FAQ

  • Are you a licensed daycare/preschool?

    Yes, we are licensed by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene/Bureau of Daycare (herein referred to as the DOH).

    My child has food allergies.

    With our vast experience, we have gained much experience with a variety of issues that affect children, including allergies. All you need is a Doctor’s note and we mutually agree what would be best for your precious child.

    My child does not speak English. Do you admit children who speak a different language?

    At Sunny Skies we are very diverse in every sense of the word. Our families and staff all come from varied parts of the world and are very welcoming and patient with those of us who also come from abroad. Within a very short time span children usually immerse fully in the English language as they get a lot of exposure to literature as well as social experiences.

    My child is still using diapers, do you accept children who are not fully trained?

    We accept children who are still in diapers and when the child is ready to say good bye to them we help with the training.

    What is your staff to child ratio?

    Our staff to child ratio is 1:6 in the toddler and preschool.

    What are the qualifications of your staff and are they screened?

    All of our teachers have either their Masters, Bachelors, and/or Associates degrees in Early Childhood Education. All staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. Every staff member is thoroughly vetted by finger print, background check and a rigorous interview process.

    Do you provide meals, and how often do the children eat?

    We do provide meals. The children eat at least three times a day, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. All meals are catered via Regina catering. Food menu are updated on our site monthly.

    How frequent are diapers changed?

    Our caregivers and teachers are trained to check the children regularly. Most children will go through 3-4 diaper changes in a day while others will go through 4-5. Parents are responsible for providing diapers, wipes and creams for their child.

    Do you provide potty training and/or does my child have to be potty trained to start?

    Yes!! we provide toilet training and dipper changing. your child dose not need to be fully toilet trained to start our program.

    Do the children nap and how often?

    Yes, the children nap. The children will often nap just once a day. every school has a daily nap schedule between 1pm and 230pm regardless of the child’s age.

    What if my child doesn’t want to nap?

    We encourage every child to take an afternoon nap. However, we understand that some children have different sleep cycles and we are sensitive to this. If your child refuses to take a nap they will be given quiet activities to do or help the teacher with art work while the other children sleep.

    What type of extracurricular activities do you provide?

    In addition to our educational curriculum we also provide music (piano), art (painting, canvasing), Dance (music & movment) and foreign language (Spanish).

    Do you have a schedule in place?

    Yes!! at Sunny Skies Preschool we have a schedule in place. updated schedule can be found on our site.

    What is your sick policy?

    If your child exhibits symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lack of appetite, jaundice, etc. you will be notified immediately and depending on the severity of the symptoms you will be required to pick them up early from school child will be awaiting your arrival at the school office. We understand that you are working parents and do not need to be notified about every cough and hiccup, however, we must maintain a clean and healthy environment for all of our students while they go through the process of building their immune system. Therefore, we have very strict rules regarding children when they are sick.

    What if my child gets sick? Can you administer medicine, and how soon can they return to school?

    We do have an on-site medical staff member and therefore are able to administer any medication of any kind. All staff at Sunny Skies Preschool are trained in administrating EpiPen or epinephrine injection used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. If your child is running a fever, the child may not return to school for at least 48 hours after the fever breaks without the aid of a suppressant such as Tylenol or Motrin. We also require that you submit a doctor’s note stating that the child is able to return to school. This is all mandated by the DOH.

    What if my child is hurt while at school? Will I be notified?’

    Yes, if your child sustains any injury while under our care you will be notified via telephone immediately. In addition to the call you will also be required to sign an incident and injury report which explains how your child sustained their injury, who was supervising at the time and how the injury was treated if treatment was deemed necessary. Signed copies of the report are placed within your child’s file and copies of your child’s report are provided upon request.

    May I come by and visit my child at school during the day? May I call to inquire how he/she is doing?

    Your visit will create an expectation in your child that he or she is being picked up which will invariably cause an upset when your visit is over. However, you may call as during nap time 1pm and 230pm as often as you like to inquire after your child. Please ask for your child’s teacher who will gladly take your call and update you on how your child is doing.

    How late can I drop off my child?

    We recommend dropping your child off no later than 10am. This is when the curriculum of the day begins. Early pick up for the occasional doctor’s appointment or early trip departure is allowed. Keep in mind that if you need to bring your child in late for any reason that we do not accept drop-offs later than 12pm.

    Is there an early drop-off and/or late pick-up schedule?

    Our school hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday. Earliest drop-off is at 7am and latest pick-up is at 6pm. However, if you are running late we ask that you notify us in advance so that we can let your child know and make the proper accommodations to have one of our caregivers or teachers stay late. There is a late fee which will be added to your childcare bill.

    How often are you closed?

    We are open year ’round and observe most major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Parents are furnished with a school calendar prior to each school year.

    If my child is not reading and writing all day, what is my child learning?

    A LOT. children learn a lot in preschool by virtue of even being around other children! Besides the social aspect that preschools can offer, they learn skills that provide confidence, independence and problem solving skills. All of this is needed in order to learn to learn and will be the common denominator in all learning for as long as the child is alive. Sounds far out doesn’t it? That is the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    At Sunny Skies we strive to include as many fun, engaging, thought provoking and open ended activities in our day; children make choices on where they want to learn and the teachers encourage children to develop math, science, language, social and interpersonal skills, all while “playing” or being a helper in the class.

    n the application package I see a form for income eligibility, but the upk or 3k I applied for is free. What is this for?

    The income eligibility form is for our food program, that is sponsored by the department of health, child and adult food program. Which is different than the DOE 3k/4k.
    The form MUST be filled out for every child enrolled twice per year, once during enrollment in September and another time in February. The forms are used for us to receive reimbursement for expenses related to providing food for our students, the forms never leave our offices and we simply tell the government how many qualify in the program for us to get full reimbursement, partial reimbursement or no reimbursement.

    The form asks for various pieces of info, let’s go over that:

    – For families who receive SNAP, they just need to fill the information on the left side, sign and date. Submit to our office.
    – For families who don’t receive SNAP, fill out the right side of the form by putting all the names of people who live in your household and their income. Include children even as they don’t have income, every single person must be listed. Then, write your name and sign the form. It asks for the last 4 of your social, we can’t make you give it to us but we still need that area to have something there, so if you don’t have a number or are hesitant to provide it put NONE on that line. Submit to the office.

    After all forms are submitted we tally them and create monthly invoices to allow us to serve healthy meals for our children. Without the information from the forms, it would be too expensive to provide the meals and that would either mean that we can’t provide at all or that we would have to bill our families directly, please help us provide for your child by filling out the forms.