Our preschool is a part time preschool. Meaning we teach a couple of classes a day throughout the week. Our classes are 2.5 hours long. For example this is what our week looks like:
Monday-Thursday PM class is from 12:15-2:45
Tuesday-Thursday AM class is from 9-11:30
Monday, Wednesday, Friday AM class is from 9-11:30
The 4 day per week afternoon class used to meet from 12:30-3:00, which gave the teachers and hour-long lunch. But this time frame changed because it did not afford us time after class to talk to parents, get kids out the door, chat with each other, because we had to leave to pick up our own children from school by 3:35. So we gave up 15 min of our lunch to give ourselves more time after class.
Starting at 9 in the morning gives the teachers time to take and drop off their children at school and make it to work with 20-30 min to spare before class begins for the day.
So with a schedule like this we are able to drop our children at school everyday and pick them up. But because we do that It means we have to set aside time for planning. So, we plan at lunch, we plan separately at night and on the weekends and bring it together at our next planning meeting, we send emails to each other, texts, etc. Also, with this schedule we have Friday afternoons off, so this time can be spent planning and prepping as well. We have worked together for years and are a well oiled machine, planning for people who do not know each other well, wouldn’t work well this way.
Having a part time schedule like this allows us to be there for our students and be there for our own children.