Mini-School / Tiny Three’s Room FAQs

Mini School FAQ’s & Answers

1.  Q.  What kind of schedule do Mini-Schoolers/Tiny Threes  follow at Sandbox?
A. The schedule offers a wide variety of activities encouraging physical, emotional, creative and intellectual skills.  Focus is on a variety of learning.  A lot of choice is offered from active to quiet activities, from social to solitary, from easy to challenging, in each individual way.  Children are continuing to learning to take care of their own needs such as eating, hand washing, cleaning up, hanging up coats, etc.  Changes are made gradually.  Children at this age level are encouraged to join in group activities as well as explore and learn independently.

2. Q.  How will parents know if their child is eating and sleeping well?  Getting along with others?
A. A daily report goes home each day telling parents how the child ate, slept eliminated and how well the social skills are going.  If problems occur, they will be noted in the daily report.

4. Q.  How do children stay on cots at nap time?

A. Staff sits near the children and rubs backs until each child falls asleep.  Children at this age are usually tired and fall asleep quickly.

5. Q.  What is the staff to child ratio?
A. DCFS requires a 1 to 8 ratio.

6. Q.    Will Sandbox continue my efforts in potty training?
A.  When parents start at home, Sandbox also makes an effort at school.

7. Q.   Can mini-schoolers/tiny threes bring a blanket and binkey to Sandbox?
A. Yes, but it must remain in back their backpack.

8. Q.   Can staff administer medicine to a child?
A. Sandbox has a “no medicine policy” due to increase liability and the fact that doctors now prescribe medicine to be administered every 12 hours.  Exceptions might be made after a discussion and a written permission slip from the doctor on a prescription pad.  Daily parent consent forms must also be signed.

9. Q.   Can a child bring his or her own lunch?
A. Only with a written note from the doctor on a prescription pad.