FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What sets Bright Kids Preschool apart from other preschools?
- We are recognized by the Department of Education as a duly accredited and quality preschool. (Government Recognition No. ER -036, S. 2011) We are also a member of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPPSCEA).
- With our child- first policy, all activities are geared towards ensuring the safety and welfare of each of our students.
- The school continues to maintain its cleanliness and child-proofing activities to ensure the safety of each child.
- Before a child goes into his/her class, vital signs are taken and recorded to prevent transmission of contagious disease.
- Our teachers are passionate and have genuine love for children.
- We offer a high adult to child ratio which allows for greater individualized attention. Each child is monitored closely and gets a written report every month. Our students also receive a compilation of pictures and audio-visual presentations which documents their activities and progress in school. This speaks of how much time we devote for each child.
- The ambiance we have established in the school makes every family feel more at home. There is transparency in school, parents are informed of their child’s activities and communication is very open between the parents and the teachers.
- Our curriculum units are carefully designed to engage children using a variety of learning styles. The result is a living curriculum that evolves to accommodate different kinds of learners. We offer Chinese lessons starting at the Tots level as well as an exposure to Filipino for Kinder 1 students.
- Eclectic teaching methods – Progressive, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, Mind-Brian Education, Multiple Intelligences, Reggio Emilia, and traditional – we take the best from these teaching methods and approaches, to suit the unique learning styles of each child!
- Experiences and quality materials that support and develop their unique interests and multiple intelligences such as: math manipulatives, dramatic play materials, art materials, book and video library, and plenty of exposure and fieldtrips.
- Our graduates are mostly advanced in academic skills when they reach the big school thereby giving them a head start in schooling.
2. What is the acceptance age for each level?
Although the school uses age as a basis of entry, an applicant is evaluated primarily based on his own merits. Therefore, there may be some adjustments in placement per level depending on the skills of the child.
AGE REQUIREMENT: Child’s age by June:
|Babies – 10 months – 1.11 yrs. old||Tykes – 4.0 to 4.11 yrs. old|
|Rugrats – 2.0 to 2.11 yrs. old||Kinder – 5.0 to 6.0 yrs. old|
|Tots – 3.0 to 3.11 yrs. old|
3. Isn’t it too early for a 1.0 to 2.0 year old child to go to school?
If parents are able to provide stimulating activities for the child at home and there is a program that can touch on all aspects of his/her development, then there is no need to send the child to school at a very early age. However, if the parent doesn’t have the luxury of staying at home to prepare all these for the child, then watching TV and playing alone will not be enough to develop the child’s skills and talents. It would be best to put the child in a center where he/she can get to interact with other children and where qualified teachers can help bring out the best in the child.
4. Can my child attend a trial class before enrolling in school?
Yes. If you are unsure if your child is ready for school or simply want to try out the school’s program, the trial class is the best way to go. Children undergoing the trial class will attend school just like everyone else. He will receive the same materials and the same activities. Trial classes are limited to 2 sessions only. It should be scheduled so that teachers can prepare extra materials for the child.
5. Can I still enroll my child even if school has already started ?
Yes, there is an open enrollment for the Babies, Rugrats and Tots level. However, for Tykes and Kinder level, a child should pass the school’s assessment first.
6. Does my child have to be toilet trained to enroll?
No. Children develop at varying age. Toilet training may not present itself even at age two and a half. Teachers can assist parents during the child’s period of toilet training. Therefore, it is perfectly alright for children to attend school while still in diapers and/or pull-ups.
7. What do you teach?
The Bright Kids curriculum is one that fosters continuity in learning and application of concepts taught. Our Babies and Rugrats program encourage exploration and social interaction with children and adults. While our Tots program focuses on giving the children a solid foundation on their alphabet, numbers, and other important concepts. The Tykes and Kinder curriculum, on the other hand is tailored to prepare the children for the rigors of heavier academic load in the big school. Below are the programs integrated in their lessons: Phonics, Language Arts, Math, Music, Drama, Sports, Cookery, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Science Discovery, and Practical Life Exercises. Aside from this, we have regular Chinese classes and optional enrichment programs.
8. What is a typical day like at Bright Kids Preschool?
During flow time, the children are allowed to move around the room and the learning area of their choice. They can choose from a variety of appropriate educational materials such as puzzles, storybooks, papers and crayons, blocks and toys for dramatic play. The spaced entry of kids helps the teacher discover the children’s individual interests, talents and responses to materials. It also allows the children to adjust to their new environment, thus providing a smooth transition from home to school.
Morning Circle/ Circle Time
This period consists of a more structured group setting that promotes social interaction, learning group expectations (rules for group behavior), skills in talking, turn taking, listening with focus, and the communication of individual ideas. Children participate in discussions, record their attendance, the weather, mark the calendar and sing songs. The teacher also often uses this time to transition the children for the day’s activity or lesson. Music and movement activities are also done during this time.
This is the time where Reading, Social Studies, Science and Math concepts are taught through fun games, activities and using the MIKIDS special program. Special activities may include inviting a resource speaker, storytelling, cooking, or watching a video.
This is where follow up activities are done. It can be in the form of answering worksheets or workbooks, doing art activities or practicing coloring, tracing or writing. Individualized instruction or small group instruction is also done during this period.
Snack time is an important part of the preschool experience. It is here where the children are given the chance to exercise independence in eating and to learn to clean up after eating. They also learn basic hygiene like washing hands and praying before eating and brushing of teeth after eating.
This is a time where Chinese concepts are taught. Only the Tots, Tykes, Kinder and Prep have Chinese classes. The Chinese lessons are patterned to the English lessons. That is, they also follow the same theme for the month.
This is the time when the day’s activities are recapped and the children talk about what they learned that day. This is also the time when they sing their goodbye song and say their prayers.
9. How will I know what my child is learning or his progress in school?
The school uses several methods in keeping the parents informed not just of their child’s progress in school but also what is happening with the school as a whole.
- Communication Folder- each child receives a blue folder upon enrollment. It contains an outline of what the child will learn for the month, homeworks, some parenting tips, reminders, and teacher’s observations and comments about your child.
- Developmental Checklist and Progress Report Card- is a comprehensive report that details all the expected skills that children should have achieved within the year.
- Yearbook and Memoir CD – the pictures of your child together with his classmates are placed in a PowerPoint or Picasa presentation to document the activities they have engaged in. This provides a great souvenir of your child’s development. It is something that only Bright Kids has!
- Parent-Teacher Conference – is a one-on-one meeting with the parent to discuss the child’s development.
10. What is the maximum number of children in the classroom?
The maximum number of children per level is 12-15 students. There is one lead teacher and a teacher aide or assistant teacher for each class.
11. What are the qualifications of the Bright Kids Teachers?
Most of our teachers are graduates of Education, Nursing, and Psychology from St. Scholastica’s College and USLS. They have undergone further studies and training for Early Childhood Education.
12. What does my child need to bring to school?
The school provides all the school materials of the child. But he or she is required to bring his personal health kit stuff such as hand towel, extra change of clothes, powder or cologne, extra diapers for those not yet toilet trained, 4 rolls of tissue paper, 1 pack of hand wipes, and 1 bar of soap. They should also bring their own snacks. Do avoid bringing junk food to school.
13. Is there a waiting area for Yayas ?
We have a designated area for parents, guardians and yayas while they wait for the children. However, we discourage you to let them wait in school to prevent usual problems encountered such as gossiping, comparing of salaries and “pirating” of one yaya to another.
14. Can I observe my child inside the classroom?
We allow parents to observe inside the classroom. However, since we do not want to disrupt the classes, please ask permission from the office first so we could schedule your visit. Or, you may view your child from the security cameras installed in each classroom.
15. What are the preschool and center hours?
Preschool hours are from 7:30am to 5:00 pm depending on the level. Outside of these hours, tutorials are available.
The office is open until 6:30 in the afternoon. Please be prompt in fetching your child as teachers have a next class to attend to and cannot watch over your child for a long period of time. Office staffs and yayas also have their own duties to perform.
16. What is the school policy on birthday celebrations?
- If parents wish to have their child’s birthday celebrated in school, the teacher should be informed at least one week before the celebration. Plans must be given to teachers so that class schedules can be modified accordingly.
- We will only allot Fridays for big party celebrations. If it is just blowing of the candles on the cake and snacks, then the child can celebrate his birthday on the exact date.
17. What are your policies for safety and security?
- Parents are asked to disclose immunization record, medical history, and allergies.
- Vitals are checked upon entering the school’s main door. If a child is recovering from an illness, the school requires the child to submit a medical clearance.
- The school has a nurse and all teachers are trained to administer first aid.
- Parents and yayas must present a fetcher’s ID whenever they fetch the kids.
- There are several fire exits available in school. Fire drills and earthquake drills are also done.
18. How much are the school fees?When should these be paid?
Fees are dependent on the class level and any optional programs that the student is enrolled in. We have flexible modes of payment – annual, semi-annual and monthly. Fees are to be paid every 1st of the month for those availing of the monthly mode. A penalty of P100.00 per month will be imposed for every unpaid account after a 2 month period.
Cheques should be made payable to Bright Kids Preschool. Any unpaid, returned cheques and associated bank charges will be added to the parent’s account.