Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Cooperative school?
As a cooperative school, the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School fosters parent involvement within the classrooms as well as in the management of the school. Parents are given the opportunity to contribute to policies and programming direction through participating in General Membership meetings and voting on school by-laws. Parents rotate into the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms as an extra pair of hands to assist the teacher in the program that their child is enrolled. These times are scheduled in advance and parents may specify which days work best for them. Parents may also serve in volunteer roles for the general running of the school such as on the Executive Board as well as individual and committee positions. These positions allow parents the opportunity to watch their child grow, engage with other children and connect with families in the community.
Do you need to be a Windham, NH resident to enroll at the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School?
You do not need to be a resident of Windham, NH to attend the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School. Our school has been providing quality education to Windham residents and surrounding communities since 1966.
What will my co-op responsibility be?
Parents are required to co-op four times per year in their child’s Classroom. A monthly co-op schedule will be created and distributed ahead of time by a parent volunteer. If you have more than one child enrolled in a program at the school you are only required to co-op 6 days per year (3 co-op days in each child’s classroom).
What if I have a family situation that prevents me from co-oping?
We understand that there are situations that may prevent a family from fulfilling their co-oping responsibilities. In the event that you are unable to co-op you may opt out of your co-op responsibility by paying a $45 fee per co-op day.
What are the student/teacher ratios and class sizes?
The programs offered serve children 2.9 years through 6 years of age.Each core class has one teacher, one assistant teacher, and one parent volunteer. Each enrichment class has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher as the number of students indicates. All our ratios meet or exceed state licensing requirements.
Nursery classes consist of up to 14 students. Children entering this program must be 2.9 years old by September 1st. Adult/child ratios will be maintained in accordance with state licensing regulations.
Pre-K classes consist of up to 18 students. Children entering this program must be 4 years old by September 30th. Adult/ child ratios will be maintained in accordance with state licensing regulations.
PEEP and KEEP classes consist of up to 16 students. Adult/child ratios will be maintained in accordance with state licensing regulations.
What is the allergy policy?
You can find the complete details of our allergy policy here: AllergyPolicy
What is the toilet training policy?
All children must be toilet trained before entering a program at the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School. We encourage children to take responsibility for their toileting needs and children are expected to use the bathroom as needed. Children in the Nursery program, however, will be reminded throughout the school day. Children will have access to the toilets at all times while at school and may use the bathrooms at any time during the day. Parents can aid their children by dressing them in pants with elastic tops or other easily managed clothing. Hand washing is a consistent part of the toilet routine and hand-washing procedures are followed.
What happens if my child has an accident while at school?
Our highly trained teachers and staff understand that toileting accidents will occur. Parents can assist by providing extra clothing for their child to change into if this should happen. In the case of a bowel accident, a parent will be called to come and change their child, as we do not have changing facilities.