General Policies

  • Our rooms are open 15 minutes prior to regular scheduled services, Bible studies or on-campus activities that have prior reservations.

  • All families must follow the proper security procedures. Children are to be brought to the age-appropriate suite by a parent and will only be released to the parent.

  • Parents should come for their children immediately following the Bible study or service they have attended. This prevents the apprehension your child feels when they are left waiting for your return.

  • To avoid congestion in our nursery and preschool areas, we ask that only one parent, following proper security procedures, pick up the child.

  • Please see that items belonging to your child are properly labeled. This should include: 

  • Diaper bag 

  • Diapers 

  • Bottles 

  • Pacifiers 

  • Drinking cups 

  • Clothing 

  • Blankets

  • We would recommend using a paint pen on bottles so they do not have to be relabeled each time they are cleaned. Your child’s caregiver will label any items that are not labeled.

  • Children should not bring personal toys to church.

  • Parents should refrain from entering the room as a safety and health precaution for all children.

Nursing Mothers!

We provide a nursing room for your privacy. Enjoy comfortable gliders and closed-circuit television to view the worship service. A nursery coordinator will be happy to help you locate the nursing room; however, please provide a bottle for your baby in the event your return is delayed.

Your Child is Safe and Secure!

We have a security sticker check-in system in each room. Parents are issued a two-part security sticker. Parents receive a portion of that sticker and are required to return it when they pick up their child. All parents of babies and creepers are given a pager. Parents of our toddlers may pick up a pager on their hallway by request.

Each room is equipped with evacuation cribs, in case of emergency. A nurse is on-call each hour, if a medical need arises. All caregivers are CPR trained and certified and have undergone TB testing. The nursery is equipped with a fully stocked medical kit.

Personal Attention is Important!
Our target for each room is an adult-child ratio of 1 to 4. All nursery volunteers and workers are personally interviewed and trained. Every caregiver and committed volunteer has been given an extensive background check and has completed a thorough application. Volunteers from our Adult Bible Study classes also support our Nursery staff and rooms each worship hour. A proper adult-child ratio is extremely important to us as this insures excellent attention for each child in our care.

Healthcare Policies

Second Loves Kids, and every aspect of our program is designed to create a clean, secure and caring environment. Nurturing staff and volunteers serve our ministry areas in order to offer positive, biblical learning and social experiences for your child. We strive to be sensitive to and make provisions for the healthcare concerns of all children and their families. In an effort to ensure that your child’s experience is happy and healthy, we encourage parents to make sure that their child falls within the standards of health that we have established, according to the 2003 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of American Academy of Pediatrics, in order to prevent the spread of illness.

Children should be excluded from the childcare setting for the following:

  • Illness that prevents your child from comfortably participating in program activities.

     
  • If they have had a fever within the past 24 hours

     
  • Any of the following signs suggesting severe illness: fever, lethargy, irritability, persistent crying, signs of difficulty in breathing or other manifestations of possible severe illness.

     
  • Vomiting (two or more times) or experiencing diarrhea in the previous 24 hours.

     
  • Mouth sores associated with drooling, unless deemed noninfectious by your physician.

     
  • Rash accompanied by fever at this time.

     
  • Drainage or redness that could possibly be considered conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) at this time. 

  • Head lice or scabies.

     
  • Chickenpox, measles, mumps, tuberculosis, pertussis (“whooping cough”) and hepatitis A until deemed noninfectious by your physician. 

  • Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated 

  • Streptococcal pharyngitis (“strep throat”) until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.

If your child is experiencing any of the above criteria, we ask that you do not bring them to the ministry areas. If you have questions concerning any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact a TeamKid Staff Member or our Director of Health Services at ext. 2320.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness!

Our workers wear clean, sanitary smocks each shift. Frequent hand washing is required, and three hand sanitizer dispensers are supplied in each room for easy accessibility. Before a baby occupies a bed, the linens are changed and the bed surface is cleaned before another baby occupies that crib. All toys and surfaces are disinfected after each shift with a nontoxic, germicidal spray.

Health policies are posted in each room and strictly enforced. Babies and workers who have been sick in the last 24 hours, or appear ill, will not be admitted to the nursery. Please refer back to our health policies.

Hygiene Policies

Because it is not always known when a child is infected with a communicable disease, we take the following precautions to reduce the risk of infection.

1. Hand Washing
The single most important procedure to minimize the spread of infection is frequent hand washing. Proper hand-washing includes sanitizing hands before feeding times, after diaper changes, after handling of any contaminated item and any other time the staff member deems appropriate. All staff members will encourage and assist children with proper hand-washing procedures after bathroom breaks.

2. Nose Wiping
Children’s noses are wiped as needed. We do not require disposable gloves; however, hands must be sanitized immediately afterwards.

3. Open Wounds
As a ground rule of hygiene, all open wounds (such as cuts and scratches) will be cleaned and covered by an adhesive bandage.

4. Disinfecting Surfaces
At the end of each session, all surfaces will be disinfected with an anti-bacterial disinfectant and air-dried. All toys, swings, tables and other equipment are disinfected after each session, and as staff deems necessary.

5. Diaper Change Policy

  • Our infants and younger toddlers are provided with a diaper changing area in each room where the surface is cleaned frequently, a fresh disposable paper is put down and precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of germs.

     
  • Staff members always wear fresh latex-free gloves when changing a diaper.

     
  • Each child is checked hourly for wet or soiled diapers. 

  • Parents should provide diapers or a change of clothes if child is potty training. 

  • Staff will use church provided wipes unless parents provide a necessary alternative, due to allergies.

Food Policies:

  • Babies will be fed pre-measured formula, milk or juice as provided only by the parent. Please send drinks in plastic bottles or cups with their names clearly labeled on them. Each toddler will be provided with a snack. Time and circumstances do not allow for any other type of feeding.

  • If your child has any food allergies, please be sure to write this on the All About Me Slip and notify a Nursery staff member.We have Allergy Alert stickers to use when necessary.

     
  • Medications cannot be given by our staff. Please do not put any type of medication in your child’s bottle or cup.

     
  • Send only plastic baby bottles and drinking cups in child’s bag.

Clothing Suggestions:

  • Please include a change of clothing each time your child comes to church. Spilling or soiling may occur, and they will be much happier if they have familiar clothes to put on.

     
  • For your child’s comfort and enjoyment, it is suggested that they be dressed in comfortable, machine-washable clothing that will not restrict free movement.

     
  • Lost clothing will be taken to the lost and found after one week. Please check with a staff member located in the lobby for "lost and found" directions.

"ALL ABOUT ME"

The information pad of "All About Me" sheets will communicate to us how we can best meet your child's needs. Since caregivers and volunteers may differ each time the nursery is open, please take time before you arrive to carefully fill out the entire information slip.

Please note the following:

  1. Name: Be sure to include your child's last name. We have many children with the same first name.

  2. Class or Location: In the event an emergency should occur, we must be able to locate you. Be sure to include your bible study class name and possibly where you sit during worship.

  3. Feeding Instructions: This is especially important for young babies. Time of last feeding helps us to determine if a crying baby needs to be fed.

  4. Allergies: Children able to eat finger foods are provided a snack. It is, therefore, important for us to know of any food allergies. Allergy alert stickers are available upon request.

Changed with Love!

All children’s diapers are checked and changed once each hour or more often if needed. They are changed on a clean, disposable paper on the changing table. All caregivers wear latex-free gloves when changing diapers and wash their hands between each child. The changing stations are disinfected after use and new gloves and a new disposable paper are used for each child. A “Changed with Love” sticker is placed on the front of the child’s diaper, so parents know immediately if the child’s diaper has been changed.