What is the Children’s Ministry sick policy?
In the best interest of the caregivers and children in the classrooms, your child will need to be symptom free for at least 24-48 hours before coming to class if they have had any of the following symptoms:
Fever (even low grade)
Body rash (other than diaper or eczema)
Itchy, red and/or watery eyes
Runny nose with colored discharge
Cold/flu like symptoms
Active cold symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, cough)
How will you contact me if you need me during the service?
If we need to contact you during the service, we will flash your family number in the main auditorium (the number is located on your portion of the security label that matches your child’s name label). The number will appear on the small monitor display in red, high on the wall to the front of the auditorium. If you are going to be anywhere other than the main auditorium during the service you need to alert the check-in desk and classroom teachers. Parents should never leave the building.
How are Children’s Ministry LEADERs screened or selected?
All of our children’s ministry leaders are carefully screened by staff and those who are over 18 years old have undergone a background check. The screening process includes filling out an application complete with references and undergoing an interview with one of our Children’s Ministry staff members.
What are the policies on taking children to the bathroom and/or changing diapers?
Diapers are changed by ministry leaders for children ages birth through 24 months. For preschool children who are not potty trained, parents will be called if a child soils their diaper.
For children who are in preschool and potty trained through 5th grade, a leader will escort the child to the bathroom and wait at the outer door while the child goes into a stall to use the facility. For children who need assistance – either the parent will be called or 2 adult leaders must to be present in the bathroom.
What kind of security do you provide to ensure the safety of our children?
Grace has a check-in system to allow for appropriate identification for each child in the ministry as well as identification of the children’s parent/caregiver who drops them off. This system is in place to ensure children leave with the appropriate adult whose family number and security code matches their name tag.
How does the check-in system work?
Our check-in system requires all children to be registered for the Children’s Ministry at Grace. Once children are entered into the system, their parent/caregiver will print out their tags. The child’s tag has his/her name, a security code and a family number. The adult will receive a tag with a matching security code and family number. When the adult picks the child up, he/she must provide the tag to a supervising adult in the classroom, and the security code on the adult’s tag and the child’s tag must match.
If an adult loses or misplaces their tag, the Ministry Director must be notified and the adult must go to the check-in desk and show their license. Information pertaining to the adult’s relationship to the child must also be confirmed before the child is released to them. As an extra security measure, each time a tag is printed for the child, a new security code will be issued.
Can I come observe my child’s class?
Yes! Just stop at the check-in desk in the hub and ask for a parent name tag! We love parents to come and see what their kids are learning!
When do the Children move up to the next class?
All children from the 4/5-year-olds through 5th grade move up to their next class/age group in September. We will communicate with you on the website, in the bulletin, in the Children’s ministry newsletter and in the Children’s Ministry hub to keep you informed of promotion weekend dates and procedures.
In the nursery (0-24 months), children move up to the next classroom depending on their age and their developmental abilities. Two-year-olds and three-year-olds move up once in the winter and then with the older children in September. Again, we will be communicating the dates for this promotion on the website, bulletin, Children’s Ministry newsletter and in the Children’s Ministry hub.
What are the Children’s Ministry emergency protocols?
Grace has evacuation and lock down procedures in place in the event of an emergency. We want you, the parent, to know that we have a plan to keep children safe. The leaders have been trained on actions to take in the event of an emergency. Parents need to follow the instructions of the adult ministry staff and rest assured that their children are being cared for by our staff and the Children’s Ministry leaders. In an emergency, the parents will not be able to pick up their child until all children have either evacuated the building or the emergency has been cleared.
Can my child bring electronics or toys to church?
We know sometimes children want to bring electronics or special toys into class with them. In the best interest of the class, we do not allow toys or electronics, as we only have a little over an hour with the children and we want to engage them in activities planned for that morning. Toys and electronics can be a distraction and a source of contention at times, so please keep those at home or in the car.
Can my child stay with his/her friend or sibling for the service?
We understand initially that children may feel uncertain about going into a classroom full of kids they do not know. If your child is reluctant to go into their classroom, a sibling may go with them for the first 2 to 3 weeks. After that, we will transition your children into their own classrooms to bond with kids their own age. If a child brings a friend, he or she may attend class together with that friend. If the friend becomes a regular attender we then would transition them into the same class. Many of our classes group together for part of the morning, so even if children are in separate age groups, they often do have some part of the morning with other groups.