Goals for Westminster School for Young Children
Young children develop best in an environment which:

  • fosters a warm and accepting atmosphere;
  • affirms each person’s uniqueness and respects individual differences;
  • encourages freedom within established limits;
  • promotes discovery, experimentation, and creative activities;
  • values and promotes play;
  • allows children to learn comfortably from failures and successes.

Centers of interest are set up in the classroom to meet the needs of different children by providing a variety of experiences and allowing for choices. Using these centers, children investigate the raw materials of life by feeling, touching, seeing, listening, smelling, and dramatizing.

Parent support and involvement are recognized as important aspects of a child’s development and are essential to the successful operation of the WSYC program. The preschool years are important for what a child needs now, and they serve as a preparation for kindergarten or first grade only to the degree that any experience supports a later one. It is found that children who have good learning experiences in the early years are more ready for learning the skill subjects.
Westminster School for Young Children holds a Three-Star rating from the Department of Human Services of the State of Tennessee.