1. What will my child’s typical day be like?
Arrive at 9:00 – free play until 9:30
Circle time – 9:45
Activity time- art activity that goes along with the curriculum
Clean up – 10:30
Snack – that the parents provide (crackers and juice) – 10:45
Music and movement – story
Outside at 11:20
The children are dismissed at 11:45 from the playground
For Pre-K children, lunch and additional outside or free-play time occurs until 1:00.
2. What is the curriculum at Sunshine Nursery School?
Our goal is for your children to have lots of successes, feel good about themselves, interact with other children, and enjoy coming to school for their first experience. There are concepts discussed like colors, shapes, nursery rhymes, seasons, etc., but our primary mission is social and emotional development!
3. What is the adult/student ratio?
In our three year old classrooms we have nine children with two teachers
and a parent help. The 4-year-old and Pre-K classrooms have three
teachers and a parent helper for approximately 15 children.
4. How many children attend each day?
Our school has a total of 100 children – but with two day, three day and four
day choices we average 72 children per day.
5. Are there snacks or lunch included?
During the regular day, the children share a snack that the parent helper provides. These usually consist of simple crackers and juice. There is a “Lunch Bunch” option for children who attend the morning classes, from 11:30 – 1:30 PM, during which the children eat a lunch that has been
provided from home. The charge is $15.00 per day. We also have early drop off at 7:45 with a $7.00 per day charge.
6. What are your dates and hours of operation?
Early drop off begins at 7:45
Pre-K students arrive at 8:30
4 year olds arrive at 8:45
3 year olds arrive at 9:00
Children may stay for lunch from the end of their regular day –
Pre-K leaves at 1:00 and 11:30 on Wednesdays
Younger 4 year olds leave at 11:30
Older 4 year olds leave at 12:00
3 year olds leave at 11:45
Sunshine is a part time program-10 months per year, following the public school calendar closely.
See “Calendar – Events” for details for this year.
7. What is the tuition?
See “Prospective Families” and scroll to the bottom of the page for our
9. What type of enrichment programs do you offer?
In addition to the creative lessons children have in class, Sunshine also
contracts with the following providers – twice monthly, Creative Movement
with Miss Corbett; once a month with Miss Sarah our Nature Specialist and once per month with either Tufts Traveling Treasure Trunk, Kidstock, Curious Creatures and more.
10. Do you have services for children who speak other languages?
Our children that have a primary language other that English seem to learn
by playing, and interacting with other children and adults. The children
learn very quickly!
11. Do you accept special needs children?
Sunshine welcomes special needs children who’s individual needs are best
met within our regular classes. We strive to provide appropriate
environments for challenged students.
12. Are there opportunities for families to gather socially?
Sunshine sponsors several events each year so that families can get better
acquainted. There are school picnics, pizza parties and pot-luck suppers at
the beginning and end of the year. Additionally, families are required to
help with at least one fund-raiser per year to fulfill the “coop” aspect of
participation at Sunshine.
13. What does semi-cooperative mean?
A fully cooperative school has no administrative staff. All office work –
planning/scheduling, bookkeeping, reception, office support and newsletter
creation is provided by parent volunteers in addition to parent participation
in the classroom. Sunshine’s semi-cooperative program provides all
peripheral support and only requires parents to help in the classroom a few
times per year and help with one fund-raising activity per year.