Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are there options for my child before and after school?

A. Extended Care for Early Childhood students is offered on the days they attend school. Extended Day is dedicated to providing a safe and accepting environment in which children can learn, grow, experience, and play. Programming is available during the before- and after-school hours and is offered on an as-needed basis. There is an additional charge for these services. For a description click on the "Enrichment & Extended Care" link to the left.

Q. Is there a dress code for my Early Childhood student?

A. There is a uniform dress code for the Kindergarten Prep class. All other classes wear comfortable play clothes.

Q. Are 2-year-olds expected to be potty trained?

A. No. During the Canterbury Kids year (2-year-olds turning 3) students typically are somewhere in the potty training process. There is a child-size potty in the classroom making access for the child quite easy during this process.

Q. Is there transportation provided by Canterbury for my Early Childhood student?

A. Starting with Junior Kindergarten, bus service is an option. This is handled on an individual basis. Parents work with the Early Childhood Director and Transportation Director to make the necessary arrangements.

Q. What are "specials?"

A. Specials are classes held outside of the Early Childhood classroom during class time. The Canterbury Kids, starting in January, go to library weekly and have gymnastics two times a month. The rest of the Early Childhood students, starting in October, have library weekly, French/music weekly and gymnastics two times a month.

Q. What is my role as a parent of an Early Childhood student?

A. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at Canterbury School. Parent volunteers help in the classroom, at carpool, and in the library, and also accompany students on field trips. In addition, they assist with a wide variety of special events sponsored by the Parent Association.

Q. What type of physical activity will my child eXPERIENCE?

A. Physical activity and the development of physical skills play an integral part in the Early Childhood curriculum. Children participate in recess, gymnastics, nature hikes and indoor activities in the gym and Upper Room (large motor room for Early Childhood students).

Q. Do Early Childhood students go on field trips?

A. Yes. Canterbury School has school buses that transport students and parents on a variety of "field studies" at all levels. Field studies are planned as an enrichment piece to the thematic units in the classroom.

Q. Is there any type of evaluation or testing for my Early Childhood student?

A. There is no testing for Early Childhood students. Assessments begin as the child enters Kindergarten.

Q. Do Early Childhood teachers have four-year degreeS?

A. Faculty members are highly qualified with bachelor’s degrees or higher with special training in art, early childhood, music, and elementary education. Yearly professional development is expected to keep informed and on the cutting edge of educational practices.

Q. What if my child has allergies or food restrictions?

A. Many of our students have special food sensitivities or requirements, and this information is clearly communicated to the teacher as well as the Extended Care staff. The Early Childhood division has a peanut-free policy in the classrooms and the Clubhouse.

Q. Is there a nurse on staff?

A. Yes. Canterbury School has a registered nurse on staff 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Q. What policies ARE in place for my child’s safety?

A. Canterbury is a community in which everyone knows your name. All entrances are locked at the completion of carpool. All other doors have a code system. Afternoon carpool is run by our faculty. Carpool numbers are issued, and no child is released to a car that is not displaying that number.

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