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Frequently Asked Question

General:

  • At what Age does Little Elly accept students?
    We welcome children from 1 year through 6 years of age.
  • How do you Group Children?
    We typically determine the placement of your child based on age
  • What are your admissions formalities?
    The School academic year is from June to March. Admission may be granted during other months, depending upon the availability of seats. A birth Certificate as a proof of age from the Civic body is required at the time of Registration.
    Four passport-sized photographs are to be submitted at the time of the registration along with a copy of the immunization record of the Child
  • Do you provide any uniform or is there a dress code?
    We do provide a set of Uniform which is worn on a particular day for each group. On other days, children have the liberty of selecting their choice of colors and comfort. However we insist the parents to dress the children neatly in comfortable and easy to take off clothing for the bathroom. Keeping a spare dress in the bag is advised. Children must not wear any gold jewelry or bring valuable things from home to the school. The School will not be liable for any losses. Uniform is mandatory on field trip days.
  • Does the school provide transport facility?
    Many LE Centers provide transport facilities, but some centers have outsourced the facility to transport agents.
  • Does School supply the books?
    Yes. Specially made Activity Books & worksheets are used according to the age group of children. These are tailor made for concept development and are full of exciting activities for the children.
    Worksheets are given home regularly which can be retained. Parents have to make sure that books are returned back the next day.
  • My child does not speak English. How do you work with children who speak in their mother tongue only?
    It is not unusual for us to have children start with us who do not speak English. Our caring teachers are adept at making each child feel welcome and included in all activities, and parents will notice a burst of language early on. Children learn languages quickly, and our teachers are proficient in encouraging children to gradually begin to express themselves confidently.
  • Do you offer after school extended childcare?
    Yes, after school childcare is available at the select LE centers
  • Should my child bring a snack from home?
    Yes! In fact, parents are asked to send a small snack and water with their child daily. Snack box must be labeled with your child’s name. We recommend that snacks be nutritious and non-perishable. Suggestions for healthy snacks and lunches guidelines include: fruits, small sandwiches, vegetables, muffins, and cereal. Water is the recommended drink.
  • Do you accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions?
    It is our goal to keep each child with a food allergy safe and to accommodate identified food restrictions to best of our ability. The teachers will post all food allergies in the classroom in clear view along with the child’s photo. In order to best meet the children’s special dietary needs, it is essential that the centre staff and parents work closely together. Parents should discuss it with the Centre Head and the child’s teachers upon enrolment. Parents must submit written documentation with specific guidelines for addressing each special type of dietary need and food allergy.
  • Is Little Elly open if schools are declared closed by the media??
    Little Elly use KUSMA (Karnataka unaided school’s management association). The preschool will be closed when all the schools are closed too for some untoward incident. Make-up days will not be scheduled for days missed. No refunds are given for closings, holidays or illness.
  • Is LE affiliated or licensed to any particular board?
    Preschools in Karnataka are not regulated and do not yet come under any governing body. But we encourage our schools to register themselves with the Block Education Office so that any issues at a later date can be addressed through them.
  • How can I find out how my child is doing?
    Parents may schedule a meeting through phone or via email with the school. We have an open door policy so parents may drop in at any time, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom. Sometimes a peek through the window might be a better option.
  • How is Parent – teacher communication conducted?
    The Coordinator and the Teachers are always available to speak with parents about any concern, and a parent may request a meeting with their child’s teachers at any Saturday. Dropping off or picking up can be a busy time for staff. We encourage you to make an appointment so that undivided attention may be given to you. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents about the events and activities through the Newsletter. Additionally, teachers will share pictures of the child enjoying activities on Facebook as well. Each quarter, teachers evaluate their students’ progress through assessments which accompany parent-teacher conferences.
  • How can I be involved in my child’s school experience?
    Being involved in your child’s educational experience is very important. Although we do not have parent volunteers that work in the classroom, we provide many opportunities for parents to be engaged with their child’s learning. Families are invited to attend a number of events throughout the year, such as Grandparent’s Day, Mommies Day Out, Daddies Field Day, the Annual Day performance, and more! We gladly welcome parents to join us for special celebrations, birthdays and workshops. A teacher may also ask for parent volunteers to help with a particular activity. If you would like to participate you may always ask the Centre head for opportunities.
  • How do you cater to Individualized Learning?
    • Individualized learning in a preschool setting can take on many different forms.
    • First and foremost, it requires patience and dedication from the teacher, as well as top-notch organizational skills.
    • The teacher must have ample time to observe the students in his/her classroom, and be able to implement lesson plans that cater to each of her student's needs individually.
    • While lesson planning can still be organized in a general format, it will also be necessary to outline specific goals for each student.
    • In some cases, it may only be necessary to implement preschool individualized learning in only one development area, such as speech development. In other cases, the full curriculum will be affected.
    • One child may learn best by listening; another child may be a visual learner and need to see what is being taught. Giving each child the opportunity to learn in the way that is best for them means that you are giving them the confidence they need to be independent learners.
    Little Elly Preschool welcomes a developmentally inclusive program. Upon enrolment, the parent will discuss the child’s specific needs and the team will determine if the school can accommodate the child. The primary goal of our Program is to provide support in order to maximize a child's success and growth within a typical pre-school. The SEIT is responsible for carrying out the child's Individualized Education Program goals and working with the child towards the achievement of his or her goals.
  • When and how are children’s skills evaluated?
    Formal Assessments are conducted thrice per year. These assessments not only help parents to understand where their child is in his or her development, but also what areas can be strengthened. We incorporate both informal and standardized assessments during the year, as well as noting the individuality of each child relative to his or her own progress. These assessments guide us, as educators, in developing our curriculum so that it matches the needs of the children in the class. Teachers’ observations of a child reflect the child’s growth and needs, both as an individual and as part of a group. This plays an important role in the day-to-day plans of the class.
    Parent/Teacher Conferences are held thrice per year, immediately following the completion of assessments. These conferences are mandatory for the Kindergarten program, and highly encouraged for all other age groups. If we have a concern about your child’s development, a conference is required regardless of age. Conferences may also be requested at other times by either parents or teachers as the need arises.
  • Are you affiliated with any religion?
    No. Little Elly is a secular school and does not incorporate religion into our curriculum.
    Certain religious festivals and holidays which are culturally significant may be celebrated during the year with a non-religious focus. For example, in Diwali/ Id/ Christmas, we celebrate the holiday seasons with creative crafts and activities that are non-religious. We have a diverse community that encompasses many religions and cultures and we endeavor to be sensitive to every family’s beliefs.
  • How does LE prepare children for formal/primary school?
    • The well-balanced and holistic curriculum provides the hands-on exploratory learning experience that prepares the child for any type of formal schooling.
    • To that end qualified educationists provide expert counseling for parents too.
    • Kindergarten Graduates of Little Elly Preschool move on to a variety of schools. We receive very positive feedback from both parents and teachers that Little Elly graduates excel when starting primary school, and are at a significant advantage academically, socially and developmentally. Many of our students go on to pass rigorous entrance assessments into prestigious schools in the area.
  • Can I sit in with my child in class?
    Little Elly has an ‘open door’ policy in which parents are always welcome. To avoid disruption to the other students, please limit visits to 15-20 minutes. It is often helpful to let the teachers know when you are coming and who you will be bringing (baby brother or sister, grandparents, etc.).
  • Can we come and see the school functioning?
    Parents or guardians cannot visit the premises/classroom on a working day without prior permission of the Center Coordinator.
    They can attend the open day regularly or can also come on Saturday with prior appointment to meet the teacher or center coordinator.
  • Teachers and Staff:

  • What is the teacher to child ratio in each program?
    Our overall school-wide child to staff ratio is less than 10:1, with individual classroom ratios varying throughout the day. Our average classroom ratios vary for each program:
    • Playgroup: 15:2;
    • Nursery: 18:2;
    • &Kindergarten: 20:2.
    All classrooms have a qualified early childhood educator leading the class and an experienced sub staff. In addition to these two adults, we have floaters that “float” from classroom to classroom when there is a need for additional help. Classrooms may also have student teachers from our LETTER Academy working with individual students.
    Little Elly Preschool is licensed by the BEO and meets all of their requirements.
  • What is the educational background of Little Elly Teachers?
    Our Centre head and Teachers hold a Bachelor of Education degree and/or a diploma in Early Childhood Education and have previous teaching experience. Above all, we seek teachers with experience and passion to be in this field. All the staff have a valid Childcare First Aid certification and undergo a comprehensive Background Check.
    Little Elly Preschool also provides continuing in-service training and enables teams of teachers to attend conferences and workshops to bring back the latest in concepts, methods, and materials.
    Our Annual teacher trainings/meetings with the educational director serve as one of the most important training and resource gathering periods for our teachers. Our teachers have the energy, intellect, and charisma that take children on a magical and challenging voyage of discovery. Our teachers are well-educated and nurturing people who respect the children’s need for security while encouraging autonomy.
  • What is the turnover rate of your staff?
    Our turnover is very low. We have many teachers who have been with us from day 1. But we also are pleased to have a good mix of both mature and younger staff.
    We believe a school is only as good as its teachers, and we are fortunate to attract many exceptional applicants each year who are eager to become a part of Little Elly.
  • Is LE affiliated or licensed to any particular board?
    Preschools in Karnataka are not regulated and do not yet come under any governing body. But we encourage our schools to register themselves with the Block Education Office so that any issues at a later date can be addressed through them.
  • Curriculum:

  • What is the educational philosophy of Little Elly?
    The Little Elly approach emphasizes curiosity, creativity and hands-on learning. We embrace a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
    Our curriculum is time-tested, unique to Little Elly, and crafted by our own Curriculum Director. This customized curriculum is theme-based, and draws from multiple early childhood models, particularly Waldorf and Montessori. We believe this blend offers children the well-rounded experiences and skill set needed for their future academic success.
    Well-organized classrooms within our programs are divided into concept areas, and children have a multitude of materials available to them for various types of play. Each day is intended to be joyful and full of discovery. Teachers lead children through a variety of experiences and learning opportunities that balances academics and meaningful play.
  • How do you compare to the Montessori Teaching Philosophy?
    Our philosophy is developmentally oriented following a strong academic curriculum. Our program provides opportunities for being with other children in a setting conducive to the individual child’s development. We provide meaningful play to strengthen the child’s interests and natural abilities. This builds important foundations for gross and fine motor skills, as well as academic areas such as reading, critical thinking, and problem solving. We provide a warm environment for children where they receive the nurturing and continuous positive reinforcement they need to develop to their fullest potential.
    The primary principle among developmental preschools is to promote participation in age-appropriate activities, such as hands-on play, group story-time, and self-expression. Children are encouraged to learn through play. Most developmental schools include academic content. Developmental preschools have philosophies that draw from multiple educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf.
    Traditional Montessori programs are entirely child-directed within the learning environment. This method promotes a structured daily routine.
  • What makes up a typical day for children at Little Elly?
    We have a “Flexible Classroom Schedule” on each of our program. This schedule will give you a sense of what makes up a typical day for children in that specific program.
  • How much time will my child spend outdoors?
    Outdoor play is vital for young children, and we spend a significant amount of time outside at Little Elly.
    Many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. From venturing off-campus for nature walks and field trips to taking advantage of our playground, opportunities for wonder and discovery are limitless.
  • Campus:

  • How often is the environment cleaned?
    Our school employs a professional staff that does a thorough cleaning of the school at the end of each school day.
    The teachers themselves are diligent about sanitizing all surfaces when necessary, including after eating. All toys, playground items and materials are regularly cleaned and replaced as needed. .
  • Is the school secure?
    We take the safety of our campus very seriously. Our school implements a comprehensive security system, including multiple security check points:
    • Secured front entry door with a security personnel.
    • Only authorized admittance. Unauthorized persons must wait to be assisted by a staff member.
    • Manual record of all individuals authorized to pick up your child.
    • Security cameras throughout to ensure safety.
    • Traditional sign-in and out in classrooms.
  • Policies:

  • What is the school’s withdrawal Policy?
    You must give a minimum two months’ notice if you intend to withdraw your child from school, and partial months of attendance must be paid in full.
  • What if I decide not to attend or need to pull my child out of school before the end of the year?
    Our Withdrawal Policy is:
    Prior to the start of the school year, the tuition amount is refundable with written notice to the preschool coordinator postmarked by May 31st of the current year. Email notification is also acceptable if sent by May 31st of the current year. For notifications postmarked or emailed after May 31st, the entire June Tuition payment is forfeited. The Resource Fee and the Annual Fee are non-refundable under any circumstances.
    After the school year begins, through March 31st, withdrawal for any reason, requires a 60 day written notice or your tuition fee is forfeited. For withdrawal notice provided after December 31st, NO refund of the tuition will be issued for any reason.
    In all cases, you owe tuition through your child’s last day of attendance.
  • How children’s birthdays are celebrated?
    All children’s birthdays are celebrated at school. We do not make food the focus of the birthday, instead choosing to plan activities such as dancing, games, crafts or singing. We want to ensure that we adhere to our healthy food guidelines. As such, parents may not bring food items, goodie bags or decorations into the classroom or plan any special events. However, we welcome parent involvement in their child’s special day.
    Recognition of the child’s special day varies by classroom, but usually includes a birthday crown and the singing of “Happy Birthday”. If you wish to donate a book to the class you may put an inscription in the front of the book and the book will be read during class time on your child’s birthday. Teachers will make sure your child feels special on his or her day.
    If you are having an outside party, to prevent hurt feelings, please do not send party invitations to school unless you are inviting the entire class. To invite only a few children, please mail the invitation directly to their home or send direct emails to parents. Our office staff will be happy to provide you with home or email addresses for those families that have authorized us to share this information.
  • How does the school handle discipline?
    We utilize a “positive redirection” approach, in which we re-direct children to make appropriate choices. We encourage children to work together and “use their words” to solve conflicts. We give them key words to help communicate their needs. We do not use “time out”, however, we may occasionally give children a chance to calm down by having them engage in quiet time. We encourage empathy with others.
  • What will happen if my child acts up in class?
    If a child is having difficulty controlling their behaviour, we will try to redirect the inappropriate behaviour by providing positive alternatives. The teacher will talk to the child privately to explain the behaviour problem. Children may be directed to an individual activity (i.e. reading, puzzles) if the inappropriate behaviour persists. Should the problem continue, the parents would be informed.
    When a child displays unusual behaviour such as prolonged crying, tantrums, kicking, or biting, the parents will be notified immediately. Depending on the severity of the behaviour or where it is a recurring safety issue, the child may be dismissed from the program. This decision would be made after discussion with the parents, the teachers and the director. The Little Elly Director makes the final decision.
    Children are not punished using time outs, being left alone, or by withholding of food. Children will never be yelled at or have physical punishment or rough handling or be restrained or enclosed in a confined space. Teachers may ask your child to step in the hallway to calm down or talk with staff until they are no longer disruptive to the class.
  • My child has difficulty separating from me. What strategies can be used to help my child’s transition to the classroom?
    Prior to your child’s first day, we recommend a scheduled 30-minute parent and child visit to school to become familiar with the teachers and the child’s classroom and playground. Parents are encouraged to remain positive about their child’s new experience and be optimistic about the new transition. It is a good idea to have many conversations about school before the first day. On the first day, parents are encouraged to drop their child off and get the child situated and comfortable. After a few minutes it is important to say good-bye and assure the child that you will be returning later. During the child’s first few days, a modified schedule will be recommended to ensure a smooth transition.
    Additional separation information will be available during the parent orientation.
  • Should I stay to get my child settled when dropping them off?
    For some children, this is their first separation from their parents. We understand that this is often a difficult experience for youngsters. It is important to let your child know you are leaving, but will come back for them after class. For the first few days you may want to stay 5 to 10 minutes in the hallway or car. We will be glad to check on your child’s progress. Your classroom teacher will let you know when your child feels comfortable with the new environment.
  • What should I do if my child cries when I leave?
    Most children calm down in the first five minutes after their parent leaves. If you say your good-bye to your child and would like a report from us just stay in your car or give us the number where we can reach you and we will be glad to report on your child’s behaviour for the first few days.
    Anxiety also applies to children going through difficulties such as, but not limited to: nightmares, death in the family, divorce, illness, new baby, or simply a change in routine, etc. Please notify us of any changes in your child. All information is kept confidential.
  • Does my child need to be potty trained?
    Children in our toddler classrooms do not need to be toilet trained. If your child is in Playgroup or Nursery class, we encourage you to look for signs of readiness to begin the toilet training process. We will work with you toward achieving this goal. The Nursery classes require that children be toilet trained by the time they start the program. If this is a concern, please inform us before your child starts the program. Staff accepts toileting accidents as normal in this age group and will never single out or punish a child for the accident.
  • What should I do if my child is sick?
    Please do not send a sick child to school. If a child arrives with symptoms of illness, the child will not be permitted to stay. Children will be excluded from contact with the other children; seated with the staff at the front desk until parents can be notified. Please notify us if your child becomes ill and will not be attending that day. We ask that parents notify us when their child contracts a communicable disease. The preschool will notify all other parents about any communicable disease outbreaks (This does not name the child involved just the classroom to indicate highest exposure). A child will not be permitted to attend preschool when he or she have vomited, had diarrhea or had a fever during the previous 24 hours. Medication may not be administered during program hours, therefore, do not send any in with your child.
  • What should I do if my child loses an item?
    Children in our toddler classrooms do not need to be toilet trained. If your child is in Playgroup or Nursery class, we encourage you to look for signs of readiness to begin the toilet training process. We will work with you toward achieving this goal. The Nursery classes require that children be toilet trained by the time they start the program. If this is a concern, please inform us before your child starts the program. Staff accepts toileting accidents as normal in this age group and will never single out or punish a child for the accident.
  • Does my child need to be potty trained?
    Please label all belongings. Little Elly is not responsible for lost items. Lost and Found items are kept in a basket at the reception and are donated at the end of the school year if not claimed. Personal belongings should be kept in a bag or backpack, which will be stored in the classroom.
  • What should my child wear?
    Children should be dressed in comfortable, practical play clothes and dressed for the weather. The children may get dirty. Please plan ahead for your child to be out in all sorts of weather (not severe). If your child is not dressed in appropriate clothing, then we will have your child stay in with the coordinator while the rest of the class goes out.
  • What if I can’t pick up my child? Can someone else, do it?
    All those listed on our student registration form can pick up your child. You may also call us to notify us of a person not on your paperwork who will pick up your child.
    In case of separation between the parents, staff may not release children to anyone who is not authorized by the custodial parent. If the custodial parent is unwilling to give blanket permission to the non-custodial parent, permission must be granted for each specific occasion. A custodial parent denying blanket release must provide legal documentation regarding custody.
  • What if I am late for picking my child up?
    If a parent or authorized person is late in picking the child up, we will keep the child engaged with some activity. If a child is consistently picked up late, the school will take further action by raising the fee or calling a parent/teacher conference. Children become upset within parents are not on time so please call us if you know you will be late. Staff members are never allowed to transport children home.
  • Does my child need to be potty trained?
    Children in our toddler classrooms do not need to be toilet trained. If your child is in Playgroup or Nursery class, we encourage you to look for signs of readiness to begin the toilet training process. We will work with you toward achieving this goal. The Nursery classes require that children be toilet trained by the time they start the program. If this is a concern, please inform us before your child starts the program. Staff accepts toileting accidents as normal in this age group and will never single out or punish a child for the accident.
  • Financial:

  • How are the Fees determined?
    • Annual Fee:
    The Annual fees covers all the field trips and extra –curricular activities
    • Resource Fee:
    The resource fee is collected for supplies and materials provided by the school.
    • Tuition Fee:
    Tuition fee is charged to assist the funding of staff and faculty, course offering, facility upkeep and provide a comfortable student learning experience. Our tuition fee is set up by the HO, which is then divided into monthly payments for your convenience. We continue to pay teacher salaries and rent (our two biggest expenses) whether your child is ill, on vacation, etc. Therefore, your tuition is due and payable in full every term. Please notify us of any special situations that would affect your payment’s timeliness.
  • Are there any other expenses during the year other than the above fees?
    In general, all the above fees cover all educational expenses throughout the year.
    There is an “Annual Day” celebration fee at the end of the school year.
  • Are families expected to donate or fundraise for the school?
    Absolutely not! There are very few fundraisers during the year, and participation is entirely optional.
    We do have an annual charity “Diwali Mela’ which raises money for the neighboring orphanage. Families are encouraged, but not required, to participate in this charity fundraiser.
  • I find your fees higher compared to other schools, why is it so?
    We have done a thorough study to freeze our fee slab and we are convinced that for our quality, facility, care and the unique methodology, we are very reasonable. The fee we charge is less when compared to some other preschools. For one year, we charge Rs 30 - 35000, and this includes all the curriculum and study material. There are also field trips arranged during the sessions.
  • What if I decide not to attend or need to pull my child out of school before the end of the year?
    Our Withdrawal Policy is: Once your child’s school year begins and you find you must withdraw for any reason, you must give 60 days’ written notice or your tuition fee is forfeited and you owe tuition through your child’s last day of attendance. Written notification should be sent to the E mail address listed below.
  • Can I drop off my payment at the front desk?
    Parents can make their payments at the front desk, preferably through cheques only. Do insist on a receipt.
    For security and accounting accuracy we will not accept cash at the preschool desk. You may also choose to have automatic payments sent from your bank. You may also choose to pay the whole year fees in advance or pay for the entire school year.