What are your Hours and Schedule?
Our program opens Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. We begin guided activities and "class time" at 8:30 am. Our program provides safe and nurturing care until 5:30 pm Monday to Thursday, and until 1:00 on Fridays.
We offer a full-day preschool program (7:30 am - 3:00 pm) as well as a half-day preschool program (7:30 am - 3:00 pm). We also provide After School Care until 5:30 pm.
We love working with the different needs of our families and creating a schedule that works best for your needs. We provide 1-5 day a week schedules to suit your needs.
At what age does Sonflower Christian Preschool accept students?
We accept students as young as 2 years 6 months. This is the age that children begin to transition out of the toddler years and into a preschool mindset. Our preschool classroom is a mixed-age classroom with students aged 2.5 to 5 years old.
How do you group children?
We have one classroom in our program that serves a mixed-aged group. This style of group care provides many opportunities for all students to learn at their own developmental level while connecting with peers through leading and following.
Is there space in the program to enroll my child? Does my child need to be potty-trained to enroll?
We love to welcome new students to our program and accept students throughout the year. Email SonflowerChristianPreschool@gmail.com to find out about our current openings.
How will I know what kind of day my child had?
Through the use of technology, we document your child's educational journey through pictures, notes, and formal assessments. We utilize an amazing program called "Tadpoles for Parents". This program works with our assessment program (Teaching Strategies) which is used by most school districts in Colorado for student assessment. We also use this app to help track daily health information.
Teachers communicate with all parents at the beginning and end of each day to ensure that we continue a personal connection between all families.
What will the first day look like for my child? How do you handle seperation anxiety?
The first day of preschool looks different for every child. We schedule a time for each child to meet our program teachers and take a walk through the classroom with their family. This helps to develop trust and comfort for the child - helping them to understand that preschool is a safe place to be.
If your child has high anxiety, we are happy to have parents join us during our outside portions of our school day. Due to the current COVID regulations, we are unable to have parents in the classroom during operation hours.
We do not encourage parents to "disappear" at drop-off. Separation anxiety is expected during this developmental stage, as they have only learned that Mom and Dad are safe and secure. During tricky separation times, we will support the child's emotional response of sadness and upset while balancing with proven separation strategies including the time to feel our big emotions, bringing a comfort object from home, and activity engagement.
What is the child to staff ratio?
Our program provides a student to staff ratio that is guided by the NAEYC and recognized as a high-quality indicator. We ensure that there is 1 teacher for every 6 students.
What is your Discipline Policy?
Discipline is a process that is continuously developing throughout life. We promote a positive discipline program that focuses on education, guidance, and support while learning new skills.
Teachers model through their own actions as well as through lessons and teachable moments. We ensure that we communicate the different skills we are working on with families to ensure that parents and teachers are partnering in the child's development.
If there is an issue that is not easily resolved with the methods above teachers will work with parents to develop a thorough and productive plan of action.
What is Sonflower Christian Preschool's teaching philosophy and curriculum?
We provide a play-based program that strives to provide many opportunities for outdoor learning. Our program creates a classroom environment, both inside and outside, that provides opportunities for students to engage in social activities while working on specific skill-building activities for each child. Our Christian curriculum follows the same path by focusing on the 8 core values of Creation, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition. Through play-based activities and proven teaching strategies, this curriculum provides education for the whole child - soul, body, and mind.
How frequently are toys and classroom cleaned and sanitized?
Toys and classroom are cleaned and sanitized every day as well as throughout the day as needed. We sanitize all handled materials using the recommended sanitizing solution of bleach and water. We also constantly have air purifiers in the classroom to ensure that the air is cleaned as well. Staff complete daily cleaning to ensure a fresh room for students. As needed the program will be deep cleaned, including professional sanitizing services.