F A Q & SCHOOL CALENDAR
WHEN CAN I TOUR THE SCHOOL?
Tours are offered by appointment only, please email to schedule a tour firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS YOUR ADULT TO CHILD RATIO? WHAT IS YOUR GROUP SIZE?
We are licensed as a certified family child care home by the Early Learning Division. Our total licensed capacity is 16. We have an 8:1 ratio.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO GUIDANCE?
Teachers at Whimsy & Wonder support preschoolers in their cognitive, language, and emotional growth through honest, respectful dialogue and conversation. We view children as competent, authentic individuals with their own developmental strengths, as well as challenges. We work closely with children to support their inquiry and curiosity through naturally-occurring interactions, between adult-child as well as with their peers. We view the largest part of our work as the support and scaffolding of preschoolers’ burgeoning social and emotional development.
WHAT IS THE DAILY RHYTHM OF THE PROGRAM?
We strive to follow children's needs and interests, therefore our day is loosely structured, with a daily group gathering and predictable meal and rest times. Throughout each day, children have opportunities for open-ended art, music + movement, scientific exploration, sensory play, big body movement, and much more. We spend generous portions of our days outdoors, rain or shine.
7:30 am | program opens, greetings, handwashing- PLAY
8:45 am | breakfast, washing up, potty
10:50 am | Circle, music, movement, children's yoga, potty
12:30 pm | lunch, clean up, story, "time to make up your bed", potty
1:30 pm | rest
3:20 pm | "time to put your bedding away!", snack, story, drawing, potty
4:15 pm | outdoors
5:30 pm | program closed
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
We prepare and serve a whole foods, vegetarian menu. We avoid processed food, while keeping the daily choices child-friendly. We focus on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, and dairy. We serve 1% milk and water at meals as recommended by the USDA food program.
Example of a daily menu:
Breakfast | oatmeal with berries, 1% milk
Lunch | black beans, baked barley, steamed broccoli, mandarin oranges, 1% milk
Afternoon snack | banana bread, apple slices
We view meals together as a gathering
time for our group, for sharing, story telling and trying new and favorite foods.
WHAT ARE YOUR CLOSURE POLICIES?
We are a full year program.
For the safety of children, staff, and families, we follow Portland Public School's closures for inclement weather.
See below for our
calendar of closures and holidays
Monday January 16th Closed MLK Day
Monday February 20th Closed Presidents Day
Monday through Friday CLOSED March 27 - 31 Spring Break
Friday May 26th & Monday May 29th Memorial Day holiday
June Monday June 26th through Friday June 30th CLOSED Summer Break
Monday July 3rd & Tuesday July 4th Closed Independence Day
Wednesday August 30th, Thursday 31st Closed In-Service School Maintenance and repairs
Friday September 1st & Monday September 4th CLOSED Labor Day
Monday October 9th CLOSED Indigenous People Day
Wednesday November 22, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th CLOSED Fall Break
Wednesday December 20, through Friday December 29th CLOSED Winter Break
Monday January 1st CLOSED NYD
Monday January 15th CLOSED MLK Day
CAN I SCHEDULE A SCHOOL VISIT?
Please email to set up an individual tour