The mission of the SJMBC Nursery and Children’s Church ministry is to provide a safe, stimulating, and educational environment for our youth in a Christian setting; using a curriculum that not only introduces them to basic biblical principles, but also fosters their quest for knowledge through crafts, books and imaginative play.
The faculty and staff of our Youth Department recognizes each child as a unique individual with the right to learn in a wholesome environment. Children are encouraged to explore, think creatively, and to make positive decisions.
SCRIPTURE of ENCOURAGEMENT
Psalm 5:11 - But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
The Nursery and Children’s Church supports parents by providing for the churches physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young children during scheduled worship services and other Bible teaching scheduled events.
Admission is welcome to all youth regardless to race, sex, creed, religion or national origin.
- Children ages 0-5 years will be accepted in nursery areas. (Sundays and Wednesdays)
- Children 5-12 years will be accepted in the Children’s Church area on Sunday morning.
- Children 13 and up are expected to be in Sanctuary on Sunday morning.
*All children will be part of a number system. Each child will be given a number to notify by.
The following must be done upon registering your child(ren) for Nursery and Children’s Church: Complete, sign and date the Child’s Personal Data Form and Discipline Policy. (see pages____)
ARRIVING /PICKUP POLICY
Each arriving child must be accompanied by a parent or a person who is 18 years or older. The parent shall take the child to his/her assigned area, sign the child in and make sure that the staff is aware of the child’s presence. In short, children may not come in without an adult.
When picking up a child, an authorized adult should make certain that the staff is aware that the child is being picked up, provide identification as needed (if someone other than parent), and sign the child out on the attendance sheet. Children will not be released to anyone other than their parent or guardian, unless that person has been authorized. Children are not allowed to leave on their own, with anyone under the age of 18 years or even with adults, not authorized in writing.
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION POLICY
To maximize age-appropriate guidance, whenever behavior modification is needed. Guidance may take the form of re-directing the child to a more positive behavior. Only when insufficient progress has been made will a parent be notified. To minimize the need for behavior modification, the staff will strive to create a wholesome environment wherein children have age-appropriate rules, can make choices, socialize, develop self-discipline, learn to share, and develop self esteem. However, because discerning right from wrong is a continual learning process, should a child have a tantrum and become so unmanageable that staff has to restrain him/her to insure that he/she does not hurt themselves or others, then parents will be notified to pick up their child(ren). Parents may assess their child’s conduct by glancing at the behavior chart or by making a brief inquiry at pick-up time.
If a child’s behavior is a re-occurring problem, and over time, shows insufficient improvement, the Youth Pastor/Servant Leader will request a parent conference to discuss options.
Please send messages concerning comments/questions to the Youth Pastor or Servant Leader in writing. Messages passed through another person are often mis-communicated.
All children love having a birthday party. If you wish to have your child celebrate his/her birthday at the nursery, you are welcomed to provide cakes, cupcakes or cookies sufficient for your child’s class. Please notify the nursery staff ahead of time, in order for them to be prepared.
- The nursery will hold one birthday party each month, this will include all those have a birthday during that month. For any reason the nursery is not open, we will post upcoming parties in the newsletter.
A staff person in charge of a child or group of children shall be responsible for their safety. That staff person shall also make certain that no child is ever left alone or unattended.
All staff persons should be familiar with and prepared to implement the emergency procedures for fire and tornados. The plans are posted in each classroom.
ILLNESS and MEDICATION POLICIES
The nursery and children’s ministry promotes cleanliness and good health practices among both staff and children. Staff should be notified whenever your child has been exposed to a contagious disease. This, of course, reduces the sickness of our children and staff.
Usually a child, who is getting sick, will have symptoms that indicate whether the illness is likely to be contagious. Out of concern for the health of others, the nursery/children’s church cannot provide service to a child if the child has any of the following:
- Fever: temperature of 101 taken orally or 100 taken rectally.
- Diarrhea: have had 3 or more watery stools within a 24 hour period.
- Vomiting: has vomited on 2 or more occasions with the past 24 hour period.
- Rash: has any rash not obviously associated with diapering, heat or allergic reaction to medication.
- Sore Throat: has a sore throat accompanied by fever and/or swollen neck glands.
Parents will be notified to pick up their child(ren), if any of the above symptoms occurs while in the nursery or children’s church. Until pick-up, temporary isolation will be provide to protect others from contamination.
Should your child(ren) have a fever, we recommend that you not give him/her acetaminophen (tylenol) before bringing them to the nursery or children’s church.
Common colds and allergies do not necessarily prohibit attendance, unless they are causing a child undo discomfort. However, children with any communicable disease must be kept at home (ringworm, pink eye, impetigo, diarrhea and vomiting, strep throat, scarlet fever, chicken pox, measles), and may have to bring a statement from a physician stating they are no longer contagious.
If a child is on medication, we request you to fill out a medication form (page ____). Forms are available in each area. We administer medicine only upon a parent’s written request and instructions. No verbal orders will be accepted. Parents must writhe the time medication is to be given. No medication will be administered on an “as needed” basis.
Prescription medicine must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name, accurate dosage and date of prescription. Over the counter medicine will not be administered without a medication form.
All medication must be placed in a locked medication box. Medications will be checked for an expiration date. After medication is administered, the staff member will document the time medicine was administered and initial that they were the one who gave the medication.
Staff members are responsible for ensuring that unused medication is sent home with parents.
There will be no one on staff who is trained to give medications other than for colds, updrafts for asthma, antibiotics for ear infections, ear and eye drops, diaper rash ointment or teething.
All personal belongings must be clearly marked with the child’s name. A change of clothes will be most appreciative in case of any accidents.
Snacks are served at scheduled times for each ministry.
TOYS, CANDY, GUM, MONEY, etc.
Please do not allow your child(ren) to bring toys/toy guns, candy, gum, or (money-nursery only), to the nursery or children’s church. These items will be collected and stored until an authorized adult picks them up. In between collection and pick-up, your child will probably be unhappy!
PARENT ADVISORY BOARD
The Parent Advisory Board will consist of members and volunteers who have a vision of helping children be their best. The board will meet quarterly with the Youth Pastor and staff to offer suggestions for improvement, both long and short term. If you would like to serve, please let the Youth Pastor know.