As a parents, we understand your concerns about dropping your children off with unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar location. That’s why we have worked hard and will continue to work hard to develop nursery procedures which ensure that your child is as safe as possible when you entrust them to our care.
Because of this we want to orient you to what you should expect when you use our nursery.
What should I expect?
The nursery is available for children under the age of 5. If this is your first time using our nursery please plan to allow a few extra minutes to complete our check-in process. Childcare workers will be available beginning at 10:30 am to assist you.
When you check your child into the nursery you should expect the following:
1) Child Information Sheet – You will be asked to complete a Child Information Sheet with the child’s name, relevant medical conditions and allergies, as well as bottle, nap, diaper, and toilet instructions. These sheets need to be completed every week but can be filled out ahead of time and extra copies are available in the nursery for this purpose.
2) Name Tag – You will be asked to fill out and apply the appropriately color name tag to your child (red for a child in diapers, yellow for a child that needs to be asked, and green for potty trained).
3) Wristband – Matching wristbands with a unique identification number are provided for both you and your child. These wristbands are used when checking your child in and out of the nursery. Please make sure to securely apply your wristband before leaving the nursery because only the parent or guardian presenting a matching, uncut wristband can remove their child from the nursery. This is to ensure your child’s safety and your peace of mind as a parent.
4) Number – You will also be given a call number specific to your family. Please memorize this number as it should always remain the same. This number is for our nursery workers to contact you during the service and will flash on a LED screen in the sanctuary.
What if my child has been sick?
Our nursery has implemented a Well-Child Health Policy. This means that children should be free of a fever for 24 hours after a contagious disease and cannot be admitted or allowed to stay in the nursery if they show any of the following symptoms.
- Colored and or continuous nasal discharge
- A productive (wet) or croupy (barking) cough
- Fever higher than 100 degrees orally or 99 degrees axillary
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Complaints of a sore throat
- Any unexplained rash or open skin lesion
- Any skin infection including boils, ringworm, impetigo, etc.
- Any eye infection or drainage
- Any communicable disease or infestation such as lice, etc.
- Looks or acts unusually tired, pale, irritable, or restless
Our nursery volunteers are also strictly prohibited from giving any medication to any child with the exception of childcare workers who have been specifically instructed by a parent of a highly allergic child in the need for and use of an EpiPen.
Who are our childcare workers?
Each Sunday morning our nursery is staffed by a minimum of two volunteers. All of our volunteers are female, at least 18 years of age, in good standing with Grace Baptist Church, who have attended regularly for at least six months before volunteering, completed our Application for Volunteers Working with Children, have passed initial and periodic background checks, and have been trained on our Child and Worker Protection Policy (CWPP).