WESTMINSTER WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL
Westminster Weekday Preschool is a developmental program that encourages each child to grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively at his or her own pace.
Our curriculum is based on an understanding of how children grow and develop and how they learn and attempt to make sense of the world around them. Our belief is that children acquire this knowledge about their physical and social worlds through play and interaction with other children, adults and objects.
The preschool is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we are proud that the preschool has been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top preschools in the area. The preschool is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of parents, church members, and staff, under the direct authority and supervision of the Session, the ruling body of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Westminster Weekday Preschool accepts children of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including children with special needs. As an integral part of the educational ministry and community outreach of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the preschool celebrates traditional Christian holidays while it also welcomes the opportunity to learn about other traditions and holiday celebrations. The preschool strives to provide a rich variety of experiences for our students. By sharing customs and ideas, traditions and meanings, we promote understanding and acceptance of each other.
For more information, contact Carolyn Burke, Director.
Learning at Westminster Weekday Preschool
Each day is structured so children know what to anticipate. The day includes a balance of fine- and gross-motor activities, group and individual activities, a snack, outdoor and circle times. To supplement the daily curriculum, the children are also exposed to many special experiences in our large, bright classrooms, on our well-equipped playground, and on field trips in the community. Every teacher holds a degree in early childhood education, a child development associate’s certificate or a degree in a related field. All staff members are required to take a minimum of 16 hours of staff development per year. Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant. In addition, a music teacher, an occupational therapist (OT), and two inclusive classroom assistants (floaters) work with all of the classes.
Westminster uses Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline techniques in our classroom. Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and social-emotional curriculum.
Children in the 4s classes may stay after school one to two times a week for Lunch Bunch. Participants learn how to “negotiate lunch at school” before kindergarten and enjoy outdoor or indoor activities after eating.
Classes participate in science, art or gross motor activities with our two Outdoor Learning teachers.
Once per month after-school activity for students and their caregivers.
Many opportunities to participate in simple community service activities.
Download our 2017 Brochure (PDF) for our 2017 hours, class sizes and schedules, payment schedule, and opportunities for learning.
The WWP school year runs from September to June. Registration for the fall occurs in January of that year (for example, registration for the school year beginning in September 2017 was in January 2017).
WWP holds two registration periods, an “In-House” Registration Period followed by an “Open” Registration Period. “In-House” Registration includes families of current or former WWP students and Westminster Presbyterian Church member families. To be considered under the definition of church member, at least one parent must have joined the church by December 31 of the year prior to registration (for example, December 31, 2016 for the January 2017 registration period).
The Registration Period for the 2017-2018 school year is complete. There are currently openings in the 2 1/2s class. Please download the application packet and contact Carolyn Burke, Director, to apply or if you would like to be added to the wait list for the 3s and 4s classes.
You may schedule a tour of the preschool on first and third Wednesdays and second and fourth Thursdays from 10-10:30 AM. If you would like to tour the Preschool, please contact Carolyn Burke, Director to schedule.