Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
At Discipleship Community Church, we want everyone to be able to come and worship our Lord and Savior. Therefore, we have done our best to create a safe environment for your children in our nursery so that you can focus on worshiping and learning. In addition, since the Bible tells us in Psalm 127:3 that children are a gift from the Lord, it is our desire to treat each child as a very special gift to be cared for and shown the love of Christ.
Below are some of the highlights you need to know about our nursery program. At the end of this page is a link to our handbook with additional information concerning how the nursery is run and the rules we have crafted to safe guard all of the children we care for. If you have any questions that are not covered on this page or in the Handbook, please feel free to contact us on our contact page. We welcome your input and are happy to have the chance to address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you are new to Discipleship Community Church, here is what you need to know:
- During our worship service children from birth through age four are accepted for care in the nursery. All other children attend the regular worship service with their parents.
- Children above nursery age are not allowed in the nursery during any church services, including community groups when available.
- Children that are currently ill or have been ill within the last 24 hours will not be admitted for the health of everyone in the nursery. See the Sick Children section below for more information.
- Our nursery volunteers are ready to care for your children 10 minutes before the start of the service (see the Times section below). Children should be picked up promptly within 10 minutes after the service.
- Our nursery staff have had a background check with the National Criminal Database and National Sex Offender Registry and have regularly attended Discipleship Community Church for 3 or more months.
- Parents are required to check in their child by completing our sign-in form with the names of persons authorized to pick up your child, any known allergies, and special instructions. At that time we will give you a pager in case we need to contact you.
- Children will only be released to a preauthorized adult with the pager corresponding to the number on the sign-in form.
Nursery is available during:
- 11:15 AM – during worship service (Birth through 4 years)
- The nursery will open 10 minutes prior to the beginning of a church function and will promptly close 10 minutes after the event is over.
What to Expect
We understand that it may be a big decision to leave your child in the nursery, so we want it to be an easy transition for you. If you are interested in trying out the nursery, the first thing you will do is fill out the check-in form at the nursery door with your child’s name, age, food allergies, sensory needs, special instructions, your contact information, and the names of persons authorized to pick up your child. We will provide you with a pager in case we need to contact you during the service. If your child is new, we will fill out a name sticker and place it on your child’s back. You may pass your child over the gate to a nursery worker at that time. If you would like to sit in the nursery for a few minutes the first few times until your child is comfortable, you are more than welcome to do so.
If your child cries when you prepare to leave, please make a quick exit. Prolonged departures often make matters worse. The nursery staff will do their best to figure out what might make your child happy. If your child cannot be calmed down after 10-15 minutes of crying, you will be paged.
It is our goal for children to have a pleasant visit in the nursery. Our nursery workers will talk with them, read to them, and engage them in developmentally and age appropriate activities. Videos may be used on occasion, but must be rated G and approved by the Nursery Coordinator.
Our goal is to always maintain a Christ-like attitude and model the love and respect we are asking the children to show others. If a child’s behavior is outside the set boundaries of the classroom, our staff will use the 1, 2, 3 method (1. warning, 2. time-out, 3. parent contact) to address the behavior in a firm but loving manner. If your child is being destructive or will not stop a behavior that is hurting another child, we will page you to come get your child. For more information regarding our discipline policy, please see the Discipline section in our Handbook. A link to the Handbook is at the bottom of this page.
What to bring
- Diaper bag with diapers and wipes
- Sippy cup or bottle
- A burp pad for infants
- A bib if teething or likely to mess clothing during snack time
- Extra change of clothes in case of an accident
Please be sure to clearly label your child’s diaper bag (we provide labels if needed), bottle/sippy cup, and other special items.
Children should not bring their own toys, unless it is a special “security” item. This prevents children from losing toys or having them damaged by another child.
If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, we ask that the child be kept at home for the health of all who are in the nursery:
- Fever within the last 24 hours
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Pink eye and other eye infections
- Ear infection
- Any symptoms of childhood diseases (chicken pox, fifth disease, hand foot and mouth disease, etc.)
- An unexplained rash
- Lice, including the presence of eggs or nits
Children with a severe runny nose (colored discharge) or sore throat will be denied admittance if children under the age of one are present and may otherwise be denied admittance at the discretion of the Primary Attendant.
If your child is on an antibiotic, he/she must be on it for at least 24 hours before coming into the nurseries.
If your child develops any communicable disease (Chicken pox, pink eye, fifths disease, etc.) within 24-48 hours after being in the nursery, please contact the Nursery Coordinator so that we can notify the parents of any other children who were in the nursery.
Our nursery is staffed by parents and other volunteers from within the church. Parents are strongly encouraged to sign-up to volunteer in the Nursery once a month. All adult workers will be background checked through the National Criminal Database and National Sex Offender Registry. We also have youth volunteers who serve in the nursery alongside the adults in order to help us maintain the ministry standards we have set.
For More Information
Please select the following link for more information concerning our policies for Nursery activities, cleanliness, diaper changing and bathroom trips, discipline, emergency procedures, inconsolable children, infant care, medications, snacks, etc.
We welcome your input. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact our Nursery Coordinator.