Attendance/Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Parents are asked to notify BIMS when a child will be absent for more than 3 days. If your child has a communicable disease, please report this to us as soon as possible as we must inform Vancouver Coastal Health of any outbreaks of communicable diseases within our community.

The daily transition from home to BIMS is an integral part of your child’s day. Greeting the teacher is the first transition of the day for your child. To make this transition as smooth as possible, we ask that special good-byes are done before each child greets the teacher. Each child can then greet the teacher and make his/her way to the cubbies to hang up coats and change shoes. This allows the child to build independence and form special bonds with new friends as they enter the classroom.

It is imperative that arrival and dismissal times be closely adhered to as the time before is vital for preparation to ensure a smooth and productive day for your children. Please pick up your child promptly by 12:30 pm or 3:30 pm, as children become anxious if you are not there at the end of their day. If you are going to be late, or someone else is picking up your child, please let us know in writing in the communications book kept in the cubby area. Please remember that during class time, teachers are busy focusing on the care of your children and will not be checking emails.  If you have important information to share with BIMS while your child is at preschool, please leave a phone message as these will be checked before dismissal.

Children should arrive no earlier than 8:35 am or 12:40 pm. If necessary, contact us the day before and arrangements can be made to drop your child off a few minutes earlier.

Your child must be personally released to a staff member and you must inform a staff member of your child’s departure. No child will be allowed to leave the school premises with an unauthorized person or any individual under the age of 13 years.

Gradual Entry

A child’s first experience of group activity is important, so the first few weeks of September are directed towards setting a positive tone and an atmosphere of fun in the classroom. Time is spent going over the limits and guidelines, introducing children to their new classroom, and getting to know each other.

We have a gradual entry or phase-in period to ensure that each child begins the year positively. The first days of September begin with all children returning to BIMS from the previous year. After these first few days, new children (2 or 3 each day) are gradually introduced to our childcare programs. This enables the teachers to spend time bonding with each new child; any fear or anxieties a child may have are lessened when this special kind of attention is given.

The gradual entry gently brings a child through a variety of adjustments and changes associated with starting preschool or group care. The phase-in period is crucial in developing a secure, predictable, and loving atmosphere, which leads to an enjoyable and productive year for all. There is no discount in tuition during a child’s gradual entry.