Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center
57 Lyme Street • Old Lyme CT 06371 • (860) 434-1728
We feel a child is ready to transition from the Toddler Program to the Preschool Program when he or she:
Can vocalize wants and needs
Can attend to toileting with little assistance
Recognizes his or her name
Eats with little assistance
Can separate from parent with minimal distress
Can identify some colors and shapes
Is able to wait for short periods of time
Helps to put away toys and belongings
Can sit attentively for short periods of time
Is willing to share
Can understand and carry out simple directions
Attempts to sing nursery rhymes
Can stand/walk in line
Our Sign-In sheet is located on the cubby shelf on the right as you enter the classroom. All children must be signed in at drop off and signed out at pick-up. This is a requirement of the state as well as one of the ways we keep the children safe.
Parent Pockets are located on the front door. Please check these pockets daily as they are where you can find important notices, class schedules and updates, and other pertinent information.
Children’s artwork can be found in art cubbies located on the right near the sign-in sheet. We appreciate that parents check these cubbies daily to reduce the amount of clutter.
The tuition box is located by the sign-in sheet near the classroom entrance. All payments can be deposited in this box as needed.
Spare Clothing is stored in the cubbies on the right near the classroom entrance. The teachers will indicate items your child needs more of on the sign-in sheet.
Each child will be assigned a weekday for his/her “Show and Tell”. These items can be placed in the “Show and Tell” basket located next to the refrigerator.
We have a strict no pets allowed policy. Because of the complexity of allergies and unpredictability of animals, we feel that this is the safest option for the children in our programs, and hope that families will understand.
The requirement for children to enter the Preschool Program is that they must be able to attend to toileting needs with little assistance. This means that they should know when they have to go to the bathroom, can pull their pants down by themselves, get on the toilet, wipe themselves, pull up their pants and fasten them, flush the toilet and wash their hands. They should be able to accomplish all these steps with only occasional assistance.
When the children use the bathroom a staff member will be monitoring them.
The children in Preschool are required to use the bathroom before we go outside or leave the premises and before and after naptime. They also are allowed to use the bathroom whenever the need should arise.
The children are required to wash their hands before and after snack, before and after lunch, after using the bathroom, after playing outside and any other time that a staff member deems it necessary (i.e. after nose-picking is witnessed). All children are continually taught proper hand-washing procedures and are periodically monitored.
Proper hand washing procedures are as follows:
Our tables and chairs are washed before and after every use (not just eating).
Our bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected three times a day (upon arrival, after lunch and before leaving).
They are also cleaned if there was an accident.
Our toys are disinfected on an ongoing schedule or as needed.
We encourage the children to bring their own utensils for lunch so that germs are not passed back and forth.
We also use paper cups for the same reason.
Below is a list of items to bring to the Center on or before your child’s first day. All of these items should be permanently labeled with your child’s name.
The children wear slippers when we are inside.
An extra set of clothing for the appropriate season – shirt, pants, socks, shoes and underwear.
These items will go home at the end of your child’s week to be washed.
Please place naptime friends in the basket located on the left of the entrance, and the additional items in a bag in the back closet.
Bathing suit, towel, “water” shoes
Snow boots, snow pants, mittens, and a hat
7:00-9:00 Drop off /free play
9:00-9:30 Morning snack / brush teeth
9:30-10:00 Circle Time (calendar, weather, show & tell, weekly letter, story, songs/finger play)
10:00-11:00 Center Time / projects
11:00-11:45 Outside / gross motor activities
12:30-1:00 Transition from lunch to nap
2:15-2:45 Wake up / journal writing
3:30-5:30 Outside / free play / projects / gross motor activities / quiet activities / stories/ pick up
Flag – We begin our day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Snack – We wash up and have snack and then the children brush their teeth. As they wait for everyone to finish they choose a book from the library and sit on their squares to read quietly.
Greeting – One child leads us in singing a welcome song greeting each child.
Counter – One child goes around and counts all the friends and writes the number on the white board.
Calendar – The calendar helper tells us the month and spells it, the year and then counts the numbers on the calendar and puts up that day’s date. The calendar helper tells us what day it is, what day yesterday was and what day tomorrow will be. Then he or she leads the class in singing the “Days of the Week” song.
Weather – The weather watcher opens the back door and checks what the weather is like as the rest of the class sings “The Weather Watcher” song. He or she reports the weather and selects the correct pictures. Then the weather helper reads the thermometer and tells the class the outside and inside temperature and whether it is warmer inside or outside.
Letter – We discuss the letter of the week, practice the sign for it and then each child shares a word that begins with that letter.
Number – We discuss the number of the week, practice the sign for it and count.
Color – We discuss the color of the week, spell it and practice the sign for it. Each child then shows the group something that is that color.
Poem – We practice reciting the monthly “Chicken Soup With Rice” poem.
Show & Tell – Each child explains what they brought for show and tell and then tells the letter that it begins with.
Story – We read a story that corresponds to the theme of the week.
Centers – At this time we break up into groups and either do a project or play in a designated center.
August 8, 2014
Dear OLCLC Families,
With our new school year starting up in September, we have decided to make a slight alteration in how we will provide snack to the children. As you all know, each month, we have asked that you bring in a food item or non-perishable to share amongst all of the children in the program. And although this plan has worked well, we have decided to streamline this process, and now ask that you provide your child(ren) with their own individual snack for the morning and afternoon starting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
With that said, the State of CT DPH licensing regulations require child care centers to provide two food groups during snack. To meet this requirement, OLCLC will provide milk (whole or 1% milk) with snack and we ask that you provide a healthy snack option for the morning and afternoon (please note: if your child has a dairy allergy, please provide a beverage, labeled with your child’s name, that we can keep on site for the week). We will also have snacks on hand if the AM or PM snack was accidently not packed.
We also must keep in mind that we do have children with food allergies, so when packing snack, please continue to be mindful of the ingredients. Snacks (like lunch items) that are sent with a peanut butter alternative like sun-butter or almond butter must be labeled or we will not be able to serve the item. Also, please be aware that we cannot serve food items that contain trace amounts of peanuts or that are processed in a plant where other peanut products are produced.
Below is a suggested list of snack items that we have found work well for all of the children:
*Fruits/vegetables (cut to appropriate size and softened if necessary)
*Cheerios, Chex, crackers (Ritz, Saltines, Wheat Thins, Goldfish, etc.), yogurts (pouches or tube), applesauce, Nutrigrain bars, rice cakes, raisins and hummus.
* Please note: snack items should be individually wrapped each day your child attends school, labeled “am” and “pm”. And items should be ready to eat, only lunch items will be heated.
Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding during this transition!
If your child has any of the following conditions or symptoms, we will contact you to pick up your child from the Center (within 45 minutes) in order to prevent contagion as well as to ensure the proper care for your child:
In order to return to the program, your child must:
1.) a health care provider signs a note stating that the condition is not contagious
2.) the involved area(s) can be covered by a bandage in a way that prevents contagion.