most children have no trouble falling asleep while others simply rest quietly.

How can I be involved as a parent?
Being involved in your child’s educational experience is very important. Although we do not have parent volunteers that work in the classroom, we provide many opportunities for parents to be engaged with their child’s learning. Families are invited to attend a number of events throughout the year, such as Grandparent’s Day, Mommies and Muffins, Daddies and Donuts, the preschool holiday performance, and more! Each class also has a Room Parent who helps coordinate seasonal celebrations.

Will I know how my child did at school on a regular basis?
The Tadpoles program allows your child’s teacher to email you with a daily report to share with you how your child ate, how your child slept, and a brief note about his or her day, as well as share photos and videos of special moments. These emails will be sent to you at the end of each day.

Is a snack or lunch provided?
A morning and afternoon snack is provided to all preschool students. A snack menu is prepared monthly, with special consideration to establishing healthy eating habits. Snacks include, but are not limited to, cheese and crackers, trail mix, fresh fruit and vegetables, pita and hummus dip, smoothies, yogurt, and either juice or water.

Lunch is available for purchase or you child may bring a lunch from home. If you choose to purchase lunch, you may do so each day or for a duration of time. A lunch menu is prepared monthly, which includes entrees such as macaroni and cheese, chicken quesadillas, chicken fingers, spaghetti, and more! All lunches come with a side dish of fruit or vegetables.

What is the difference between pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten?
Pre-kindergarten is classified as a preschool program and is for children who are four to five years old. Junior kindergarten is for children who are not quite old enough or ready for kindergarten. Junior kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program and is part of the elementary school program.

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