Yes. All staff are required to obtain and renew CPR and first aid training every two-years.
Yes. Please label all your bottles. We have refrigerators on-site for storage.
We allow for cloth diapers. Please speak with your child’s teacher about storage and any special instructions.
Please fill out this form and the director will get back to you on availability and rates.
You may get an application in person at Austin Play Garden or fill out the forms here. Complete the application and submit it to us with your non-refundable enrollment fee of $100.
We are open Monday-Friday from 8:15-2:30 and offer after care from 2:30-5:30.
You can attend 5, 3 or 2 days a week. We offer a M-F, M/W/F or T/Th schedule.
We offer drop in care for families currently enrolled in a program.
Yes, all of our doors will be locked from the outside with a panic bar on the inside except our main entrance, which will be unlocked during normal drop-off and pick- up times. Parents/Family who need to enter during other times can call ahead and we will make sure someone lets them in. Your child’s safety is our number one concern, so for this reason we will keep the building secure.
Of course! Anytime! We welcome families into our classroom anytime they want. Whether it is to come breastfeed, join your child for lunch or just stop by for a quick hello, our doors are always open.
Yes, as long as we have the proper instructions and parent authorization in writing.
While our founders are influenced by many educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori, The Creative Curriculum and The Project Approach we do not follow one specific curriculum. We are a play-based preschool, meaning that we value children’s play as their work. We believe this to be the most natural and beneficial way for our youngest learners to develop. Our students are given long periods of uninterrupted play time throughout the day that are directly inspired by their own interests, experiences and developmental goals.
APG does not provide meals for students. We understand that many families have specific preferences for what they feed their children and want to honor those choices. For this reason, we feel that it would be too difficult to create a menu that would work for all the children in our care. We ask that you send a lunch and drink each day. APG will provide a daily snack. At the start of each month we will provide a snack menu, if you do not want the snack we provide on a particular day you can simply send your own.
We believe that for our program to be successful, there must be passionate, life-long learners committed to working with children. Recognizing the immense benefits of working with other teachers, reading professional work and attending trainings is an emphasis at APG. APG will use these days to attend trainings or engage in professional development to further teachers expertise.
The topics will change depending on the needs of the teachers, students, and school. Staff members are required to take certain courses each year in order to meet minimum standards developed by DFPS. However, teachers will also pursue their own interests and topics that are specific to the children, development, learning, and any other issues in their classrooms.