How do I know if my child is ready for preschool?
Why our School?
First Steps promotes the fulfillment of each person’s potential by identifying the individual’s needs and goals, and inspiring them to strive for excellence. In fact, during their time in our school, all children will be endowed with experiences of success and self-esteem; essential components in the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.
Are you a part of a chain or national center or school?
Education Fist Inc (Edu1st) owns and operates different schools in Florida and internationally.
In Florida, Edu1st has four nationally accredited preschool programs that serve families with children of one to five years of age. It operates year round and offers extended hours. Internationally, Edu1st co-owns two IB World accredited schools that serve children from preschool to high school ages.
Do you have to be potty trained to attend preschool?
Potty training is a crucial developmental stage for all children. Motor and language skills, self confidence, independence, attention, following of directions and many other skills are involved in making potty training a positive and successful experience.
Potty training should not be a discouraging experience; on the contrary, it is an extraordinary achievement that needs to be celebrated and enjoyed by every one in the family and school.
As every child is unique in the way they learn, at our school, we understand potty training is not easy for parents. We offer conferences and we are always open to help and work with every parent in partnership relation.
Is this an academic based program?
Will my child be challenged?
Your child will be challenged in all developmental areas and teachers will keep record of your child's achievements.
All his or her learning will be fun and exiting as our program is based on a high quality play approach.
What are the teacher's qualifications?
Do you have part-time care available?
- Two days tuition, from 8 am to 4 pm
- Three half days, from 8 am to 12 pm
- Three full days, from 8 am to 4 pm
- Five half days, from 8 am to 12 pm
- Five full days, from 8 am to 4 pm
Will my child be using a computer?
Do you do field trips?
Could I celebrate my child's birthday at the school?
Do you need a uniform?
Yes, there is a mandatory school uniform: Navy blue t-shirt with the school logo and khaki pants.
Children are required to wear the school uniform at all time. Please understand children need to be in comfortable clothes, appropriate for both indoor and outdoor activities.
In the interest of safety, sandals, flip-flops, jellies, or boots may not be worn to school. We recommend that all children wear sneakers. To foster independence, parents are encouraged to purchase clothing that the children can easily manipulate. Children must keep a complete change of clothing on hand at school for spills and other emergencies. These clothes, as well as those worn to school, should be labeled with your child’s name (including socks and shoes). Getting “dirty’ is a part of learning, so don’t be upset if your child comes home “painty” or “sandy”. Extra school t-shirts can be purchased at the office.
Children should not wear expensive jewelry to school or items that hang form their neck or ears. Other children are curious and in the course of play, these items may be lost or broken. Hanging items are also a safety hazard as children can catch them on playground equipment or have other children pull them from their neck or ears.
When is the school closed?
First Steps International Academy will observe the following holidays:
- New Years Day (January 1st)
- Martin Luther King
- Memorial Day
- Good Friday
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- Teachers’ curriculum days
- Labor Day
- Teacher Convention Day
- President Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Holiday
- Christmas Eve (December 24th)
- Christmas Day (December 25th)
- New Years Eve (December 31st)