Preschool

Classrooms and Ratios

Classroom

Possible Age Range

Children

Lead Teachers

Toddlers and Young Preschoolers 18 months – 3 years 9 3.5
Preschool 1: 2 years 9 months – 5 years 20 3
Preschool 2: 2 years 9 months – 5 years 20 3
Pre-Kindergarten: 4 years – 5 years 20 3

Preschoolers thrive in a consistent and predictable environment

  • We establish clear routines for preschoolers.
  • We create a classroom environment where children know what to expect and what is expected of them.
  • We give children ample transitional warnings so they know what is coming next.
  • Children have the opportunity to make choices, whenever possible.
  • When appropriate, teachers and children work together to create a list of guidelines for behavior for the classroom. This allows the children to feel a sense of ownership of the classroom and their own behaviors and gives them a clearer understanding of what is expected of them.

Preschoolers test boundaries

  • Children at this age begin to test boundaries as they continue to learn about their social and physical world.
  • This may lead to conflicts between play partners or behaviors that are not appropriate for the classroom.
  • We create boundaries with preschoolers, giving a feeling of safety and security for children.
  • We point out the natural consequence of a choice, and talk with children about what they might do differently next time to avoid such a consequence.

We use natural and logical consequences

  • Teachers have realistic expectations for preschool children based on their developmental age.
  • We may set a logical consequence with a preschooler who has already learned the skills necessary in a given situation.
  • We understand the importance of following through with consequences, as well as the importance of empathizing with a child who does not choose to change their behavior that there will be a consequence.