Frequently Asked Questions


We begin enrollment for the next school year with our currently enrolled students in February.  We then open enrollment to our long standing wait list and after that we begin open to the public enrollment at the end of February/early March.  We will continue to enroll students as long as there is availability in a classroom, if there is not we will place you on the wait list.

When is enrollment?


What if we are out of town during open registration?

 If you would rather mail in your registration you may do so.  We will place all registrations received before their registration day in line on their registration day. 


How does the waitlist work?

Our wait list is for the current school year only.  It does not carry over from year to year.  After registration opens we start a wait list once a class is full.  Once we have an opening throughout the year we start at the top of the wait list and see who is still interested in attending at that time. If we do not have an opening during the school year we will contact you in February via email for the next year's enrollment opportunities.


How long will my child be on the wait list?

We have no way of predicting how long you will be on the wait list. Once a family tells us they are leaving and we have an opening, we start at the top of the wait list and see who is still interested in attending at that time. If we do not have an opening during the school year we will contact you in February via email for the next year's enrollment opportunities.


Does my child have to be potty trained?

Children in the 2 year old program (Rooms A & B) do not have to be potty trained.  Children in our 3 year old program (Room 1) need to be mostly potty trained.  (They may still need help buttoning clothing or with properly cleaning themselves or need a pull up during nap-time.)  We do require that your child is fully potty trained by the time they are in the older rooms (2, 3 & 4).   


What is your average class size?

All of our classes have a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.  The class sizes range from 10 students in each 2 year old class, 12 in each 3 and 4 year old class and up to 15 in the pre-K rooms.  


We are a play based school.  We believe that children learn best through experiences.  The curriculum is geared to meet the needs of your individual child.  It will provide an environment of play based activities.  Through a variety of daily experiences, the child will be offered creative expressions in arts and crafts, games, songs, math concepts, languages, sciences, large and small muscle development activities and social, spiritual, and emotional growth through participation in group activities and stories.

Do you have an ideology?


The garden belongs to the church and the community.  We do however have a few planter boxes in the garden that the teachers use to plant flowers and edible items that tie in with their lessons.  

Do you use the garden?


We offer tours by appointment Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:30am-11:30am.  Please use the contact form to fill out when a day and time would work best for you.  

http://northminsterpreschoolsd.org/contact-us/

How do I schedule a tour?


Northminster Preschool has had good standing in the community since it's opening in 1970.  

How long has the school been here?


The majority of our teachers have been here between 5 and 10 years.  We have a few newly hired teachers this year but we also have teachers that have been here 15+ years.  We even have a few teachers that went to preschool here when they were little!

How long have your teacher's been working there?


Yes, the preschool is affiliated with the church.  We will have a value of the month that the teachers talk about in their classroom, like "being a good friend"  or "telling the truth" for example.  We will then go to chapel once a month where the pastor will tell a bible story that relates to the value of the month.    

Is the Preschool affiliated with the Church?


Are you a nut-free facility?

We are not a nut free facility. While the school snacks that we provide do not include nut some of the products are made in facility that does. We also do not restrict parents from packing nut products in their child’s lunch. If your child has an allergy please discuss it with the preschool office.


Does my child have to nap?

Your child is not required to sleep, however we are required by the state to provide an opportunity for them to nap. Every child must stay on their nap mat for the nap period. If after a period of time and your child is still awake they will be given books or things to color during the remaining quiet time. We are not allowed to keep a child awake nor are we allowed to wake them early (unless a parent arrives to pick up).