BabyLife (ages birth - 2 years old) is where little ones can be cared for and loved in a safe atmosphere while parents attend services. We have separate rooms for babies/walkers, toddlers and 2 year olds. Between holding, feeding and changing times there are small windows to use age appropriate curriculum, such as music, bible stories, praying at snack time and simple activities, to teach children about their loving God.
What to Expect in the Nursery
We know that leaving your new baby can be overwhelming. The volunteers in our infant classrooms have been chosen for this age group because of their love for babies and their training to care for all of the needs of your infant. We hope that the following information will help you and your baby have a great experience on Sunday morning. Please bring diapers, bottles, pacifiers, and any special blankets that will soothe your baby through the morning. Label all items that belong to your baby. Check in at our centralized check in station to receive a security tag for your child. You must have these security tags in order to pick up your children! This is to ensure that no one picks them up without your permission. In the event we need to contact you during the service, the security tag number will be posted on the screen in the auditorium(s). It’s important to inform the teachers of any allergies or health concerns. Be sure to share any details concerning feeding and napping schedules with the room leaders. If you don't receive your child's "Sunday Report" ask your leader for it. To ensure that your babies receive the best care, we adhere to a one volunteer to every three children ratio in our nursery. We promote your children from this classroom based on development. So, when they start walking and are one years old, they will move up to our Ones Room. Your children’s teachers will communicate with you before this change is made. We do our move up twice a year, in January and in June.
What to Expect in BabyLife
This is a fun and active stage in your children’s lives. We are excited to have them in BabyLife and look forward to teaching them that God loves them, God made them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Our teaching plan begins in our Ones classroom. All activities are age-appropriate with plenty of flexibility for the normal needs of a toddler. Our curriculum is centered on three basic truths. We focus on one of these basic truths each month. Every week your children will learn a Bible story that will help them understand the key truth for the morning. Your toddler will also participate in many age-appropriate, creative activities throughout the morning. We believe in an active, hands-on approach with our kids, so be on the lookout for those fun projects! To ensure that our classrooms are safe and to create the best possible learning environments, we adhere to a ratio of one volunteer for every four children. We provide toys, activities, and snacks in the classrooms. We usually serve Goldfish, pretzels or crackers. If we are serving something else, you will find a note posted on the door outside of your child’s classroom informing you of the new food item. If your children have any allergies or special dietary needs and cannot eat what we have provided, please inform the teachers and bring appropriate snacks for them. Be sure to bring extra diapers and a change of clothes. Label all items, including cups, snacks, diapers, pacifiers, etc. If your children are potty training, please be sure to communicate that to the teacher. We ask that they wear pull-ups to the classrooms. Volunteers are never allowed in the bathrooms alone with children. They will assist them with clothing (as needed) outside the door and with hand washing afterwards inside the classroom. Please do not bring extra toys, since it is hard to distinguish what belongs to whom. This can cause the children unnecessary frustration when they are asked to share something that was brought from home. Your children will be promoted to the next classroom based on the school calendar. Promotion takes place in January and June.
Contact: Amy Foley