The Nursery Day Program
Standards are high at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. We follow guidelines for highest-quality Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten 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.
Meet the nursery child…
- A bundle of energy moving as if in perpetual motion but needing:
- A balance of quiet and active experiences
- Opportunities for self-pacing
- Space to move freely
- An organized environment
- An individual often shouting “NO!” but needing:
- Acceptance as a person
- Opportunities for self-expression
- Freedom to explore and discover
- Opportunities for experiencing the "here and now"
- Experiences through planned "hands-on activities" to build new concepts and skills
- A personality increasing in self-control but needing:
- Patient guidance
- Opportunities to make decisions and accept responsibility
- Limits and expectations clearly defined and consistently enforced
- Opportunities to express attitudes and feelings through play
- Acceptance as a person when behavior is unacceptable
- A person growing in independence but needing:
- Love and care
- Encouragement and praise
- Materials that are self-correcting
- Opportunities for completing tasks which bring joy within themselves
- A whole child as unique as the experiences lived and needing:
“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.”