Little Giants – FAQ

  1. What does a daily school routine look like? Is it possible for me to have a copy? The daily timetable is different for each class. For the older children (4-6 year olds), maths, literacy, craft, and outdoor play take part in the mornings and understanding the world, physical education, art and language class are in the afternoons. The 2-3 year olds learn through play-based activities focussing on language and communication, expressive arts, numeracy, literacy, the world around us, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. A copy can be sent if requested.
  2. Is there a planned program? Is it possible for me to have a copy to track what my child is learning and reinforce it at home? A learning journey on the website shows a weekly overview of your child’s learning. Spelling and reading words will be sent home weekly. Your child’s class teacher will also message what they will learn weekly.
  3. What happens if my child wakes up with sniffles? Is it okay to send them to school if they have no fever or other symptoms? Due to the pandemic, children with high temperatures, sniffles, or coughs will need to do a Covid home test before coming to school. A child with sickness or diarrhoea will also need to stay home until symptoms are clear for 48 hours. Please refer to our illness and medication information in the handbook.
  4. Do I still need to pay fees for the days my child is off sick? Yes, if your child is off for a short period, fees will still have to be paid. However, fees will be reimbursed if your child is off due to long-term illness. Please refer to the fees policy for further information.
  5. What happens if a school day falls on a public holiday? Do I still need to pay fees? The tuition fees for 199 teaching days are spread over the year. You do not pay for school or public holidays.
  6. What happens if we go away on holiday? Do I still need to pay fees? If so, at what rate? We suggest holidays be taken when Little Giants is closed. School fees will still need to be paid if holidays are taken during school time.
  7. Do you require that my child be vaccinated? We expect all children to have the relevant vaccinations throughout their time with us. Please complete the vaccination list on the enrolment form.
  8. What would you like me to pack into my child’s school bag? Your child does not need a school bag, as a bag will be provided and is left on their peg at school. Older children will be provided with a reading folder to carry their book, spellings and words, and any shared information. The school will provide snacks and water. Spare clothes, nappies and wipes must be left in school in the bag provided.
  9. What is the class size? How is it arranged (as in the different age groups and levels of ability)? We currently have four year groups, Playgroup (age 2-3), Nursery (age 3-4), Reception (age 4-5) and Year 1 (age 5-6). Children 2-3 will have one member of staff for five children. Over 3’s will have one staff member for eight children. There are always at least two members of staff in each room.
  10. Do the children have snacks/meals? If so, what will they eat? We will provide a healthy snack with every session and water throughout the day. Healthy, vegetarian and fish meals will be provided for full-time children, and a weekly menu is available on our website. For the younger children, we will give feedback to parents daily regarding what and how much the child has eaten.
  11. What if an accident or injury happens at school? We will ensure that any accidents will be dealt with and reported immediately. Please refer to our accident policy in the handbook for further information.
  12. If my child is at school all day, how do you organise nap/sleep time? We have a relaxation period after lunch providing quiet time for those who require a nap. We will record how much sleep your child has and give feedback daily. If your child does not need a rest, they will join in with the afternoon activities.
  13. What is the fee structure? How much does it cost per day or week? When should I pay? Payments are based on a yearly fee. It can be paid in full, half-yearly, or quarterly payment can be made. Fees will need to be paid within one week after the invoice has been sent. Please refer to our fee policy for up-to-date fee prices and payment dates.
  14. Are there any resources you recommend we use to assist our children along their learning journey? Toys, books, websites, videos, apps etc. We will use the Chip, Biff & Kipper books and provide the necessary words for your child to practise at home (age 4-6), and we will use Ruth Miskin for the phonics (age 3-4). The learning journey will state our themes and the weekly books we read. There are many useful Apps and Websites for your child to use; we will provide a list of our favourite ones on our website. Please feel free to share the ones your child enjoys.
  15. What is the orientation procedure? What do we need to do on the first day? An enrolment meeting will be held where information will be shared, staff introductions will be made, a tour of the school will be given, and the necessary paperwork will be completed. Please refer to the handbook for more information regarding the settling-in period.
  16. Are all the staff qualified teachers? We have one qualified foreign teacher, one primary qualified foreign teacher and one qualified EFL teacher. All our Vietnamese teachers have a degree in Early Childhood as required by the Education Department. All staff are first aid trained, and some are part of our fire safety team.
  17. Do you offer language lessons (other than English)? Yes, we offer Vietnamese too. Vietnamese speaking and listening are part of our curriculum taught in the afternoons.
  18. How do you encourage this journey if my child is not yet toilet trained? Do you change nappies? We will follow the routine established by the parents for potty training or using the toilet. We insist on leaving plenty of spare clothes and wipes at school. Teachers will change diapers; however, we will encourage the children to use the toilet or potty. Diapers need to be provided by the parent.
  19. How is feedback on my child’s learning provided? How often should I expect this? The class teacher will complete the Learning Goals for each child at the end of each block (about eight weeks). This information is fed back to the parents in January and again near the end of the school year.
  20. Do you give children screen time? If so, how much per day? Children will have no more than 30 mins screen time throughout the day. We may read stories, sing songs, dance and watch a relevant animation relating to our theme. We will share any Youtube clips and stories we read for you to use and enjoy at home.
  21. How do you handle negative behaviour? We believe in using positive praise, rewards, and redirection, but we may have to use a quiet mat or chair if we feel your child is not responding to a quiet word or needs calming down. We will support the parent if they have other methods already in place at home and may work in our school too. We will record and give feedback daily regarding any negative behaviour. If behaviour consists, we will hold a meeting with parents.

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