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We are looking for 3 year olds for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Fall classes start on Sept. 5th.

Call 508 - 548 - 1050 before August 17th or come on Labor Day, Sept. 4th, to our Open House from 3:00 to 5:00.

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The Before School Group

The Sandpiper Nursery School opens its doors at 8:00 am. From 8:00 to 9:00 we offer care for children between the ages of 2 years and 9 months, and 5 years of age. The program may enroll as many as 10 children. Drop In children may join this group with 24 hour notice.


The Pre – School Group

The Pre – School Group is located on the main floor of the building. The classroom shares two spaces linked by a communicating door. The class begins at 9:00. There is one teachers for a maximum of 8 children in the group. The children must be at least 2 years and 9 months of age, and up to 3 years and 11 months. Although we keep the class together for the whole school year, there is a rolling admission in the Pre – School so that children who become of age may join the group at any time. The teacher begins the class with a short group meeting to explain any special projects that might be happening that day. The children then choose their own activities, with plenty of time for hearing a story read aloud, playing music together, and doing art projects that focus on sensory stimulation such as clay, finger paint, drawing in shaving cream, or making prints. They also enjoy using recycled materials with scissors, and lots and lots of tape! The “Big Group Room” has large hollow blocks, as well as a large floor space for doing music and movement activities. The Group Room is where the cubbies are, where each child keeps their belongings. Each child brings a lunch box containing a snack for the morning 10:00 snack time, and a lunch if the child is staying for lunch. Children staying for the whole day are provided with a snack in the afternoon by the school. Children who stay in the afternoon and take naps should also bring in a blanket and small pillow in a bag. The school will provide a rest mat. Nap time happens in the room 2 classroom from 1:30 to 3:00. Children who are in diapers or who are in the process of toilet training need lots of spare clothes, underwear, diapers and wipes. All children should have at least one set of extra clothes including a pair of slippers, mittens, hat and snow pants, to be kept in their cubby. There are parent mailboxes above the cubbies where parents will find their monthly tuition statement, newsletters from the teachers, book club orders, and art projects. The first pick – up time of the day is 12:00.


The Pre – Kindergarten Group

The Pre – Kindergarten Group is located on the second floor of the nursery school. This class begins at 9:00. There is a maximum of 16 children per day, who are 4 years old by August 31st of the current school year. Everyone in the Pre-K group comes to school at least three mornings per week. Children coming to The Sandpiper for an extra year in spite of the fact that they are age eligible for kindergarten are encouraged to come five days per week. The children in the Pre – K group are well acquainted with being in child care, and may have been at The Sandpiper for a year or two already. These children are confident in a large group setting, will be secure with working with two teachers, and are interested in the daily curriculum activities as well as the time they will have for unstructured play with their friends. The curriculum is based on the Massachusetts state preschool guidelines (EEC) and the developmentally appropriate practice encouraged by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC). There are field trips, exhibits, and activities planned around the interests of the class. Children make choices as to which activities they will participate in during the course of the morning such as art, blocks, dramatic play, and reading and math activities; and are highly encouraged to participate in teacher directed activities such as small group projects and whole group activities in preparation for this expectation in the kindergarten year.

Many children in the Pre-K group stay for lunch and the afternoon day care hours, and therefore bring a morning snack and a lunch. The school provides an afterschool snack at 3:30. Pre-K children also need a set of extra clothes, and many like to have a pair of slippers, extra gloves, hat, and snow pants to leave in their cubby at school. Any children who nap in the afternoon need to keep a blanket and a small pillow at school. A rest mat will be provided by the school. The first pick – up time for the day is at 12:00.


The Lunch Bunch

Many of the morning nursery school and Drop In children have lunch between 12:00 and 1:00. Children bring their lunches from home. There is a microwave and a mini refrigerator on the premises for occasional refrigeration and heating of foods, but time restraints request parents to pack a simple “user friendly” lunch that is cooled by ice packs and insulated lunch bags. There is a maximum of twenty children for the Lunch Bunch, so Drop In children must request their desire to stay within 24 hours, or risk the possibility of being turned away. Lunch Bunch groups are separated into two groups of children, with some Pre-K children eating downstairs with the Preschool children when the Pre-K lunch group exceeds 10 children. Lunch is usually eaten within the first half hour, and classroom or outside play consumes the remainder of the hour. All children who stay for lunch brush their teeth after eating. The school provides toothbrushes and toothpaste. If you do not want your child to participate in tooth brushing, you will need to sign a waiver stating your preference. We use Kid’s Crest toothpaste at The Sandpiper. If your child prefers a different brand, you will need to provide it. You may also opt to have your child brush with no toothpaste. There is a pick – up time at 1:00.


The Afternoon Day Care Groups

The children who stay all day, and Drop In children, participate in day care classes from 1:00 to 3:00. The maximum enrollment for the afternoon class is 15 children. There is an extension of the lunch hour outdoor time until 2:00 for children staying after 1:00. Children who take a nap come inside at 2:00, and have their nap in room 1 of the Preschool classroom from 2:00 until 3:00. Children who don’t nap stay outside until 2:00 or 2:30 in fine weather, then come inside for a story time that lasts for 30 minutes, giving the non-nappers a chance to slow down and rest. In winter or inclement weather, the children in the afternoon group engage in block and dramatic play, and art projects after their 2:00 story time. The afternoon group uses the Pre-School room 2 downstairs. There are two teachers with the afternoon class. Nora does administrative work in the nap room with the sleeping children, while the other teacher does the story time and quiet activities with the non - nappers. Pick – up time is 3:00 for the Afternoon Group.


The After School Group

The After School Group is offered between 3:00 and 5:00. There is a maximum of 8 children for this group. The school provides a snack at 3:15. The group goes outside at 4:00 in good weather. Children in this group get picked up any time from 3:30 to 5:00. School closes for the day at 5:00.


The Drop In Program

The Drop In program was created for the convenience of the families at The Sandpiper. Since many of our children come part time, we wanted to create the ability to take a child on an unscheduled day or time for as many hours as the parents need for care. Because everyone enrolled comes in the morning, there is less room for Drop In between the hours of 9:00 and 12:00, but children may come during those hours if there are vacancies or absentees within the groups. Parents may not substitute one day for another as the tuition schedule is based on the specific days that the child attends, however if there is space the child may come for an additional day, and pay for the extra time. The most available Drop In hours are between 8:00 and 9:00, and in the afternoon after 12:00. Because of the staff flexibility needed to accommodate this program, 24 hour notice is required for use of Drop In hours. Children outside the school may also use the Drop In program, provided that the required emergency information is on file in the office.


The Summer Camp Program

The summer program is offered for eight weeks during the months of June, July and August. It is a separate program from the school year program, and must be registered for separately. Tuition for each morning of the summer session is paid in full by the last day of the school year. Summer morning tuition is non-refundable. There is a capacity of 26 children per day in the summer; 16 in the Field Trip class, and 10 in the School Based class. The program is offered between the hours of 9:00 and 1:00, with extended hours between 8:00 and 9:00, and 1:00 and 5:00. Children may sign up for as few as one day per week to as many as five. They may also sign up for any and all of the 8 weeks. Children bring a snack from home to be eaten at 10:00 and a lunch to be eaten at 12:00. Children not enrolled in the Field Trip Program may stay until 12:00 instead of 1:00. Children in the Field Trip program leave school by 9:30, and return to school by 1:00.

The School Based class has a capacity of 10 children aged 2.9 to 4.11. There are two teachers in the group. Each week has a theme, and projects and visitors have to do with that theme. The School Based group does art and cooking projects, invites guests, takes walks in the immediate area, and plays on the playground.

The Field Trip group goes on a field trip every day. There are two teachers, including Nora who drives the bus. Children in the Field Trip group must be either entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall. A schedule of field trips planned will be published with confirmation of your child’s space in the program. Children in the Field Trip Program will need to bring the correct clothing, and occasional fees according to the schedule. Field Trip students pay an extra $10.00 per day for the expense of the bus and for the extra staffing required for the program.


Upon registering at The Sandpiper, all parents will receive a confirmation notice, the state required forms to keep on file in the office, and a parent handbook about The Sandpiper Nursery School. We are a fully licensed, certified preschool in the state of Massachusetts. The Sandpiper Nursery School shall not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, disability, or the ability to use the toilet. Children must be at least two years and nine months old, and not older than seven years old by September 1 of the calendar year to attend The Sandpiper.


Licensing

Massachusetts State Regulation 102 CMR 1.03(1)

We are a fully licensed, certified preschool in the state of Massachusetts. The Sandpiper Nursery School shall not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or the ability to use the toilet. Children must be at least two years and nine months old, and not older than seven years old by September 1st of the calendar year to attend The Sandpiper, or in the first grade of primary school.

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