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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does my child need to be potty trained?

A: Yes. Due to the fact that classes are routinely held outside and bathroom facilities are limited it is important for children to be potty trained before coming to Leaping Lizards.

Q: How old does my child need to be before enrolling at Leaping Lizards?

A: Children must actually be 3.6 years old ( three and a half) before the beginning of the school year. The reason for this is that children need to have developed a reasonable amount of emotional and social maturity in order to do well at Leaping Lizards Nature Awareness Preschool. Due to the fact that we do not have four walls around us means that safety for the children is key. Children who are already three are better equipped to respond to the limits set at school.

Q: How often do parents participate?

A: All parents of enrolled children have the privilege of being the “lucky parent” and hiking with the group on a purely voluntary basis four to five times during the academic year if they so choose.  Signing up for volunteer days is organized at the beginning of the school year.

Q: Can my child attend four mornings a week?

A: Children are enrolled in either of the two two-day-a-week programs. Currently, there is no availability for four  days a week.  A young five year old child could be considered for four days a week but that would be decided on a case-by-case situation.

Q: Do I provide a lunch for my child?

A: Yes. Parents provide a healthy lunch and water for their child. The school provides a healthy snack and water during the outing.

Q: Do I need to provide a car seat for my child?

A: No. The school is equipped with car seats and booster seats for all children. The seats are all federally approved and children are required to be properly secured at all times while the vehicle is moving.

Q: How far do you travel with the children?

A: The shortest drive is approximately 15 minutes and the longest drive is 30 minutes. During the driving time, children listen to age-appropriate music or stories or they engage in animated yet quiet conversation with the teaching assistant and their peers.

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