Our mission at Funtime Preschool and Funtime After-school is to provide a premium level of care, for children ages six weeks through twelve years, which meets the safety, nutritional, developmental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children we serve.
We believe that children learn by doing. Therefore, we implement a thematic curriculum using a center-based, hands-on approach, based on Christian principles in order to prepare children for their future.
We are keenly aware of our responsibility to the children, parents, and community we serve, to maintain the highest level of childcare available. We expect every member of our staff and every child enrolled to be of the highest level of character, conduct, and cleanliness. Our policies governing these expectations are strictly enforced. We strive to provide each child and each family with as much personal attention as possible to ensure every reasonable need of every child is met or exceeded.
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HOURS OF OPERATION
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. We ask that when picking up your child, you arrive no later than 5:55pm so that you may have time to gather your child’s belongings and speak with your child’s teacher. We close at 6:00pm sharp. Your child has had a long day by this point, and so have our teachers and staff.
After 6:00pm there is a late pickup charge of $10.00 for each 10 minutes or portion thereof. After repeated late pick-ups, you may be asked to find a center that better fits your schedule.
All enrollment forms must be completed before your child may attend. Applications are subject to review and approval by Funtime management. We reserve the right to deny any application due to enrollment limitations or medical or behavioral problems, or any other reason we feel that enrollment of a child is in any way not in the best interest of Funtime. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, or race for the enrollment of children. Please inform us of any changes in addresses, work and home telephone numbers, places of employment, or individuals authorized to pick up your child. In particular, the state requires for the health of all children that a current Immunization Form 121 be on file. This must be on the state approved Form 121 provided by area Health Departments or doctor offices.
ACTIVITIES & DISMISSAL
By enrolling your child at Funtime, you as a parent or guardian give permission for your child to be involved in the activities and events at Funtime. You further understand that Funtime is a private childcare center whose goal is to provide a positive, enriching preschool and after-school environment. Although rare, a situation may arise in which it becomes evident that the needs of a child cannot be met effectively by our center. A decision to dismiss a child will only happen after we feel every option has been explored. Every measure will be taken to meet the needs of the child in question, and our Director will assess each dismissal not only with regard to the individual child’s needs, but also the needs of all the children served. The parent will be a central figure in the discussions regarding this issue, but the decision to dismiss a child must be left to the discretion of our Director.
Funtime uses the Early Learning Guidelines and Early Learning Standards curriculum which is recommended by the Mississippi State Department of Education and the Quality Stars Rating System for Early Education Programs. These standards create a framework to ensure children are ready to process information needed for a smooth transition to the Common Core Curriculum implemented in our public school’s K5 classrooms. All of our lead teachers have been trained to implement these benchmarks using methods that best match the way we know young children learn and develop.
Children learn best by doing, and our Curriculum uses a developmental “hands-on” approach built around weekly or monthly themes. During each week we address all areas of development: social, emotional, physical (large and small motor), cognitive and language development. Lesson plans are prepared weekly and posted in each classroom.
There is a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. Our classrooms are set up in a learning center configuration, which allows each child to choose activities in the different classroom areas. The activities in each learning center are planned by the teachers to facilitate discovery learning.
Our daily schedule includes large group, small group, and individual activities as well as learning center times. The children are guided and encouraged to learn new self-help skills, think for themselves, make choices, experiment, explore, make mistakes, and have a lot of fun in the process. These centers are very similar to what you will find in area kindergarten classrooms.
Our Pre-School facility was built and opened in 2007. It is the product of many years of experience, research, and design. It is just over 10,000 sq.ft. in size and no stone has been left unturned and no expense spared to ensure the safety of every child we serve. All electrical outlets are 48″ above the floor, well out of reach of young children. Doors are equipped with magnetic locks controlled by keypad access to keep uninvited guests out and children in.
The building is constructed of non-combustible materials with an all-steel frame and metal studs, all-brick exterior, and metal roof. We have also added a fire sprinkler system which protects the entire building. All of these features make our facility virtually fire and storm proof. Our facility consist of 14 large themed classrooms and is equipped with over 20 video cameras which provide live streaming video viewable by parents via the internet. Trane air conditioners with special filters in every room ensure clean, fresh air is always circulating at Funtime. Also, classrooms are designed to meet ECERS* and ITERS** standards (much higher than Health Dept. standards), and are equipped with intercoms so teachers can quickly reach the office without taking their eyes off the children.
Our playground is well over an acre in size and shaded by large oak and pecan trees. This gives children plenty of room to run and play an endless number of games and activities. Our playground equipment is high quality professionally installed commercial equipment designed with safety as the top priority. A poured-in-place rubber flooring provides the highest level of safety to minimizes the risk of injuries. The entire playground is also regularly professionally treated for ants, poison ivy, and other outdoor undesirables. Children and parents love the never-ending variety of fun, healthy, and educational activities, as well as the safety, convenience, and friendly professionalism that can only be found at Funtime. It’s great to be a Funtime kid!
*Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale **Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale
At Funtime Preschool encouraging strong parent involvement is a priority. There are several ways that parents can stay up-to-date with what’s happening in their child’s classroom. Parents have access to monthly calendars with lunch menu, special activities, weekly units and more; daily reports about your child; live Kiddie Cams to monitor your child’s classroom; enrichment programs that are optional add-ons to your child’s regular curriculum.
Each month we print calendars for most age groups. These calendars are for the purpose of keeping parents informed about the following; snacks, meals, activities, weekly units, daily lessons, field trips, what to bring, holiday closings, picture day, and other important information. Please pick up and keep a current calendar at home so you can check it each day before coming to school. Calendars are available at the front check-in desk at the preschool and the after-school centers.
PRESCHOOL DAILY REPORTS
Each day in most preschool classrooms, you will receive a Daily Report that contains details about your child’s day, including how they ate, slept, played, and what they learned. For younger children, the report includes information on diaper changes.
KIDDIE CAMS – INTERNET CAMERAS
Included in your tuition is access via a secure Internet Server to the cameras in your child’s classroom, playground, and our Kid’s-Café so that you may view the activities and your child’s participation in those activities. Access to our system is limited by password protection.
PARENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
If an issue arises that cannot be addressed by your child’s teacher, we ask that you notify one of our Directors. If you still feel that your issue has not been addressed properly, please feel free to contact the owner. The owners of this center are onsite daily and welcome your input.
We have arranged with an outside vendor to take pictures of your child 2-3 times each year. You will be given advance notice of the schedule so that you can prepare your child. Purchase of pictures is optional and is made directly with that vendor.
From time to time, we will offer enrichment classes (dance, music, KinderTOTs, etc…) for children that are very popular with many of our parents. We will post information as these classes become available. These classes are over and above our regular curriculum and are generally taught by professionals from outside our center. Parents pay these professionals directly. Information will be posted at the front desk as classes become available.
When you take your preschool child on vacation, you pay half a week’s tuition in advance to reserve your child’s place. This option is available for one week during a calendar year. After one full year of enrollment at Funtime, you may take a full week off at no charge. Attendance for one to five days counts as a full week for tuition purposes. For school-age children, a “free week” applies only to summer camp.
Funtime observes and will be closed on the following holidays.
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- Day After Christmas
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
No discount from tuition will be made for holidays or other days on which the facility does not operate or opens late (i.e. snow days, etc.).
In the event of unusual weather conditions such as snow or ice, you may call us at (601) 925-KIDS or 924-6500(after-school center). Though you may use the Clinton Public School closings as a general guideline, we will attempt to open or stay open later to accommodate our parents. Should schools close early for any reason, we will always make every effort to pick up our after-school children and get them back to the center for you to pick them up as soon as possible.
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