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FAQs


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FAQs


1At what age can my child attend school?
From 2 years old.
2What are the eligibility criteria for entering kindergarten?
Eligibility is based upon your age, physical health, hukou, visa, HK, TW, Macao travel permit and school administered interviews.
3From which age are students eligible for the school bus?
Typically, this is from PK2 class, which is equivalent to three years of age. All children must be able to wear their seatbelts fully and safely.
4What is the school buses radius?
The school bus serves most of downtown Shanghai with a radius of approximately 6 km.
5How many children are there in one class?
Class sizes are capped at 25 students, which includes 2 foreign teachers, 1 Chinese teacher and a life-skills teacher.
6What is the proportion of English-Chinese lessons?
Students at Fonshin School receive English lessons for the majority of the day, with Chinese lessons taking up a minority of the daily schedule.
7What time does the school day begin and end?
Normal school hours are from: 08:00-15:30, after school service is until 16:40.
8Where are Fonshin’s foreign teachers from?
We employ native English teachers from: UK, USA, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.
9How many school field-trips does Fonshin offer?
Depending on the weather, Fonshin will offer one to two school trips a month. Outdoor activities include half-day hikes, spring and autumn tours and exhibition hall visits etc.
10What do my children eat whilst at school?
Fonshin students eat three meals per day: breakfast (fruit), lunch (soup, main course & desert), afternoon Dim Sum including both Chinese and Western snacks.
11My child has certain allergies, will this affect their enrolment?
Allergies are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. On the whole, most allergies the school can accept therefore, this should not be a major issue for prospective families.
12My child has religious preferences, does this have any effect on their chances of enrolment?
Not at all, applications are treated equally and fairly.
13Does Fonshin offer a full and half-day kindergarten?
Full-day kindergarten is offered from Monday to Friday. PK1 classes are given the option of half-day attendance. Furthermore, Fonshin is open on Saturday’s (times may vary, speak to our admin team for further information).
14What are the fees for Kindergarten?
All fees are displayed in our tuition page.
15How does Fonshin ensure the safety of our children?
Our school is fully equipped with security systems, safe arrival programs and a secure playground area. Full time security guards and two nurses and faculty staff who are trained in First Aid.
16Are there any opportunities for parents to be involved in the classroom/school (as a volunteer, chaperone for field trips, etc.)?
We welcome and encourage active participation in the kindergarten and throughout your child’s education.
17Does Fonshin run a PTA?
Yes we do. Parents are eligible to join when the school holds its class elections, on an annual basis. Each class may elect 2-3 members to join the PTA.
18Do children require a body check before attending school?
All new students require a body check, from a local community hospital. The validity period is within one month.
19Does the school offer in house medical checks?
In line with the health bureau, Fonshin offers periodic health exams. Any feedback is given directly to our parents.
20Can we transfer from another school to Fonshin?
Yes. We accept transfer students, along with a school reference from their current or previous institution.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN?



Help your child get ready for Kindergarten by:

Taking your child to visit the school grounds

Talk with your child about going to kindergarten for the whole day; explain the activities and routines they may encounter

Send your child to school "ready to learn"

Establish regular sleeping hours/routines

Allow enough time for morning routines and breakfast.

Dress your child appropriately for indoor (sports shoes, comfortable clothing) and outdoor school activities (Hats, gloves and winter boots are necessary for the winter months, students will continue to have outdoor activities whenever possible.)

HOW DO I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN?



Help your child get ready for Kindergarten by:

Taking your child to visit the school grounds

Talk with your child about going to kindergarten for the whole day; explain the activities and routines they may encounter

Send your child to school "ready to learn"

Establish regular sleeping hours/routines

Allow enough time for morning routines and breakfast.

Dress your child appropriately for indoor (sports shoes, comfortable clothing) and outdoor school activities (Hats, gloves and winter boots are necessary for the winter months, students will continue to have outdoor activities whenever possible.)

WHAT INDEPENDENT SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT FOR MY CHILD TO HAVE BEFORE KINDERGARTEN?



(Except for PK1)

Most children should be self-sufficient with:

Bathroom: flushing the toilet, hand washing, hand sanitizer, turning on faucets, using soap and paper towels

Clothing: putting on coats, buttoning, snapping and zipping (Please practice tying shoes with your child.)

Blowing noses (tissues)

HOW DO I SUPPORT MY KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS' LEARNING?



End the day on a positive note:

Talk with your child about school each day

Encourage daily physical activity- indoors and out

Set aside a quiet place for your child to do homework activities or practice skills

Be aware of the amount of "screen time" your child has on a daily basis, including other electronic products

Reinforce learning throughout the year:

Check schoolwork every day as you empty your child's backpack. Our teachers place all student information, including their portfolio in their backpack.

Participate in any homework activities with your child

Always praise your child for his or her efforts

Read to your child daily

Let your child see you read

Give your child practice in dressing, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoes

Help and encourage your child develop responsibility for clothing and materials

Allow your child to make independent choices

Assign your child responsibilities around the house, for example: setting the dining table

Contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. Please contact the school affairs department, administration or their school teacher if it directly affects classroom activity.

Join the PTA, attend school events or volunteer when possible

Learning activities you can do at home

Play games that encourage your child to recognize letters and numbers in the environment. Reading labels on cans, cereal boxes, signs etc.

Encourage children to play board games, guessing games and rhyming games

Visit the Shanghai Public Library

Read books and children's magazines together

Begin a story and ask your child to finish it

Look for opportunities that fice your child a chance to participate in group activities and peer interaction

Provide opportunities for your child to share and help others

Practice coloring, cutting, pasting and other motor skills with your child

Let your children understand family meals, food types and ingredients.

HOW DO I SUPPORT MY KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS' LEARNING?



End the day on a positive note:

Talk with your child about school each day

Encourage daily physical activity- indoors and out

Set aside a quiet place for your child to do homework activities or practice skills

Be aware of the amount of "screen time" your child has on a daily basis, including other electronic products

Reinforce learning throughout the year:

Check schoolwork every day as you empty your child's backpack. Our teachers place all student information, including their portfolio in their backpack.

Participate in any homework activities with your child

Always praise your child for his or her efforts

Read to your child daily

Let your child see you read

Give your child practice in dressing, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoes

Help and encourage your child develop responsibility for clothing and materials

Allow your child to make independent choices

Assign your child responsibilities around the house, for example: setting the dining table

Contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. Please contact the school affairs department, administration or their school teacher if it directly affects classroom activity.

Join the PTA, attend school events or volunteer when possible

Learning activities you can do at home

Play games that encourage your child to recognize letters and numbers in the environment. Reading labels on cans, cereal boxes, signs etc.

Encourage children to play board games, guessing games and rhyming games

Visit the Shanghai Public Library

Read books and children's magazines together

Begin a story and ask your child to finish it

Look for opportunities that fice your child a chance to participate in group activities and peer interaction

Provide opportunities for your child to share and help others

Practice coloring, cutting, pasting and other motor skills with your child

Let your children understand family meals, food types and ingredients.