What is Nursery Day For?

Beginners

Standards are high at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. We meet follow guidelines for highest-quality Nursery, Preschool, and Adobe ReaderKindergarten education as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our program was accredited by the NAEYC in 2002 and we completed Re-Accreditation in 2008. Through the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, we completed requirements to achieve The W.I.S.E. Award (Wonderfully In Search of Excellence) in 2005. Wesley Memorial School also follows all curriculum guidelines of the Common Core Standards as provided by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of North Carolina. Our teachers are professionals with early childhood training and experience.

The Nursery Day program is administered by our church acting through a Weekday Board of Directors.

Infant Beginners, Toddlers, and Twos learn to think, explore, discover and solve problems through intentionally planned “hands-on” experiences. It all looks like play because learning is fun! Our Preschool teachers have the expertise to plan for the time, space and opportunities for children to have these experiences that will help them in their total growth: socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. In addition, teachers help children begin to understand and live in Christian thinking and acting. Teachers document progress in all areas of growth for each child’s individual development and goals.

Christian values are taught children through sharing, taking turns, being friends, and learning that they are important individuals. We strive to build positive self-concept. What a child thinks of himself is reflected by the way he relates to others both now and as he matures.

In addition to building Christian values, our qualified teachers work within an atmosphere that is warm, caring, open, accepting and joyous. This atmosphere encourages children to grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We want each child to love learning in his/her first educational experiences. The Nursery Day program is designed with each child’s interest and abilities in mind.

By their signatures on the Registration Form, parents indicate their willingness to cooperate with the Christian emphasis of our Nursery Day; to attend parent enrichment sessions and to participate in such other activities as will bring about better understanding between teacher, parent, and child. Teachers are available and encourage parents to contact them regarding special concerns and needs related to their child and/or the program.

Beginners

“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him"

 

Beginners Class

The purpose of the Beginners Program at Wesley Memorial School is…

As children interact with teachers, a variety of activities will be introduced to help the boys and girls:

Daily Beginners Class Experiences…

In All Beginner Class Experiences…

Our Daily Schedule

Although schedules must be FLEXIBLE when planning for infants and toddlers, the following is a general guide to activity times in the Beginners Class:

9:00

Arrival Greeting by Lead Teacher at the door (Parent’s, please have any special instructions written for the teachers.)

9:00 - 9:40

Floor-Play and Tummy Time Activities—Interaction of teachers and children using a variety of learning toys

9:40

Getting Ready for Outdoor Stroll (diapering, set-up in strollers)—if weather is inclement, our stroll will be in the church hallways.

9:50 - 10:30

Outdoor Stroll

10:30

Snack Time—this may take place outdoors during stroll.

10:40 -11:30

Rest Time—As the year progresses and older infants outgrow morning naps, older children will have a short quiet-time, then enjoy a play period in the Toddler Room down the hall. (The Beginners will be outdoors on the playground.)

11:30

Wake-Up and Diapering

11:30 – 11:50

Music and Rhythms!

11:50

Final Diaper Change/ Put on Wraps—prepare to go home

12:00

Open the door to see Mom or Dad!—dismissal

*Note: Diapering occurs in the Beginners’ Room throughout the ENTIRE day as needs occur in addition to the specified times above.

Staff and Parent Communications

Our staff is caring and professional in understanding needs of children and the value of interaction and consistency.

We want to provide the VERY BEST care for your Beginner, according to his/her individual level of development. We will ask about your child’s schedule and routines at home. We seek to make your infant’s day as much an extension of his/her home life as possible.

Each session upon arrival, you will be asked to take a clipboard located in the hallway outside the Crib Room. Parent will complete the top portion of the Parent-Teacher Information sheet attached. We find it helpful to have your special instructions about feedings, naps, or ointments written down on this sheet. During the day, our teachers will make (brief ) notes on the lower portion of the same sheet to let you know how child spent his/her day. At pickup time, parents take home their child’s sheet. We will also have brief chats with you at the door. Parents may feel free to contact teachers by phone or e-mail at anytime as well.

Throughout the year, parents will receive written “MY GROWTH” assessments of their child’s unique development, play interests and special friendships. The teachers will prepare this for you quarterly: in the Fall, in the Winter, and in the Spring. We will let you know about individual learning games/activities we are planning that match your infant’s new skills. We will also share Beginners Room news with you in our seasonal newsletter called The Pitter Patter.