FAQ

Do you have an Open House?
Yes. Prior to registration, we invite interested parents to come to our evening Open House on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00- 7:00pm. Children are welcome to attend! You can meet and chat with the teachers and tour the facility. It is preferred that families visit on this night so that the teachers can fully attend to your questions.

If you cannot attend our Open House, call our Director, Karen Freeh at (440) 331-7676 or email her at RRUMNS@gmail.com to arrange for an observation tour. Please remember, however, that the teachers are attending to the students so try to save your questions for the Director.

What is the registration process?
Siblings of RRUMNS students, current students and Rocky River United Methodist Church members have advance registration on November 27th.

In-House Registration is on November 27th at 8:30 AM

Open registration: Forms and fees can be turned in on a ‘rolling admission’ basis starting 6:00pm November 29th, at our Open House. They will be held in the order they are received, then processed on January 2rd, 2019 until spots are filled.

How is the monthly tuition calculated?
Tuition is established as an annual fee divided into six equal payments for the convenience of the parents. The six payments are due on the first day of the following months: May, October, November, February, March and April. Families may also pay the full tuition in May or pay two semester installments: one in May and one in February.

How old does my child have to be?
The children at RRUMNS need to be three years old by September 30th of the current school year and fully potty trained to begin school. (Of course, we understand that accidents do happen).

What is the staff/child ratio in the classrooms?
Our staff/child ratio is much lower than required by the State of Ohio. Our 3-year-old room ratio is 2:12 or 1:6. Our Pre-K room ratio is 1:12. We also have an aide for the Pre-K class.

Is RRUMNS licensed?
Yes! RRUMNS is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The state makes yearly visits to verify we are in compliance. All licensing records are available for review.

What are the staff qualifications of the RRUMNS teachers?
All of our teachers have Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, most in education. In addition, teachers are required to have teaching experience in the early childhood field. Finally, all teachers meet the state requirements according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services including: reference checks, fingerprinting and background checks, and test negative for T.B.. All full time staff receives training in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Diseases, and Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention. Teachers and assistants are constantly learning. We attend many workshops and read current research in the field of education. We believe that we must continue our own education to provide the best environment for your child.

How do you deal with misbehaving children?
Our philosophy is that children respond in a positive manner when they are affirmed and loved by adults and other children. We strive to create an atmosphere that is one of acceptance and affirmation and encourage children to think about their actions rather than wait for an adult to remind them. Positive statements are used when dealing with the children. Our expectations will be kept within the child’s capabilities and the child will be made aware of these expectations.

Positive reinforcement (commenting on children doing the “right” thing) and positive redirection (removing the child and giving them an appropriate activity) will be used. A child may be asked to sit for a short period of time to give the child a chance to regain control if they are having a difficult time.

We cannot allow a child to hurt himself/herself, another child, or a piece of equipment. If undesirable behavior occurs, a child is redirected to another activity. If the behavior continues, then an adult speaks to the child. In more severe cases, the child is removed from the group for a few minutes and then returned. A parent-teacher conference may be requested and if the situation continues to be unsafe or detrimental to others, the child will be dismissed from school. Specifications of Rule 5101:all employees will adhere to 2-12-22 OAC of the State’s Guidance and Management policy.

Who provides snacks each day?
The school provides a simple snack each day. If your child has allergies, please discuss food options with the Director.

Does RRUMNS have a curriculum?
Yes. We have a teacher created curriculum that has been developed over many years of teaching our young learners. It was created with developmentally appropriate practices at its core. We follow and practice all of the Ohio Learning Standards.

Do you teach academics or is it just ‘play’?
The answer is both! Remember, play is the work of childhood! We build our activity times around the concepts we are teaching. There is intentional planning behind the ‘play’! Read below for more information.

Do you have gross motor time each day?
Yes! Research has shown that children stay healthier when they have daily outdoor play. We take a brief, outdoor recess when weather permits. On days that outdoor play is not provided due to cold or rainy conditions, we will include a time for indoor gross motor activities. Please send your children with the proper clothing so they may be comfortable and safe whenever we exercise. Because of our active program, play clothes and rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

What does a ‘typical day’ look like?
The children’s daily schedule is flexible enough to provide adaptability when necessary but structured enough to provide predictability for the children. We want them to view their school as a safe and comforting place, where they know what to expect and when to expect it.

3-Year-Old Classes – A Typical Day
Morning classes Afternoon classes Activities
9:00 – 10:10am 12:30 – 1:40pm Introduction, Choice Time: craft, easel, creative play, individual and small group activities
10:10 – 10:15am 1:40 – 1:45pm Clean up
10:15 – 10:30am 1:45 – 2:00pm Group time: songs, stories, finger plays, discussion, show and tell
10:30 – 10:45am 2:00 – 2:15pm Snack
10:45 – 11:05am 2:15 – 2:35pm Outdoor play, large muscle room
11:05 – 11:15am 2:35 – 2:45pm Prepare for departure
Pre-K Classes – A Typical Day
Morning classes Afternoon classes Activities
9:00 – 10:00am 12:30 – 1:30pm Morning meeting, Choice Time: outdoor play, large muscle room, craft, painting, individual and small group activities
10:00 – 10:10am 1:30 – 1:40pm Clean up
10:10 – 10:30am 1:40 – 2:00pm Group time: songs, finger plays, games
10:30 – 10:40am 2:00 – 2:10pm Snack
10:40 – 11:05am 2:10 – 2:35pm Small groups: story, music, games, show and tell, library, concept development, discussions, and miscellaneous activities
11:05 – 11:15am 2:35 – 2:45pm Prepare for departure

What can we do to help prepare our child for nursery school?
This is a common question that is asked of us. Remember, you know your child best. You probably already spend lots of quality time together. We can’t emphasize how important that is for young children! Everyday activities become more meaningful when the kids are engaged. So many great conversations arise during trips to the grocery store, the park, the playground and the library. Read to your child daily and enjoy each other’s company. Quality time is so important.

Our Let’s Get Ready program in August is a nice way to begin to experience the preschool setting in advance. You can also come to the RRUMNS outdoor playground in the summer to play and become familiar with the school grounds. Talk to your child about preschool and emphasize the fun and the friendships. We want this to be a positive experience for you and your child.

Do you go on field trips?
The three-year-old classes do not go on any field trips.

The Pre-K classes often bring in outside instructors. The Library Lady, Mrs. Kneubel (Science teacher), and other specialists are invited to supplement the curriculum we are teaching at that time.

Our four-day Pre-K groups take a few walking field trips during the year.

How can parents get involved at RRUMNS?
RRUMNS has many opportunities to be involved. We have many special events in which parents and family members are invited to attend: Special Person’s Day, PJs and Popcorn (whole family), Father’s Sunday, Mother’s Visits, Spring Family Picnic and the Pre K Circus featuring our talented students.

We also have a small committee of volunteer parents. The Mission of this Parent Committee is to uphold the purposes and program objectives of RRUMNS, support the efforts of the staff and to work with the Church to continue to develop and improve the program and facilities used by the Nursery School. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and help board members prepare for our events. We especially love our teacher support volunteers who come in to school and help prepare classroom materials. We really look forward to getting to know all of you!

Be sure to ask your neighbors and friends about RRUMNS! It’s really helpful to talk to families that have sent their children here.