WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PARENT PARTICIPATION AND A CO-OP PRESCHOOL?
In both kinds of schools, parents are required to work in the classroom. In a co-op, parents are the actual owners of the school. They elect a board who makes decisions such as curriculum issues, the hiring of staff, and tuition. Parents are required to fund-raise, work in their child's class, and participate in school clean-up days. South Bay Family Tree is a parent participation school. We are part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District and Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Because SBFT is part of the public school system, all teachers are required to have teaching credentials issued by the state of California.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE PARENTS?
In the one-day classes, parents attend with their child and are encouraged to actively participate in the class. In the multi-day preschool classes, SBFT parents are required to work in their child's classroom one day a week. In addition, classes that meet three to five days a week have a monthly night-meeting. Parents may occasionally be asked to do small jobs (prepping art supplies, washing towels, etc.) outside of class time. Parents are encouraged — but not required — to participate in clean-up days. Parents are not asked to fund-raise.
WHEN CAN I TOUR THE SCHOOL?
Open House takes place the first full week of February. Individual tours can be arranged throughout the year by calling 310.376.6211, ext. 12.
WHAT DOES A "PLAY-BASED" CURRICULUM MEAN?
The play-based curriculum at South Bay Family Tree does not mean that the children have “free” play the entire school day. It means that children are provided with open-ended materials — blocks, straws, pipe cleaners, recyclables, fabric, yarn, tiles, stones, twigs and other engaging materials with which they can manipulate, create and build. Children construct knowledge through hands-on play at learning centers. Playing with open-ended materials alongside, and in collaboration, with others is not only inspiring but socializing as well. A play-based curriculum intentionally incorporates reflection, allowing children to think deeply. The teacher provides enough space, enough materials and enough time and arranges the environment so that play can happen. There is structure during the school day when the children participate in music and movement, storytime, snack, outside free play, as well as activity time in the learning centers.
CAN GRANDPARENTS/NANNIES/OTHER CAREGIVERS WORK IN THE CLASSROOM?
Yes, they can substitute for the parents as long as they are able to support and guide all the children in the classroom.
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
Tuition for (September to June) is payable over three terms. Please check the South Bay Adult School site for specific fees.
SBFT offers “mini-classes,” which range from $40 to $65 for six-weeks.
SBFT has a six week summer term. Tuition for the 2016 summer term ranged from $40 for one-day/one-hour classes to $315 for three-day/four-hour classes.
In addition, most classes have a non-refundable registration fee.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE POTTY TRAINED?
WHAT IS THE CHILD:ADULT RATIO IN THE PRESCHOOL DROP-OFF CLASSES?
The ratio ranges from one-two children per adult in the two-day classes to four-five children per adult in the five-day classes.
ARE IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED?
Yes. As of January 1, 2016 the state of California requires immunizations for children enrolled in any school or child-care facility. This does not apply to the one-day classes where parents attend with their children. For questions and immunization schedules, please refer to: www.shotsforschool.org.
HOW DOES THE WAITLIST WORK? IS THERE A FEE?
If a class is full, you are given the option to join the wait list during the online registration process. If a space opens up, the office will contact you. Our wait list applies only to classes currently open for registration. There is no fee to add your name to the wait list. If your first choice class is full, you may register for another class and put yourself on the wait-list for your top choice. If a space opens up, you will be allowed to transfer with no loss of registration fee.
Please note that during fall enrollment (which takes place in March), returning students are allowed to register one-week before new students.
WHEN CAN I ENROLL MY CHILD?
Because we are part of the South Bay Adult School, enrollment is under the parent’s name. The online registration process will ask for the names of the attending children.
Enrollment starts in March prior to the new school year that begins the following September. Enrollment continues throughout the school year as long as there is available space.
I HAVE TWINS. IS THERE A DISCOUNT? HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO WORK IN THE CLASSROOM?
SBFT offers a 25% discount for the second tuition. To receive this discount, you must call the office to register ― it cannot be applied online. Parents work one day a week in the two- and three-day classes, and twice a week in the five-day classes.