Frequently Asked Questions
What is STEM?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world. Our STEM program in Trinidad and Tobago focuses on early childhood education merging it with the Ministry of education curriculum.
Do I need an appointment to tour your centre?
We encourage you to schedule an appointment to visit our centre to ensure you have the time you need to sit with the school administrator. Please feel free to call us to make an appointment.
Do you offer part-time care?
Yes we do. Please call or come in to discuss.
May I visit my child during the day?
Yes most certainly you may visit your child at school. We do have guidelines which once adhered to will eliminate disruption to the ongoing classes.
Are all staff trained in CPR and first aid?
Yes. All of our staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid and CPR.
Is lunch included?
We do not provide lunch. Many children have allergies to various foods and we prefer to feed children only what is provided from home. Additionally, as most parents will attest, children can be picky eaters so we allow parents to pack what their child will eat.
How do you deal with food allergies?
We are a nut-free centre and if any child has extreme allergies to another food, we ask parents in that child’s class not to bring that item in any bags from home (within reason). All modifications for allergies will be explored on a case by case basis. An allergy listing is posted in the kitchen and office and signed by all staff members.
My baby drinks breast milk only. Can I send breast milk?
Yes, we encourage breast feeding! Mother's milk will be labeled and kept in the school refrigerator.
How does Tinkergarden discipline children?
We believe in conscious discipline such as setting boundaries, redirecting, encouragement, one-on-one problem-solving, and teaching skills that promote empathy and self-regulation. Our teachers never berate, embarrass, punish, or withhold food or activities in order to discipline children.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
It is not a requirement that children come to us fully potty trained. From 18 months old, the children will be supported in potty training at school. We use a scheduled potty training program to encourage and teach children to use the bathroom.
Will my child be ready for Primary school?
We are very conscious of the expectations of Primary schools, and we work hard to prepare your child for successful entry into the primary school of their choice. Our Primary School Readiness Program begins at our preschool level (age 3-5) and focuses attention on reading, writing, letter knowledge, sight word recognition, numbers and counting, and school readiness skills such as copying off the board and following instructions. If you have specific instructions by a school you are registered for, we will do our best to cater to suit so that your child will be set up for success!