This handbook has been prepared by the Seeds of Faith Preschool Board to assist you in helping your child make the best and quickest adjustments possible to the preschool experience. We hope you will spend a few minutes becoming familiar with its contents. The handbook includes important operational and educational policies intended to provide your child with a safe and productive learning experience. The school staff and administration depend on your cooperation for the success of these policies. Your comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated and prayerfully considered by the Preschool Board.
II. Mission Statement:
The Seeds of Faith Preschool program of the FVUMC is an outreach ministry of the church intended to minister to children, to their parents, and to the community. Our mission is to encourage a positive foundation for spiritual, physical, emotional and developmental growth in each child.
To guide your children:
In a conscious awareness of God and of his constant love and care.
To help them understand the Christian way of social behavior as part of daily living.
To think of Jesus as their best friend, as the Son of God, and Savior who is essential to a happy life and to want to be like Him.
To think of the Bible as the word of God, and to learn verses and stories from it which are applicable to their every day life.
To help your children to believe that God in their lives can make a difference and that in his love they can grow securely with special and individual purpose.
To worship God with songs of praise which they can understand.
To guide your children to know that God made them and that they are very special.
To help your children:
Face their problems, and whenever possible, think them through and solve the problems themselves.
Express themselves with a confidence of being understood.
Encourage the children to think positively and to engage in positive behavior.
To find enjoyment in each day and to have a good self-image.
To help your children build in their lives good experiences and engage in activities in which they can be successful.
To help your child:
Participate in games that are healthful exercise.
Develop desirable health habits.
Follow simple safety rules.
Develop large and small muscles. Special attention is given to nutrition and encouraging proper foods in their diet.
To help your child:
Think for themselves.
Broaden their range of interest and language skills.
Improve their concentration.
Expand age appropriate skills.
IV. Preschool Curriculum:
Play is work for preschool children. Structured play is planned in the classroom to support the Preschool’s philosophy and to meet the Preschool’s objectives. An example of a Preschool class daily schedule is as follows:
Free Play – Centers (self-directed) ex. Housekeeping, Blocks, Art, Science, and Books
Circle Time – children are encouraged to communicate and listening skills are developed
Arts/Crafts - Teacher directed
Music Time – twice a month with FVUMC Director of Music
Bible Time – once a week with FVUMC Director of Children’s Ministry
Active Kids – twice a month with a trained children’s exercise instructor
Library – Teachers sign up to read stories and check out books
Science Time – Once a month children participate in hands on activities & experiments on a variety of science topics
Computer Lab – 4 year old classes - Teacher directed
Units are provided each month to assist the teachers in planning their class activities. These monthly units may be integrated into the teacher’s daily preschool activities. Parents will receive lesson calendars at the beginning of each month from their child’s teacher.
We are not an academic Preschool. Our curriculum does, however, include pre-reading and pre-math concepts and skills (i.e. Kindergarten readiness skills).
The Preschool Board supports the growth and development of the staff through seminars and conferences. Classroom teachers and assistants are CPR certified and safe sanctuary trained and some teachers have completed early childhood classes or equivalent certifications or degrees
All of Us Are Special Read Across America
Friends St. Patrick’s Day
I Can Care for Myself – 3’s Gardening
Apples (Johnny Appleseed) – 4’s
Harvest Easter Pumpkins Animals (zoo & farm)
Fire Safety Insects
Native Americans Mother’s Day
Thanksgiving Field Trip to the Future (4’s)
DecemberMoving up (2’s & 3’s)
Advent/Meaning of Christmas
Families need help/Give help
We are all different
Winter Games – 4’s
Ground Hog Day
Dental Health Day
Monthly Bible Stories September April
Creation – Genesis 1-2:1-3
Adam & Eve – Genesis 3 Supper with Jesus – Luke 10:30 -37
Noah – Genesis 6 -9 Resurrection – Luke 24:1-12
Joseph’s Coat – Genesis 37,39-46 Ascension- Luke24:50-53
Baby Moses – Exodus 1-2:1-10 May
10 Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17 The Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-31
Walls of Jericho – Joshua 6:1-21 Hidden Treasure – Matthew13
Gideon – Judges 6-7
Ruth & Naomi – Ruth 1 – 4:22
David & Goliath – 1Samuel 17
Shad./Mesh./Abednego – Daniel 3
Daniel & The Lions – Daniel 6
Jonah & the Whale – Jonah 1-3:1-3
Jesus ‘ birth – Luke 2 :1-20
Wise Men – Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus at the Temple – Luke 2:41-52
Jesus’ Baptism – Luke 3:1-22
Through the roof – Mark 2:1-5
Jesus calms the Storm – Mark 4
Feeding 5000 – John 6
Jesus & the Children – Matthew 19
Zacheus – Matthew 26
Martha & Mary - Luke 10:38-42
The Sower – Luke 8:1-15
The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:30-37
Catching Fish - Luke 5
Palm Processional-Luke 19:28-44
A. The Seeds of Faith Preschool is administered by the Preschool Board,
which is responsible for all matters relative to the operation of the
Preschool and is accountable to the Administrative Board of the
Church. New Board members are nominated by Preschool staff and
Board Members and then voted on by the Preschool board for a 2 year
term. Membership of the Preschool Committee consists of:
Director of Children’s Ministries
Staff Representative (as needed)
Four or more other church members and/or members-at-large
The Preschool Board will elect a Chairperson to conduct the Meetings.
Registration for the upcoming term is in the winter, usually in February. Periods of preference will be as follows:
1. Enrolled children who are Church Members (Lottery)
2. Enrolled children who are Non-Church Members (Lottery)
3. Non-enrolled siblings--two and under will be enrolled at above times.
4.Siblings--3 years or older, who are not currently enrolled will be put
on a waiting list until all enrolled children have been registered.
5. Non-enrolled siblings will be registered & parents notified.
6. Legacy- siblings of children who were previously in Preschool
No spaces will be automatically reserved (unless the Director deems
All children entering the program must be two, three, or four on or before August 31st. All children entering the Mother’s Morning Out (MMO) program must be between 18 and 24 months old on or before August 31st. MMO students must be walking when classes begin in September.
All three-year-olds and older are to be potty trained. (page 9-XIII).
All newly enrolled children entering the Preschool are required to have a physical examination and submit the medical form to the Director by the end of June. All necessary corrections should be made before school starts.
All immunizations required by the public schools are required prior to admission (appropriate for the child’s age). The health record on the application must be completed and updated as necessary or a completed shot record should be attached.
It is expected that your child will remain at home if s/he is sick, or displays any symptoms of oncoming illness. Symptoms may include:
A child who has had a fever, of 100.6 or higher, nausea or vomiting, severe headache, diarrhea, red, watery eyes with yellow drainage or an unexplained rash, within the last 24 hours should remain at home.
Children may return to school 24 hours after they are symptom and/ or fever free with out medication. Please do not give your children Tylenol or Advil before sending them to school.
Parents will be called to pick up their children if they display any of the above symptoms or appear to be ill.
Children who have been found with lice may not return to their class until they have been checked by a staff member & have been found to be nit free.
These policies are for the protection of your child and we appreciate your compliance.
If your child will need to receive medicine during the preschool day, you should contact their teacher in advance of class time.
All medicines, prescription as well as nonprescription, should be in the original, child-proof container, clearly labeled with your child’s name.
The Permission to Administer Medication Form must be completed by parent regarding administration of medication.
Please hand-deliver all medications to your child’s teacher. Do not send it in by your child!
Notify us if your child has a contagious disease so that we can inform other parents. Common contagious diseases would include but are not limited to:
Time from exposure Period of Exclusion
Disease to Onset of Disease Symptoms from School______
With blisters that form scabs appear or until sores are dry Pink Eye 1-7 days Red, watery eyes, swollen eye lids after 24-48 hrs. of treatment
Yellow drainage prescribed by a doctor _ Strep Throat 1-7 days Sore throat, fever, may have almost After 24 hrs.of treatment
W/or w/o rash solid red rash, especially in skin folds prescribed by a doctor____
Fifth Disease 10-14 days Fine rash(like sunburn) mostly on Not necessary unless running
Cheeks & exposed areas of arms a fever(after diagnosis is know)
& legs___________________________________________________ Impetigo not definite A sore with yellow crusting drainage After 24 hrs of treatment
Prescribed by a doctor &
Sores are dry____________ Scabies not definite Bumps, usually between fingers, Until treatment finished as
On wrists,elbows,thigh,around prescribed by a doctor
The Preschool has a separate number from the church. Please call the Preschool number, 557-1568 (opt. 2), for all Preschool business. When calling, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. If your call is an emergency and the answering machine responds, then call the church office at 552-4331.
If you need to speak to Lynne Sorrels, the Director, and cannot call during Preschool hours, you may call her at home at 552-0505. Please reserve this number for urgent matters only.
IX. Payment Policies:
A registration fee of 1 Child - $150.00, 2 children - $200.00, 3 children - $225.00, 4 or more children -$250.00, will be required at the time of registering for classes.
The Registration Fee will not be refunded.
Children may be enrolled at any time an opening becomes available during the school year until April 1st. The registration fee will be prorated depending on when a child enters.
Tuition is figured as a monthly fee. It is to be paid by the 1st of each month. A $10.00 late fee is charged for any tuition not received by the 10th of the month. Because tuition is a monthly fee, no refunds are given for illness, vacations or snow days. Checks should be made payable to and mailed to:
Attention: Lynne Sorrels
Seeds of Faith Preschool
100 South Judd Parkway SE
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Please do not send your tuition with your child!
Teachers are not authorized to accept any money from the
children. Past experiences have shown that this leads to lost
checks and confusion concerning individual accounts. For your
convenience, a mailbox will be located outside the carpool line for
you to deposit tuition and a box will be inside the Preschool office.
All cash should be handed personally to the Director or the Office
3. Returned check policy:
If a check is returned (i.e. insufficient funds) to the Preschool by the bank, the parent will be contacted immediately. Depending on the Parents’ request the check will be reissued to the bank for payment or held until the parent comes to the Preschool and pays cash. A $10.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks. After a person has had two returned checks, all subsequent payments must be in cash.
C. Classes and Tuition Class Days Tuition/month Time
MMO Fri $62.00 9:00 – 12:00
*(extended day) $72.00 9:00 – 12:45
2 yr. olds MW $136.00 9:00 – 12:00
*(extended day) $146.00 9:00 – 12:45
2 yr. olds T/Th $147.00 9:00 – 12:00
*(extended day) $160.00 9:00 – 12:45
2 yr. olds MWF $174.00 9:00 – 12:00
*(extended day) $189.00 9:00 – 12:45
3 & 4 yr. olds T/Th $164.00 9:00 – 1:00
3 & 4 yr. olds MWF $191.00 9:00 – 1:00
4 yr. olds M-F $275.00 9:00 – 1:00 Registration/tuition fees will be prorated depending on the month a
D. Scholarships: In as much as our Preschool program is intended as an outreach ministry, some money will be made available to cover hardship cases. Scholarships are for parents whose children would not otherwise be able to attend if they did not receive financial assistance. The parents may apply to the Director for consideration for the Scholarship fund. These cases will be approved by the Preschool Board/Director on a case
by case basis.
E. Delinquent Tuition: Delinquent tuition could result in the termination of the child at Preschool. For the child to remain, documentation will need to be presented as to why the delinquency occurred. All delinquent accounts will need to be paid prior to the end of the Preschool year. The Preschool Board will determine further action on unpaid accounts
F. Withdrawals and Refunds:
A two week notice is required before a child is withdrawn for reasons other than illness. With such notice, tuition paid for the period after withdrawal will be refunded. Without notice, one month’s tuition will be retained by the Preschool.
When possible, a withdrawal in the spring should take place before April 1st so that a child on the waiting list may have the benefit of at least 2 months in school. If a child is withdrawn later than April 1st, full tuition for April and May will be expected as this space cannot be filled. If the withdrawal occurs at the request of the Preschool, the unused portion of the tuition will be refunded.
If you wish to withdraw your child, please telephone Lynne Sorrels, Director at 557-1568 (opt.2).
Emergency release forms will be kept on file for each child. In case of an emergency situation, parents will be contacted as quickly as possible. All appropriate procedures will be initiated at the discretion of the staff.
Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant Evacuation: If there is an evacuation while the children are in Preschool, do not come to the church! The teachers and other school officials will take the children to North Garner High School (directions on pg. 16). They will be cared for until a parent arrives. You will need proper identification toobtain your child.
Facility Emergency: In case of fire, gas leak, power failure, and/or no water, the children will be evacuated as needed according to set guidelines posted in each room. Parents will be contacted.
XI. Field Trips (Four year olds only)
Details of each planned trip will be furnished prior to the field trip. Permission slips will be sent home with the field trip information. To comply with North Carolina State Law, the use of seat belts and car seats are required for these trips. If your child will not cooperate during these trips, they will be asked to stay home on field trip day.
The Preschool provides snack for the enrolled students during the field trips. Parents and siblings are encouraged to pack a snack for themselves.
Discipline problems are defined, but are not limited to the following: Aggressive behaviors such as biting, hitting, spitting, pushing, scratching, and pinching in which behavior modification does not stop the behaviors.
B. Techniques we employ to redirect and modify behaviors are as follows:
Giving positive verbal rewards encourages acceptable behavior. This reinforces a child’s good feeling about their behavior and serves as an example to the other children to act in such a way as to receive this praise. Asking a child to stop and think about their unpleasant behavior enables that child to work at self-control.
For a child not cooperating in a group listening situation, the child is seated by a teacher and reminded of acceptable behavior.
Removal from the group for a period of “time-out” is the next tactic used for a child who continually demonstrates unacceptable behavior. This time-out is not punishment, but rather a time when the child may calm down, remember what behavior the teacher is asking for, and decide for themselves when they are ready to rejoin the group with appropriate behavior.
Corporal punishment is not an acceptable method of dealing with young children’s behavior. Children will not be hit, slapped or spanked in any manner while attending this Preschool.
If behavior problems persist, the parents are asked to a conference to discuss what may be helpful in motivating their child to behave in an acceptable way. It may be suggested that the child be involved in a behavior modification program from outside assistance such as “Project Enlightenment”, with the parents being involved in the process. If a child is unmanageable and a constant disruption to the class, dismissal may occur.
XIII. Special Needs:
A child with special needs is basically a child who, because of his/her unique medical or developmental difficulties, has needs in addition to those of his or her peers. Seeds of Faith Preschool is not a special needs preschool. Our teachers are not trained to provide specific assistance to children who have special needs.
If known, children who have been evaluated and diagnosed with a specific disorder will be observed by the Preschool Director and age appropriate teacher to decide if the Preschool could provide for the child’s needs without diminishing the care/time teaching to all children in the class. This will be done before the child is registered in Preschool.
If a child (not diagnosed) enrolled in preschool exhibits developmental/behavioral difficulties which negatively affect the class, parents will be notified and a plan to help the child in the classroom will be implemented. If a change is not seen within 2 weeks, the Director will get the parent’s signed permission to have the child observed by an outside source (i.e. Project Enlightenment) to determine the best source of learning for the child, if any therapeutic intervention is necessary and if placement at another Preschool is indicated.
If our Preschool feels it cannot provide for a child’s needs, we will ask that the child be removed from our Preschool.
Children who request to receive therapy during Preschool must work
with the teachers to establish times for therapy. Therapists will be
encouraged to use the time before or after preschool hours in another
room on the Children’s Wing for the sessions.
See Discipline policy which may directly relate to special needs difficulties. (XII. Discipline)
XIV. Toilet Training:
Two-year-olds do not have to be toilet trained. If you are trying to work with your child, please send them to school in pull-up type underwear. Also, please send clean clothes each day in their backpacks.
Three-year-olds must be potty trained before the start of Preschool. In the rare event that a child is not fully “Potty trained”, parents must work with Preschool staff on a toilet training program. If “accidents“continue to occur, the parents will be required to come to school and change their child after one “accident” in that week. If a child is not completely toilet trained by Jan. 1st of the school year they may no longer be able to attend Preschool until training is completed. Medical situations will be discussed individually.
XV. Communication with Parents:
Parents are informed of the activities of the Preschool through monthly newsletters and calendars, which will include weekly topics, class activities, field trips and suggestions for parents. Parents also receive a weekly note summarizing each week’s activities.
There will be one parent conference offered during the year. Either the parents or the teacher may request an additional conference any time there is special concern.
Parents are encouraged to visit the Preschool. Due to the insurance policy, siblings are asked to stay at home, except for class parties. Because of occasional field trips and special activities, advanced notice is suggested.
Children are encouraged to wear play clothes and rubber soled shoes. Socks must be worn at all times. For safety reasons, no flip-flops, sandals, croc-type shoes or clogs are to be worn. Daily activities include active and messy play and the children should feel comfortable enough to enjoy themselves without worrying about their clothes.
Children not wearing tennis shoes/or other appropriate footwear, will not be allowed to participate in the Active Kids exercise class.
The child’s name should be placed in all outdoor clothing and other belongings to help ensure the return of all the proper possessions and clothes.
Please plan to leave a complete change of clothes with your child’s teacher each season.
Children should have eaten breakfast before they arrive in the morning. Snacks are furnished midmorning. Snacks are often used as part of the curriculum, relating to the unit topic, and as an experience in tasting.
With prior notice, children may bring special treats for their birthday or any other time of the year. At times, due to children with severe allergies, certain foods may not be allowed in the classrooms.
XVllI. Class Pictures: Pictures will be taken of each child in the fall and spring. Class picture and graduation pictures will be taken in the spring. You are not obligated to have made or buy any pictures of your child. Pictures are one of our fundraising projects.
XIX. Car Pool:
If you want to come in with your child, please park in the west parking lot and enter the church there. The same will apply during dismissal.
MMO and two-year-old students will need to be picked up in the classroom by 12:00/extended day by 12:45. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate these age groups in the afternoon carpool service.
If you need to leave or pick up a car seat, you must walk in. Car seats will not be removed or installed in the carpool line by the Preschool staff.
Please do not leave any child unattended in a car especially while you bring another child to their class.
Arrival: School will begin at 9:00 am. Children getting out of the car will be assisted by the staff at the handicap ramp on the north side of the church building from 8:50 to 9:00 am. NO child should arrive before 8:45 or be left unattended in the classroom.
1. Twos/MMO need to be picked up in the classroom by 12:00.
3. Threes and fours will be dismissed at 1:00 and picked up at the
4. Staff will assist in loading the children. Parents are asked to stay in
their cars with the motor running. All 3 & 4 year olds should be
picked up by 1:15.
5. To assist the staff with lining up the children ahead of time, please
place your child’s nametag in the front passenger’s side window.
To insure the flow of traffic, please do not talk to teachers and assistants while in car line. Follow the traffic flow in the parking lot. You will find a diagram in the back of the handbook.
If you are late to pick up your child & do not call to notify the office before you are late a $10.00 late fee will be charged. After being late for 3 times even with a call a late fee will be assessed. An increased amount may be charged if the parent is more than 15 minutes late with no call. Late is defined as after 12:05 for two year olds, after 12:50 for extended day 2 year olds & after 1:20 for three & four year olds.
XX. Insurance Coverage:
The Insurance Coverage provided by our church does not include coverage for accidental injury except in the case where there has been negligence on the part of the church or staff resulting in injury. While we hope that there will be no accidents requiring treatment during the coming year, it should be understood that coverage for accidental injuries would be the responsibility of the parents except as stated above. We strongly encourage parents to evaluate their insurance to make sure that it is adequate to meet the needs of their children.
XXI. Inclement Weather Policy:
Our Preschool usually operates on the same schedule as the Wake County Public School System traditional calendar including holidays, teacher work days, snow days, etc. Changes will be identified on our schedule on page 14. When the public schools open one hour late due to weather conditions, we will begin at 10:00 am. If schools open 2 hours late we will open at 11:00 until 1:00. All children, including all 2 year olds & Mothers Morning Out children, will need to bring a bag lunch.
Usually, the Preschool will make up snow days on the same schedule as the Wake County traditional school system. However, it is at the discretion of the Director &/or Preschool Board to change days as needed or make up days. We will do our best to make up as many missed days as possible. Preschool will not extend its preschool year even if the WCPSS adds more days at the end of the public school year.
Schedule for the 2010-2011 School Year Date Event
August 5* Teacher’s Meeting 7:00p.m.
August 23 – Aug. 27* All Teachers - work week
August 26 Open House
August 30 Preschool Starts
September 6* Labor Day
October 01* Teacher Workday
October 29* Teacher Workday
November 11* Holiday
November 24 – 26* Thanksgiving Holiday
December 20 – Dec. 31* Christmas Holiday
(WCPSS has classes on 12/20 & 12/21) January 3 Preschool resumes
(WCPSS is closed this day)
January 17* Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 24* Teacher Workday
February 21* Teacher Workday
(WCPSS is also closed on the 22)
March 25 Teacher Workday
April 1 Teacher Workday
April 18 -April 22 * Easter/ Spring break
May 19 Preschool Graduation for 4 year-
old students (at night)
May 19 Last day of Preschool
May 20* Preschool Teacher Workday
The information above is based on the Wake County Public School’s calendar as of 1/11/10
Preschool is closed for children on days marked with *
Please note specific changes underlined that differ from WCPSS calendar