What are your hours of operation?
We are open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
At what age can children be enrolled?
Children must be 6 weeks of age to be enrolled.
At what point should I put in an application if I am expecting a child?
You should put in an application as soon as you know you are expecting. Our Infant age group is one of the highest in demand and can be difficult to get into. The more notice we have the better your chances.
If I put in an application am I guaranteed a spot for when I want to start?
No, spots are filled according to availability in each age group.
Can medication be administered at daycare?
Yes, as long as 1. A Medication Form has been filled out. 2. The medication is in the original container.
How will parents know if the daycare is closed during bad weather?
Preschool and Daycare closing announcements will be made on our Facebook page, Class Dojo, and on News Channel 5. Every effort will be made to have these closing posted no later than 6:00 a.m. Please do not assume that the Preschool and Daycare will be closed because the local public schools close. The television station listed above will show that South Haven Christian preschool Closed or Snow Care Open. Our Snow Care hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m- 4:00 p.m.
Are glass bottles allowed?
No. Having the safety of all of our students in mind, we have chosen NOT to allow glass bottles or baby food jars in our Daycare.
Can my child wear cloth diapers?
No. The Tennessee Department of Education does not allow cloth diapers.
What meals are included in my child's tuition?
A hot lunch and two snacks are provided for each child ages 1 and above which is included in your child's tuition. A hot breakfast is available for purchase in our cafeteria during the school year from 6:30-7:45.
What if my child has a food allergy?
We are a PEANUT FREE facility in the Preschool and Daycare. If your child has a food allergy to the food we provide then a substitution can be made for students with that food allergy. Parents may also choose to pack a lunch.
Do you provide transportation?
No. South Haven Christian Preschool and Daycare does not provide transportation at this time.
Do you offer part time care or if you do not do you offer a prorated tuition?
No. We are a full time facility, however, you are welcome to bring your child anytime between 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday.
Do you accept State Vouchers?
What Curriculum do you use and when do you start the curriculum?
We use the Abeka curriculum out of Pensacola Christian College. We start the curriculum in the 2 year old class. However, in the infants and ones, we do read to the kids and do other developmentally appropriate activities to help them learn and grow.
If my child's birthdate is on or after August 15th, which class would my child be enrolled in?
For preschool age children (ages 2 and up) they are put in the class according to their birthday on or before August 15th. For example: If your child is 3 and turns 4 after August 15th, they would be enrolled in the 3-year-old class. If your child is 3 and turns 4 on or before August 15th, they would be enrolled in the 4-year-old class. We start this cut off in the 2-year-olds moving to the 3-year-olds and continue through the 4-year-olds. (This does not pertain to the infants, 1-year-olds, or younger 2-year-olds) This is to help your child be on schedule for school and to help your child form friendships with children they will promote with.
If I do not believe my child is emotionally or academically ready for the next age group, can I request for my child to be held back?
Yes. We do assessments upon entering in their new age groups and half way through the school year. If you have any concerns regarding your child's maturity level, we want to discuss those with you at your earliest convenience.
When do you recommend potty training a child?
The Tennessee Department of Education requires that a child be acclimated to a classroom before beginning potty training. We as a program start full head into potty training the second week of January after the Holidays in our 2-year-old classes. However, if your child is showing signs and you are willing to bring velcro sided pullups and work with them at home, we can begin potty training as early as October. *Dependent upon the child's signs of readiness and ability to communicate for going potty.
When does my child have to be fully potty trained?
Your child must be fully potty trained before going into the 3-year-old program. This means they need to be able to tell us when they need to go to the bathroom, and have no more that 2 accidents in a 3 month period including naptime. *Unless they are sick, and then we will not count that against them.
How will I know how my child's day went in the preschool or daycare?
Each child is given a folder at the beginning of the school year. In each folder is an About My Day paper that will be filled out to let you know about your child's day. Some of the teachers will also put the information on Class Dojo for their parents. * Infants take their papers home daily versus a folder as they receive more information than the other classes due to their needs.
What type of security do you offer?
Our building is locked down 24/7. Upon enrollment each family receives two access cards, and can purchase more if they so choose. We also have an on-site security guard who frequently walks around checking on doors, staff, and children. We practice fire drills on a monthly basis and also have storm drills, lockdown drills, and evacuation drills.
What if I am stuck in traffic and cannot pick my child up before you close?
We encourage you to reach out to family and friends first to see if someone is available to pick up your child. If no one is available, you can call our facility and leave a message with one of the directors who can pass it on to the appropriate employees. You can also reach out through class Dojo to one of the directors who will pass it on the the appropriate employees.
Are children required to be up-to-date on immunizations?
The Tennessee Department does not require that your child have their up-to-date immunizations. However, they do require your child to be seen by a physician each year and you need to write a letter stating why you have chosen to not vaccinate your child. We as a program believe it is the parent's choice.
Do you offer a refund for missed days due to illness or vacation?
No, we do not, because you are paying for your child's spot. After your child has been in our program for 90 days, we allow you to take one week's vacation per calendar year (January-December). We do require a two-weeks notice prior to the vacation to allow time for the paperwork to be submitted to the correct personnel for billing.
What if my child does not take naps?
The Tennessee Department of Education requires that each child have a rest period of at least one hour. If after the one hour your child is still awake, we will offer quiet activities for your child to do as long as your child continues to be quiet on their cot.
What is your sick policy?
Upon enrollment, you will receive a full sick policy handout. For most illnesses, we require a full 24-hours free of fever, vomit, diarrhea, or medication and/or a full 24 hours on prescription medication.
Will my child have an opportunity to play outside year round?
The Tennessee Department of Education allows us to go outside between the temperatures of 32-95 degrees, taking into account for the wind chill and heat index. *We as a program also leave this up to the teacher of your child's class. If they believe it is too hot or too cold, then they can choice to stay inside or go to our indoor gymnasium.
What if my child has developmental delays?
We want every child to thrive under our care and programs, however, there are some children who from time-to-time will require individualized care and/or a smaller classroom setting due to, but not limited to, emotional, physical, developmental, or educational needs. The Tennessee Department of Education requires additional licensing for specialized services provided. South Haven Christian Preschool and Daycare is not licensed as a special needs facility.