Common Questions

Common Questions Asked About Renaissance Kids

Scroll down to view the more common questions asked of us here at Renaissance Kids. If you don’t see an answers to you question specifically, please feel free to contact us directly.

Common Questions

How do I apply for my child?

Please see our page “How to Apply”

How do I go on the waiting list?

If you are interested in having your child attend our program and would like to be on our ‘Waiting List”, we ask that you complete the appropriate paperwork and provide a ‘Waiting List Fee” of $100. We will contact you a month or two before your ‘ideal start date’ for registration if there is a spot available.

How is your waiting list prioritized?

If you are interested in having your child attend our program and would like to be on our ‘Waiting List”, we ask that you complete the appropriate paperwork and provide a ‘Waiting List Fee” of $100. We will contact you a month or two before your ‘ideal start date’ for registration if there is a spot available.

Does my child need to be potty trained to register?

Yes, your child MUST be fully potty trained in order to enter our Junior Kindergarten (Ages 3-5), Renaissance Academy, and Preschool programs.

However, for our Renaissance Baby program, children do not have to potty trained just yet. Classrooms have a designated changing table space so that our teachers can change diapers and assist the children with toileting. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to partner with the teachers to work on potty training before children turn 3 years old.

Is school closed during the summer?

Except for Renaissance Academy, the rest of our programs are ongoing and operate all twelve months of the year. Our Academy program, however, follows the provincial school calendar, and operates from September to June. However, we do offer a special summer Academy program during July and August.

How do you communicate with parents?

Here in Renaissance Kids, we give importance in the partnership of home and school. Teachers are in constant communication with parent/guardians. Daily conversations and updates with teachers are welcome. We also release weekly blog posts and monthly newsletters to parents. Each classroom has notice boards for parents/guardians to stay up-to-date.

Is your centre licensed? Are your teachers trained/qualified?

Yes, we are a fully licensed childcare facility. Our teachers meet the required credentials by the BC Child Care Regulations and Community Childcare Licensing and have current Criminal Record Checks and First Aid/CPR certification. We hold 10 Professional Development (Pro-D) days annually where we get updated with current education trends and further our knowledge in the field.

What is your teacher-child ratio?

There is 1 teacher for every 4 children in the Renaissance Baby program, and 1 teacher to 8 children in our Junior Kindergarten and Academy programs. Our Preschool class has 1 teacher for every 10 children.

Do you take subsidies?

Yes, we accept subsidy payments. Please coordinate with our office administrator at the front reception for more information.

What is your guidance and discipline policy?

Every child has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. At Renaissance Kids, we do not believe in shaming, hitting or other physical discipline, instilling guilt, belittling, using fear as a motivator, withholding food, water or other personal care and attention, disrespecting a child’s culture, race, religion or ethnicity, acting out of anger or revenge, and isolating a child or intentionally putting a child in an inappropriate situation. We choose to guide children toward making the correct choices and taking responsibility for their actions. We will support them as they learn to regulate with emotions, respect authority, learn patience and kindness, and meet their own needs. We have various strategies to accomplish this, namely, redirection, giving choices, giving praises and encouragement, setting expectations, self-quieting, modeling, designing developmentally appropriate activities, being consistent, giving verbal queries and reminders, tailoring our approaches according to the child and positive reinforcement.

What is your health policy?

The staff at Renaissance Kids shall take precautions to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases. Children who are too ill to attend the day’s activities (both indoor and outdoor) are requested to stay home. Parents/guardians should keep their child at home or seek alternate care arrangements if the child exhibits fever, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, infected skin or eyes, undiagnosed rash, a cold accompanied with fever, runny nose and eyes, coughing and sore throat.

Do you offer meals for children?

Yes, we offer nut-free meals for children in our Richmond school. Our in-house chef provides a morning snack, a freshly cooked lunch meal, and an afternoon snack daily. For children who have allergies and sensitivities, we ask that parents/guardians provide them with their own food. Our nutrition program is optional.

The Tsawwassen school does not offer a lunch or afternoon snack. A morning snack is provided, however parents need to pack a lunch and afternoon snack for the children.

What are your hours of operation?

Our school is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. Office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Program hours vary. Please see more details under program descriptions or contact us for more inquiries.

How does a typical day look like at Renaissance Kids?

It varies in every program. Typically, the day begins with a morning circle time where children and teacher greet each other and talk about the day’s activities and enjoy thematic activities. Children are given the opportunity for self-discovery and exploration through various stations indoor and outdoor. Fine arts is a strong component of our school and so our specialized teachers in Music, Drama, Ballet, and Jazz hold weekly classes in each program.

What programs do you offer?

Renaissance Baby is a full-day program for children aged 12 to 36 months with full time and part time options. Note: Tsawwassen does not offer a 12-17 month program.

Junior Kindergarten 1 and 2 are our full-day full time programs for children aged 3 to 5 years old (part time options are available in our Tsawwassen location).

Preschool is our half-day program for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

Renaissance Academy is our esteemed full day Kindergarten program (offered in Richmond school) for children aged 4.5 to 5 years old.

What is your pickup/security policy?

Children’s safety is always our top priority. Upon registration, parents/guardians will be required to sign a form which will pertinent information about your child. Parents/guardians are asked to write down the names of the person(s) authorized for pick up, and keep teachers updated if anything changes on the form. In the event that a person other than stated on the form is picking up your child, we will not release the child to this person and we will immediately contact the parents. For security, any unknown people picking up a child will be asked to provide a proof of identification (ex. Driver’s license, PR card, passport, etc.) All unknown guests/visitors entering the facility are stopped and questioned. All outdoor play spaces are fully fenced and all exits are carefully watched. We also have surveillance cameras in high-traffic areas such as the front reception.

When can I come visit your school?

Please see our ‘Contact Us’ page to book a tour or an appointment with us. Please feel free to also register and come to our annual open house. We post this announcement on our home page.

Looking to see what Renaissance Kids has to offer first hand? Attend one our future admissions events.