Nursery - Erie Campus
Whether it be during a worship service, Sunday School or another church-sponsored activity, our goal is to make each child feel loved and valued as a child of God.
In order to better care for your child, we have laid out some guidelines which are outlined in the links below. We feel these guidelines reflect high standards of hygiene and efficiency that are necessary to maintain proper care for your little one.
Sometimes your child may cry when left with us. This reaction is a normal, healthy show of preference for parents. The child's fussing usually stops within a few minutes, and becomes less common with regular attendance. If crying persists, we will page you.
To alleviate confusion at the nursery counter, please have only one parent bring the child and call for him later. It may also be necessary for you to wait your turn as we both check in and check out children from the nursery.
When you bring your child, please:
- Fill out the sign-in paper at the entrance to the nursery so we can care for your child in the best way possible. Be sure to note if your child has a food allergy.
- Have all of your child's belongings labeled. Check-in attendant can give you an item tag if needed.
You will be given a nametag for your child and a security tag. Place the nametag on your child. When you return to pick up the child you must have the security tag with you to cross-reference.
We have a visual paging system. The last four digits of your phone number serve as a security check, as well as a pager number. Should your child need you during the Worship Service, the numbers will appear on bottom of the screen at the front of the Worship Center. Please go immediately to the Hall Monitor’s Table.
We suggest you bring:
- A diaper bag
- At least two diapers per service; include a plastic bag for cloth diapers
- A plastic bottle for feeding (no glass, please) or cup if needed, marked with your child's name; only bottle feedings will be given, no spoon feedings.
- Pacifier or other form of security
- An extra change of clothes for emergencies
Do not allow your child to bring personal toys or other possessions unless it is a "security" item (pacifier, blanket, etc.).
We will provide:
- Cheerios for snacks (given only to babies who sit up and have teeth)
- Sanitized toys (toys are cleaned after use)
- Extra disposable diapers for emergencies
- Please do not bring sick babies to the nursery (including coughs, colds, runny noses, fevers, rashes, vomiting, or diarrhea). You will be paged if the nursery supervisor feels that your child is not well.
- The workers in our children’s ministry will not give any medication. If your child requires medication while you are at church, please make arrangements to administer the medication yourself. Please keep the medication with you and not in your child's diaper bag. This includes diaper rash creams.
- Please be sure your child is up to date on his/her immunizations.
- To allow immunity buildup, please do not bring newborn babies until they are at least three weeks old.
- If your child is not feeling well but lacks any specific symptoms, please do not bring him. His resistance may be down and he might pick up something. The nursery staff reserves the right to refuse any child they feel is too sick to be placed in the nursery.
- If your child becomes ill while in the nursery, you will be promptly notified through the paging system.
- If your child is being treated with an antibiotic, he or she should have received treatment for at least 24 hours before coming to the Nursery.
Staff & Emergencies
One of the big reasons our Nursery is such terrific place for little ones is because we have wonderful volunteers. All volunteers have been carefully screened by church staff and have completed background checks. Having enough volunteers ensures that each child gets plenty of friendly, personal attention. If your child shares in the use of the nursery facilities, we urge you to also share in the responsibility of adequate and quality nursery care by signing up to help staff our nursery program. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at-least three times per quarter; a sign-up sheet is available each week.
Please do not hesitate to speak to Sarah White, our Interim Children's Ministry at the Erie Campus, if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement in our Nursery. You can find contact information for each of our staff members on our staff page.
In case of a fire alarm, please meet your child in the parking lot area at the front entrance not in the Nursery! We have an evacuation plan in place. Any congestion in the hall would hinder our escape route.
Two year old children are promoted to a Preschool classroom once they have turned two.