First United Methodist Church is delighted to welcome you and your child into our nursery program. It is our goal to always provide a loving, Christian atmosphere for all children placed in our care. We hope the following information will acquaint you with our policies and procedures. If you have any questions or need assistance in any way, please call the church office at 834-8990.
Both paid and volunteer caregivers staff the church nursery. First United Methodist Church employs workers who promote consistency and security to both parents and children. We provide to all of our nursery employees Infant and Child CPR training and re-certification. In addition, parents of nursery age children are asked to help once per quarter during the 8:45 worship service and Sunday School hour. The parent volunteer program allows our parents to experience first-hand how our nurseries are operated, as well as provide additional loving arms. We hope that everyone’s cooperation with the following procedures will allow you to relax and enjoy your worship time. If you would like a tour of our nursery facilities or have the need for more information, feel free to contact Adrian Borden, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Director of Nursery Ministries.
INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO THE NURSERY
It is our desire to have happy children in the church nursery. To assure a clean, safe and secure setting, please try to adhere to the following procedures: • When you arrive at the nursery, complete the sign-in sheet found at the door. • A paid worker or a parent volunteer should greet you and your child at the door. To avoid confusion and for safety reasons, parents are asked not to accompany their child into the room if possible. For babies and toddlers, a hug and a quick departure are usually best. • Label everything your child brings into the room. Please consider that all pacifiers, bottle, cups and white sweaters look alike. This is the one time when no one likes sharing. Please help us return the proper items to diaper bags and avoid the spread of germs by faithfully labeling all contents.
Please send: • 2-4 disposable diapers • Well-labeled bottles, cups, snacks, pacifiers and juice (children in the 0-9 month nursery will be given only what is sent in their bags unless instructed otherwise by you). • Extra clothing
If you would like to check on your child, please have another parent or friend look in to give you a full report. This will help avoid upsetting your child unduly.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Sick children should not be brought to the nursery where illness can spread quickly. Some signs of illness are: • Unusual fatigue or irritability • Coughing, sneezing, runny nose or eyes • Fever in the past 24 hours • Vomiting or diarrhea • Inflamed mouth or throat
All toys and equipment are sanitized after each use and every effort is made to limit the passing of germs.
Children will not be released to anyone with whom the nursery staff is unfamiliar. Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the nursery staff before leaving your child the first time.
The Church Nursery is located on the first floor of the Education Building. Care is offered during all Sunday Worship Services and Sunday School. Nursery classes are divided by age as follows:
A nursery will be provided to care for children during all worship services, including Sunday mornings, and Wednesday evenings. Nurseries are also provided for all regularly scheduled music rehearsals and Wednesday evening meetings. Children whose parents are not attending a worship service or church function are not to be cared for in the nursery. A nursery will be provided by registration only for other events sanctioned by the Council on Ministries, including, but not limited to, Bible Studies, Covenant Groups, Conferences, and musical concerts. The church will require that a minimum of four children be pre-registered in order for care to be provided. This policy is not intended to exclude anyone from participation in events held at the church, but is meant to use our resources wisely and efficiently. Bible Studies are the exception to this guideline. In accordance with our Safe Sanctuary policies, at least two caregivers are required for every nursery. Committees or groups requiring the use of child care are encouraged to schedule their meetings or events at a time when facilities are already in use. Nurseries will not be provided for events such as work days, Sunday School class parties, or any other activity during which the parents are away from the church. There is an exception for the Great Day of Service. If you would like to schedule a nursery, please contact Adrian Borden at 834-8990 or email@example.com.