Frequently Asked Questions

Are your drop off times flexible?

Yes, at Seaside we believe that family time is number one. If you have the chance to spend some extra time with your child please do so. Our hours of attendance are flexible and we will work with each family to provide the most convenient program possible.

How do you handle meals and snacks at Seaside?

Parents provide daily snacks and meals. We support healthy eating habits at Seaside School, and will work with parents on dietary needs and special requests when offering food to each child.

How do you facilitate naptime?

Naptime in a group setting can be amazing. The children are often ready for a rest after a full morning schedule. They learn from each other and, generally, will snuggle up on their nap mats willingly. We set the atmosphere, dim the lights, play quiet music and use peaceful voices. Each child brings a blanket and toy to snuggle with. If children don’t want to nap initially, they can quietly look at books on their mats. Teachers circulate, tucking in, rubbing backs, calming the mood.

Do all children have to nap?

We realize some children are more eager nappers than others. At Seaside, naptime is a quiet time for rest. For many children, this will mean sleeping, but for some it may mean time laying on their mat, quietly reading or snuggling with a favorite toy.

What qualifications do Seaside teachers have?

At Seaside, we hire motivated and knowledgeable individuals who will contribute a unique element to our school. We consider a combination of strengths and qualities, including: formal education, direct experience with children, special talents, as well as personality and demeanor. All employees have a full background screening (local, state and federal), employment history check and classroom observation.

What is your behavior management policy?

At Seaside, we believe in establishing a positive classroom environment by giving children the love and respect they deserve. We implement clear, fair procedures and expectations to help children choose how to behave appropriately. By modeling appropriate behavior, consistently enforcing the class rules and discussing behavior when the child is calm, most discipline issues can be eliminated. One of the many reasons we have two teachers in each classroom is that if a problem does occur, one teacher can take the child (or children) involved aside, without disturbing the rest of the class. We use age-appropriate and constructive behavior management methods; never humiliation or disrespect. If the child is upset and needs to calm down, some quiet time in a different activity may be used. Then, we help the child to correct the behavior, undo any harm done and move on with a positive choice. Our goal is to develop self-control, communication, problem solving and the ability to make positive choices. We keep parents informed so we can support each other. A printed copy of our behavior management plan is included in our enrollment package.

What is your policy on potty training?

We believe in supporting what is being done at home. Upon enrollment, we will discuss each child’s current status and what the family does to support potty training. We believe potty training is a developmental process and that our role is to support the parents’ efforts. Again, communication is very important and we will update the parents regarding potty use at school.