Gradual Entry

At St. James’ Preschool we believe in letting children set their own pace when experiencing a new situation, like going to school. For two-year-old children the first week of school starts slow. The children will attend the Back to School Breakfast with their parents and everyone leaves at 10:30. Starting Tuesday, the two year olds will stay through lunch. Beginning on Wednesday the two year olds will stay for the full day. However, due to individual differences in personality and temperament, your child may take a little longer to acclimate and may benefit more from doing more half days and then coming for full days when they are ready.

The threes and fours will follow the same routine for Monday and may start coming for full days on Tuesday. However, if you feel your child needs a little extra time to acclimate you may choose to allow a few more half days to allow your child the time they need.

Our main focus is on the children, and if you feel your child is having trouble acclimating to school please speak with the director or classroom teacher. We believe that the gradual entry process will make the school transition smoother for the children, parents and teachers alike.