Preschool FAQ

First United Methodist Preschool

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A Christian Learning Center for Children 3-5.

 

Thank you for your interest in our preschool.  These are some questions frequently asked by preschool families.

  • Where are you located and how do we contact you?
    • The preschool room is in Wesley Center (behind  FUMC), 111 East Maple, Independence, Ks. 67301
    • Mailing address:  PO Box 545
    • Phone:  (620) 331-0719 or (620) 331-3840
    • e-mail:  fumcpreschool@cableone.net 
  • What age children do you take?  
    • Ages 3-5 years old.  Must be 3 or 4 by September 1st.
  • What classes are available?
    • 3 year old – Tuesday and Thursday A.M. only.
    • 4 year old – Monday , Wednesday and Friday A.M. or P.M.
  • What are your class hours?
    • Morning classes meet from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.
    • Afternoon classes meets from 12:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • What is the main emphasis in your program?
    • We emphasis Christian values.  The children are encouraged to be kind to one another, to share, and to care for the world that has been given to us.  Our emphasis is on:
      • Socialization – learning to play with others and to be comfortable with a group of children.
      • Developing –  a positive self-image.
      • Enrichment – new experiences with music, art, physical coordination, science, and books.
      • Readiness – working on skills to prepare them for Kindergarten as well as getting to experience what learning is all about.
  • What do the children do each day?
    • While the activities will vary for each age group, each class follows the same daily schedule:
      • Self-selective/small group time – each child will get to pick a center to play at while the teachers work with students in small groups.
      • Circle time – Calendar, finger plays and songs, Bible stories and discussions about the weekly themes.
      • Outdoor play – Every day (Indoors in inclement weather.)
      • Developmental activities – Creative art, language stimulation through conversation and developmental worksheets and  fine motor skills.
  • How do you discipline children?
    • In a happy and busy environment, we have few discipline problems and these are usually solved by suggestion and redirection.  The ultimate discipline is to remove the child from the situation and let him/her sit in a chair and discuss their negative choices and what choices are expected.
  • Do you take field trips?
    • The four year old classes take monthly field trips to local nursing homes.  Other field trips taken are to the fire station, pumpkin patch, the zoo, and to Elk City Lake for a nature hike at the end of the preschool year.
  • How do we enroll our child?
    • Fall enrollment begins in early spring.  Come by or call informing us that you wish to enroll your child.  You will be asked to fill out an enrollment form and return it, along with the registration fee to the preschool office of church office.  You are always welcome to see the classroom and meet the teachers.  Contact us by phone 620-331-0719 or e-mail fumcpreschool@cableone.net .
  • How much does it cost?
    • A non-refundable registration fee is required at time of enrollment.  The four year old students will receive a preschool t-shirt.
      • Registration fee:
        • 3 year old class – $40.00.
        • 4 year old class – $45.00.
      • Tuition:
        • 3 year old class – $85.00 per month
        • 4 year old class – $100.00 per month
  • Is there transportation to and from school?
    • We offer transportation for a limited number of students to local daycares only.
  • How many children are in each class?
    • We are authorized for a license capacity of 16 children in each class, with two teachers.
  • Are your teachers experienced?
    • Our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood education.  They are also required to receive 10 clock-hours of approved in-service training annually.