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Nursery

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Our nursery offers a safe environment for children, ages six weeks to four years old. Children are welcomed to attend one of the programs offered at age 3 but can use the nursery up to age 4.

Children are lovingly cared for during this time and are checked in by a parent to ensure safety with dropoff and pickup. We also have space for nursing moms and sleeping babies. We do background checks on all volunteers working with children.

If your child is age 3 years through 2nd grade they are invited to go to Children’s Worship during the 9:00 am service.  If your child is age 3 through 5th grade they are invited to go to Sunday School during the 10:30 am service.

 
How do I sign my child in?

Upon arriving into the nursery we will sign in your child(ren) using our electronic check-in system. The check-in system will print out 1 security label and 2 name labels.
You will be given the security label, and are required to present it when you come to pick up your child after the service. One name label will be placed on your child’s back and the other on their bag. Please be sure to notify the nursery volunteers about allergies, potty training, soothing techniques for infants, or any other specific requests or concerns. Be sure to label any extra belongings – sippy cups or bottles, etc. We ask that children not bring toys from home, but if it is necessary to bring a transitional object, be sure that it is clearly labeled as well.


What age children are in the nurseries?

Children ages 6 weeks to age 4 are welcomed to use the nursery. Parents of 3-year-olds may decide whether they prefer to put their child in the nursery or have their child attend one of the programs offered. We offer children’s worship at our 9:00 AM Service. It is for children age 3 years-2nd grade. The children will be dismissed for children’s worship at the beginning of the sermon. During our 10:30 AM service, we offer Sunday School for children ages 3 - 5th grade. Children attending Sunday School should check in to the children’s youth room before the service begins. Volunteers will be present to welcome you and get you checked in for both.


Is there a way for me to be contacted during the service if my child needs me?

When you sign your child in, you will receive a security label with a number on it. If you
are needed during the service (because your child is hurt, inconsolably fussy for more
then 10 minutes, or appears ill, etc), the number will be displayed on the screens in the
sanctuary. If you see your child’s number displayed, please report to the nursery immediately


What will my child be doing?

Your child will have an opportunity to hear about God’s love for them, listening to Bible
stories and spiritual songs. Each child will be prayed for. There will also be ample time
for free play with age-appropriate toys. We do have a crib in the infant nursery for naps
when necessary. There is also a place for nursing moms.


What about sick children?

We try to keep our nurseries as healthy as possible. We ask that children with a fever, gastrointestinal distress in the last 24 hours, or if they have a thick, colored nasal discharge not to be placed in the nursery. However, because many illnesses are most contagious before symptoms appear, children will pick up colds, etc, in the nursery, just as they would in any group setting. Children who are too sick for the nursery, but well enough to be at church, are welcome in the worship service.

Will my child get a snack?

Children will only be fed if the parent provides specific instructions and bottles/snacks. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the nursery workers of any allergies
or other concerns. This information will be documented so that it reflects on the child’s name label but should also be communicated verbally.


Who is watching my kids?

We believe that the church is a family and that we all have a responsibility for caring for and nurturing our children. As new members join the church they will be added to the nursery rotation following a cleared background check. Regular attendees may also serve in the nursery after a minimum 3 month waiting period, and a cleared background check. This will give the church leadership more time to get to know them. Older children, age 10 and up, may also serve alongside their parents if they wish to.


Are the nurseries clean?

We do our best to keep the nurseries clean. Toys will be cleaned each week and after
they’ve been mouthed, and workers wash hands upon arrival and after all diaper changes or toileting. There are sinks, diaper changing stations and restrooms conveniently located in or near the nursery rooms.


Are the nurseries safe?

Again, we do our best to make the nurseries as safe as possible. We screen all nursery
workers. We also strive to have at least 2 to 3 unrelated adults in each room at all times liability reasons. We have a first aid kit on hand. Many of our nursery volunteers are parents and/or teachers.

Nursery Wellness Policy

We admit healthy children! Please take care that your child does not have
any of the following symptoms:

• A fever of 100 or higher in the last 24 hours
• A runny nose
• Eye drainage
• Coughing
• Diarrhea
• Questionable rash
• Vomiting in the last 24 hours
• Head lice
• Started antibiotics in the last 24 hours
• If you are unsure and think your child may be coming down with
something, please do not risk the health of the other children.

If your child has a continually runny nose or rash due to non-contagious allergies or teething, please let us know. We realize that some symptoms hang on long after the child is no longer contagious. Children who are too sick for the nursery, but well enough to be at church, are welcome in the worship service. Please help us keep our nurseries healthy.