Frequently Asked Questions

ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME TO VOLUNTEER AT THE SCHOOL?

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

WHAT POLICIES ARE IN PLACE FOR MY CHILD'S SAFETY?

Canterbury is a community in which everyone knows your name. Before- and after-school carpool is run by faculty who will greet you make sure your child gets to and from school entrances safely. After carpool, all entrances are locked, and all other doors have a code system. Carpool numbers are issued, and no child is released to a car that doesn't display that number.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDENTS?

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

ARE 2-YEAR-OLDS EXPECTED TO BE POTTY TRAINED?

No, and we're happy to help with that. 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.

DOES CANTERBURY PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?

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

We offer several bus routes throughout Allen County, as well as several outlying communities. Student pick up is not door-to-door, but is generally at a common pick-up and drop-off point in close proximity to a child’s neighborhood. Learn more about transportation services here.

WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WILL MY CHILD EXPERIENCE?

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).

DO STUDENTS TAKE FIELD TRIPS?

Yes, we have 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.

DO EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS HAVE FOUR-YEAR DEGREES?

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 of cutting-edge educational practices.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES OR FOOD RESTRICTIONS?

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

IS THERE AN ON-STAFF NURSE?

Yes, we have a registered nurse on staff, Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.