Andrew Chapel UMC Preschool and Mother’s Day Out provides a Christian atmosphere in which the whole child can grow. Our program aims to strengthen positive self-esteem, help children develop ways of interacting with peers, learn listening skills, and follow directions while functioning in a group. The classroom provides a place where teachers encourage and understand varying behaviors among young children.
There are several factors that make our programs unique.
Special programs provide enrichment for children of all ages. We often have storytellers, magicians, musicians, puppet shows, and additional activities that relate to our class units.
Gross Motor Space
Andrew Chapel is fortunate to have two fantastic spaces for children to develop gross motor skills through play and movement. Our outdoor playground has been recently updated with equipment specifically designed for preschool aged children. We also have a large indoor space that is utilized for physical education and for large play space.
All of our preschool classes have music and physical education classes on a weekly basis, which are taught by qualified teachers. We also enjoy having special art classes with our staff Art Teacher once a month for most preschool classes.
Registration begins in February of each year. After 1 week is given for current students to register, we will accept registrations from outside our school.
Children registering for the first time must provide “proof of identity” within 30 days.
At registration, a fee of $80.00 is due, which is not refundable. One month’s tuition will be due in May, applied to the last month of the school year. Additionally, an activity and supply fee will be due in September.
Parents will be notified as soon as possible of acceptance to the preschool. If your child cannot be accepted at this time, he/she will be placed on a waiting list. Priority will be given to children of church members, children currently enrolled, brothers and sisters of existing families or alumni, and those in Mother’s Day Out. This last group acceptance will be affected by age and length of time in Mother’s Day Out.
The Child Care Ordinance requires that each child enrolled must have a health form completed and signed by your child’s doctor. This form must include a complete list of immunizations and any current health problems. It is important for us to be aware of any allergies that your child may have. All children enrolled must have health forms updated on a yearly basis. This form must be on file with us prior to your child’s first day of school.
It is the policy of the school to only dispense emergency medicine (epi-pen).
Open House for prospective families are held in February each year. Please check the calendar for scheduled dates!
Scholarships are available, based on family size, income, and special circumstances. Applications are available in the Preschool office and will be reviewed by the Director and two members appointed by the Preschool Board.
Orientation & Start of School
There will be an Orientation meeting for each Preschool class before regular classes begin in September. Parents will meet with the Director, while the children visit their classrooms and become acquainted with their teachers and classmates.
During the Orientation meeting for MDO, children will remain with their parents.
Information regarding Orientation will be mailed prior to the scheduled dates.
First 2 weeks of school
Preschool classes for three year olds will begin at 9am and end at 12pm. To help young children (3 year olds) make the adjustment to preschool and ease separation anxiety, a gradual entry is used for the first two weeks of school.
Mother’s Day Out will also follow a gradual transition period for the first two weeks of school in September. MDO will run from 9:15 am to 12:15pm.
Throughout the School Year
The Director of the school has a degree in Art and Humanities, and has worked many years as a teacher of young children and as a preschool program director. The staff is made up of dedicated teachers, who have Masters and/or Bachelor’s Degrees in a variety of fields, and many years of experience working with preschoolers and young children. Teachers continue their education by attending seminars and workshops sponsored by Early Childhood Education educators. Teachers have help from Assistant Teachers who have many years of experience working with children of this age.
Preschool conferences are conducted twice during the school year, once in the fall by phone, and once in January or early February in person.
No formal conferences are conducted in MDO.
Parents or teachers may request a conference as needed.
Parents are always welcome to visit and observe. Please call the Director to schedule your visit. Teachers will not be available for conferences during a visit or observation, but will work with you to schedule a conference if needed.
Recognizing Developmental Problems
Based on the staff’s knowledge of child development, if irregularity in a child’s behavior is recognized, it will be brought to the attention of the Director and parents. As every situation is unique, a plan will be implemented with the cooperation of the parents and teachers to handle the issue. If necessary, the parents will be directed to Fairfax County’s Child Find program. The staff will cooperate with outside service professionals that would like to confer about a specific child (this is done only with the parent’s permission).
Children With Special Needs
Enrollment for children with special needs will be considered if the program is able to accommodate those needs. The staff is not specifically trained in Special Education and will make accommodations with consideration of all children in the classroom. As with any enrollment, there is a thirty day probationary period.