Birth – Little Steps
Children from birth – 24 months old are in Nursery classrooms staffed by childcare teachers. Our youngest children get consistent, loving care from our childcare staff. These childcare staff members work our MDO program, our Bible Study childcare programs, and our Date Nights. Sunday morning classes are at 9:30 am and 11:05 am. Children may attend one or both hours. These classes are divided by developmental stages- Babies, Wobblers, Cruisers and Climbers. Babies in the baby class promote to a new class once they begin walking.
Children ages 2 – 3 are in age appropriate Little Steps classrooms that are designed for nursery to preschool transition, staffed by childcare members. Children in this age group begin learning about the Bible through a hands-on approach and begin experiencing rotation-style learning activities, such as adventure church, craft, and snack-themed lessons. Children have the opportunity to attend either one hour or both hours (at 9:30 am and 11:05 am).
Child Drop-Off Procedures The following are our standard operating procedures you will encounter when participating in any of the childcare programs.
Arrival and Departure We begin receiving children fifteen minutes before the start of each program. We request that you pick up your children promptly after each program.
Registration We ask that all parents complete a Family Registration Card. This information is useful to our staff as they learn how to best serve your child. As your child’s needs change, we ask that you update this information.
Sign-In As you sign-in your child, please note any specific requests that you may have while your child is in our care. We strive to have consistent faces at the door so that children will feel safe and secure in our areas.
Safety and Security In the nursery area, your will be given a pager when your child is signed-in to their room. Please return the pager to the teacher when you pick up your child. In the Little Steps area, you will be presented with a parent tag that has a unique number identifier for each family. This identifier changes every week and cannot be duplicated. The parent tag is required when you pick up your child. The teacher will match the parent tag number with the child’s tag number to ensure that you are the responsible party to pick up the child. We ask that no one under the age of 18 (no siblings) pickup children in the Nursery and Little Steps area.
Staffing It is our policy that childcare staff be over 18 years of age. It is our policy that we have at least two adults working in the childcare area during any church function.
Personal Belongings Please send your child with a change of clothes and a sufficient supply of diapers or pull-ups for their stay. Diaper bags, bottles, cups, and all personal belongings should be labeled with your child’s first and last name. Since we supply toys and play materials for the children, it is not necessary to bring toys from home.
Cleanliness Toys, linens, and equipment are sanitized after each use. We are committed to keeping your children healthy.
Feeding We will gladly give your baby his or her bottle, per your instructions. However, we cannot spoon-feed your child or administer any medications. We also provide a place for mothers to nurse their babies. Crackers and water are served to the children during certain activities. The Little Steps children receive a snack that corresponds to the lesson. Please inform the teachers at sign-in if you do not want your child to receive a snack.
Allergies To ensure the safety of your child inform the childcare director of any food allergies your child might have. Our procedure is to eliminate the food source that might cause the allergy.
Healthcare Guidelines We want to provide a healthy environment in the nursery and preschool area, so we ask you to keep your child home when you observe any of the following within the last 24 hours:
Green or Yellow Runny Nose
Discharge in or around the Eyes
Any Communicable Diseases
Excessive Coughing Any Unidentified Rashes
If your child becomes ill while in the nursery, you will be notified promptly. If your child is treated with an antibiotic, he or she should have recieved treatment for at least 24 hours before coming to the nursery. No medication will be given under any circumstances. Parents may return and give medication if necessary. For your child’s protection, we ask our caregivers to follow these guidelines.
Change for Tamina – Every Sunday morning, we station a large Baby Bottle Piggy Bank by the Welcome Check-In Desks. Children are encouraged to tithe their change and place it in this bottle. The money in this bottle goes to an after-school ministry in Tamina for families who are mostly single parents with low income. The children who attend this ministry are fed, provided clothing, and participate in activities to keep them out of trouble while their parents work. Tamina is a neighborhood across from I-45, north of Oak Ridge.