Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK)
PRE-K | 4 Years Old
Wow, just one year left before kindergarten! Our two goals for your children are to prepare them for kindergarten and make their final preschool years ones to remember!
EDUCATION IS THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO
Safety of your child is our #1 priority
Every choice we’ve made at our center is to ensure the safety of your child. From the proper beds and mattresses, to fun but age-appropriate toys, and of course our incredible staff that will care for your child like their own.
GROWING AND LEARNING
- are accepting of others
- enjoy playing with their peers
- enjoy helping those around them as they try to gain more independence
- become more demanding and competitive with others as they play
- our priority is to explain equality, humility, and empathy
WE WORK ON THEIR:
- reading and writing and math skills
- critical thinking
- creative thinking
- music and movement
- healthy meals
Our little VPKs have completed the milestone of going through preschool and learning as much as they have. They are completely accepting of others and enjoy playing with their peers. Helping those around them becomes important to them and will do anything asked as they try to gain more independence.
These little ones will at times become more demanding and competitive with others as they play, but in this age group, it is our priority to explain equality and humility. This is the last year in preschool before moving on to Kindergarten so at Springview Academy we make sure to make it special and memorable.
You tell us what you'd like
Your preferences are incredibly important to us, so please let us know all about your little one and we’ll do our best to cater our care to their needs.
Our VPK Program Children flourish in routine!
Toddlers feel confident in themselves and secure about their world when they know what to expect. Which is why we have carefully designed a routine that best fits their natural rhythm and your schedule!
ARRIVAL TIME | 6:30am-9:00am
- Your VPK’er Gets A Warm Welcome From Our Teachers and Staff
- Yummy Healthy Breakfast (8:00am)
- Personal Hygiene Care Routine (diapering/potty/handwashing)
- Free Play (we arrange self-directed activities that help your child gain indepedence and learn about themselves!)
TRANSITION | 9:00am
CIRCLE TIME | 9:05am-9:30am
- Teacher-directed Activities (Where they can share their thoughts, ideas, and spend time with their peers by participating together – great for their continuous language development and expanding emotional and social skills)
LEARNING CENTER | 9:30am-10:00am
- Learn about different subjects at school in a fun manner
- The class is divided up in activity rotations (puzzle play which helps stimulate critical thinking; coloring which promotes creating thinking)
WRITING/READING ACTIVITIES | 10:30am
- Activities that develop their language and social skills as they begin to write and read, resulting in a headstart in the literacy learning process
MATH EXERCISES | 11:00am
- Exercises geared to expand cognitive and critical thinking
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT | 11:30am
- Great way to refresh the children and get them excited for the rest of the day
- Allows for expression of their creative thinking as they sing and dance along with their peers and teachers
LUNCH | 12:00pm-12:30pm
- All meals* provided in our preschool follow the USDA child care food program
OUTSIDE | 12:30pm-1:00pm
- Outdoor activities that promote fine and gross motor development
NAP/QUIET TIME | 1:00pm-2:00pm
- Time for refreshing their attentiveness and recharging for the rest of the day
SNACK TIME | 2:00pm-3:00pm
PLAY | 3:00pm-5:00pm
- Continue their rotations into different activities led by their teacher
AFTERCARE | 5:00pm
*We ensure your VPK’er gets a healthy balanced meal. An example includes milk, pulled chicken with an optional sauce, corn or other vegetable, macaroni and cheese, and peaches. Yum!
Frequently asked questions
On your first day here’s a list of the items to bring with you:
- Book Bag (no wheels)
- Please bring with you an extra change of clothes including an underwear and a pair of socks in a labeled zip-lock bag in case of any accidents.
Additionally please write your child’s name on ALL of his/her supplies!
**DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE CHECKLIST HERE!
Students in both the preschool and the upper school must wear a uniform daily.
The uniform for students in the preschool consist of an aqua blue or fuchsia school t-shirt and khaki embroidered shorts. Students enrolled in the upper school must wear a blue, navy or orange school polo and khaki pants or skirt. All students must wear closed toe shoes. In the event that it is cold students may wear a navy school cardigan or plain navy sweater.
Our center uses Preschool2Me, an app that connects parents and the childcare center by providing digital daily reports, pictures and messages. In addition, parents may phone or e-mail us at any time. Parents may also request a parent/teacher meeting. We have an open-door policy, so parents may drop in at any time, but please stop by the office so that we can make sure the visit is not disruptive to the child or the classroom.
We gladly welcome parents to join us for celebrations, birthdays and presentations. A teacher may also ask for parent volunteers to help with an activity. If you would like to participate you may always ask the administration for opportunities. All parents who volunteer in the child’s class must pass a level 2 DCF fingerprint clearance.
Infants nap every day from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
A developmental assessment in conducted annually. In addition, formal assessments are conducted quarterly. These assessments not only help parents to understand where their child is in his or her development, but also what areas can be strengthened. These assessments guide us, as educators, in developing our curriculum so that it matches the needs of the children in the class.
Yes, Springview Academy is accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). In addition, we are also the only Disney Certified Childcare Center in North Dade, Florida.
We take the safety of our campuses very seriously. Our school is assessed for safety by the local police department in addition to having all our teachers and staff have all attended active shooter trainings. In addition, there are multiple security check points:
- Secured front entry door.
- Only authorized admittance. Unauthorized persons must wait to be assisted by a staff member.
- Immediate photo identification on office staff computers as parents and children enter to verify identity.
- Instant electronic record of your child’s arrival and departure.
- Computerized record of all individuals authorized to pick up your child.
- Security cameras throughout to ensure safety.
- Keypad system for access to the school.
You must give a minimum one month’s notice if you intend to withdraw your child from school, and partial months of attendance must be paid in full.
All students should bring an “emergency” change of clothes. Children who are not potty trained should also bring diapers and wipes as needed.
Our school is open from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.
Every single staff member at Springview Academy is First Aid and CPR certified.
Our preschool is an Early Learning Coalition provider and accepts their School Readiness and VPK program. Our Upper School accepts the Step Up for Students Scholarship, McKay Scholarship and Hope Scholarship. Co-pays may apply.
To keep our children, their families and our staff healthy, we require that any child with a fever, vomiting or contagious disease be kept at home. We ask that children go fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with contagious diseases must bring a clearance letter from the doctor upon their return to school.
We hope you do! We encourage you to visit while the program is in session to get the full experience. We offer individual tours during the day as well as one Open House in the beginning of the school year.