How Are The Kids Grouped? In each classroom, we have 12-14 students in a group. The students are grouped by age.
What is the Teacher to Student Ratio? 1 teacher for every 3 infants (3 months-12 months) 1 teacher for every 4 young toddler (12 months-20 months) 1 teacher for every 5 older toddlers (20 months-3 years) 1 teacher for every 6 preschoolers (3 years-6 years)
Are You Offering On-site Visits or Virtual Only? We offer both on-site touring and virtual touring, it depends on the the COVID-19 situation and guidelines from SFPDHD
What Ages Do You Accept? We accept infants beginning at 3 months to TK (Preschool for all and TK qualified program
How Flexible Are Drop-off and Pick-up Times? Students will enter and leave the school in units of classroom groups. Each group has a fixed drop-off and pick-up time. Notify the group teacher one day prior if you will be early or late to pick-up or drop-off times.
Staff Qualifications All Little Panda Childcare Center teachers meet or exceed the California State Department of Education (CADE) licensing requirements. Every year, the teachers, must complete a required number of continued training hours. All of the staff have experience working with young children in a supervised program. In addition, our staff members truly love and understand child development and our school’s project-based philosophy.
Confidentiality Confidentiality plays a vital role in promoting respect for every individual and fostering a strong community. Little Panda Childcare Center takes confidentiality very seriously and makes every effort to protect each family’s privacy. Communications among staff and parents about children should be kept confidential at all times. Little Panda Childcare Center recommends that conversations about a child, behavior or a specific incident should be conducted in private, away from the child and other members of the Little Panda Childcare Center community. If a parent has a question or concern, we suggest that this parent first contact the teacher via email or in person to arrange a time to discuss.
Are Meals Provided? We only provide snacks twice a day.
What if My Child Doesn't Know Any Mandarin? We have balanced literacy to support your child in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and representing. Students as always evaluate as fluent in Mandarin from SFUSD.
Does My Child Need To Be Potty Trained? Students are not required to be potty trained, we have very successful toilet learning methods.
When is Nap Time? Infants and toddlers can nap at anytime when their tired. Older toddlers and Preschoolers nap time is 12:30- 03:00 PM
How Often Are Field Trips and to Where? Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we visited the library every Tuesday, and play in the park or hiking every Friday. Every academic year, we organize field trips for students to visit different places. For example, museums, SF Botanical Garden, Academy of Science, SF Zoo, Exploratorium, pumpkin patches, etc.
Can Students Enroll in the Middle of the Year? Applications are accepted throughout the year. When new registration takes place, applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
How Do You Handle Discipline? Little Panda Childcare Center is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all children. The school’s behavior policy encourages children to develop social skills that reflect many of Little Panda Childcare Center’s values, including self-control, respect for others, and a positive self-esteem.
Teachers model appropriate behavior and guide positive interactions among children and adults. Nurturing these social skills is a central component of Creative Curriculum®, and it helps children grow as successful, lifelong learners.
What Are Your Protocols Regarding COVID-19? When it’s your group’s time to drop off or pick up, please line up on Gorham St and maintain a social distance of 6 feet. When you arrive school but it’s not your time to drop off or pick up, please wait across the street. Parents are required to wear face covering during drop-off and pick-up time. Children who are under 2 years old are not required to wear a face mask(Not recommended these masks: plastic masks, ski masks with nose or mouth holes, masks with check valves, designed to be used more easily Breathing (these valves are usually about a quarter of the size of a plastic disk inserted into the front or side of the mask). Weekly health surveys are required. Every child must have a daily health check in the center or nursery. The home teacher will check the temperature of children and staff 3 times a day and monitor for coughing, shortness if breath and other COVID-19 symptoms. Try to spend as much time as possible doing outdoor activities. Each student maintains a 6 feet difference during nap. Students' personal items such as quilts and mattresses will be placed in separate bags and stored separately. Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior includes washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or singing happy birthday twice while washing hands. If hands are not dirty and/or you do not have access to a sink or other hand-washing stations, sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol will also work. Staff will also supervise and assists children as they practice healthy hand hygiene to ensure they are washing their hands correctly. Staff will also wash their hands after helping others wash their hands. All students and staff should practice healthy hand hygiene when they arrive to school and after their breaks, before and after handling food and/or drinks, feeding children, before and after changing diapers, after using the restroom or helping a child use the restroom, after touching a bodily fluid such as blood, saliva, mucus, or urine, after bringing out the garbage and/or touching garbage, and after playing outdoors.After a student plays with a toy/toys or touches any materials such as trays , the toy/toys and all materials used in the activity will be disinfected and wiped down before another student can use or play with it. During outdoor activity time, only one designated group will be allowed to partake in the activity at a time. After the group finishes with their activity, all surfaces, materials, and toys used or touched will be disinfected and wiped down
How Frequently Are Toys and Classrooms Sanitized? •Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used. •Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are clean. •Machine washable cloth toys should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. •Do not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other. •Set aside toys that need to be cleaned. Washing with soapy water. Try to have enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings. Children’s books, provide books with sheet protectors HEPA grade air filters and HVAC UV light have been installed in every classroom.
What is the Procedure if a Child is Sick? If child or family has any symptoms of Covid-19, parents need to inform the school immediately. The child will need to stay home from school until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, or have quarantined for 14 days. We will follow the guideline of SFPDHD to amend this protocol if need.
Application Process • STEP 1: Book your online school tour This is a parent/adult only virtual information session (via Zoom) led by Tiffany and includes an introduction to Little Panda philosophy and curriculum, preview of classrooms and learning materials, COVID adaptations, enrollment process, Q&A and current Little Panda parents. Please note: The Online Info Sessions are for adults only.
Step 2: Application and individual in-person school tour • A non-refundable and non-transferable applicationfee of $100. Please PayPal to Little Panda. • School will arrange a time with you to visit after we receive your application fee.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. If spaces are not available at the time your child’s application is processed, he/she will be placed on the wait list. To confirm the application and documents are processed, you will receive a confirmation email upon receipt. ***Admission is accepted throughout the year as soon as space becomes available***
Step 3: Acceptance and Deposit Once notified of acceptance, families must submit a two-week deposit to secure the child’s enrollment space, schedule a play date, complete all documents/forms in the enrollment package, and attend an orientation meeting. More specific details will be provided in the acceptance email.
Or confirm with the Little Panda Preschoolto put your child into the waiting list. The require waiting list fee is $250. The waiting list fee, $250, is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please PayPal to Little Panda Preschool.