3-Year-Old Class Goals and Descriptions (Morning and Afternoon)
This class is designed essentially as a first school experience. The atmosphere is warm and nurturing, a wonderful first step away from home. Children will be striving to explore their individuality while learning what a group environment is all about. The main goals for the three-year-old classes are strengthening self image, exploring new materials and social relationships, becoming a participant in a group situation and learning the basic rules and guidelines of a classroom situation. As in all classes at Brush Creek, each child is encouraged and respected.
4-Year-Old Class Goals and Description (Morning and Afternoon)
These classes are designed to prepare a child for kindergarten and the world around us. Children will be strengthening their social skills, sharpening their cognitive skills, self expression and independence. Skill levels in a variety of areas are identified and activities are planned to foster the strengthening of those skills. It is our ultimate goal that children finish this year with an ability to thrive in a group setting and have and enjoyment for learning and an excitement for the learning process.
Early/After Care Program Goals and Description
The Early/After Care Program is an extended care program for children enrolled in Brush Creek. Its hours are Monday through Friday 8-9 a.m. and Monday through Friday 12- 4:30 p.m. Sign-up can be done on a monthly or daily basis depending on available space. (See Tuition for cost.) Children bring a lunch, sheet for resting and blanket if needed. Snack is provided. Curriculum includes a rest time, art activities, outdoor time, walks to nearby locations, singing, movement, story time and more. The Early/After Care Program is designed to provide a quality program for children in a caring environment.
It is our goal to foster growth in the children: to develop techniques in problem solving. By introducing methods of expressing feelings to others, we hope that children can reach a point of independent problem solving through communication, rather than physical methods. Teachers use consistent limits in their classrooms. If a child continually exceeds those limits, various techniques will be used to change the behavior (eliminating difficult pairings, redirection).
In our most extreme case, time-away to a different area or quiet time may be implemented. Brush Creek NEVER uses any form of corporal punishment.
September – Making friends, self-awareness
October – Fall/leaves, Halloween, Reality/Imagination
November- Families- sharing, Thanksgiving, Harvest/plant life
December- Families and Traditions
January- Winter (weather changes, clothing), Outer space
February- Feelings and Emotions, Friendship and Love, Dental Health, Heart Health and Awareness, Valentine’s Day
March- Wind, Growing (children, plants, etc.), St. Patrick’s Day April- Baby Animals/Life Cycles, Spring, Garden Vegetable planting May – Insects, caterpillars/butterflies, May Day
June – Summer, Father’s Day
Brush Creek tries to maintain a low-key policy where holidays are concerned. We use holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, etc. for a basis to learn about colors, customs, different countries, etc. We do not present religious aspects or theories behind these holidays. To be fair to all diverse backgrounds, we use a non-partisan approach.
Summer School Classes
The goals and descriptions of the Summer School Classes are determined each spring when Summer School plans are made. Flyers containing this information are available in the spring.
The classes have a wonderful schedule that combines structured and unstructured activities as well as indoor and outdoor play. Your child’s teacher can provide you with a copy of the schedule your class is using.
Lunch, Snack, Birthdays
School will provide a daily snack. Often the children will be helping their teacher prepare/cook our snack. It is our intent that snacks be small in quantity and large in nutrition. We use many organic and fresh foods in our snack preparation.
If children have food allergies, please make sure teachers are aware of them so they can plan snacks accordingly. Monthly snack menus are posted on the refrigerator and the front bulletin board.
School does not provide lunch. Any children staying for Early/After Care will need to bring their lunch from home. We have a school policy that children may not bring candy
in their lunch boxes. It will be sent back home uneaten. Please help us promote healthy eating. If your child has a birthday approaching and you’d like to bring snack, please inform teachers several weeks in advance (curriculum and snack planning are done monthly). Bringing your child’s favorite fruit or vegetable is a great snack. We do not do parties at school, but we do our best to promote a festive birthday mood by singing and eating a healthful snack. NO CUPCAKES OR JUNK FOOD PLEASE.
Teacher Qualifications and staffing Ratios
Because we believe the quality of our staff is directly related to the quality of our program for children, we require that all Brush Creek Nursery School teachers have taken at least 12 semester units in a college level Early Childhood program and have had experience working with young children. Most of our staff far exceeds these qualifications. Our staff is evaluated yearly and staff training is a vital part of our school’s program.
The State regulations require that we maintain a 1 to 12 adult to child ratio, but to provide a quality program for children we feel it is important to maintain a lower adult to child ratio. In our 3-year-old classes we have two teachers. In our 4-year-old classes we have 3 teachers or two teachers and an Asst. Teacher. Our school is licensed for 45 children at one time. Brush Creek was the first school in Sonoma County to receive accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We have been in business since 1959.
Other program information
The Brush Creek staff has been trained in both First Aid and CPR. Some staff members also have attended workshops and seminars on disaster preparedness training.
The school has a very complete plan in case of an emergency. A copy of the plan in its entirety may be borrowed from the office. The school is prepared to keep your child here safely and comfortably for a three-day period if the need arises. A flyer will be given to you that will outline briefly the school’s plan in case such a time comes that it will need to be implemented. We maintain emergency supplies here at school in case we need them.
Since an important aspect of the program is working with “messy” materials (paints, water, clay, etc.), children should wear suitable play clothes. Climbing and sand play are also popular activities and appropriate play shoes (rubber shoes that grip) should be worn. Aprons or smocks are normally required for painting unless it is felt that a child will be inhibited by the requirement. We recommend comfortable play clothes for all kids. We appreciate super hero clothing being kept to a minimum (although we certainly acknowledge the fascination). In that same vein, no “costumes” please. Should your child need to wear a cap on cold days, please inform us. Be reminded that unless it is raining, we will go outdoors- so dress your child accordingly. PLEASE MARK ALL REMOVABLE CLOTHING WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME! Every year many unmarked items are donated to Goodwill.
Absences/Health and Safety of Child
If your child is ill or will be missing some school, please give the school a call (539- 1612) to let us know. We especially need to know if your child comes down with a communicable disease (i.e. chickenpox, head lice, etc.), so that we may inform other parents of a possible exposure.
Your child may be sent home if he/she appears to have symptoms of illness while at school. If this happens, the child will be isolated, and parents will be asked to pick the child up.
Please keep your child home if he/she:
-has not been free of fever, diarrhea, vomiting for at least 24 hours -has started taking antibiotics in the last 48 hours
-has a cold that is less than 4 days old
-has a heavy nasal discharge
-has a constant cough
-is fussy, cranky or generally not herself/himself
-feels overly tired or lethargic
-has symptoms of a possible communicable disease (sniffles, red eyes, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, fever).
If a child accidentally gets injured while at school, the staff will administer necessary first aid and immediately contact the parent. This is one reason keeping up-to-date emergency numbers is so important. If necessary, the staff will obtain emergency medical care at your expense.
Medication of any kind will not be dispensed by our staff. If your child requires a medication during the school day, you may come to school to dispense it.
Occasionally the four-year old classes may plan to go on a field trip. Most field trips would be in the neighborhood, and we would walk. If your child’s class will be going, teachers will notify you 1-2 weeks in advance. Three-year old classes do NOT go on driving field trips.
NOTE: Brush Creek Nursery School transports children according to current California laws.
Every month the school sends out a newsletter to all parents telling about upcoming events, holiday closings, classroom activities and more. We strongly encourage everyone to read the newsletter to keep informed.
See Saw Books
Once a month, the school offers parents the opportunity to order children’s paperback books through the See Saw Book Club. Book Club order forms are attached to the monthly newsletter. Return them to school along with a check (no cash accepted), made out to Scholastic (not Brush Creek). In approximately 2 weeks, books arrive.