Frequently Asked Questions
Can you drop off earlier than 9am or 1pm?
Our morning program runs from 9am-12pm.
Our afternoon program runs from 1pm-4pm.
Our full day program runs from 9am-4pm.
Our teachers open the doors approximately 10 minutes before class times. Unfortunately, we do not offer additional care outside of these times.
I am nervous about my child needing time to adjust and get used to being at an unparented program. How does Wymbin support parents through this process?
We can definitely understand that starting an unparented program can be a big transition for families! We want to reassure you that it is completely common to feel this way- for both children and parents! It can be a tough transition for little ones to go from spending lots of time with their family, to moving into a new and unfamiliar environment. Our teachers are very gentle, and we are happy to take the time to ensure that children feel comfortable as they enter the classroom. When the first day is met with a bit of hesitation, we invite parents to come into the classroom with the child and interact for 10-15 minutes. After this time, we see if parents are able to leave the room (and also have a front waiting area where you are welcome to sit for a little bit to see how your child responds). We work together with you to slowly transition your child until they feel confident to come into the class all by themselves.
How old does my child need to be to enter the Kindergarten program?
We accept children 4 years of age to our Kindergarten program. Earlier acceptance is at the discretion and recommendation of the classroom teacher and parents & guardians. We love to work collaboratively with parents & guardians to ensure that we place your child in the best class where they can thrive.
How do teachers communicate with parents?
Communication is key to sustainable learning- after all, it is a team effort! We use an app called 'Brightwheel' which we use as a 'window' to our classrooms. Teachers are able to directly communicate with parents via this app and send parents real-time updates on important moments, photos, videos, and other special classroom moments to share. We also send out a monthly e-newsletter and host a monthly 'parent connect' session. We have organized mid-year check-in's with your classroom teachers also so that they can update you on your child's progress.
COVID Precautions and Policies
We are a licensed facility and so are following all protocols outlined by Alberta Health Services and Licensing in addition to our own policies to help keep our students safe during this time. We have separate entrances and bathrooms for each class so that we are able to keep cohorts separate. We ask that you review the AHS daily checklist each morning before you attend the program, and our staff will ask you if you are presenting any symptoms and record your child's temperature when you arrive each day. We are frequently wiping surfaces, encouraging social distancing as best possible and have implemented stringent daily cleaning routines so that everything is sanitized. In addition, we have removed all plush items from the classroom to avoid the potential for transmission. Each child receives their own supply box, cubby, and yoga mat. Upon registration, we would send you our full list of COVID protocols and policies for your reference.
Do you provide snacks and/or lunches?
We do not supply snacks, parents provide snacks. We are a peanut-free facility.
Do children need to be potty trained?
We encourage children to be toilet trained upon starting the program, however many of our students are still in a transition phase from pull-ups to regular pants when they begin preschool. We ask parents to please pack an extra pair of clothes just in case. Our teachers are happy to help, but we also like to work together with parents to encourage children to practice or try first :)
What is your approach to addressing and/or redirecting behaviour?
We gently guide children when they are experiencing big emotions. This is one of the great qualities that makes our program so brilliant for young learners. Understanding emotions and how to deal with feelings is an important part of our classroom. Teachers gently guide children and ask them what they need when they are experiencing big emotions. We offer children the ability to find a quiet space and have a teacher sit with them, breathe with them, talk, or read so that the student can take a break. Once the student feels calm, the teacher and student talk together about the situation.
How much yoga do the kids do? Are they practicing yoga everyday?
We typically integrate yoga into our day a few times per week- this could look like a breathing exercise, a 'quiet time' meditation, an adventure-filled 30 min yoga class, or a game involving yoga poses! Our most important focus is allowing the children time to move and stretch each day. We spend a lot of time outdoors, dancing, playing, and having fun! We follow the Alberta FLIGHT curriculum in addition to our own curriculum which we have developed with educational experts over the years to include aspects of social and emotional regulation, nature, physical literacy, and community. School readiness is a big focus for our program, and we support students in ensuring they have the skills needed to enter school with a very well rounded foundation.
Can I book a tour of the space?
At the moment we are allowing site visits after hours and/or on Saturdays. We also offer virtual tours which can be booked on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays between 10am-2pm. Please let me know if you would like to book a time to view the space.
What are the class sizes? What are the ratios of teachers to students?
We follow licensing regulations and for our younger class, our ratio is 1:8, for our older class, our ratio is 1:12 maximum. We always have 2 teachers in the classroom at one time. Our younger room has a maximum capacity of 16 students, our older room has a maximum capacity of 20 students.
How do I register?
Our first step is to fill out our interest form here. A team member will then contact you with a registration package. Completed registration forms can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or dropped off at the studio. Please note that we do not accept photographs of registration forms- scanned copies, physical copies or electronically completed forms only.
Once staff has confirmed there is availability with you, we also charge a one-time registration fee of $75+gst that is required to secure your place in the program. Please e-transfer this fee to email@example.com with your name and your child’s name in the ‘notes’ section of the e-transfer. Please do not transfer this fee until our admin staff has confirmed space in the program with you.