Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer extended day?
Yes! Early drop-off and extended day is available in Newton (Nahanton Park, Auburndale Cove), South Newton, and Dedham locations.
- Early drop-off: 8:30-9:00am, $8/day/child
- Extended day: 1:00-3:00pm, $32/day/child
Advance registration is required. At least 1 week advance notice is required when registering online. If registering for extended day or early drop off less then a week before you must speak to PUDDLESTOMPERS staff first, or email us at email@example.com.
What is the difference between the Explorer and Hiker group?
Our Hikers (ages 6-8) are given a bit more responsibility and an advanced science curriculum, while our Explorers (ages 3-6) receive more guidance and support.
What is your student-to-teacher ratio?
PUDDLESTOMPERS offers a personal, close-knit experience, limiting registration to 15-20 campers per age range each week and maintaining a low student-to-teacher ratio. Children spend time in different age groups for in-depth exploration and all together for active movement and games.
- Explorers: 5-1 student-to-teacher ratio, maximum of 20 kids
- Hikers: 8-1 student-to-teacher ratio, maximum of 16 kids
Do children need to be potty-trained?
Yes. We require that all children be potty trained for drop-off programs. Please see our Policy Page for more information! Please note that this policy does not apply to programs with adults, such as our Child/Adult classes or Habitat classes.
What happens in inclement weather?
At all of our sites, we have indoor locations available. We will make every attempt to get outside (safety permitting) during the day so please come prepared! There's a lot to explore out there - even in the rain!
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! Parent Talk members receive 10% off at our Dedham Summer Program.
My child falls between the two age groups. Which group should s/he be in?
It is up to you! We suggest placing your child in the group they would be most comfortable in. If one group doesn’t work out, they can change to the other.
My child has health concerns. How can you accommodate them?
All of our programs and sites are nut-free. For programs where we provide a snack, we welcome necessary substitutions for health reasons. If your child requires an EpiPen or other emergency medication, our teachers will keep it nearby at all times.
Can I register for just some days of the week?
Our Summer Drop-Off program registration is on a weekly basis. You must sign up for the full week.
How can I contact my child's teacher on the day of or during their program?
If you need to contact us on the day of or during your child's program, please contact your Lead Teacher. Their cell phone number, along with additional information, will provided to you before the start of your child's program.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Before March 1st, summer program fees are refundable minus a $100 processing fee per child. After March 1st, all summer program fees are non-refundable. A full credit, minus a $25 processing fee, will be given to families who cancel in writing at least 3 weeks before the start of your child's program. Please view our full list of policies before registering for your program.
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