What is your teacher/child ratio at Kidslink?
It depends on the age of your child! For our younger classrooms of three-year-olds we have 16, and then each class of three’s we add another student according to age–older 3’s we have up to nineteen, and in a 4’s & 5’s classroom we have up to 20. Our Kidslink policy is to always have two teachers and maintain 1:8 or 1:9 ratio in our 3-year-old rooms, 1:10 ratio in our 4’s & 5’s classrooms.
I have a 4-year-old that will attend kindergarten next school year. What is your recommendation for your 2, 3, or 5 day options? I can’t decide how many days to send my child to Kidslink!
This answer varies according to your family circumstances and your child’s needs. Some families like the two day option if they have a child that they are completely assured will be ready for kindergarten.Perhaps your child is involved in multiple activities: gymnastics, library enhancement programs, art lessons, etc. and to attend more than two days would be an overload for them. Our three day per week is an extremely popular option. This gives children time to learn skills necessary for kindergarten. Our 5 day a week option provides a great transitional year for those children who will be attending a full day kindergarten the following school year. Are you giving your child another year to mature before kindergarten or do they just miss the kindergarten cut-off? We would recommend our 5 year old class that meets MWF A.M. or MWF P.M. or the 5 day P.M. class.
I noticed that a child must be potty trained to attend preschool. This is January and we just started working on this skill. Should I enroll when I’m not sure he’ll be trained by the time preschool begins?
There is a lot of time between January and early September for your child to master this skill. If you think he’ll probably be able to accomplish this, then we would encourage you to enroll. We do have a non-refundable registration fee, but if you need to withdraw from our program in the late summer, then we put you at the top of our wait list for openings throughout the school year. (You would not be charged another registration fee.) If you think he’ll probably not be able to be completely potty trained and you want to avoid the uncertainty of the situation, then we suggest enrolling in Kids Day Inn, a program for ages 2-3 where potty training is not required.
My child is “80%” potty trained. Can they come to school in pull-ups?
No. A child wearing pull-ups means they are not fully trained. Kidslink policy is that a child must be 100% potty trained. They need to be able to handle all stages of being in the bathroom themselves! We have discovered that school readiness correlates to being toilet trained. If your child has not mastered the toilet, then perhaps it’s best to give them another year to mature and grow. Our Kids Day Inn is a great program for children that are “potty training in progress!”
What is the age cut-off?
Kidslink is for ages 3-5. They must be 3 by August 31st for our three-year-old class. Our threes are divided by birth date (younger, middle, and older 3’s) if you are enrolling in T-TH A.M.. It may vary from year to year as to the dividing date because of the age range of our enrolling children. For example: a child with a January birth date might be in our middle 3’s class for next year. The following year your neighbor’s child with a January birth date might end up in the older 3’s due to younger children enrolling as a whole in our 3-year-old program. If you are enrolling in T-TH P.M. or MWFP.M. we have a more varied age range and we do not divide our 3-year-old afternoon classes by birth date. For our 4-year-old program we use the same criteria for age cut-off: August 31st. We use this date because this is the state of Kansas regulations for a child to start kindergarten (5 on or before Aug. 31st).
What does it mean to be “state licensed”?
We follow the state of Kansas licensing regulations and requirements. Kidslink is inspected annually by the state to ensure that we are complying with their standards. All forms from our enrollment packet must be on file for each child enrolled at Kidslink. Also, physical and immunization record is required!
I’m new to the community but I really don’t know much about Kidslink. What should I do?
We recommend that you come for a preschool tour. That’s the best way to discover Kidslink…in action! This is a brief time, usually about 15-20 minutes, to go through the preschool rooms, observe our children and activities, and answer your questions. Please call to schedule a tour.
What are your staff qualifications?
We are so proud of our Kidslink staff. They are dedicated, loving teachers who genuinely care about children. They are committed Christians and are active members and participants at Pathway Church (formerly Westlink Christian Church). Our staff has a tendency to come to Kidslink and stay! Our average time of employment is over 9 years! Qualifications vary from teacher to teacher. They all have experience working with young children and/or early childhood education hours. We complete 10 hours of in-service per year and are all trained in infant/child/adult first aid & CPR. At the beginning of the school year we hand out “Introducing the Kidslink Staff”, so you can get to know the teachers!
What do you mean by “Christian preschool”?
Kidslink is considered a ministry of Pathway Church. We teach the Bible as the Word of God and tell the children about Jesus! We have a Bible time every day, a monthly Bible focus, and memory verse. Our total program is based on Christian principles and we approach everything from this perspective. Many churches are represented here at Kidslink and all are very welcome; you do not have to be a member of Pathway Church to attend!
What do you do each day at preschool?
We post complete lesson plans on teacher’s bulletin boards. It lists what they are doing for: Circle Time, Bible Time, Learning and Play Centers, Snack, and Recreation. We also send home monthly calendars where we list a short one or two word theme for the day, cognitive concentration (i.e. letters, numbers, shapes, nursery rhymes, and additional skills) and Bible focus.