What days are you closed?
Small Wonders follows a predictable closure schedule: 2 days on or near 4th of July, most Federal holidays, a two week winter break, and one week spring break (breaks coordinate with PPS). Our first day of the school year is always the first Tuesday of September. We provide this schedule of closures to families the January prior to the new school year. We do not have early outs or late starts. We do not close for PPS snow days--extreme weather and road closures may prompt closure which would be communicated with our families.
Please note the Studio policies and schedules do vary.
Do you offer tours? Are tours required? Can I come observe?
Parents are required to visit our school for a complete tour. Tours are scheduled in advance. On the tour, interested families are given an overview of our philosophy, educational methods and a tour of our facility. The goal of the tour is for parents to ensure that Small Wonders is the right choice for their family. We spend about 45 minutes to an hour exploring the space and allow for question and answer time. We do ask that this first visit be adults only.
Do you serve meals?
Small Wonders serves a breakfast snack at 8:45 and an afternoon snack served at 3:15. These meals are vegetarian and nut-free. Please note that parents provide a sack (ready to eat/nutfree) lunch. Our staff energy and time is therefore dedicated 100% on the children rather than meal prep, we minimize food waste, and a parent selected lunch will better meet each child’s dietary preferences, needs and restrictions.
When is nap? Can you tell me about nap and rest time?
All children calmly rest their bodies at the start of our rest period (12:30) while we listening to audiobooks. A full nap occurs between 12:30-3:00. We also host a non-napping room, typically for children 4 turning 5 readying for Kindergarten. A child is ready to be a “non-napper” when they can have a successful afternoon without the need of a re-energizing sleep and can participate in rest time choices quietly--this transition is dictatated by the child's age and readiness as well as room capacity. Should a child fall asleep they are allowed to sleep at minimum a “half-nap” as their body is communicating a need for rest. Again rest, per licensing requirements, is part of every child's day.
What is your potty training policy?
What is your class size and age groups?
Do you offer half day schedules?
We do not offer half day tuition rates. Some families elect to pick their child up before rest time, as we have an open door policy and open pick up window families may come at any time without notice and it does not have to be a particular pattern.
Can you speak to your health and safety protocols?
An important topic on the mind of all, our answer is extensive and we ask you email for the highlights. Our priorities center on stagnant cohort groups, enforcing health exclusion policies, and our thorough sanitation supports. These efforts are supported by our low-low teacher ratio, our dedicated admin team, and important measures including nightly janitorial service, the use of our Halo system https://halosil.com/solutions/education/