Questions and Answers
Q: Do you accept children in diapers?
A: Yes, although there is an additional $30.00 monthly charge. TCP supplies the wipes and parents supply the diapers. Our staff will also help with potty training when the child is ready.
Q: Where do the children play outside?
A: We have a large yard with numerous play structures, a sand box, a garden, play houses, tricycles and coupe cars to drive.
Q: Where do the children play when it is raining?
A: We have access to a large room with space to run or play with a variety of toys. Children are given the choice of either quiet or high-movement activities.
Q: Do the children go on field trips?
A: Yes, each month the children have some type of special activity. We try new things during the year. We have visited a pumpkin patch in Half Moon Bay, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, and Coyote Point museum. We usually rent a school bus for the day. On alternate months, we have visits from Marine Science, Frankie & Friends, ponies, Wildlife Associates and others.
Q: What types of extra activities are available for the children?
A: We have a music teacher that adds to our music program with a weekly visit, and we offer a weekly afternoon gymnastic class at an additional charge. For families we have an annual holiday show, Thanksgiving potluck luncheon, a Mother's Day tea party, a Father's Day soda party, and we join in the Hometown Days parade in May. On a daily basis children are provided with experiences in cooking, science, music and movement.
Q: Do you have a religious program?
A: The Children's Place is a part of the Community United Church of Christ, however upon opening TCP's doors in 1981, the church decided the curriculum should welcome all members of the community. Although we discuss how families celebrate the holidays and try to encompass most celebrations, we do not teach the meaning of the holidays.
Q: How much time is spent outside vs. inside?
A: Because we have a large yard, about 50% of our program is celebrated outside. We have a wonderful opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle with play and activity. The children are given ample time to play and explore the outside environment, as well as create and experiment with the inside learning environment.
Q: What is nap time like at The Children's Place?
A: Each child has his or her own cot. At enrollment families are supplied with a bag in which to store the child's blanket, sheet, pillow and special need. On a weekly basis, the cots are wiped down and bedding is sent home to be washed. We begin preparing for nap time after lunch. The children are required to lie on the cots and rest quietly. Once all of the children who need to sleep are asleep, quiet activities such as reading, drawing and small manipulatives are allowed. Nap time is between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Children who are awake can go outside and play with the staff at 2:00. Between 2:00 and 3:00 the children wake up.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: All tuition is due in advance. Payment can be made on the 1st of the month for the entire month or on the 1st and the 15th of the month if split payments are easier.
Q: Are there any additional charges?
A: Most families pay a simple monthly tuition. There is a one time registration fee, and fees for an additional attendance day, diapering, bookkeeping late fees, and the optional gymnastics program.
Q: What if we are running late and pick our child up after 6:00 p.m.?
A: The Children's Place is licensed to operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. If you arrive before or after those hours, you will be subject to a fee. The fee increases with every minute you are early or late.
Q: What type of discipline do you use?
A: The staff is trained and annually updated on conflict resolution. We make attempt to talk with the children involved and help them come to their own resolution. At times we will redirect the child into other play, ignore attention-getting behavior, change the activity, and on seldom occasions, use Time Out or quiet Time Away.
Q: Is the staff trained in CPR and first aid?
A: Yes. The staff continually updates their CPR and first aid cards as needed.