Scottsville United Methodist Preschool
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori
Download a Registration Form HERE
We are excited about getting to know your child and are certain this will be a happy and successful year.
SUMP admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, national and ethnic origin. Students with special needs will be considered on a case by case basis, depending on our ability to fully accommodate the student’s needs.
SUMP will put no pressure on any child or family to become Methodists or members of the church. While the majority of the curriculum will be secular, we will occasionally incorporate religious themes, especially as it relates to Christian holidays. Students will also attend chapel lessons once a week with Pastor Brian Lamb, where they will learn age-appropriate bible stories and songs.
Mission & Philosophy
Our ultimate goal is to provide a joyful, enriching experience for children, and to develop in each child a love of learning and an interest in exploring new ideas and concepts in all of his/her types of intelligences.
We believe in providing a supportive and nurturing learning environment for children.
We believe preschool children learn about themselves and their environment best through active participatory learning.
We believe an excitement for learning is best generated in a setting that presents opportunities and avoids achievement pressures.
We aim to support children in developing self-control, respect for the ideas and feelings of others, creativity, curiosity, self-expression, reasoning/thinking skills, and self-confidence.
Your Child’s Day
Each day has a balance of structured and unstructured activities that are both child initiated and teacher directed. Your child can play and learn cooperatively with friends, explore materials and learn at his or her own pace. All children have a greeting time, structured small and large group activities, planning and review time, snack time, and active or outside play. Every day, children have access to dramatic play equipment, art activities, sand/water table, music and movement, building and manipulative toys, reading books, and nature/science materials. Classroom materials are constantly changing as new themes arise or activities are introduced.
There is no dress code, but please dress your child for active, messy play! Also, please send a full change of seasonally appropriate clothing which will be stored at the school to be used as needed.
We ask that parents provide a nutritious snack for their child each day. Please notify your child’s teacher of ANY food allergies. SUMP adheres to a “No Nut” policy (including peanuts & tree nuts).
At this time there is no playground at SUMP. Children will engage in daily gross motor activities and active free play in the church’s large Fellowship Hall. We will also take a weekly walk to the playground at Dorrier Park.
Field Trips may be scheduled throughout the year. Parents are invited to assist as chaperones and by providing transportation.
Registration & Enrollment
Submit the Registration Form along with a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to:
158 E. Main Street
Scottsville, VA 24590
Class size is limited to 15 children, with a lead teacher, a second teacher, and an aid. This exceeds the DSS teacher:child ratio of 1:10, and aligns with the church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
3-yr-olds (T/Th): $205/mo
4-yr-old (M/W/F): $245/mo
SUMP operates on a 9-month schedule, which basically follows Albemarle County Public School’s starting and ending dates, holidays, and school closings.
The preschool is in operation Monday-Friday from 9-12,
with an 8 a.m. early drop-off option. The 3 year-old class meets T/Th, while the 4 year-old class meets M/W/F.
Upon admission, each family will receive a Parent Handbook that should answer your questions about policies and procedures of the school. Should you ever have questions about your child’s preschool experience, please feel free to request a time to talk to the teachers.
Parents are always welcome in the classroom. Whether it is simply to enjoy watching your child learning to navigate in his ever-widening world, or because you have a hobby or talent to share, please let your child’s teacher know.
Disclaimer: Scottsville United Methodist Church is a Religiously Exempt Child Day Center operated by Scottsville United Methodist Church. Although the preschool is not licensed by the Department of Social Services (DSS), SUMP voluntarily strives to meet or exceed licensing standards regarding the health and safety of its children, the quality of its program, and the selection, screening and training of its staff.