Intention Deep Experiences Across Lifecycles

Excerpts from the Staff Handbook

Keeping the children SAFE

Keeping our standards HIGH


Interpersonal Expectations of Teachers

Teacher – Child Relationships


  • Treat each child with respect
  • Acknowledge and greet each child and family upon entering the classroom.
  • When parents are ready to leave the classroom (in the morning), intervene easing the process
  • Acknowledge when a parent walks into the classroom to pick up his/her child. Say goodbye as they leave the classroom or playground.
  • Monitor and support the children’s health and cleanliness
  • Allow them to be the best they can be
  • Speak to them at their level of understanding
  • Provide and maintain a nurturing, stimulating, safe environment
  • Provide your honest attention when needed
  • Require their behavior to be as respectful of others and their environment as they are able
  • Put their needs first while they are in your care
  • Be ready for them each day
  • Treat their work and process as valuable
  • Advocate for their needs to parents and other professionals
  • Treat each child with consideration of his/her needs and abilities
  • Set rules and consequences at their level of development
  • Be consistent
  • Be an admirable role model
  • Use their time wisely
  • Allow them to be co-creators of their learning experience
  • Understand that each child is unique in his/her development and learning style.
  • Teach the whole child
  • Use language that encourages children as opposed to language that limits children. Limit the use of the word “No” and think on different alternatives.
  • Remember that each day is a new day in dealing with children
  • Bathroom Supervision
    • Infants, toddlers and two years old
      • Bathrooms’ doors must be closed at all times when bathroom is not in use.
      • When child goes in the bathroom, teacher supervises inside or right outside the door.
      • When necessary, the teacher is allowed to wipe the child.
    • Threes and Pre-k
      • Door needs to be slightly open when bathroom is not in use, unless you have a classroom with a half door.
      • When a child is in the bathroom, if the door is not a dutch door (divided horizontally), it cannot be completely shut. Teacher must be aware of a child inside the bathroom and available to him/her.
      • During rest time and open exploration allow only one child at a time to be in the bathroom; during transitions, two children can be in the bathroom; however a teacher needs to be inside or right at the door supervising.
      • Teacher guides the process of wiping, encouraging learning and independence; however the teacher has permission to wipe the child.
    • Regarding the wiping, think, how would I like my child to spend his/her day at school in regards to private parts’ cleanliness?
    • All children must be supervised while in the bathroom. You need to make sure each child is:
      • Wiping properly (if needed).
      • Clothing is properly in place when finished. This includes underwear, pants, skirts, belts, etc.
      • They flush
      • They wash hands properly
      • The toilet is clean for the next child
  • Beverages – Coffee & Soda
    • If you wish to drink hot coffee it must be kept in a “travel mug” with a lid. Please do not walk around the classroom drinking, place your cup off to the side out of reach of the children
    • Soda should be poured in a cup; we all know soda is not healthy and we do not want to encourage children to drink it. We always have to be good role models.
    • You are always welcome to have a water bottle at hand; it’s a good healthy habit to model.

Please wear closed toed shoes

Flow of the Day

  • Although the teachers in each classroom set their own flow of the day, there are some basics that need to be covered and consistent throughout the school. They are as follows:

7:00-9:00 Before Care

Breakfast time ends at 8:30 to allow for before care clean up and for a smooth transition to the child’s home classroom. Teachers are not to prepare breakfast for the children. Parents need to bring it ready to serve from home or prepare it themselves upon arrival and before leaving.

8:55 Sharp Classrooms doors open for the day

Setting up the classroom properly before the children’s arrival is key to having a successful day. A professional teacher greets the children warmly and captures their interest and attention by having new activities displayed on the tables. The lights should be on, blinds open, and music can be playing before the children arrive.

  • Children are to be acknowledged and greeted as they enter the room. Parents are to be acknowledged also.
  • Hand washing upon entry to the class is a must.
  • Morning drop-off is not the time for lengthy discussions with a parent. Please invite them for a meeting at a time that will not infringe on class time.

Rainy Day Drop Off – Between 8:45-9:00 ONLY (as stated in the Parent manual)

In the event of heavy rain, preschool staff will be available for carpool drop off between 8:45 and 9:00. Sign in books will be brought to the cars and a staff member will escort the children to the classrooms. If parents wish to drop off their children at carpool but still bring them into their class, the children will wait for the parents in the lobby while they park their car.  

Cars are not to be left unattended under any circumstances at the carpool line.

An all call will make staff aware of the for rainy day drop off. All staff members whose planning time is between 8:30 and 9:00 must report to the lobby.

Morning Mifgash

Open Exploration

For some reason, sensory experiences tend to be forgotten. Be mindful of the importance of exposing the children to sensory experiences on a daily basis.

Keep in mind that the easel should be always available to the children.


Snack is required to be given in all classrooms twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. No snacks will be distributed after 5 pm. Parents want children to be ready for dinner when they pick them up from school.


“We eat our own lunch” rule is strictly enforced. There is no sharing of lunches among children.

A napkin dispenser should be on every table for keeping tidy and cleaning up spills.

Rest Time

Shoes on

Calming Activity proceeding naptime such as story time etc.

Nap time is not break time. It is ideal time for the teacher to work on lesson plans, write notes to parents, write the daily report etc.; however the children always come first. Lead teachers have their designated planning time after 3:00 p.m.

Children who don’t nap, after30 minutes need to be engaged in an activity with or without the teacher.

End of the Day Mifgash

It’s very important to have a “closing” of the day. The content of it can vary from classroom to classroom; however to end the day should be a daily ritual of the class, which in terms will add a component to the classroom culture.

Outdoor Time

Each classroom is assigned a morning and an afternoon playground time. It is imperative that your children spend time outdoors. Nature walks around the campus and through the preserve are strongly encouraged as well.

Volunteers – CIT’s

Must be 16 years of age or older.

Must have all proper paper work (in compliance with JCC and Department of health) completed before starting their assignments.

Are required to sign in and out of the school and specify their classroom assignment during their time at the school.

Must keep all confidentiality about the children in the school.

Must abide to the staff manual rules and regulations.

Are permitted to

Read stories to the children

Help with all projects

Help during lunch and snack time

Sing songs and play with the children

Swing children on swings on the playground

Are not permitted to:

Pick up any child at any time

Be alone with a child

Be in the bathroom with a child

Change any diapers or pull ups

Speak to parents regarding child’s day and/or behavior with a parent


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