Frequently Asked Questions of Lakeside Children’s Academy

Questions to ask while visiting Lakeside for a tour…

Is Lakeside licensed by the State?

Yes. We are licensed for 149 children; ages 6 weeks through 12 years.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday through Friday 6:00am-6:30pm.

What days are the Academy closed?

Only closed for 6 major holidays annually: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Do I have to drop off and pick up my child at the same time each day?

No.

Do you accept Part Time children?

Yes. We require part time families to enroll for the same number of days each week. We accept 1, 2 and 3 days each week. Part time families do not receive an annual vacation week.

What is the teacher to child ratio in each classroom?

Infants and Toddlers: 1 teacher to every 4 children
Two year olds: 1 teacher to every 8 children
Three to Five year olds: 1 teacher to every 10 children
School Age: 1 teacher to every 16 children

How long do your teachers stay at Lakeside? Is there a high turnover rate?

We are fortunate at Lakeside to have loyal and dedicated teachers. We are proud many of our teachers have worked at Lakeside for over five years. This is important for the consistency of care for your children and for you.

What type of training do your teachers do each year? Are they CPR or First Aid trained?

All Lakeside teachers are CPR and First Aid trained. Our teachers receive at least twelve hours of Continuing Education annually. We ensure these courses are related to their age group and train on important topics. Lakeside partners with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, United 4 Children and the Missouri Chapter for NAEYC

When does my child need to be potty trained when they move to your Pre-School Program?

We do not require our preschool age children be potty trained until they are four years old. We may begin working on this important milestone as early as our toddler classroom. However, we work with children and understand they all develop in their own time. We have a changing table in our youngest preschool room to assist with diaper changing.

What type of foods do you serve for breakfast, lunch and snacks? Times?

We serve breakfast between 7:00am-8:00am. Morning snack at 9:00am. Lunch at 11:30am and an afternoon snack at 3:00pm. We are proud to serve healthy snacks and lunches. We served all whole wheat pasta, bread, tortillas, and English muffins. Milk is served at every meal.

Fresh vegetables include broccoli, carrots, squash, tomatoes, and green beans.

Fresh Fruits include strawberries, melons, watermelon, grapes and blueberries.

Examples of breakfasts, lunches and snacks:

Breakfast: Non sugared cereal, oatmeal, blueberry muffins and waffles

Lunches: Spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, bean and cheese tortillas, beef stroganoff, Tator tot casserole, soups and salads, Pizza muffins, Ham/ Turkey/ Chicken roll up sandwiches, WOW butter sandwiches (similar to peanut butter)

Snacks: String cheese, cottage cheese and fruit, rice cakes, yogurt, graham crackers, hummus and wheat thins, bagels and cream cheese, cereal bars

What is your policy on sick children?

Children should not attend Lakeside if they are running a fever above 100°. We use our best judgment for other illnesses. Our number one priority is keeping our children healthy and safe. However, we understand families need to be at work too. If we have questions about an illness, we require the child sees a doctor and then if it is not contagious, they may return to Lakeside.

Will I be charged if I take a vacation or if my child is sick?

Full time families receive one week of vacation each year; after you have been enrolled for one year. Your child must be absent to use this vacation credit. Families are responsible for tuition if your child is absent because of an illness; special exceptions may be made by Laura, Director.

What types of security do you have to protect my child?

Lakeside’s front door is always locked. Families receive key fobs, giving access to the building. All classroom doors are locked. We only unlock them when we are outside on the playground and then we lock them again. The east and west hallway doors are locked throughout the day.