Hours of Day and Transportation
School hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Doors are locked between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please use main entrance with the doorbell at upper parking lot between these times if arriving late or picking up early. All children, except those staying for late stay, should be picked up by 1:00 p.m. The custodian is anxious to get in to clean and the teachers have other commitments.
We do not have a drive-through pick-up and drop-off line. You bring your children to the classroom and come in to pick them up. In this way, there is a steady stream of communication between you and the teachers. At Little Folks, every day is Open House.
Late stay is from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a fee of $6 per child. Siblings are an extra $2 each. Please make arrangements with Debbie Payne (1's and 2's teacher) in advance for your child to go to Late Stay, if possible. If you have not picked up your child by 1:10 p.m., the teachers will automatically send him/her to Late Stay and you will be charged the Late Stay fee. If you are unavoidably detained and cannot get in touch with us, we will automatically send your child to Late Stay. If you are unable to pick up your child at 2:00, special arrangements must be made by talking to Debbie Payne. Late Stay payments should be a separate check given to Debbie Payne; but payable to Little Folks of Fourth. Late Stay will maintain our low teacher-child ratio and provide developmentally appropriate activities.
Early stay is from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. for a fee of $6 per child. Siblings are an extra $2 each. In order to have enough teachers each day to accommodate the number of children, you must sign up ahead of time with Lynn Pollard (4's & 5's teacher). If you sign up for early stay but your plans change, you must give 24 hours advance notice or you will still be charged. Early Stay payments should be a separate check given to Lynn Pollard: but payable to Little Folks of Fourth.
Little Folks of Fourth is an allergy-aware program. There are many children attending our program that have severe peanut and/or nut allergies. You are probably aware that nationwide the number of children who have peanut and/or nut allergies seems to be increasing each year. As parents, I'm sure that you appreciate our efforts to keep all of the children as safe as possible. So, please check the label of all the products that you send with your children to make sure that they do not have a peanut and/or nut warning on their label and do not contain peanut and/or nut products. Please be sure to check the items each time you purchase them since sometimes companies change the plant where the foods are processed. If we find an item in your child's lunch that contains peanuts and/or nuts, we'll give your child something else to eat that day and put a note in the lunch box so that you don't mistakenly send it again.
Diaper Bags and Lunch Boxes
Please include wipes, diapers, and an extra set of clothes. Little Folks requires all bags, drinks, and lunch boxes to be clearly marked with your child's name.
Parent supplied, donated, or curriculum related food and a drink may be served in the mornings. For nutrition purposes we follow the following guidelines:
Please let your child's teacher know of any food-related allergies.
Please send a lunch with your child. Most families use cold packs; however there is a refrigerator available if necessary. There are also microwaves available in each classroom. Please remember to label everything: bottles, cups, utensils, etc. In consideration of the growing number of children here that have peanut and nut allergies, do not send foods containing peanuts or nuts.
Children should not bring toys to school except when it is necessary to bring a favorite stuffed animal as a "security blanket." We do request that toy guns and any other possibly injurious toys not be brought at any time.
Observation by Parents
Parents are invited to observe in the preschool. If you desire to do so, please contact Deborah Putnam, director of Little Folks.
Since the welfare and growth of each child is our mutual concern, we welcome conferences with parents. These may be made by appointment or be impromptu as you drop off or pick up your child.
Teachers set clear and fair limits for classroom behavior. Teachers guide the children to resolve conflicts and model these behaviors through their own actions and words. Teachers encourage appropriate behavior by talking to the children and patiently reminding the children of the class rules and the reasons for these rules. While dealing with issues of conflict, teachers will always speak in a caring and respectful manner to the child. Teachers may not use any strategy that hurts, shames, or belittles a child. They may not use any strategy that threatens, intimidates or forces a child. Occasionally, a time-out chair may be used to emphasize the importance of following the class rules. If a problem persists, we will set up a conference between the director, teacher, and the parents to discuss the needs of the child and to devise a strategy for the future. If it is needed, the parents will be referred to appropriate agencies and professionals who can further help their child and family.
Little Folks of Fourth does not use corporal punishment. We do not use food as a reward or punishment, and, we do not use or withhold physical activity as a punishment.
Parents are welcome to bring in special treats to celebrate a child's birthday. Refer to our "Allergy Information" on page 9 when planning what to bring. Please check with your child's teacher to see what might work best for their classroom. Candles are not allowed by DSS regulations because of the potential fire hazard. And please do not send hard candies or balloons because of potential choking hazards.
Parents and caregivers bring their children in to the classrooms each morning and come to the class to pick them up each afternoon. We will allow the person who dropped off your child to pick him up unless we are otherwise informed. Children will be released to their legal guardian or another adult specified by the legal guardians. When you need a friend or relative to pick up your child, tell the classroom teacher or the director, when dropping them off in the morning, the name of the person picking up your child or call and leave a message with the director if something comes up during the day. If we do not already know the person that is to pick up your child, we will ask to see their driver's license to be sure of their identity. If there are certain people who are specifically not allowed to pick up your child, you need to write that on your child's information sheet and verbally inform both the teachers and the director. If we are in any doubt about your child's release, we will not let your child leave Little Folks until we have spoken to you for verification.
If Greenville County Schools have a 1 or 2 hour delay we will still begin at 9:00 a.m.
If Greenville County Schools are closed for snow, then Little Folks is closed.
A $250 enrollment fee for the first child and $200 for each additional child is to be paid at the time that the child is registered. This fee covers registration and materials for the Sept.-May school year. The Summer Program has a separate enrollment fee.
Cost is $18.75 per day per child (new rate effective 9/8/2015). Payment is expected even if your child cannot attend (your payments are depended on to pay teacher salaries). Tuition is due at the first of each month. Checks should be made payable to Little Folks of Fourth. Please note on your check your child's name and the days that he attends, and the month for which you are paying to help in record keeping.
There are scholarship funds available if you need assistance. Donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible. For more details about this opportunity please refer to the LFF Scholarship Fund page included in this document.