Frequently Asked Questions:
What is your teacher:student ratio?
There are 2 teachers (Jamie and Gemma) and 9 students in each class.
Do you follow the public school calendar?
Yes, Play to Learn closely follows the Loudoun County Public School calendar. The first day of school is the day after Labor Day, and we end on the 2nd Friday in June. During the winter months, we follow the LCPS inclement weather closings and delays.
Do you offer after hours or full-time care?
Play to Learn is a traditional half-day preschool program. We do not offer full-time care or day care services.
How can I best prepare my child for preschool?
Do children have to be potty trained?
We recognize that potty training is a developmental process and that children achieve it at different times. Students do not have to be completely potty trained to attend Play to Learn. If your child is not in underwear yet, please send in pull-ups so that we can change him if necessary.
What is your teaching philosophy?
We believe that children learn best when they are engaged in rich, meaningful play. The teachers carefully plan and organize the classroom so that our students have opportunities to explore art, science, math, literacy, drama, and more during centers. We recognize the importance of kindergarten preparation and work with our students to achieve the skills that they need to enter school. (Jamie is a Reading specialist, after all!)
For a glimpse at how we learn through play, please take a look at these posts:
Click HERE for a virtual tour of our classroom.
What is your sick policy?
Children with a fever of 100° or above may not attend school. Children must be fever free and have not vomited for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Contagious diseases (a complete list will be provided to each family at the beginning of the year) must be brought to our attention immediately. All families involved will be notified. Medication (other than Epi-Pens for allergic reactions) cannot be
administered at school. This includes asthma inhalers, Tylenol and other over-the-counter oral medications, but it does not include topical ointments such as Neosporin or sunscreen.
Do you provide snack?
Yes, we provide a healthy snack and drink each day. Our school is nut-free and we publish a menu for each month. There is no additional fee for snack.
What happens if a teacher gets sick?
In most cases, we will have a substitute teacher come in to teach with Jamie or Gemma. The school will not close if a teacher is absent. In very rare cases (it has happened once in 10 years) if both teachers are ill, we will close and parents receive a prorated tuition refund.
What are the fees and tuition?
Information about our fees and tuition are included in the school handbook that families receive upon touring Play to Learn. Please email Jamie at PTLpreschool@gmail.com to schedule your visit.
Why should I send my child to Play to Learn?
Families who choose Play to Learn are looking for an intimate classroom setting with low student-teacher ratios. They want their young children to have highly qualified teachers who are experts in the field of early childhood education. Play to Learn families appreciate the tremendous level of care and love that their children receive while at preschool. They realize very quickly that registering their child is more than just signing him up for preschool. Registering at Play to Learn means that you have become a member of our tight-knit family. Don’t take our word for it. Click HERE to read what other families have to say about their experiences at Play to Learn.