Building Blocks Information
Welcome to Building Blocks! Providing high-quality early childhood programs and a strong partnership with each child's family is the foundation of our philosophy. We work together to create life-long learners, ready to reach their fullest potential in school and in life. We focus on each child as an individual, and strive to create a unique experience in a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment.
Lunch and Snack: Please bring a nutritious breakfast (if your child does not eat before arrival), lunch, and two snacks. When preparing a child’s daily beverages and/or food or snack in a larger container, such as a lunch bag, just the larger container has to be labeled with the child’s name and the date. Each individual item in the larger container does not have to be labeled with the child’s name and the date. These items need to be ready to serve. We do not heat food in the older toddler or preschool rooms.
Nap items: (blanket and crib sheet) must be clearly labeled with your child’s name and they need to fit in a zipper bag (small backpack). On your child’s last attendance day of the week the nap bag must be taken home, and washed for the next week.
Diapers and wipes: These items will be stored in the changing area. In order to apply over the counter type diaper cream or powder to a child we need an Nonprescription Medication Consent Form filled out completely by a parent/guardian. They should be labeled with the child’s name.
Toilet training: During the process of potty training it is necessary for our expectations to be consistent. Children need to become aware of when they need to use the potty.
Change of clothing: Please remember we have “messy play” (painting, sand, water play etc.) and that spills and smears are expected. Your child should be dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for the weather. We go outside daily when weather permits. If your child is well enough to come to school then they are well enough to go outside.
We use HighScope Curriculum
We follow the HighScope Curriculum which emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teacher and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience.
- All Berkley Building Blocks classrooms, tuition and grant-based of all ages, follow the HighScope Curriculum®.
- Students learn about their environment and acquire social skills through organic discovery during self-directed play.
- Observation and self exploration during play allows our students to learn how to learn and prepares them for elementary school and beyond.
The HighScope Difference: Active Participatory Learning
Children and adults learn best through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas. That principle is the basis of HighScope’s approach to teaching and learning. A range of specially designed programs, the HighScope Curriculum® includes components for:
- Infant-toddler care and education
- Preschool education
- Early literacy
- Movement and music
Proven research-based strategies for learning, the HighScope Curriculum® emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience.
HighScope Daily Routine
Our programs are carefully planned to meet the needs of the children. Each Childcare classroom will include physical, cognitive (including math and science), language, literacy, communication, interpersonal skills and relationships, creative arts, dramatic play and construction according to the interest of the child(ren). These components of our daily routine provide a consistent, balanced experience for your child.
Greeting Time (15-20 minutes): Greeting time provides a smooth transition from home to school. Teachers greet children, connect with parents, and read books in a cozy setting. The message board gives children and teachers a chance to share important information for the day. Parents often join us for this part of our day.
Large Group Time (10-15 minutes): Children and teachers gather together to play games, tell and re-enact stories, sing songs, do finger plays, dance, play musical instruments or re-enact special events. This time is an opportunity for each child to participate in a large group, sharing ideas and learning from the ideas of others.
Planning Time (10 minutes): In their small groups, children indicate what they choose to do during work time (typically what they will do first). Their teacher will try to understand children’s plans and often try to help children extend their plans.
Work Time (1 hour): Children carry out their initial and subsequent plans. Children can work with any of the materials in any of the interest areas. Teachers observe children and look for opportunities to enter into children’s activities to encourage their thinking, extend their play, and help them wrestle with problem solving situations.
Cleanup (10 minutes): Children and teachers together return materials and equipment to their storage spaces and, when appropriate, put away or find display space for their personal creations.
Recall Time (10 minutes): Recall brings closure to the planning work time recall sequence. In their small group, children reflect on, talk about, and/or show what they have done at work time.
Snack (20 minutes): Children and teachers share nutritious food and interesting conversation together in a relaxed, family style manner.
Small Group Time (15-20 minutes): Each teacher meets with their consistent small group of children to work with materials planned and introduced by the teacher. Although the teacher chooses and introduces the materials, each child has control over what he/she will do with them.
Outside Time (45 minutes): Children engage in vigorous, noisy outdoor play. Teachers participate in, and support, children’s play outdoors.
Nutritious Lunch & Snacks
Nutrition is extremely important to your child's healthy physical and mental development. A proper balance of healthy snacks and healthy lunches will make your child(ren) feel great, provide healthy productive energy, as well as improve their concentration, development, and individual dispositions.
A lunch (no snacks) is available to purchase at an extra cost during the school year. Monthly menus will be distributed at the end of each month for those interested in ordering lunches. Please return lunch form along with fees by the due date listed on the form to the Office. Include students name along with their classroom number and teachers name.
Schools of Choice
The Berkley Board of Education has approved Schools of Choice slots for the 2017-18 school year. Learn more details about the number of slots, grades and timelines on the Schools of Choice website.
Student Health & Medication
Use of Medication at School
If your child has a medical condition that requires a prescription medication be kept at school (such as an asthma inhaler, epi-pen, etc.), we MUST have a medication authorization form on file in the classroom. The form must be filled out by both the parent and your child's doctor and be signed by your doctor. Please bring the medication in the original container.
If your child needs over-the-counter medication during the school day, we must still have a medication authorization form on file, but it does not require a doctor's signature. Medication should be brought to the classroom along with the completed form.
Please do not send your child to school with any medications without the form on file; the medication will not be given to your child.
Sun Screen Permission Slip
Prescription Medication Form
Over-The-Counter Medication Form
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan Form
Health Appraisal Form
Immunization Waiver FAQ
Student Assurance Coverage
Berkley provides Student Assurance Coverage.
Learn more about this on the Berkley Schools Parent Information Page.
Building Visitor Policy
The Berkley School District has developed a visitor policy that is in place at all Berkley schools. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.
All parents and visitors entering Building Blocks during office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are required to enter through the main entrance and sign in at the office. All visitors who have a pre-arranged visit or volunteer activity planned with your child's classroom teacher or other school staff will be issued a visitor pass.
For the safety of the children, we must run a background check on all volunteers spending any amount of time in the classrooms. We will need to make a copy of your driver's license or state ID to run the background check.
These policies will allow the staff to continue to provide a safe and productive place for your child to learn.