Several of our more frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered here. If you don’t find what you’re looking, please don’t hesitate to ask!
What forms of payments are accepted?
Here at First Presbyterian Church Preschool, we accept all forms of payment from cash and check to credit card and bank transfers. We take payments through our contactless software with Bright Wheel.
What is Bright Wheel?
Bright Wheel is a online tool for classroom management, communication, photos, videos, online bill pay, and much more. Bright Wheel is the industry leader in early education, proven to save time for staff, allowing for measurably more time with students, while also delivering a much better experience for parents.
How often do you have Chapel?
Once a week all the children gather for Chapel. Typically, the minister, preschool director or a church representative leads our children with Bible stories and activities.
Do you have a special music class?
In addition to the music and songs presented in the classroom, the children attend a music class once a week for approximately 20 minutes. Ms. Lynda (3YO teacher) is currently teaching the classes. She prepares all the music and teaches the students a large number of songs (both spiritual and secular) throughout the year. There are two music programs held each year: a Christmas performance in December, and a spring performance in May.
Do you offer scholarships?
Need-based scholarships for the half-day program are available. If you are in need and interested in applying for a scholarship, please see the preschool director for an application. Decisions are made for the following year mid-summer, so you will want to get your information in by June at the latest. (However should your situation change throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to check!)
Do you provide snack?
We ask that your child bring his/her snack daily. Please send nutritious snacks such as fresh fruit, vegetables, crackers, cheese, yogurt, granola, and applesauce. Water will be provided for your child. The teacher will let you know on days when snack is not needed such as for a birthday party, holiday celebration or cooking activity in the classroom.
Does my child have to be potty-trained?
- Two-year-olds do not need to be potty-trained to attend.
- Three-year-olds should at least be attempting training.
- Four-year-olds must be toilet trained.
Do you have fundraisers?
Yes. We operate on a tight budget, so fundraisers help bring in money for new equipment, supplies and upkeep that we might not otherwise be able to invest in. This also helps keep our costs to families down, as we want to keep our program as accessible as possible while still providing excellent resources.
Do you have a “Sick Policy”?
Regular attendance is important for continuity in a child’s development; however, a child should be kept home whenever there are symptoms of illness. Your child should not be brought to Preschool if one of the following conditions exists:
- Fever, diarrhea or vomiting
- Rash or discharge from eyes, ears or nose
- Contagious disease
**Children should be fever-free without medication and not have been vomiting or having diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.**
If your child becomes ill during school hours, they will be separated from the class and parents will be called to come and pick them up.
What happens if there is an emergency evacuation?
Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis. If for any reason the preschool must be evacuated for any length of time, children will first be taken to Fishburne Military School (next door to church). If we must relocate further away, children will be taken to St. John’s Catholic Church office on Maple Ave (house next to parking lot). Parents will be contacted as soon as possible. Children will always remain under the supervision and care of preschool staff.
What is your policy for inclement weather?
We follow Waynesboro City Schools, but may make an alternate decision if the safety of you or your child is in question. Watch for announcements by text, email or Facebook.
If Waynesboro City Schools are running one hour late, we will operate on our regular schedule. If Waynesboro City Schools are running two hours late, the preschool will open one hour late. Extended Day parents will be notified as to opening time.
If Waynesboro City Schools are closed, FPCP will be closed and Extended Day parents will be notified as to opening time.