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?
You are welcomed to stop by without an appointment however should you wish to meet with an administrator to review our Parent Handbook and learn about our curriculum, policies, procedures, fees, and registration process, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to ensure you have the necessary time allocated to your visit. 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 our options.
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 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 freezer.
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 and will liase with you to ensure that we are conducting the same steps at home and school.
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!
Is Tinkergarden affiliated with any Primary schools?
Tinkergarden is affiliated with both Maple Leaf International School and British Academy due to our similar STEM programs and Canadian-based programs. Additionally, our graduates have successfully gone on to top primary schools such as: Maria Regina, St. Andrew's, Holy Name Prep, St. Monica's, Holistic Primary, St. Bernadette's, Dunross, Arbor, The University School, and many others! This shows that our STEM-focused, play-based, hands-on program is successful at not only engaging the children in critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, but also in developing traditional academic skills that are required for entry into local primary schools!