Nursery Schools

Voluntary Registration of Nonpublic Nursery Schools and Kindergartens

Guideline

Sample Table of Contents for a Parent Handbook
(add or delete based on local policies and procedures)

 

History and Philosophy

Goals and Objectives

Regulatory Oversight

  • Registration - NYS Education Department (NY SED)
  • Licensing - NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OFCS )
  • Accreditation - National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Governance Status

  • Corporation
  • Doing Business As (DBA)
  • Board of Directors
  • Trustees

Policies and Procedures

  • Health
    • Required Documentation
    • Environmental Precautions
    • Guidance for Parents
    • Administration of Medication First Aid and CPR
    • Special Medical Conditions (include allergies) Diagnosed Special Needs
    • Student Physicals
    • Dental Exams
    • County Inspection (as required)
  • Nutrition
    • Meals and Snacks Food
    • Allergies Learning
    • Experiences
    • County Inspection (as required)


  • Safety
    • Physical Environment
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
    • Social - Emotional Environment
    • Supervision and Adult-Child Ratios
    • Emergency Procedures and Documentation
      • Fire Drills
      • Local Fire Inspection (must be submitted to NYS Education Dept.)
      • Illness
      • Accident
      • Identification of a Safe Haven for Evacuation
      • Procedure for Sheltering in Place
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Program Description

  • Type of Program (Nursery School, Kindergarten, Parent Cooperative, Montessori, etc.)
  • Facilities (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Hours of Operation
  • Staffing Pattern
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Student Enrollment
    • Regular procedure
    • Special conditions
  • Arrival and Departure
  • Holidays and Birthdays
  • Other Special Occasions
  • Visitations and Observations
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (progress monitoring)
  • Field Trips/Enrichment Experiences
  • Daily Schedule and Transitions (may include naps, rest and exercise)
  • Child Management and Discipline Strategies
  • Home - School Communication/Parent Participation Plan

Fiscal Operations

  • Tuition Schedules
  • Registration Fee
  • Late Payment/Overdrafts
  • Sibling Enrollment and Discount Vacation Benefit
  • Withdrawal from Program

Miscellaneous

  • Parking – Pick Up/Drop Off Zones
  • Transportation
Last Updated: May 28, 2009