Preschool Etiquette: What You Need to Know

Starting preschool is a huge milestone in a little one’s life. It’s also the beginning of a long school career during which all sorts of school-related etiquette questions will arise. Check out some of the most frequent preschool etiquette questions parents and caregivers have as their little one starts school.

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Do we need to invite every kid in class to the birthday party?

Most preschools have policies about whether you need to invite every kid in class to your child's birthday party but, regardless of whether there’s a policy in place or not, if you plan on inviting some kids in class, then inviting everyone is the right thing to do.

Do we need to give teachers gifts?

Different schools have different norms about when and what sort of gifts to get teachers. The best way to find out what the norm is at your school is to ask around to more experienced parents. If your school does encourage gift giving around holidays or during teacher appreciation week, don’t feel pressure to give more than you can. A nice card with a genuine note is always welcome. And, if you want to go above and beyond, consider including a small gift that fits within your family's budget or presenting a group gift with other parents from the class.

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Can I send my little one to school if they have the sniffles?

Again, different schools have different policies, but if preschools didn’t let in kids with the sniffles, almost no kids would ever get to come to school. Generally, as long as your child does not have a fever and has a good demeanor, they’re okay for school.

Should I tell if my kiddo comes down with a contagious illness?

While sending a child to school with the sniffles is one thing, sending them with a fever or contagious illness is something totally different. While missing work to stay home with a sick kiddo is never fun, no one wants their child to get sick at school. If you’re aware that a parent is sending their child to school sick, or have concerns about a child’s symptoms, it’s totally okay to share your concerns with a teacher or the school director.

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Preschool Etiquette: What You Need to Know

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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