Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can a child begin at DKK?
Children must be 3 years old to attend DKK. For children who turn 3 during the school year, they may start attending in September or January, or at a later date, depending on their birthdate.
We offer a 2 day program for all 3 -5 year olds. We also offer a third, Friday morning class for children who are eligible to go to Kindergarten in Fall 2018. Children are considered eligible if they are 4 years of age as of March 1, 2018. Please see registration forms for complete class listings.
Do I need to volunteer on a regular basis and need to take an active part in the class room?
No. Parents do not have to fulfill volunteer duty days. However, even though volunteering is not mandatory, DKK requires volunteers for various tasks. These include being part of the executive, which is a parent volunteer group, helping during field trips to assure an adult to child ratio of 1:3 and working shifts at our bi-annual casino-fundraiser. DKK also needs additional volunteers to work in assisting our teachers and board members.
Which field trips does DKK include in its curriculum?
We are very happy to being able to offer various field trips and extra in-house programs during the school year. The type and frequency of fieldtrips depends on the teacher’s curriculum, program availability and budget.
Are there additional charges for field trips?
No. Your monthly tuition includes all admission fees and in-class program costs.
Do you offer transportation to field trip destinations?
No. Families have to drop off and pick up their children at the field trip destination.
Does my child have to speak German to attend?
No. Die Kleine Kinderschule prides itself on the fun basics of German learning. We start with numbers and colors and gradually expand their German vocabulary. More than half of the children do not speak German or come from a home where German is spoken.
Does my child have to be toilet trained to attend DKK?
Yes, children enrolled need to be toilet trained.
How do I pay tuition fees?
Fees are paid through direct withdrawal services. As part of registration, parents are provided with the necessary forms.
Do I need to provide a snack and what should I send?
Snack time is an important time to socialize and practice table manners. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing a simple, healthy snack and drink each school day. Snacks must be kept in a small snack bag or container with your child’s name labeled on the inside. This is placed in your child’s cubby during drop-off, and is not refrigerated. If sending grapes, they must all be sliced in half. Unsliced grapes will be returned home. Please do not send candy or pop as these may cause jealousy and result in problems.
What is the policy for nuts?
DKK is a NUTFREE preschool. There are a few students who have severe nut allergies. It is crucial that we keep nuts of all kind out of the classroom. Please read the labels of all food that you send with your child for a snack. Look for items that are clearly labelled Nut-Free, and/or made in a Nut-Free establishment. If it doesn’t mention anything about being nut free, play it safe and look for something else. If your child is like the many who love peanut butter…please feel free to try the nut free butters such as WOW Butter.
What clothing/shoes are recommended for the program?
Children should be dressed for the weather. We try to go out as much as possible, even in the winter months (as long as it’s not too cold), so please make sure your child has appropriate warm clothing (hat, gloves, coat). Please ensure your child has a spare set of clothing and indoor shoes to leave in their cubbie. When selecting indoor shoes for your child for preschool, choosing a pair that is easy to put on and take off (and that your child can try and do themselves) is a great choice! Not only does it build confidence, it saves time for parents and staff too. Please label all clothing items.