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Children's Garden FAQs

What should my child wear to Children’s Garden?
What should we bring?
Who runs the program?
How many children enroll in the program? What is the child/teacher ratio?

Can my 4 year-old be enrolled in the program?
What is a typical Children’s Garden session?
What does a Summer at the HSBC Children's Garden look like?
Are cell phones allowed?
Are toys/electronics allowed?
What if the weather is bad?
My child was sick.  Can we make up a missed class?
Who can pick up my child?
Can I stay with my child during the classes?
My child has allergies. Can I still send him/her to your program?
Where do I drop-off my child?

What else do I need to know?
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What should my child wear to Children’s Garden?

  • Clothes that can get dirty or wet since we spend lots of time outside
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sun hat for sunny days
  • Jacket, sweater and other appropriate cool weather items
  • Rain coat and hat on days when rain is forecasted
  • A change of clothes in case your child gets wet in the garden

What should we bring?

  • A reusable water bottle to be refilled throughout the day
  • We provide snacks but if your child has favorites like apples, pretzels or ??? feel free to pack them as well.
  • Children in summer sessions must bring their own lunch (refrigeration is available)
  • Send your child dressed appropriately (see below) for the weather
  • Sunscreen and a hat for sunny days

Who runs the program?

  • Rebecca Wolf, Director of Education, has been overseeing the Children’s Garden since 2007.  She or of Education who has been with QBG since January 2007.  Rebecca manages a team of supervising counselors, who have all been interviewed, screened and background checked by QBG.  They have taken training not only on curriculum for the classes, but also been trained on age-appropriate education. We also have Children’s Garden interns who, under the supervision of the counselors, help with children’s activities and care of the garden area.

How many children enroll in the program? What is the child/teacher ratio?

  • We limit enrollment to 25-28 children and then divide them into 3 groups, based on age and abilities. Each group has one supervising counselor and two or three interns.

What is a typical Children’s Garden session?

  • All sessions have a combination of gardening activities and environmental education. Our mission here is to learn by doing. We do not have textbooks, we do not use the chalkboard.

What does a Summer at the HSBC Children's Garden look like?

  • Environmental themed weeks such as solar energy, soil, habitat preservation, and insects!
  • Mornings spent planting, watering, and harvesting from 18 different garden beds.
  • Afternoons spent conducting environmental science experiments and activities, going on scavenger hunts, and playing nature themed games.
  • Cooking lessons featuring the gardens harvest.
  • Daily morning and afternoon snack.
  • Weekly nature inspired arts and crafts projects.
  • Seasonal plantings to take home.
  • And so much more!!!

Can my 4 year-old be enrolled in the program?

  • We do allow some older 4 year-olds into the program. We need to be sure that 1) that will be okay without a parent for the time of the program and 2) that they will stay with their group and follow directions. Many 4 year-olds have had full day experiences in preschool and do very well socializing with others and listening to teachers. If you have questions or concerns, it's best to call us to discuss individual situations.

Are cell phones allowed?

  • No. We do not allow any of the students to have cell phones on them during the day.  If you feel more comfortable with your student having one, we will keep it in the office during the program time.

Are toys/electronics allowed?

  • No. We encourage new friendships and a communal joy of experiencing the natural surroundings. Please don’t send your child with any electronics or toys.

What if the weather is bad?

  • The Children’s Garden is open rain or shine. If the weather is bad, we will modify our curriculum for the day and plan to be indoors.  We will still go outside if there is a light rain or if the weather is hot.  Please make sure to have your child dress accordingly.  

My child was sick.  Can we make up a missed class?

  • No. There are no make-up classes as it’s important to us to maintain a low ratio of students: counselors. 

Who can pick up my child?

  • Before the first day of the program, you are asked to fill out a medical form for your child. Please indicate on this form who can pick up your child – we will only allow these people to pick up your child. If this changes during the course, call us immediately at 718-886-3800 x.237.

Can I stay with my child during the classes?

  • The classes are drop-off classes. On the first day of the session, you are permitted to stay briefly with your child to acclimatize, but we do ask that you only stay for about 15 minutes. The students in our program do very well with socializing and our counselors are trained in how to include all students and make them welcome!

My child has allergies. Can I still send him/her to your program?

  • Absolutely!  We have dealt with all sorts of allergies in the program. We will do our hardest to make sure that all children are in a safe environment while they are here. Please indicate on their medical form any precautions that we need to be aware of.

Where do I drop-off my child?

  • This information is shared with families upon enrollment.

What else do I need to know?

  • Since our classroom is mostly out-of-doors, there is potential for some surprises in our garden, such as stinging insects, thorny bushes, spiders, etc.  Please understand that we do our best to avoid unwanted circumstances, but please consider the realities of this exposure and keep in mind that our staff is fully prepared to deal with these challenges.

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