Parent Handbook

Daily services

1: Food & Menu

1: Food & Menu

Our comprehensive school meals do not only consider children’s nutrition and appetite, but also serve as a cultural part of education. Recipes are provided by a professional nutritionist so our children will be exposed to a well-balanced diet. We offer both Chinese and foreign cuisine to allow our children exposure to a wide variety of different cultures and customs regarding food. This will help to expand the vision and experience of our children. The weekly menu is posted on the website and on the school bulletin board. Recipes are regularly revised.

During lunch, the teacher will introduce the geographical origins of the food culture and customs and share any related stories. The children will be involved in food preparation, setting the table, service to others and, finally cleaning up after the meal. Children are very enthusiastic in this area and enjoy actively participating in lunch preparation activities. They also enjoy the calm and harmonious lunch atmosphere they helped to create. Teachers will also introduce table manners to the children, such as how to leave the table, how to use different utensils, how to serve meals to friends and so on.

2: Afternoon Nap

2: Afternoon Nap

Children under 4 years old are in a stage when they are sensitive to movement and sensory stimulus. They are more easily physical exhausted. They need an afternoon nap to regain their energy and process and absorb all the new information they are learning. We have prepared a separate children’s sleeping area for this purpose. Nap time is usually one to two hours.

For children over 4, they are mainly in a stage of exploration and development of their cognitive abilities. They are less easily physical exhausted compared with children under 4 years old. We will provide nap time according to different children’s physical and mental conditions. Children who do not participate in an afternoon nap will return to the classroom for extended periods of work such as mathematics and language, or participate in other arts programs. If an older child is recovering from an illness or is in physical need of a nap, parents can inform us in advance to arrange a period of rest.

3: Toilet training

3: Toilet training

We require all CASA students to be toilet trained before their enrollment. After the initial training period, children should be able to use the toilet independently under the supervision of the teachers. The teachers will remind the children repeatedly of the importance of hand washing and toilet flushing after using the toilet. We hope you will continue this with your child at home to consolidate the habit. If a child has not completed toilet training prior to starting, the teachers will work with the parents to discuss any further strategies that may be used to assist the child becoming independent.

IC program students will gradually complete toilet training with the help of teachers and with the assistance of the parents. Teachers and parents will be in communication regarding their child’s development.

4: Clothing Requirements and Preparation

4: Clothing Requirements and Preparation

1) Dress requirements:

Please dress your child according to the weather and prepare them for indoor and outdoor activities. Clothing including hats, handkerchiefs, sunscreen, rain covers, rubber boots, gloves, scarves or other clothing suitable for different weather may be used.

2-3 years old

  • Young children’s clothing should be easy to put on and take off, with elastic belts around the waist so that children can help themselves more easily. Shoes that are easy to put on with no laces are recommended.

4-6 years old

  • Their clothing can have a variety of fastenings, but please consider the child’s degree of independence and ability to put on and off their clothes, shoes, shoelaces, belt buckles and so on.

2) Spares

Please put your child’s name on the following items, bring them on the first day of school, and hand them to the class teacher:

  • 2 years old: Prepare three to four sets of extra clothes
  • 3-4 years old: Prepare two extra sets of clothes
  • 4-6 years old: Prepare one extra set of clothes

Items such as extra underwear, shirts, pants, indoor shoes, and jackets can be stored in the children’s cubby room.

3) The children’s cubby

The children’s cubby, where shoes, jackets and bags are kept, is considered part of the classroom environment, so please regard it as such. After the children enter into the classroom, they will begin their work to take care of themselves and their environment. Managing their personal items is part of the daily classroom routine in Montessori education. The child will have daily practice and gradually develop an orderly habit to replace their personal items where they belong.

Tips

1) Please write or embroider your child’s name on your child’s best clothing. This is to help avoid them being taken by mistake.

2) Before school starts, please check your child’s pockets and backpack. Do not let your child carry paper, pens, bookmarks, stickers, candy, toys, jewelry and other valuables to school.

1: Food & Menu 2: Afternoon Nap 3: Toilet training 4: Clothing Requirements and Preparation