Admission Procedures

Parents or Legal Guardians are requested to fill out the following forms, which will be explained to you on your first visit:
Enrolment Application and Fees


For children under the age of 3 years, you may wish to leave your child once, twice or three times a week. These days will need to be arranged with the management beforehand.

Our Pre-schooler group (as from 3 years old) works on a full time basis, where your child is expected to come in every day. Your child will work in a small group according to the feeder school he/she will be going to. Our children have successfully integrated the following feeder schools: Telfair International Primary School, Alexandra House School, Clavis, Le Lycee Labourdonnais, L'Ecole Du Centre, Paul & Virginie and WIPS.

Tiny Tots provides an environment for all our children to feel happy, secure and confident. At our centre and we encourage positive behaviour. Any unacceptable behaviour is dealt with immediately by a staff member, where "time out" or stern words are usually sufficient.

Arrival and Departure Time


07.30 - 8.30 arrivals
12.15 - 1.00 departures
15.00 - 17.00 departures

Children are received personally from 07.30 to 08.30. Please note that your child may not be left at the gate, but must be handed over to the person on duty. For safety reasons, the gate will be locked as from 08.30.

We request parents to please drop their child off by 08.30 as our activities start promptly. Late comers not only disturb the teachers' programme and disrupt the other children, but the late comer misses out on the commencement of an activity and therefore gets distressed and anxious and often ends up disrupting the rest of the group. Parents who are late owing to unforeseen circumstances are requested to phone the manager to inform her, ring the bell at the gate and make sure that they lock the gate behind them when they leave the premises.

Our 'pick-up' times are between 12.15 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 17.00. Our centre closes at 17.00. Parents are requested not to be late, as it upsets a young child when all the other children leave and he/she is kept waiting. Parents who collect their children after 5 pm are to pay a forfeit of Rs 500 which will go towards overtime for the staff.

Our Pre-school year is divided as follows:


Term 1:
16/01/18 - 20/3/18
Holiday Programme:
23/03/18 - 20/04/18
Easter Break (School closed):
31/03/18 -03/04/18

Term 2:
23/04/18 - 20/07/18
Holiday Programme:
23/07/18 - 24/08/18

Term 3:
27/08/18 - 14/12/18

Our Year

We remain open all year round, except for a month from mid-December to mid- January, where we give our staff their leave, and take advantage of this time to do any major renovations, painting the building and a thorough cleaning and tidying up, which is not safe or practical with children around.

We also close on Good Friday and Easter Monday for religious purposes.

These holidays apply to the crèche section and pre-school section of our centre

Our Pre-school year is divided as follows:
Term 1: January - March - Water activities (whole school)
Holiday Programme - April
Term 2: May - July - School play (whole school)
Holiday Programme - August
Term 3: September - December - Cookery (Pre-school children only)

In April and August we follow a holiday programme as older siblings are generally on holiday during this time too. We recommend any parents wishing to go away on holiday to please do so during these two months.

Our Day

Babies and Toddlers Preschoolers

7.30: Our Centre Opens
7.30 - 8.30: Arrivals
8.30 - 9.00: Our Babies and Toddlers meet in the Reception room first thing in the mornings to sing and recite poems in French and English for half an hour.
9.00 - 9.45: Our Toddlers then go outside for their morning snack and play outdoors until 10am. Our Babies go back to the Nursery for a snack and then sleep or do an activity
9.45 - 10.00: Toilet/Potty Training
10.00 - 11.00: Our Toddlers come back indoors and get split into various groups to do various activities.
11.00 - 12.00: Playtime and lunch time
12.00 - 14.00: Nap time
14.00 - 14.15: Afternoon Snack
14.15 - 14.30: Toilet/potty and change
14.30 - 16.00: Activities
17.00: Our Centre Closes

A preschooler's day at Tiny Tots basically runs as follows:
7.30 - our centre opens
7.30 - 8.30: arrivals
8.30 - 9.15: drills
9.15 - 9.30: snacks/toilet
9.30 - 10.00: activity (Computer, English, Drama, Sport, Art etc)
10.00 - 11.00: work
11.00 - 11.30: outdoor play
11.30 - 12.00: lunch/toilet
12.00 - 14.00: nap/ going home early
14.00 - 14.30: snack/toilet
14.30 - 15.00: change
15.00 - 17.00: activities
17.00: home time

Check out your children's Class Timetable up on their classroom wall.

OUR ROOMS

Our Baby Room

Our Toddler Rooms

Our Pre-School Rooms

Although we have a dedicated rooms and sessions for babies, we also provide opportunities for them to mix with some of the toddlers. The babies are encouraged to observe and copy the positive behaviour of the toddler group. We find that this gradual involvement makes them ready to move up to the older groups when they are ready.

Some of the activities we get up to in our baby room:

  • Singing songs and rhymes in French and English(sung by carers to babies)
  • Hand and Feet Painting
  • Painting
  • Ball Pool
  • Stand up activity Centres
  • General Messy Play
  • Noisy activities with musical toys and
    musical instruments
  • Sensorial Activities
  • Stories
  • Fine Motor Activities
  • Gross Motor Activities

 

We have three Toddler rooms here at Tiny Tots. The children also use the Art room for wet and messy activities and the dancing room for Monkeynastix and Dancing. They go to our Computer room to play on the computer.

Some of the activities we get up to in the Toddler Rooms:
  • Singing lessons
  • Playdough
  • Painting
  • Story time
  • Drama - French
  • Puppets
  • English activities
  • Computers
  • Musical Instruments
  • Drawing
  • Collage making
  • Dancing
  • A variety of Ball activities
  • Trucks and cars
  • Riding cars and bikes outside
  • Playing with the kitchenette outside in our Wendy house
  • Building with large Blocks and Lego
  • Jigsaws
  • Farm Animals
  • Climbing frames indoors and outdoors
  • Counting
  • Role play
  • Dolls
  • Size Association
  • Hide and Seek
  • Chalk Drawing outside
  • Slides and seesaws outside
  • Our climate here in Tamarin permits us to do many activities indoors and outdoors.
  • We encourage communication and speech in French and English and good manners (thank you and please are encouraged).
  • Toilet training begins at this age. As soon as parents see that their children are ready to begin, we send home a booklet prepared by our centre and start the training at our centre.
We have three Pre-School rooms: a French Petite and Moyenne Maternelle room, a 3-4 year age group and 4-5 year age group. Their classrooms are used for counting, word and letter associations, measuring, drawing, colouring, story times, singing, cutting out, drills and etc. We also have a dedicated Art and Messy room for Painting, Cookery and Art, a dedicated room for Fun and Fit, Puppet Shows, Dancing and Monkeynastix, a Computer Room for Computer sessions twice a week, an outdoor area for: water play, a large sandpit, a bike track and bikes, a wendy house with a kitchenette, climbing frames, slides, swings.

Some of our activities in Pre-School include:

  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Story Time
  • Poems and Rhymes
  • Cars, Trucks and etc
  • Dressing-Up
  • Sand and Water
  • Dolls
  • Kitchenette
  • Shop
  • Tools
  • Threading
  • Model making
  • Painting
  • Counting
  • Reading
  • Pre-Maths Activities
  • Pre-Reading Activities
  • Pre-Writing Activities
  • Construction
  • Cookery
  • Ball Games
  • Social Games
  • Chalk Drawing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Computer Games
  • Name Writing and Recognition
  • Letter Recognition
  • Drills
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Cookery
  • Monkeynastix

Refreshments

Breakfast is to be had at home with the family. Lunch must be brought along except in the case of babies where mothers bring along their baby's formula. Tiny Tots provides light refreshments and snacks at 09.00am and 2.00pm to toddlers and older children. Please send in any healthy lunch to be heated, in a microwave proof container (no glass please). We don't encourage any fizzy drinks, peanuts or hard sweets to be sent in, for health and safety purposes.

Canteen Service

Ms. Audrey Mamet from Grain d' Sel also provides canteen food. A menu for the month is sent out at the beginning of each month for parents to choose their child's meals. Her telephone number is: 5 732 9619. Please contact her directly for any queries.

Birthdays

Birthdays may be celebrated at the centre. Kindly send in a cake for the class before 08.30. to be shared during the morning snack time. Tiny Tots celebrates this special day by "crowning" the birthday girl or boy and have a little party with his/her classmates.

Clothing

Babies

Please send in a daily supply of disposable or other nappies, a bib for feeding times, a face cloth, a set of clean clothes and a sheet. These items will vary according to the baby's age.

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Hats and sun protection: Children will not be allowed to play outdoors unless they are wearing a hat and sun cream protection. Please make sure that there is a hat and sun cream sent to the centre daily. Please see to it that your child wears clothing in which he/she may play comfortably and which may be dirtied. The "day's work" includes playing with paint, sand and mud, and smart clothing may prevent your child from taking part in these important activities. Pre-schoolers are encouraged to be independent, so please ensure that you send in clothing that can be put on and removed by themselves. An extra set of clothing must be sent in daily.

Your child will need a sheet and a face cloth. Please send them in every Monday, with your child's name clearly written on. These items will be sent home every Friday to be washed.

Toddlers that are toilet training are likely to have "accidents", so a clean set of clothing must be available. All items of clothing and accessories must be clearly marked and placed in a suitcase/bag with your child's name marked on the outside.

School Doctor

The doctor will visit our centre once a month to do a general check-up of the children at the expense of Tiny Tots. He is permanently on call for any emergencies. Any extras, for example inoculations and urgent visits to the school, will be at each parent's expense to be paid through the school.

For the safety and security of your child, and other children of the centre, we expect certain inoculations listed below to be given either by our doctor or your pediatrician:
1) Meningitis
2) Hepatitis B

Parents are kindly requested to telephone us if your child will be absent. If your child has a contagious disease, please keep him/her at home until the disease has cleared up. This applies for lice as well.

Insurance

Tiny Tots is insured against any accidents which may occur during school hours either at our centre or on an organised outing. All our children are covered by this scheme.

Fees

A registration fee is expected with the enrolment application form. A month prior to admission date, an enrolment fee will be required. None of these fees are refundable.
A two month paid notice must be given to the management of Tiny Tots when your child is due to leave the centre.

Monthly school fees are expected to be paid a month in advance, as from the 28th of each month. A seven day delay will be allowed. Please note that our fees are also payable during school holidays and no refunds will be made for absences.

If fees are not paid regularly, we shall have no other alternative but to refuse the entry of your child to our centre.
If there are any personal problems regarding the payment of school fees, please make an appointment with the manager.

Fund-Raising

As our centre is private and continuously renewing and improving resources and materials, we rely on fund raising events.
We encourage parents' involvement to actively participate in joining our fund-raising committee. Please contact the school for more information.

Parent/ Tiny Tots Communication

Your child is provided with a message book in which all general announcements as well as individual notes are sent home. Parents are requested to please sign each message read, and to return this book the following day, every day.

Newsletters are sent home to parents via email. Kindly use your child's message book or telephone the administration at our centre for any messages or enquiries, as internet is not always reliable.

Parents are most welcome to discuss any problems. A personal interview can be arranged so that parents and personnel may talk undisturbed. As we want to provide the best care possible for each individual child, we value parent's involvement in using the message book as an interaction between parents and teachers and thank you for your collaboration.

Cyclone/ adverse weather conditions

Should there be any flooding, tropical storms or torrential rain, parents and schools are informed on the radio as to whether schools will run as usual or not. We have no alternative, but to follow the implementations suggested to us by the different ministries. Should a cyclone occur, please listen to the cyclone bulletins on the radio, television or internet and follow these procedures:

The following is as per law:

Warning Class 1 : School as usual

Warning Class 2 :
- Before school hours: No school
- During school hours: Parents are requested to collect their child within two hours after the official Warning 2 bulletin

Warning 3 and 4
: No School

Parking/Traffic Control

Kindly respect the road regulations. To avoid traffic congestion, frustration and frayed tempers in the morning, please do not abandon your cars in the driveways or in front of the neighbours' gates to walk your child in. Kindly park on one side of the road. Please check the attached map.

General Services offered to parents of Tiny Tots

Transport Services:

Mini Bus: (Jeerav Tel no. 5 778 3299)

Babysitting Services

Should you need babysitting services from one of our staff members, please do not hesitate to contact us between 12.30 and 14 hrs to obtain the coordinates of the persons concerned.

Support: Psychologist and Speech therapist

We also work closely with Mrs. Natacha Chakowa, a child psychologist and also with Geraldine Brey a psychiatrist working here in Tamarin and Rachna Gopal, a speech therapist, who completed her studies in South Africa and has many years experience. When needed, Gerome Bodet, a special needs therapist also tests and advises our staff and parents the best way in which to help our children who we are concerned with. When we need their advice or expertise, we usually inform parents and they may come in to observe, initially, at our centre.

Monkeynastix: (a movement education programme )

For healthy minds, Monkeynastix educates childrens' bodies through basic training in flexibility, balance, strength, agility, co-ordination and body awareness. This programme is aimed at children between two and eight years old. It is once a week and half and hour per group. Facets of development that are included in the programme are: balance, spacial orientation, directionality, co-ordination, laterality, fine and gross motor skills, and body image. Please contact Mrs. Helena Fok at 57280363 to join.

Supervision of children

The staff at Tiny Tots is quite concerned with the security and supervision of children once they have been handed over to their parents and leave the reception area with their parents. To avoid serious accidents from occurring at our centre, while parents talk to each other, we strongly suggest that once your children are in your care to please be aware of dangers and take appropriate action, and to leave as soon as you have your child and their belongings.