What is the difference between a daycare and preschool/early childhood center? A daycare, or childcare, center is designed to provide safe care for your child, while a preschool is intended to do all of that AND stimulate learning, creativity, and essential skill development to prepare your child for the classroom experience. Daycare centers will often move children from room to room over the course of the year as they “age-up.” In our early childhood preschool, we keep classes together with the same teachers for an entire school year.
Is it better to start my child in the half day or full day program? That’s up to you and what works best for your family. We find that the consistency of coming to school each morning makes for a smooth transition. Nap or rest time is an important part of the full day program, since little brains need down time in order to reinforce the learning they are doing in school.
What type of licensing and accreditation do you have? The Margaux School is licensed by the Florida Department of Child & Families (DCF) and is accredited by that National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The combination of these two certifications reflects our commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for your child. In many cases, our own standards exceed those required for certification!
What is your educational philosophy? We believe in the competency of all children. By providing a positive, engaging
secure setting, every child is given the opportunity to discover his/her whole self in relation to the world around them.
Tell me more about the Spanish program!! In August 2017 we launched a full-day Spanish immersion program for children ages 18-35 months. From the beginning of the day to the end, children in our Spanish immersion classes will explore, discover and play in a Spanish-rich environment. For the 2018-19 school year we are expanding to a Dual Language program for our 3s.
What is your children-to-teacher ratio? Our ratios are in keeping with the NAEYC Standards and considered best practices in early childcare. Playgroup 1:4, 2s 1:6, 3s 1:8, 4s 1:9. Frequently, to build our warm and supportive environment, our ratios are even lower!
How many staff members CPR and first aid certified? We require that every member of our staff maintain a current certification in both CPR and first aid, even though the state dictates that only one person must have these credentials.
Do you welcome parent involvement? Can I stop by unannounced? The answer to both is a resounding, “YES!” Our school is a community that embraces the whole family. We host events throughout the year to encourage families to be involved in their child’s experience.
What is your policy regarding sick children? In order to protect all children in our program, your child must stay home when any of the following conditions are present: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. We ask that the child be symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.
How do you communicate with parents? We use Remini, an easy to use app that is used to track attendance, photo sharing, and parent communication. This app can also track naps, potty or diaper notes, as well as food eaten. You may also email teachers or call the office with any questions or concerns. We have an e-newsletter Margaux Chai-Lights that is published every other week.
What if someone other than my spouse/partner or me has to pick up my child? In order to protect your child, we require that you provide the names of any individual who has permission to pick up your child. We require advance notice from you when someone other than a family member will be picking up your child and will check identification. If we have any questions or concerns, we ask that you are available via cell phone to provide confirmation.
What security measures are in place to protect my child? Your child’s safety and your peace of mind are of the utmost concern at the Margaux School. Our entire facility is fenced in and the outside entrance is monitored throughout the day. All visitors must register in our office. Security is provided by uniformed members of the Coral Gables Police Department at all times when children are present
How often do you clean the rooms and toys? All of our facilities (including toys) are cleaned at least once a day. Our teaching staff and maintenance team work together to ensure that our facility is sanitized and disinfected on a regular schedule.
How is snack and lunch handled? Children bring a Kosher-styled (no meat and cheese together) lunch each day. Except for Wednesdays when we have pizza and popsicles. Snack is served family style and brought in by our families and healthy snack lists are provided to families. On Fridays, we have challah and cream cheese for snack, which is provided by the school.
What are your rates? We do not post our rates but are happy to email you. Please contact us and let us know the program you are interested in.
What do the registration and administrative fees cover? These fees help offset the administrative expenses for processing your family’s registration, setting up payment plans, and monitoring your family’s account. If you have any concerns about these fees, please talk to us!
What hours are you open? We are open Monday through Friday. Our half-day program is 8:30-9:00 drop off to 12:15 pick up. Our full-day program is 8:30-9:00 drop off to 2:45-3:00 pick up. We also offer extended day from 7:45am to 8:30am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
What days are you closed? We are closed for Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, and Memorial Day. Our winter break is two weeks long, and our spring break is one week long. We are closed one week between school and summer camp and 3 weeks in August between summer camp and resuming school. Additionally we are closed for four teacher-work days and two conference days. A complete calendar is provided at the beginning of the school year.
What is intersession camp? During winter and spring break we offer a “mini-camp” during these vacation times for parents needing child care. Generally these camps are smaller in size, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, we may offer these camps during the summer in June and August.