Frequently Asked Questions
When did Our Beginning open?
Our Beginning opened Monday, January 4, 2010.
How can we enroll our children?
Information about Our Beginning's enrollment process can be found under the "Admissions" tab.
Is there a registration fee?
A registration of one-hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) per child is required with each admissions application to secure a space or be placed on Our Beginning's waiting list if a space is not immediately available.
How does Our Beginning assign children to age groups?
|Infant:||6 weeks - 11 months|
|Early Toddler:||12 months - 24 months|
|Older Toddler:||24 months - 36 months|
|Preschool:||36 months - 5 years|
What are the center's staff/child ratios?
|Infant:||1 staff for every 3 children|
|Early Toddlers:||1 staff for every 6 children (12 - 24 months)|
|Older Toddlers:||1 staff for every 6 children (24 - 36 months)|
|Preschool:||1 staff for every 9 children|
- Special Note: The above staff/child ratios are below the required WAC regulation. However, at times Our Beginning may divert to WAC staff/child ratios.
Does Our Beginning provide part-time childcare?
Part-time care begins in our Older Toddler Program, for children who are 24 to 36 months and continues into our Preschool Program. Our Beginning’s Infant and Early Toddler programs are both exclusively full-time care only. Our Beginning’s Spanish Immersion Program is also full-time enrollment only.
Will Our Beginning provide meals for the children?
Our Beginning is the first and only child care center in the state of Washington to offer certified organic meals to the children. Our Beginning employs a full-time chef/cook who plans and prepares homemade meals for the children. Meals served included breakfast, morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.
Is there a playground onsite?
Yes, Our Beginning has an onsite, outdoor playground and a dedicated indoor play area.
What security measures will be in place?
All staff members undergo background checks with the State of Washington and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition, Our Beginning is scheduled to have video surveillance, exterior lighting and security-locked entry and exit doors and a parking lot to ensure safe drop-off and pick-up of children.
Note: Our Beginning reserves the right to change and/or amend information at any time.