At PWUMC, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, inviting and safe environment for your child. Whether it’s small groups, Vacation Bible School, childcare, children’s arts or any other activity, we strive to present God’s love to each and every child. We have a number of ministries especially geared to children.
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If you’re new to Platte Woods UMC, stop by the KIDS Guest Check-In, located on the main floor to get started. If you’d like, you can preregister your kids to speed up the process by clicking below.
Kids (birth-5th) check-in through a secure, computerized check-in prior to entering their age-appropriate room. Check-in stations for all ages are located on the main floor. Every family is assigned a family security code that both child and parent wear. Check-in is available on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:15 and 10:45.
Babies & Toddlers
Children younger than 2 are cared for in our crib nursery or toddler rooms filled with music, story time, and interactive play.
Preschoolers are invited to explore God’s Word in an interactive and engaging way at both 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Circle time, music, crafts and games are often a part of their experience.
In our elementary environments, we desire to connect kids to God and one another through high energy worship, engaging Bible stories and small group activities.
Grades 4 & 5
We call it “Route 45!” Preteens in 4th and 5th grade are at a pivotal time in their spiritual life when they often begin to ask questions about faith. We want to offer them a fun and encouraging environment and show them how to apply truths from the Bible to their lives at school, with friends, and at home with their family.
Pure Joy Special Needs Ministry
All children are welcome at Platte Woods United Methodist Church! The Pure Joy Special Needs ministry is offered every Sunday morning at 9:30 in room 58.
The Good News Company
The Good News Company is a choir for children in grades 1-5. This choir is specifically designed for children who are excited to learn challenging songs, music theory and how to be a part of the worship leadership experience. Choir participants will need to be present at rehearsals and able to perform at periodic worship services and community events. Rehearsals are each Sunday morning from 8:45-9:15 in room 151. For more information, contact Jen Bruce, director of Children’s Ministry.
For more information about our Sunday children’s small groups program, please contact Jen Bruce, director of Children’s Ministry.
WOW – Wednesday Evening Activities
WOW (Wild on Wednesdays)
The WOW program provides a great time of learning through a rotation of choir, dance/sports, Bible study and crafts. Kids are divided into age groups and learn about God in a FUN environment. Participants will be able to show their stuff on Sunday mornings and during two programs throughout the year. WOW meets every Wednesday from 6-7:50 p.m. during the school year. Childcare is also available. For more information, please contact Jen Bruce, Director of Children’s Ministry. Invite a friend to join you for a fun evening!
Winter season begins on January 8.
All children are welcome in our worship services! Worship bags are available for young children and include crayons, coloring pages and a few other quiet activities. Worship bags can be found in the entry to the worship center. Childcare is available during our worship services for children birth through preschool age.
Professional childcare is available for all the Wednesday evening activities, and for other select activities and by request for church group meetings. All of our childcare staff are trained and have completed a Safe Sanctuary and Because We Care screening through our church. Reservations are required for childcare: please contact your group leader for more information.
Please Note: We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations.
Sunbeams Preschool will be closed the following days during the school year: September 2, October 14, October 24 &25, November 27-29, December 20-January 3, January 20, February 17, March 13-20, April 10.
Purpose and Philosophy
Sunbeams Preschool is here to provide a warm, loving atmosphere in which children may play, socialize and participate in experiences that meet the developmental stages of early childhood. Our philosophy is that each child has a unique personality and will be treated as a special individual. The small teacher/student ratio allows that personalized treatment. Our purpose is to serve families in our church and community, offering them a comfortable atmosphere for their child’s growth and natural learning experiences.
A Christ-Centered Environment
Especially during your child’s impressionable years, this kind of surrounding means so much. Here your child will learn to love, accept, help and forgive others because Christ first loved and forgave them. At Sunbeams Preschool, children are encouraged to develop their God-given talents in a secure atmosphere of love and acceptance.
What We Offer
We believe in helping children experience all areas of development so that they may be better prepared for their elementary school experience. We provide children an opportunity to learn about cooperation, manners, sharing, social skills, listening and following instructions in a nurturing Christian environment. A day’s activities could include fitness time or music; special “theme” days; exposure to letters, numbers and colors; project time; and just plain having fun. Our teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 10. Children must be fully toilet trained (no pull-ups) to attend Sunbeams Preschool.
Registration and Tuition Fees for the Current School Year
Yearly tuition is $1,080 for two-day, $1,512 for three-day and $2,520 for Sunbeams Extreme five-day. The tuition payment is broken down into nine monthly payments of $120, $168 or $280, respectively. Our nonrefundable registration fee is $70 for two- and three-day, and $100 for Sunbeams Extreme. Hours are as follows:
- Two-Day Program for three-year-olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 3 years old before Aug. 1.)
- Three-Day Program for four- and five-year-olds: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before August 1 — one year from kindergarten.)
- Sunbeams Extreme — Sunbeams Preschool also offers a Sunbeams Extreme five-day preschool program. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before January 1.)
- Full-Day Option — If you would like care for your child all day (8:45-3:00 or 9:00-3:15) while they are in half-day preschool, we offer a special pricing option in conjunction with our Parents’ Day Out program. In addition, we now offer an extended care program, available with prepayment and preregistration. Please contact Sue Arensberg for more information.
Email or call Sue Arensberg (816-741-2006), director of Sunbeams Preschool, for more information.
Parents’ Day Out
PDO tours are available with a reservation. Please call 816-741-2006 during school hours to schedule your tour.
A completed health form must be on file by your child’s first day of PDO attendance. We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations.
The Platte Woods United Methodist Church PDO program is in its 51st year of providing quality childcare to children ages 6 weeks to pre-K. The PDO program fits the needs of children of various ages. From our nursery care through pre-K, you can be assured that your child will receive care in a professional, clean environment. As your child grows, the educational opportunities at PDO increase. During the mornings, teachers share in crafts, reading and other fun learning exercises with their students. Afternoons are spent in free play, allowing children to have fun and develop their social skills.
Besides offering professional childcare in a comfortable, age-appropriate and clean environment, PDO offers something many daycares cannot: flexibility. The PDO program does not require commitments for particular periods of time: instead, your child can attend whenever it fits into your schedule. Need to run errands, volunteer at an older child’s school, or just have some “alone” time? Drop your child off that morning (no reservations required, except in the nursery) and know that while you’re accomplishing your goals, your child is well cared for and having a great time. PDO is a state-inspected facility. For more information about PDO, please email or call Miranda Wingett (816-741-2006).
2019-2020 School Year Schedule & Fees
During the school year, PDO is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, with full- and partial-day schedules available. An extended care program before and after regular PDO hours is also available. Preregistration is required for extended care: please contact Miranda Wingett or Sue Arensberg for more information. Parents can sign up for extended care at the beginning of each semester depending on available space.
Cost is full day — $28; 9 a.m.-noon — $19; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — $22.
Payment is required upon arrival and check-in. We ask that you pay with exact cash or by check (made out to PDO). Late fees apply for children picked up after the close of PDO at 3 p.m. Prepayment options are also available.
2019-2020 school year: PDO will meet Monday-Friday beginning Wednesday, August 14–Thursday, May 21. PDO will be closed the following days during the school year: September 2, October 14, October 24 &25, November 27-29, December 20-January 3, January 20, February 17, March 13-20, April10.
The nursery accepts infants age 6 weeks to 12 months old. Reservations are required for this room. To make your reservation, please call 816-285-0820 during business hours.
Children in the 2-year-old room and younger take naps at 1 p.m. All napping children will be provided with nap cots, but will need to bring a crib or twin sheet and blanket each day.
All children in the 3-year-old class must be toilet trained within a month of turning 3.
Because we care deeply about the welfare and safety of every child and youth who participate in the programs and ministries provided by PWUMC, we take seriously our responsibility to do everything in our power to see that no physical, emotional or sexual abuse occurs in any ministry setting sponsored by PWUMC. We recognize every person as a child of God who is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we have a strong commitment to make the church a safe place for children and youth. Supervision policies and procedures are in place.
The PWUMC “Because We Care” policy includes having all adult volunteers screened and registered.
Monthly Parent Cue
Each month, we offer a Parent Cue newsletter that is designed specifically for your child’s age. The newsletter touches on the same topics your child will be learning about on Sunday mornings, and gives you conversation and activity ideas that correlate with that theme.
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