Nursery and Preschool Classes
Our nursery has no cost, and is staffed by parents of children 2 and under and parent volunteers. Parents of nursery aged children will be given a schedule at the beginning of the school year.
Activities like watching veggie tales, sing along songs and snack, play times and nap times are offered. Please pick your baby up before lunch as no nursery is offered between 12:00 and 12:40pm.
**It isn't required that you place your baby in the nursery, however, we do ask that families serve in the nursery during the time that they are assigned so that it is available all day to everyone. This is a co-op and it requires that ALL families contribute. This is where we ask families of babies to help because we do not ask mom's of babies to clean up after co-op, help in classrooms, or contribute in multiple other ways to co-op because we know you are helping in the nursery and have a little one.
**If your baby is younger than 6 weeks old, please plan to keep them with you or speak with Lisa directly about signing up for nursery. Parents whose babies are younger than 6 weeks will not be on the nursery schedule until their baby is at least 6 weeks old.
**There is always a walkie talkie in the nursery, please call the desk if you need help.
**When your baby comes to the nursery please place a name tag to their back or pant leg, their bag, and to you.
**Please pack a diaper bag with a sippy cup, a ziplock baggie of cheerios (or similar snack) labeled with your child's name, a change of clothes, a bib (if needed) and diaper changing supplies.
**If your baby wears cloth diapers you will be asked to come to the nursery to change them.
**If your baby has an allergy please make sure that is listed on your emergency forms.
**Please leave shoes and strollers outside of the nursery. Please do not allow children 3-13 in the nursery unless they are helping as part of a class.
**Sickness, car trouble, or a rough morning can mean that someone isn't able to come to co-op that day. If that happens, please let the nursery coordinator and the security coordinator know asap so that we can find a mom to help cover.
**If your child has had a fever in the previous 24 hours or is currently vomiting, has diarrhea, or a croupy/persistent cough please do not bring them to the nursery. Wash hands frequently and use ‘Green Works’ disinfectant spray on toys at the beginning and end of the day to help prevent germs spreading.
** If you are scheduled to work in the nursery, please be in the nursery for the entire time you are scheduled. Sometimes families run late, had to go out to the car for a minute, went to check on a sibling.... they may not be there right at the class change (or even 15 minutes later) so don't assume that no one is coming and leave.
**If you need to swap the hour that you are in the nursery, please let the nursery coordinator know beforehand.
**We are a baby friendly co-op, we love that there are so many little ones, babies are welcome anywhere as long as they are not crying and disrupting/distracting a class. We are also very friendly to breast feeding - there is a private area in the nursery with rocking chairs, couches in an upstairs lounge, or couches in the entry hall which are comfy places where you won't be bothered (the entry hall does get noisy/busy sometimes)
Our preschool classes are designed for children who will be 3 by 12/31/2019, but are not yet ready for kindergarten. Class sizes and activities will depend upon the number children in this age range and their parent's participation. Children who are 2 1/2 are often permitted to move into Preschool second semester if they can listen carefully, follow directions, share and are not a disturbance to the class. Each Preschool class costs $10.00
Story Time – 9:00 – 9:55am
Join us for some cuddle time while we learn fun songs and spend time with mommy playing games and reading stories.
All supplies are provided, just bring your mommy!
ABC Safari – - 10:00 – 10:55am
Explore a new theme with us weekly as we learn our letters, colors, shapes and numbers through songs and story time, active play, sensory activities, seat work to build fine motor skills and a take home craft! Supplies: 3 ring binder: Not decorated, we will do this the first day of class and use them for name recognition throughout the year! File folder: To be used weekly for our ABC treasure map! Free-cycle items from home as needed.
Item for sharing: Each week the children are encouraged to bring a theme related item to share!
Numbers and Shapes– 11:00am - 11:55am
Each week we will learn about a different number or shape and cover basic math concepts. Counting games and basic number recognition along with fine motor skills will be our focus.
Music and Movement –12:45pm -1:40pm
Sing a long, wiggle, and actively celebrate music together as we learn about notes, beats, instruments and rhythms in this fun and active class. Supplies: Free-cycle items from home like an empty water bottle or paper towel tube.
Preschool STEM class - 1:45pm – 2:40pm
Together we will learn about how our community works and meet the first aide and fire safety requirements for Ohio by speaking with professionals from our community. This will include fire-fighters and paramedics, police officers, postal workers, political figures and many more. Supplies: Folder
Preschool craft & art – - 2:45pm - 3:40pm
We will be reading a book and doing a craft or 2 each week based on the theme of the week. We will be enjoying a snack during this class as well. Items needed: parents will be asked to bring snack 1 or 2 times per semester.
The following supplies will be provided: Worksheets and craft supplies for the year, musical supplies, active play supplies (mats, balls) non toxic (Crayola) crayons, chubby pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and safety scissors.