The Forest Hills UMC Day School is a ministry of the church serving children ages 6 weeks through 5 years and their families. Each child is loved and celebrated for his/her unique gifts. Our school is open daily 9am-2pm with an option to add 1 hour before and/or after school for an additional fee.
We are currently accepting applicants for the 2023-24 school year starting mid-August. Please click the link below to register by Friday, February 3 at 2pm. Applications received after that date will still be considered, but will not be given priority. If you haven’t already toured, please call or email to set up a tour.
**Our Infant and Toddler rooms are full for the 2023-2024 school year.**
We are a licensed childcare provider in the state of Tennessee. Our mission is to provide each child a safe, secure, loving, and nurturing environment, in which to learn through developmentally appropriate play. In partnership with families and the church, we foster an interest in learning by serving the developmental needs of the whole child: social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and academic, so that they are prepared for their next school environment. Through the teaching of Christian values, children are educated and affirmed toward responsible behavior and positive character development by means of diverse programs, administered with the love of Christ.
Our daily schedules and lesson plans are posted in each classroom and they are aligned with the TN Early Learning Developmental Standards. Each day is structured around discovery and creative learning. Children participate in various age-appropriate activities that enhance and promote gross and fine motor skills, language development, creative expression, emotional development, letter and number recognition, and writing.
Classrooms (age as of August 15)
Doves: 6 weeks – 11 months
Chickadees: 12 -23 months
Toucans/Parakeets: 24 – 35 months
Bluebirds/Cardinals/Canaries: 36 – 47 months
Falcons/Owls/Eagles: 48 – 60+ months
At chapel we worship God together through engaging in prayers, praising God through songs, hearing God’s story, and learning about the love of Jesus Christ. We pray that each child may experience God’s grace and love as we worship, learn, and grow together in chapel throughout the year.
Exposing children to music in early development helps them learn sounds and the meaning of words. Music and Movement will provide children the opportunity to explore rhythm, melody, dance and creative expression. Not only will children learn the fundamentals of music but their developmental skills, social skills and self expression will be enhanced. By using creative and original songs, children love exploring the joys of music.
In addition to our daily schedules, we offer a variety of special events for the children throughout the year: Halloween parade, Christmas program, Easter egg hunt, Nashville Public Library Puppet Shows, community visitors such as the Metro Mounted Horse Patrol and Metro Fire Department, and a graduation ceremony.
Every year, during our registration in January, we start a new waiting list. Those on the waiting list from the previous year do not move to the new list automatically. If a spot becomes available before the school year starts, or during the year, we will call you if you are next on the list. Though we cannot predict when and what spot will become available, we do turn to our waiting lists every school year.
1. Current Students
2. Siblings of Current Students and Active Church Members
3. Day School Alumni Families
4. Members of the Community
Infants and toddlers may choose any combination of days ranging from one to five days. Twos, threes, fours, and fives may choose a T/Th, M/W/F or M-F schedule.
Our regular school day is 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rise and Shine is from 8:00-9:00 a.m., and Stay and Play is from 2:00–2:55 p.m. daily.
Yes, all children will be required to turn in a updated Tennessee Certificate of Immunization at the start of the school year showing that they have received all doses necessary for childcare enrollment.
Please call us for our current rates.