Open Hands Childcare
Our Open Hands Childcare opened on August 1st, 2022.  We are excited about bringing a new daycare into Clay County.  Our Childcare is open Monday thru Friday from 6am to 6pm.   Leah Tetidrick is the Director of Open Hands Childcare.  Valerie Killion is the Director of all Ministries here at FUMC.  We have great staff in place to care for your children.  Our teachers/caregivers are Melissa Ruggerio, Katrina Thomas, Rachel Gildea, Abigail Bryan, Shelbi Cooksey, Stacy Monnett, Mandy Batchelor,  Annabelle Fogleman, and Stacey Carter.  
 
We believe children learn through play.  Open Hands Child Care is structured to provide many learning experiences for children as they interact with each other.  There are several interest areas offered daily as well as large motor play.  We believe children learn best when engaged in active learning, surrounded by godly influences who help them form positive relationships.  It is the mission of Opens Hands Child Care to provide quality and affordable child care.  With Christ as the forefront of all that we do, we will strive to provide a Christian environment that allows each child to develop an achieve goals set for them intellectually, socially, spiritually, physically and emotionally. 
 
Our Goals
Our goals are driven by a desire to see children grow spiritually as a result of our nurturing environments, patient teaching procedures, and Christian curriculum.  Chilean will learn the valuable academic skills necessary to prepare them for pre-school, kindergarten, higher grades, and life beyond.  It is our hope that the children will develop a sense of unity, value, and community in an environment that encourages good character traits and supports them emotionally, physically, and socially.
 
Our Philosophy
We believe children learn best when given many opportunities for hands-on exploring, quality reading experiences, and free choice play.  Children have extraordinary traits and talents that come alive when encouraged and nurtured by their educators.  We believe children value their own position as a classroom community member when their academic learning environment is integrated with purposeful social activities.