Lifepoint Kids Ministry Policy and Procedures

Nursery (ages birth through 3 years)


“Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

 

Lifepoint Church of Palm Bay provides nursery care for children from birth to age three during regularly scheduled worship activities for the convenience of parents attending.  The nursery is open during some special events as well; check with the church office or nursery coordinator.

 

Our purpose is to show children the love of Christ while their parents learn more about Him.  Children see Jesus' love in how we take care of them.

 

General Care:  During each nursery session, caregivers feed, diaper, hold, pray for, play and sing with the children.  Children often have separation anxiety when their parents leave.  If a child is upset, caregivers will:  stay positive and try to distract them with a toy, singing, rocking them, or walking them around.  They will ask the parent how long to let the child cry before calling them to the nursery.  Generally speaking, children under one year of age can handle 15 minutes of crying.  Children over one year of age can be allowed to cry longer periods if the parent and caregiver agree.

 

General Safety:  Nursery caregivers arrive 15 minutes before children and scan the room(s) for hazards.   Remove or relocate any dangerous items or inappropriate toys. Close doors or baby gates to bathrooms, sinks, hallways and storage areas.

 

There will be at least one adult for every 2 babies (birth – 12 months), one adult for every 3 toddlers (12 – 24 months), and one adult for every 6 children aged 2 – 3 years.  There will be two adults in each room at all times.  All caregivers and families will follow established child registration policies.  Nursery caregivers wear a Lifepoint name tag.

 

Every session, care givers must ask parents for new information about the child.  Write all directions for feeding, allergies, pacifier, naps, etc. on the white board or clip board.  During the session, caregivers should always know how many children are present.  Monitor the doors carefully to make sure none of the children can get out of the room.  This is especially important during drop off and pick up times. One parent is permitted in the hallway to pick up children.  Caregivers will bring the child to the parent at the door, where they will match the child's security tags with the parent's tags.  Persons without a security tag will not be permitted pick up the child, unless cleared by the Security and/or Registration personnel. 

 

Playground:  Children may play outside in the designated toddler/pre-school area.  Keep children inside the fenced area for safety.  Limit playground time to 15 minutes.  Infants and toddlers must have one to one supervision for playground time.

 

Cribs and Blankets:  Children needing a rest will be placed in a crib appropriate for their age.  The “high” position crib is only for infants who cannot sit up, crawl, or pull up.  Remove crib sheets after a child) or their belongings) has used the bedding.  Any blankets or burp cloths used should be utilized on one child at a time.  Never share linens between children.

 

Hygiene:  Caregivers should wash their hands frequently as well as assist children in washing hands as needed.

 

Diapers:  Caregivers should check diapers hourly and change as needed.  Never leave a child unattended on a raised surface.  Wear gloves when diapering children.  Disinfect the surface between each diaper change.  Never change a child on a cloth surface that will be shared with other children.  Always wash hands after changing a diaper, even if gloves were used.

 

Potty Training: Follow parent directions for potty training.  An adult should accompany the child but leave the door open.  Gloves are appropriate when assisting a child in the bathroom.  After using the bathroom, both the adult and child should wash their hands.

 

Gentlemen:  To remain “above reproach”, please allow female caregivers to change diapers and assist with potty training.

 

Extra Clothes:  Spare clothes in sizes newborn through 4T are located in the supply cabinets in case children soil their outfits.  Please remind parents to launder them and return any loaned clothing. 

 

Toys:  Parents, please limit children in bring any personal toys or electronics to class.  A security object is fine.  Also, please consider your child's jewelry.  Children will grab at dangling necklaces or earrings, potentially causing each other injury, breaking the jewelry, and creating choking hazards.  It's best to remove jewelry before dropping an infant or toddler off in the nursery.

 

Caregivers, please put away toys after each session.  Toys in each room are selected for safety in that age group.  Do not transfer toys from room to room, even if there are older children temporarily using the infant/toddler rooms.  During each session, clean up messes as they occur.  All toys are regularly cleaned by the nursery coordinator or designee.

 

Sick Child Policy

Parents, you should not bring your child to class if they have had any of the following:  fever over 100, vomiting, runny nose (anything but clear), coughing, diarrhea, discharge or swelling in or around the eyes, or a questionable rash.  Also please do not bring your child if you think they have any of the following contagious conditions:  chicken pox, measles, mumps, pink-eye, impetigo, conjunctivitis, or lice.  If a child develops any of these symptoms during a session, caregivers will contact parents to take the child home.

 

Lice Policy:  EVERY child is vulnerable to head lice.  Please notify the Children's Ministry Director immediately if you discover that your child has head lice.  All parents will be notified, as a precaution, and the child/family will remain anonymous.  This is to help ensure that the lice is not spread.  If evidence of lice is found, we will ask that you take your child home immediately and begin treatment.  Please do NOT bring your child to church until treatment has been completed.  In order to be readmitted to class, a Department Coordinator must check and approve the treatment's success.  This will be done discretely, and with the parent present. 

 

First Aid:  In the event of injury or insect bite/sting, caregivers should notify parents immediately.  A first aid kit for minor scrapes is located in the infant room.  Caregivers should be able to provide a verbal or written account of what happened.

 

Call 911 if the child is unconscious or unresponsive, is convulsing, has an obviously broken bone, has serious bleeding, has a weak or unusually rapid pulse, has difficulty breathing, or other severe condition.  Then contact the parent.  To use a church wall phone, you must first dial “9”, and then dial 911.

 

Medication:  For the safety of every child, nursery caregivers do not administer medications.  Diaper rash creams may be applied.  Parents should inform the nursery coordinator if a child has a condition requiring immediate medication in times of crisis (fast acting inhaler, epinephrine injection for bee sting, etc.).  The nursery coordinator or Children's Ministry Director will work with the parent and caregivers to form a custom plan for special circumstances.

 

Discipline:  This is the process of teaching a child what type of behavior is acceptable and what is not.  Discipline may involve punishment and more importantly, rewards.  At Lifepoint, our workers follow these guidelines for toddlers through 5th Grade:  three (3) warnings followed by a time-out consistent with a child's age (2 year old—2 minutes).  After three time-outs, a parent will be sent for.  At Lifepoint, our workers are encouraged to show God's love in every situation and reward and praise children as they grow and learn boundaries in the classroom.

 

Feeding/Snacks:  Infants will be fed any bottles or snacks provided by the parents.  Bottles need to be ready for feeding and accompanied by instructions at the time the child is left in the nursery.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be served a snack along with juice.  Grade school children will receive a snack during some activities.  Parents should report ALL allergies and food sensitivities at registration and ensure their child wears an allergy alert identification.

 

These items are NOT appropriate snacks for children ages birth to three in a group care setting:  peanut butter, peanuts, or other nut products, raisins, hard candy, lollipops or suckers, chewing gum, grapes, popcorn, soda, or other caffeinated beverages.

 

Promotion:  Infants are promoted to the toddler room when they begin walking independently.  Children are promoted from toddlers to two-three year olds based on age.  Children are promoted from “two-three's” to pre-school (“four's & five's”) based on their projected kindergarten enrollment (based on their ages or grade by September 1st of the year).

 

Curriculum:  Toddlers through three-year olds have a brief Bible lesson and activities, then spend most of the time in free play.  Four's-fives and older have Bible lessons, songs and group games during most of their session. 

 

Parents:  Parents should follow church policies and provide caregivers with any information that will help their child adjust to their class, such as social skills, or learning disabilities.  All regularly attending parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer in our children's ministry.  We serve infants through 5th graders, and we need help!  By volunteering, you enable another parent to worship, fellowship, and grow in Christ's love.  You are also ministering to our children.  Please see any of the Children's Ministry Staff for more information on serving.  Volunteers must undergo a simple background screening, at no cost to the volunteer. Visit Guest Central to obtain the paperwork necessary to begin the screening process.

 

Registration:  All caregivers and families will follow established child registration policies.  All children in 5th grade and younger must sign in at the registration desk and be identified with a security tag.  Only scheduled volunteers and one person with a child's security stub may enter the Children's Wing.  Registration information should be updated and reviewed within one month of Promotion.  Weekday events may have a different security and registration process.

 

 

Nursery Coordinator and Children's Ministry Director will develop and implement policy, ensure maintenance of classrooms and supplies, schedule caregivers or teachers, as well as train volunteers and staff.  Coordinators and Directors must profess a Christian testimony and be recommended for service by church leaders or a church member in good standing.  They agree to any background or character checks the nursery deems necessary.

 

Children's Ministry Volunteers and Nursery Volunteer Caregivers:  Volunteers must profess a Christian testimony and be recommended for service by church leaders or a church member in good standing.  They agree to any background or character checks the church deems necessary.  Volunteers are expected to serve on their scheduled times and to find a substitute when unable to serve.  Volunteers agree to follow church policies for infants through youth.  Volunteers may be asked to teach curriculum, clean toys, or perform other maintenance tasks.  All volunteers for infants and toddlers will remove shoes upon entering the classroom and wear socks only.

 

Staff Caregivers:  Staff Caregivers are paid employees of the church.  Staff must profess a Christian testimony and be recommended for service by church leaders or other Christians.  They agree to any background or character checks the church deems necessary.  They follow the same policies as volunteers, with a few extra duties.  Staff should empty the diaper pails after each session.  Staff may be asked to teach curriculum, clean toys, or perform other maintenance tasks.  All staff for infants and toddlers will remove shoes upon entering the classroom and wear socks only.

 

Youth Volunteers:  Youth volunteers may assist with childcare (infants through 5th grade) if they have recommendation from the Youth Director and children's ministry staff.  The younger the child who needs care, the older the youth must be.  The Children's Ministry Director, Youth Director, and the youth's parent must be in agreement on the youth's eligibility and maturity to serve.  All youth volunteers must follow church policies.  Youth must work with a responsible adult and are not allowed to supervise children without an adult present. 

 

Children's Ministry Staff:

Co-Directors: Arminta Boyer and Sara Cieslak

Registration:  Denyse Olson

 

Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

 

321-723-4781   

arminta.boyer@lifepointpb.com



 

 


Ages 4 years through 5th Grade


Our purpose is to show children the love of Christ while their parents learn more about Him.  Our goal is to provide Biblical instruction in a safe, secure,

loving environment. 

 

Teaching:

From 9:30 to 10:30 Sunday mornings, we offer Sunday School for all grade levels, divided by age/grade.  Our teachers use various curriculum, from Great Commission Publications, Standard Publishing, and Lifeway.  Classrooms are located within the Children's Wing of church.

 

For our preschoolers to 5th graders, we offer Children's Church during the Sunday Worship Service.  Our teachers use the Elevate curriculum, from Creative Pastors, for our 1st to 5th graders.  Elevate meets in the Youth Room located at the end of the Children's Wing.  We then divide into two classrooms, breaking down by grade level:  grades 1 and 2 together, and grades 3-5 remain together.  Our Four-Five's class (VPK and Kindergarteners) meet in the Children's Wing in their own classroom, where they have their own worship time, Bible lesson, and free play.  We encourage parents to have their 4-5 year old children join them in the adult worship portion of the service, but parents may also choose to have their children stay in their classroom at this time.  Just before the sermon starts, all children are dismissed to their classes. 

 

Teachers:

Parents/Guardians can identify our Children's Ministry Workers by their Lifepoint Kids name badges.    Parents are welcome to sit in on any of our classes.  Teachers must profess a Christian testimony and be recommended for service by church leaders or church member in good standing.  They agree to any background or character checks the church deems necessary. Anyone wearing a Lifepoint Kids name tag has met this criteria and is authorized to serve in the

Children's Wing.

 

Children's Ministry Director will develop and implement policy, ensure maintenance of classrooms and supplies, schedule caregivers or teachers, as well as train volunteers and staff.   Directors must profess a Christian testimony and be recommended for service by church leaders or a church member in good standing.  They agree to any background or character checks the church deems necessary.

 

Safety:

The safety and security of our children is a top priority at Lifepoint.  All children in 5th grade and younger must sign in at the registration desk and be identified with a security tag.  Only persons with a child's security stub may enter the Children's Wing.  Please see our registration procedures for more details.

 

Sick Child Policy

Parents, you should not bring your child to class if they have had any of the following:  fever over 100, vomiting, runny nose (anything but clear), coughing, diarrhea, discharge or swelling in or around the eyes, or a questionable rash.  Also please do not bring your child if you think they have any of the following contagious conditions:  chicken pox, measles, mumps, pink-eye, impetigo, conjunctivitis, or lice.  If a child develops any of these symptoms during a session, teachers will contact parents to take the child home.

 

Lice Policy:  EVERY child is vulnerable to head lice.  Please notify the Children's Ministry Director immediately if you discover that your child has head lice.  All parents will be notified, as a precaution, and the child/family will remain anonymous.  This is to help ensure that the lice is not spread.  If evidence of lice is found, we will ask that you take your child home immediately and begin treatment.  Please do NOT bring your child to church until treatment has been completed.  In order to be readmitted to class, a Department Coordinator must check and approve the treatment's success.  This will be done discretely, and with the parent present. 

 

First Aid:  In the event of injury or insect bite/sting, caregivers should notify parents immediately.  A first aid kit for minor scrapes is located in the infant room.  Teachers should be able to provide a verbal or written account of what happened.

 

Call 911 if the child is unconscious or unresponsive, is convulsing, has an obviously broken bone, has serious bleeding, has a weak or unusually rapid pulse, has difficulty breathing, or other severe condition.  Then contact the parent.  To use a church wall phone, you must first dial “9”, and then dial 911.

 

Medication:  For the safety of every child, teachers do not administer medications.  Parents should inform the Children's Ministry Director if a child has a condition requiring immediate medication in times of crisis (fast acting inhaler, epinephrine injection for bee sting, etc.).  The Children's Ministry Director will work with the parent and teachers to form a custom plan for special circumstances.

The Registration Desk and/or Security Personnel will notify the parent/guardian immediately if there is an injury or onset of illness while in their child is in class. 


Snacks:

Elementary age children will be offered a nutritious snack during the Sunday School hour only.  Preschoolers/Kindergartners will be offered a snack during Sunday School, and again during the Worship Service time.  Please notify the Registration Desk and your child's teacher if your child has allergies.  A special name tag is used to identify these children to help prevent any allergy related incidents.

 

Discipline:  This is the process of teaching a child what type of behavior is acceptable and what is not.  Discipline may involve punishment and more importantly, rewards.  At Lifepoint, our workers follow these guidelines for toddlers through 5th Grade:  three (3) warnings followed by a time-out consistent with a child's age (8 year old—8 minutes).  After three time-outs, a parent will be sent for.  At Lifepoint, our workers are encouraged to show God's love in every situation and reward and praise children as they grow and learn boundaries in the classroom.

 

Promotion:

The Sunday prior to the first day of public school, students will begin attending class with the appropriate teacher.  We also ask at this time that registration information be reviewed for accuracy.  During the school year, please notify the registration desk or church office of any changes in address or phone numbers as soon as possible.

 

Registration:  All teachers and families will follow established child registration policies.  All children in 5th grade and younger must sign in at the registration desk and be identified with a security tag.  Only scheduled volunteers and one person with a child's security stub may enter the Children's Wing. Registration information should be updated and reviewed within one month of Promotion. Weekday events may have a different security and registration process.

 

VolunteeringAll regularly attending parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer in our children's ministry.  We serve infants through 5th graders, and we need help!  By volunteering, you enable another parent to worship, fellowship, and grow in Christ's love.  You are also ministering to our children.  Please see any of the Children's Ministry Staff for more information on serving.  Volunteers must undergo a simple background screening, at no cost to the volunteer. Visit Guest Central to obtain the paperwork necessary to begin the screening process.

 


Youth Volunteers

Youth volunteers may assist with childcare (infants through 5th grade) if they have recommendation from the Youth Director and Children's Ministry staff.  The younger the child who needs care, the older the youth must be.  The Children's Ministry Director, Youth Director, and the youth's parent must be in agreement on the youth's eligibility and maturity to serve.  All youth volunteers must follow church policies.  Youth must work with a responsible adult and are not allowed to supervise children without an adult present.  

 

Parents:  Parents should follow church policies and provide caregivers with any information that will help their child adjust to their class, such as social skills, or learning disabilities.

 

 

Children's Ministry Staff:

Co-Directors:  Arminta Boyer and Sara Cieslak

Registration: Denyse Olson 

 

Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

 

321-723-4781   

arminta.boyer@lifepointpb.com


For a printed copy of the Policy and Procedures, please contact the church office at church@lifepointpb.com.