Children’s Choice is an early childhood school for children, ages 2 years 9 months through 6 years. The school serves families in the Weymouth/South Shore area. Our program is designed to provide a positive environment in which to enhance the development of the child in all areas of his/her life:mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual.
Ms. Shirley Melder has been with Children’s Choice since 1990 as a teacher and as its director since 1999. Ms. Shirley graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in education and completed the Early Education licensing courses at Quincy College. All of her early education experience has been at Children’s Choice. She is the parent of three children and grandparent of four children. She loves Children’s Choice because of the joy she receives from working with the children and families as they begin their first school experience.
Mrs. Linda Sawyer is the lead teacher of the four year old pre-kindergarten classes. Miss Linda graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Linda has been working in the field of early childhood since 1981. Miss Linda is happily married to her high school sweetheart for 30 years and together have two wonderful grown children. Miss Linda has worked at Children’s Choice for sixteen years; her favorites moments are getting to know the children and their families, sharing God’s love with the children, and cheering for the Patriots!
Lee Anne Sousa
Mrs. Lee Anne Sousa has been with Children’s Choice since 1991 and assists the teachers in the 3 am class, the 4 am class and the PM class. Mrs. Sousa attended classes at Quincy College and is teacher certified. Mrs. Sousa spends time with her 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. She enjoys knitting, crocheting and playing the piano. She loves watching the children learn and grow. Mrs. Sousa loves Children’s Choice because of the quality staff and their dedication to the children and their families.
Miss Donna has been with Children’s Choice since 2000 and teaches the 3’s class. Miss Donna is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in education and has many years of early childhood experience. Miss Donna loves to spend time with her 3 grown children and with her 2 teenage grandchildren. Miss Donna loves the classroom setting and getting to know the children. She loves Children’s Choice because of the teamwork of the staff members and because she learns so much from the children.
The school is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) located at 1250 Hancock St. Suite 120-S, Quincy, MA 02169. Parents may contact EEC for information regarding the program’s regulatory compliance history at 617-472-2881.
Children’s Choice is open from September to June and will follow the Weymouth Public School schedule for holidays, vacations, and snow days. The school start and closing dates are set by Children’s Choice.
Applicants for 2018-19 year
If you would like to visit our school, please call to schedule an appointment. If you plan to enroll your child, a $50 (non-refundable) registration fee is required to hold a slot for your child. ($25 for each additional child).
Parents will be notified of announcements by monthly newsletters and/or notices sent home. The information will also be posted on the parent information board in the hallway. The white board in the entry way will be used for daily information, reminders, and activity/party signups. The school will provide five-month evaluations and hold parent-teacher conferences in January, and optional conferences in June to inform parents of their child’s progress.
The teacher’s time and attention belong to the children, therefore we ask that conversation on arrival and departure time be limited to necessary information or instruction for the welfare of the child. For lengthier consultations you should make an appointment with the director or teacher.
Parents/guardians must promptly notify us that their child will be absent or will arrive later than scheduled that day. Please note any change in dismissal for your child on the Student Pick up Log. Only people listed as emergency contacts or those listed on the authorized release list will be allowed to pick up your child from the school. Authorized persons will be asked for identification.
Parents are encouraged to provide input in the development of program policies through written response or meeting with the school personnel.
PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL
Nursery school is a big step for a child and sometimes for the parent as well. Children will react to it in different ways. If the child cries or clings, do not be upset; but calm and reassuring. Sit down with the child until he/she is more confident or interested in other children and/or activities. The teacher will help guide you in the separation. Remember, when children do cry, they rarely continue after the parent leaves.
In the later weeks there may be a delayed reaction to this separation in the form of tears, anger, or hesitancy. A simple statement is more effective than pleading or arguing. At the same time, try to be aware of any situation which may be causing this new unrest — is the child tired, too rushed, coming down with something, jealous of a sibling, afraid of missing something at home, or upset about a school friend or situation? Please feel free to discuss your concerns with the teachers.
Don’t believe everything you hear about what is going on at school — and we promise not to believe everything the child says goes on at home. If you do wonder about some statements, ask the teacher first and they can usually clarify the situation, or interpret it. Check out any rumor you hear with the staff before you start telling others what you have heard. This type of mutual communication will make for a happier school situation for you and your child.
If you have been on a more relaxed summer schedule, begin ahead to put your child to bed earlier. On school days see that the child gets up early enough to eat breakfast and get dressed without rushing, stress or strain — on your part or the child’s. The child will have a better day at school and your day will be better, too.
We already know that your child is a very special person whom you have loved, protected, and cared for from infancy. Therefore, you are an authority on him/her. You will have valuable insights to share with us about the care and teaching of your child, and we welcome those insights. We, on the other hand, will see your child in a more objective way, with a background of training and experience with many young children. We need each other for the benefit of your child. The best guarantee for happiness and proper adjustment throughout the school years is the close cooperation of teachers and parents. Children’s Choice cares about you and your child. Help us to put that care into action for you.
Parent/Guardian must complete a Transportation Plan and Authorization form which will be kept in the child’s folder. This form provides information for the child’s arrival to and departure from school.
Parent/Guardian assume the responsibility of transporting their child to and from school. The school takes responsibility of the child after they are dropped off. The parent/guardian or designated pick up person will take responsibility of the child at pick up.
For field trips the school will use a bus service to transport the children. Car seats are not required by the bus service. Parent/Guardian will receive a field trip permission slip that will give the trip details: time, date, destination, cost and the name of the bus service. The permission slip must be signed and returned by the parent/guardian to the school for the child to go on the field trip.
The First Aid Kit and parent contact forms are taken on the field trip.