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about canterbury day school

The mission of Canterbury Day School is to provide loving care to each child, develop a solid foundation for their cognitive, physical, social/emotional, and spiritual development, and offer an age and developmentally appropriate curriculum. In this formative period in a child's life, we believe it is important that they are provided age appropriate lessons, activities, and experiences for their learning and skill development. We want to maintain a low teacher to class ratio, so there are two teachers in each Canterbury Day School class. The 3's, 4's, and 5K classes each have one teacher and one teacher's aide. We select teachers who have experience working with young children and/or have a degree in child development or early childhood. In-service training sessions are held during the year and our teachers are encouraged to attend outside teacher workshops. Our goals are as followed:

  • To help children learn about themselves and the world around them.

  • To help children learn how to interact with others in a positive way.

  • To offer age and developmentally appropriate opportunities and activities which foster growth and develop specific skills.

  • To help children develop their creativity and their problem solving skills.

  • To involve the teacher as a partner in the child's education and growth. Through this partnership, the teacher strives to instill within the child a love and acceptance of himself and others.

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Regular School Year

September through May

Day School

9 AM - 1 PM
Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thurs


9 AM - 1 PM
Mon/Tues/Wed OR Mon/Tues/Thurs


9 AM - 1 PM


9 AM - 1 PM

Fun Friday Class
(For Older 2's & 3's/4's)

9 AM - 1 PM


Weather Warnings/School Day Closings

The church administration will make the decision to close based on weather and road information, or circumstances (such as power outage, gas leakage) on or around the church campus that, in the opinion of the administration, would not be in the best interest of the participants of church programs or church staff. The church administration will make television and radio media aware of closings as soon as possible - no later than 6:00 am when circumstances allow. The Day School contracts with SchoolCast to notify parents of any closings or early openings or dismissals.

Parents may not take their child once we are in the basement for a tornado warning. If you come to the basement, you must stay there, until it is safe for everyone to leave.

No refunds or make-up days will be given due to inclement weather, or when there are closures due to facility issues unrelated to inclement weather. 

In case of a health emergency, Canterbury Day School will follow the closing procedures of the Mountain Brook School System.

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For the Day School, we know that all children develop differently. Because of this, we work at developing skills at the individual child's own pace. The skills we concentrate on are:

  • Cognitive
  • Language
  • Self
  • Math
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Class curriculum is developmental, child-centered and flexible. The curriculum is teacher-created, using guidelines and resources from the National Association of the Education of Young Children, The United Methodist Church, Wonderfilled Weekdays, and many other valuable resource books. 

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5K Kindergarten


This program is designed to provide preparation for 1st grade; however, some parents choose to also use the flexible program to provide an additional preschool year. Canterbury Kindergarten is a real academic program that focuses on academic excellence and cognitive, physical, socio-emotional, and spiritual development. As a church school, we can balance things like academics, weekly chapel, play time, art, movement and music.


Canterbury Kindergarten believes that learning should be fun. Our K5 curriculum is creative, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate, providing the academic foundation that children need. Some aspects we focus on: 

  • Computer lab with class iPads

  • Weekly Chapel & Music & Movement

  • Letter People - a fun and hands-on way to learn letters and phonemic awareness

  • Everyday Counts Calendar Math - a great way to introduce children to a variety of mathematical concepts building confidence and competence.

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2019-2020 Day School Tuition

6 Months - 2 Years




2019-2020 Supply/Facility Fee

6 Months - 2 Years





2019-2020 Registration Fee

All Age Groups

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All registrations will be online from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM on the dates below.

January 7

Canterbury member registration for children not currently in the Day School

January 8

Non-member registration for children not currently in the Day School.

February 4

Summer registration for all children not currently enrolled in the Day School. 

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Advisory Council


The Day School Advisory Council shall be the advisory body of the Day School ministry of Canterbury United Methodist Church. Membership is comprised of parents, teachers, and interested persons. Parents are encouraged to submit suggestions or questions concerning the program to the director and members of the Advisory Council.

Advisory Council Members 2019 - 2020

  • Taylor Allred (Teacher Liaison)

  • Carly Hines

  • Jennifer Holsomback

  • Rebecca Hunter

  • Ashley Killion

  • Kathryn Lemak (chairperson)

  • Meredith Reyher (co-chairperson)

  • Julie Smith

  • Katie Still

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Contact Us


Julie Smith
Day School Director | 205.874.1541