Q. What are your hours of operation?
A. Open from 6:30 am in the morning to 5:30
pm in the evenings.
Q. What holidays are you closed
for and do you close any other times during the year?
A. We are closed the major
federal holidays and we also have 4 teacher in-service days per
year. Please see our holiday
schedule for a complete list of holidays.
(Parents are obligated to pay for days the center is closed/ and
or the child does not attend school.)
Q. Are there any fees other than
A. There is a $75 non refundable registration
fee that is due upon enrollment and then annually in June.
Q. What is included in tuition?
A. Two nutritious (nut-free) snacks are provided
pack their children breakfast and lunch.
Q. Is there a sibling discount?
A. Yes, there is a 10% sibling discount and
a 15% discount for families with three or more children.
Q. Are there any special activities that take place at
A. Yes, on a weekly basis
we offer gymnastics on the Tumble-bus (at an additional cost),
seasonal fun days and more.
Q. What is your sick Policy for children?
A. Children are sent home when:
Fever of 101 or higher, vomiting, three bouts of diarrhea, suspicion
of a contagious illness/virus (i.e. conjunctivitis), or
can not keep up with the class due to lack of energy and/or
generally not feeling well.
Q. When can children return to
A. When the child has been fever free for 24 hours without the
aide of medication, has not vomited or had loose bowel movements
in 24 hrs, has been on treatment for a contagious illness for 24
hours, and/or is capable of keeping up with the class.
Q. What will I need to provide
for my child?
A. Extra clothes, diapers, wipes, lunch, breakfast (optional),
appropriate outdoor clothing, sun block, blanket, and infants need
to bring pre-made bottles and jar food/cereal as well.
Q. Do you have a high teacher turnover?
A. We have teachers that have been with us since
we have opened in 2001, and several other teachers that have
been with us for years. Appleseeds has made a commitment
to nurture each teacher relationship so that the children have
the least amount of disruptions in their caregivers as possible.
We do try to encourage the teachers to make annual commitments
to their positions. Unfortunately
some life changes (i.e. partners job relocation and/or birth of
their own child) make some teacher turnover unavoidable.
Q. What are the qualifications of your teachers?
A. Most teachers hold an Associates or Bachelor
degrees in ECE or related fields. All teachers are required to
complete 20 hours of professional development annually. All
teachers have criminal background checks completed and maintain
first aide and CPR certificates.
Q. What is your curriculum philosophy?
A. We extrinsically motivate the children to
learn by providing fun but well thoughtout learning experiences
that focus on the children’s developmental levels. When
planning a curriculum, the teachers refer to the creative curriculum,
NAEYC criteria and the NH Early learning standards.
Q. How do you guide children’s
A. We use positive guidance and encourage children to problem solve
together so that they can develop the skills they need for future
problems they may encounter.
Younger children need some redirection when
certain conflicts arise.
We also review our environment frequently to
see if anything on our end can be tweaked to remove unnecessary
example: Many toddlers like the same toy cow from the
farm set, so we will try to add more toy cows to the classroom.)
Q. What does NAEYC accredited mean?
A. The National Association for the
Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a national organization that
has developed specific guidelines for the best practices in early
childhood education. Their
criteria was developed and based upon years of research. To
be accredited means that the school has voluntarily gone through
an extensive self study and has had outside evaluators observe
the classrooms and assess the schools policies to ensure the criteria
were met. Accredited centers are proven to have a high
quality program. The program is validated to provide a safe
and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional
and intellectual development of young children. For more information
on NAEYC visit their web site at www.naeyc.org