Is the school state licensed, and what are the ratios?
Absolutely we are licensed! Our school is very strict about following the state laws listed in the WAC's (Washington Administrative Code). In addition, we adhere to the teacher to child ratios set forth by the state of Washington, which means for Infants the ratio is 1 teacher to 4 infants, Toddlers is 1 teacher to 7 students, Preschool and Pre-K age is 1 teacher to 10 students and school age is 1 teacher to 15 students.
How do you communicate with parents about everyday events and incidences?
We prefer to have face-to-face conversations with parents regarding their child, however in this technological era, we have learned that this may not always be the best method for communicating with our families. Our school utilizes email quite often, it's an easy way to send larger amounts of information to a big group. We update our Facebook and Instagram pages quite often and will also post information regarding special events and closures on our website. In addition, the school's sign-in and out system also has a message feature where we are able to leave messages on a student's account to be read at pick-up or drop-off.
What are the requirements for the faculty to be able to work at this school?
Our trained and educated faculty are required to maintain an updated CPR & 1st Aid certification, Food Handler's card, be HIV/AIDS and Blood Borne Pathogens certified, TB tested, and background checked through the Washington State Patrol and FBI. In addition, all Lead teachers are expected to maintain the state required trainings, and be knowledgeable in child development and curriculum as evidenced by their work experience and education/ECE certifications. Teacher Assistants or Aides, are required to maintain the same state-required trainings as Leads, as well as be working towards an ECE certification.
Is there a discipline policy in place?
Our approach to discipline is to handle each child, and each incident independently, with patience and respect, and a focus on positive reinforcement. When at all possible, students are redirected towards another task or activity to help diffuse a situation. Discussions about alternative behaviors and choices are conducted with older students to help them think about their actions, followed up by an apology if necessary, and encouraging helpful gestures towards their peers to resolve disputes.
Are snacks and meals provided as part of the monthly tuition?
We follow the guidelines set forth by the USDA Food Program, and provide nutritious snacks and meals daily to all of our students, and infants who are able to eat table foods. Our menu provides ample fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade meals from scratch. A copy of the current menu is displayed outside every classroom.
When is the monthly tuition due, and what is included?
The monthly tuition includes up to 10 hours of school each day, meals, snacks, curriculum and some supplies. Tuition payments are automatically processed via ACH or debit/credit card each month on the 1st of the month, or the first business day after the 1st if it falls on a weekend. There is a 3.5% user convenience fee automatically added to debit/credit card payments. For an additional monthly fee of $15, the payment may be split up into two payments, made on the 1st and the 15th of the month.
Will my child's class have a set daily schedule?
Every class is different, just as every child is different. Our highly trained faculty have posted daily schedules in each classroom on the Parent Information Board, and adhere to these schedules as much as possible to maintain a consistent, structured learning environment. These schedules provide a perfect balance of academic and social learning throughout the day.
Does your school teach a specific curriculum in each classroom?
Yes! We teach a comprehensive professionally developed curriculum in each classroom, from the Infant class all the way up to the Junior-K class. Creative Curriculum® is an award-winning curriculum based on 38 different objectives for development and learning. In addition, we also conduct developmental assessments on each student within the first 90 days of enrollment, and further assessments throughout the year, plus maintain a portfolio for every child filled with art, writing samples and teacher observations.
What are the hours of operation for the school? Does my child have to be dropped off by a specific time?
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00AM to 6:30PM. All students must be dropped off by or before 10:00AM each day, unless prior arrangements have been made with administration, such as a doctor's appointment. Studies show students learn best earlier in the day, and are able to better retain information learned, therefore it is imperative that students be on time and ready to learn each day.
Are school closures paid days?
All school closures, whether scheduled or not, are considered paid days, and will not be credited to your child's account. The monthly tuition not only pays for your child's school, but also pays to hold your child's spot in his/her classroom. When the monthly tuition is determined, these closures are taken into consideration and structured into the cost, thus creating the final tuition rate.
Does your facility offer a before and after school enrichment program?
We serve students from both Glacier Park Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary schools, and provide transportation to and from each school. Our program is an all-year long program that runs through the summer, providing continuous care during school breaks, non-school days and early release days.
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"At The Country Playhouse Academy, our goal as early childhood educators is to provide a strong foundation, through proven developmentally appropriate practices, that will help all of our students become lifelong learners."
The Country Playhouse Academy
23928 SE 276th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038
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