Parent handbook

Program Objectives

  1. To provide a happy Christian environment in which the child can grow physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  2. To help the child develop a philosophy of life that is in harmony with Christian principles.
  3. To provide opportunities for church, school, and home to work together in meeting the needs of the child.
  4. To help the child bridge the gap between home and school; and to achieve readiness for elementary school.
  5. To provide the child with satisfying experiences in working and playing with those of his own age.
  6. To provide opportunities for self-expression, investigation, and participation in group activities.
  7. To maintain a balanced program of activity, quiet work and relaxation.



In a “Child Centered” environment, the child has an opportunity to grow and develop at his own pace, encouraged and guided by warm, loving adults.

 
We Encourage:

  1. Learning to share
  2. Cooperation
  3. Taking turns
  4. Listening to adults
  5. Participation in group activities
  6. Exploring all the equipment available
  7. Creativity through various media



What will your child do in school?

Each room has a schedule that fits the developmental needs of the children in that room. The schedule is flexible and allows for individual differences among children and any special events planned.

Your child’s teacher plans the day and the activity according to what is appropriate for the children. Your continued interest in what your child is doing at school adds to the pleasure and enjoyment of school for your child. However, your child does not need to bring something home every day from school. Often an activity won’t appeal to your child, or is one that didn’t involve a craft (such as a listening experience, a science activity, or new lotto or matching game).

In general, a child will have these kinds of experiences in the course of his day:

  • Activity Period: Learning centers set up around the room where he can choose any activity to enjoy – art, blocks, puzzle games, home center, books, etc.
  • Group and Music Time: Songs and activity CDs with creative movements and rhythm instruments. Exposure to sharing with a group and learning from books, flannel boards, teaching pictures, etc.
  • Outdoor Play: The outdoor playground includes swings, sandbox and climbing apparatus. During inclement weather the church recreational room is used. Tricycles, and other riding toys, jungle gym and slides are available.
  • Chapel Time: Two, three, four and five year olds participate in Chapel time once a week. Bible stories, songs and games are shared with the children from a member of the FUMC staff. This is an additional way for our program to emphasize the importance of our Christian beliefs.
  • Quiet Time: Looking at books, listening to music.
  • Snack Time: A snack of fruit or other healthy food is enjoyed.




Children with special needs

Child Enrichment does not discriminate with regards to race, gender religious beliefs, or nationality. We celebrate the gifts that all children have been given and strive to meet each ones needs. We gladly accept those with special needs as long as the needs of the child and their family can be met and care does not interfere with the needs of the other children in the classroom. Children who receive outside services for speech and other therapies are welcome to arrange for those services to be performed here. Please arrange a time to meet with the Director about these services.

 
Procedure for bringing and picking up child

Children in the two, three, four year and pre-kindergarten program may be dropped off at the main door to the Education Building between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. Children are to enter the building only when a teacher is present at the door. Morning drop-off will be at the front entrance only.

Dismissal is handled in the same manner except both entrances are used.

Dismissal times are as follows:

  • Infants/Toddlers: 11:45 a.m.
  • Twos: 11:50 a.m.
  • Threes: 11:55 a.m. (Extended Day Dismissal 12:55 p.m.)
  • Fours: 12:00 p.m. (Extended Day Dismissal 1:00 p.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten 1:00 p.m. (Daily)


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Infants/Toddlers may not use the drive-through for drop off or pick-up. They must be walked in and picked up from their classroom. (Beginning with the Spring Furniture Market & through the end of the year, toddlers may use the driveway for drop off and pick up.)

Each child should be picked up at their designated dismissal time. The parents who choose not to use the drive through should wait in the chapel or Director’s desk area of the Education Building until their child’s class is seated in their designated dismissal area. At that time the parent should let the teacher know they will be taking their child. Due to insurance liability, teachers are not allowed to buckle car seats or seat belts for children. They will put them in the seat and drivers should then pull up to allow teachers room to load the next car while buckling up their children.

We also ask that you put your car into PARK as your child is being taken from or placed in your car The High Point Police Department has asked that we not use Richardson Street when lining up for afternoon pick-up. Instead, please get to Wrenn Street from Westwood Ave.

We will not allow a child to leave the building with someone other than the usual driving parent unless we have a written note from parents describing different arrangements.

Please be prompt at both arrival and dismissal time. The teachers are eager to begin their instructional program and late arrivals can be very distracting. It is important that you pick up your child promptly. Each class has a ten minute period in which to load their students. If you are more than 5 minutes late from the time designated for your child to be picked-up, there will be a $5.00 charge for each 5 minutes of tardiness. Children will remain with their teacher to await pick-up and parents will receive a late slip at this time. Each family will be allowed two warnings before being charged

 

Payment and Fee Schedule

Tuition payments for Child Enrichment are due the 1st of each month. MONTHLY STATEMENTS WILL BE SENT HOME BY THE 15TH OF EACH MONTH. Please make your check payable to Child Enrichment and mail it to: Child Enrichment, First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27260. You may place your check in the mailbox at the drive through. This mailbox should only be used during Child Enrichment hours. Do not send the check in with your child or hand it to the teachers at the door.

The fee schedule is:

  • Pre-Kindergarten -- $260.00 per month
  • 5-day class -- $195.00 per month
  • 3-day class -- $160.00 per month                                          
  • 2-day class -- $125.00 per month


Families with more than one child in attendance at CE will receive a 10 percent discount on additional children; discount only applies to siblings.

Extended day/Lunch Bunch is offered to our three and four year old children. This program allows those children to bring their lunch on Wednesdays, and they remain at school an extra hour. This program adds $15.00 to each month’s billing statement. This option may be added anytime throughout the year.

Delinquent tuition payments: A late notice is sent home after the 15th of the month. There will be a late charge of $25.00 for any tuition not received by the 15th. This fee will remain on your account until it has been paid. There will be a $25.00 charge for checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds. If payment has not been received by the 1st of the following month, the child will be dropped from the roll. If circumstances warrant, the parent should contact the director if payment cannot be made by the 15th so that a possible solution can be discussed. If for any reason except sudden illness a child must be withdrawn, the Director must be notified fifteen (15) days in advance. If notice is not given the entire month’s tuition will be retained by the school.


Hand in Hand Scholarship Program

Child Enrichment has a scholarship fund available for needy children or for emergency situations. Please contact the director for more information on this program.


Registration

Registration is a non-refundable fee that holds a place in the program for your child and helps buy supplies. Your child will not be registered until we receive the registration fee. Acceptance of this fee assures your child a place in the program.

  • Toddlers: $65.00
  • Two year olds: $65.00
  • Three year olds: $65.00
  • Four year olds: $65.00
  • Pre-Kindergarten: $130.00 (includes partial Sept. tuition)



Activity Fee

Each age group will have an activity fee payable by October 1. Fees are as follows:

  • Toddlers – $35
  • Two year olds – $75
  • Three year olds – $75
  • Four year olds – $75
  • Pre-k – $75



Health and Safety Guidelines

Establish safety rules with your children when using the drive thru – wear seat belts, no yelling and arms, legs and heads inside the car at all times. Remember, rubber soled shoes are the safest for climbing, running, and outdoor play. We will make every effort to observe good health practices at school.

No child shall come to school visibly ill. A child should be kept at home if he/she has a severe cold, coughing, sneezing, fever, excessive runny nose, sore throat, pink eye or any signs of a contagious disease. Please keep your child home until he/she has been free of fever or other symptoms for 24 hours, and is physically strong and active again. Remember, children tire more easily in group situations. The health of your child is important to you, as parents, and is also a concern of our staff. If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, we will try to contact you or the emergency contact you provided. When parents are notified that their child is ill, they need to pick up the child as soon as possible. For the sake of your child’s comfort, a quick arrival is necessary. Your child will be kept as isolated as possible until you arrive.

In case of an emergency, it is critical that the school has an up to date file with correct addresses and phone numbers of both parents and one other contact person. Please let us know if there is ever a change regarding this information. To keep the spread of illnesses to a minimum, the school has the following policies:

  • Fever: Child Enrichment cannot accept a child with a fever. The child’s teacher will call the parents to come for their child whenever he/she appears ill and has a temperature of 100 degrees or more. The child must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea: Whenever a child has a very loose bowel movement accompanied by nausea or if he/she has two loose bowel movements within an hour that are in the teacher’s judgment a diarrhea type, parents will be contacted to get the child. The child should be free of diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If it is determined by consultation with the child’s physician that the diarrhea is going to last awhile and it is not infectious, then the child may return to school with a note from the doctor stating this.
  • Vomiting: Whenever a child vomits at school, the parents will be called to come pick up their child. The child must be free of this sickness for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Colds: If the child comes to school with a cold, he/she should be able to follow the daily routine, including some time outside, weather permitting. If the teacher feels the child is not able to participate fully, they will notify the parent to come get the child.
  • Contagious Disease: Notify us immediately if your child has a contagious disease. We must be able to alert parents to look for symptoms in their child.
  • Allergies: Information about substances to which your child is allergic needs to be in writing on the information sheet. Please report any changes or new information in writing.




Toilet Training

Our teachers will work with all families regarding toilet training. Parents of toddlers, two and three year olds should keep teachers informed as to what stage their child is at in this process. It is our expectation that all four and five year old children are completely toilet trained.

 

School Accidents

If an accident should occur at the school and a child is injured:

  1. The teacher will apply first aid to minor injuries (cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.) and will record the incident in the Incident Journal. The teacher will also report the circumstances to the parents at the end of the day.
  2. The teacher will notify parents or the secondary contact person of an injury that might require medical attention.
  3. The Director will immediately contact 911 in the event of a serious injury. Parents will then be called and advised of the situation.



Child Abuse

By N. C. Law, care givers are required to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. If such cases arise, the alerted teacher will report it to the Preschool Directors. All staff of Child Enrichment have been Safe Sanctuary Trained in accordance to the policies of FUMC. Criminal background checks are done on all staff and classroom volunteers

 
Communication from School

You are encouraged to discuss your child’s growth and progress at school with his/her teacher. However, during school time is not appropriate for the teachers to spend time talking with parents. You may make an appointment or call after school hours. Please Do not linger and chat with teachers at the beginning or end of the school day–car pools need to move swiftly and teachers in classrooms need to spend time with the children.

Parent conferences will be conducted during the school year. Individual conferences as needed can be held at any time that either the parents or teachers request. Parents are welcome to observe in their child’s classroom at any time.

Each classroom has a blog that is accessible from our home page. Your child’s teacher will also keep you informed of any special classroom activities and events via information sent home in your child’s school bag.

 
Clothing and Possessions

Please mark any removable clothing, books, toys or other items with your child’s name.

Dress your child in clothing that is durable and comfortable. Clothes which he/she can actively use while painting, playing in the water table, and playing outside. Since we do go outside whenever possible dress children accordingly. Select shoes which give support and allow for freedom of movement. Soft soled or rubber bottomed shoes are good choices. Loose sandals, cowboy boots, and shoes which slip off easily inhibit activity.

Children in the Toddler room are to have a clearly labeled diaper bag. The small children will also need a training cup and a pacifier if used, diapers and change of clothes. A cuddle toy from home helps the child to feel at home and secure.

For older children, please send a labeled book bag/tote bag each day to school with your child. We have things that come home each day and this makes it easier for your child to carry them.

All children are also to have a labeled change of clothes to leave at school for the year in case of accidents. These clothes should be changed according to the season. All clothes will be returned at the end of the year.

 

Bringing Toys to School

Children are encouraged to bring books and items of special interest for sharing time. Your child’s teacher will tell you which day will be sharing day. We discourage toys as it is traumatic for a child to misplace or break a toy when brought to school. Toys which encourage rough and violent play are to be left at home.

 

Notes Sent from Home

Any notes sent from home are to be pinned to your child’s shirt or jacket with a safety pin. Notes left in tote bags tend to get misplaced. Please do not give a note to the teachers at the door on arriving. They need to only be concerned with getting your child safely to the classroom.

 

Snacks and Parties

There will be several parties in each class throughout the year. These will include but may not be limited to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and End -of-Year. Parents will sign up at the beginning of the year to bring refreshments (juice, cookies or cupcakes, etc.). Usually two or three parents work together on one party per year. Party days are either on a holiday or on the last school day before the holiday. Teachers may also plan other special days and/or events for which parents may be asked to help provide refreshments.

You are welcome to bring a treat for each child on your child’s birthday. Please check with your child’s teacher and get the correct number of children in the room and to let the teacher know if you will be providing refreshments. It is not our policy to hand out birthday or party invitations at school for at home parties. A class list will be provided for you to mail them.

 

Field Trips

Field trips are planned for our 4 and 5 year old groups by the teachers in conjunction with the educational program. The following guidelines are to be followed for field trips:

  1. Permission slips must be completed and turned in prior to any field trip.
  2. Parents will help teachers in supervising the children on all field trips.
  3. When available, the church van or bus may be used for transportation on field trips.

When your child’s class is going on a field trip and you are asked to help, please try to be available. The safety factor is very important and if all parents take turns, then no one parent would be doing more than the others.

 

School Delays and Cancelations

In case of bad weather please turn to FOX8 on your television for closing or delay information. If you are still uncertain as to whether the school will be open due to weather please call 889-3103 and listen to the recorded message on the answering machine. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If we are open, it is ultimately up to you whether of not you bring your child.

Snow Policy:The first five missed days due to inclement weather will not be made up. Missed days, beyond the initial five, will only be made up at the discretion of the CE board during their Easter/Spring Break) or on Child Enrichment teacher workdays. No refunds will be given for canceled days due to snow and ice.

 

What Parents Can Do to Help

  • Please send your child to school in play clothes. Write names on sweaters, coats, hats, boots, etc.
  • Going to pre-school should not be overdone (be enthusiastic but also casual.) Make it sound like fun.
  • Stay with your child at school until he/she feels secure but avoid prolonged farewells.
  • Allow him/her to become independent in everyday routines, such as eating, washing, dressing, etc.
  • Allow him/her to use blocks, paints, crayons, scissors, etc.
  • Take him/her to his/her physician for a physical check-up before the beginning of school.
  • Make every effort to see that your child gets adequate rest.
  • Sign up for at least one (1) party during the year.
  • Have your child bring his/her tote bag each day
  • Accept your child as he/she is and with patience and affection, help him/her to develop the best that is in him/her.
  • If you have any talent or activity that would be of interest to your child’s class or another class, please feel free to contact the teacher or director.

 
 

Child Enrichment Board

The Child Enrichment Board is made up of parents, teachers and church members. They are chosen by the nominations committee of the church. All members serve a three (3) year rotation. Date denotes year service ends in December.

  • Chair: Pam Mercer
  • Director: Kim Myers
  • Teacher representatives:
    • Suzanne Hedgecock 2014
    • Donna Higgins 2015
    • Brenda Wagoner 2016
  • Church representatives:
    • Deborah Martin 2014
    • Sarah Franklin 2015
    • Megann Huggins 2016
  • PTA representative: Jennifer Pacific
  • Parent representatives:
    • Sydney Cavanaugh 2014
    • Ashley West Williams 2015    
    • Whitney Aiken 2016
  • Children’s ministry council chair: Kimberly Meyer
  • Trustee: Kim Hampton
  • Staff parish: Craig Peters
  • Pastor: John Fitzgerald
  • Attorney: Rich Towers