Q: “Does my child need to be potty trained to attend Fairlington Preschool?”

A: No.

Q: “Is there before or after-care available?”

A: At this time, we are a morning-only preschool program and do not provide before or after school care.

Q: “Can I visit my child in their classroom?”

A: Yes! All parents are welcome to join their children for any part of their day. Simply contact your child’s teacher to arrange a day and time.

Q: “How are birthdays celebrated at Fairlington Preschool?”

A: Birthdays are recognized in the classroom with a special song or something specific to that classroom. If you would like to provide a birthday treat to supplement the regular classroom snack, please be sure to keep them small.

Q: “What should I expect on my snack days?”

A: Your child is assigned to bring snack about once a month to the classroom. Calendars are sent via email. We request that you send enough snack for the class (including the teachers) and that it be healthy. Please make sure the snack is nut-free. Some popular snacks are cheese sticks and pretzels, or apple slices and crackers. If you have further questions, please ask your child’s teacher or refer to the Snack Guidelines in the Parent Handbook.

Q: “I’ve heard of Stay and Play. What is it?”

A: Stay and Play is a 6-week program provided for our 4 year olds (Orange, Green, Red and Teal Rooms), in the fall, winter and spring. For a fee, your child will stay after school one day a week, eat lunch, and engage in fun play-based activities with two of our teachers. The hours are 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Q: Do you follow a curriculum?

A: Yes. We follow the HighScope Preschool Curriculum.

Q: What is the teacher’s role in my child’s play?

A: At Fairlington, our teachers participate in what we call “guided play.” Guided play encompasses all the positive aspects of child directed free-play, but also includes adult support, or scaffolding.

We believe that play is a child’s work, which is why we refer to the free-play time in the classroom as Work Time. During Work Time, our teachers can be seen on the floor playing with the children, encouraging the children to describe their ideas and plans, repeating and restating what the child said, and fully participating in the play at hand. 

This type of teaching helps build a very positive learning environment in our classrooms and helps strengthen and expand the ever-important play skills of our children.

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