Early Childhood (Birth-Kindergarten)

What to Expect

We are excited to partner with you in your child’s spiritual journey!  When you get here be sure to check your birth through kindergarten child on the second floor in the Wellington.  This age group may be dropped off at 9:45 a.m. so you won’t be late for the 10:00 service!  Your 1st through 6th grade children should grab a name tag at the front door.  Then they will enjoy family worship and dismiss following announcements.

All children need a name tag with a number, be sure to keep the backing of the name tag as it should have the same number as your child’s name tag.

First Time Guests - 

Nursery:  Leaving your baby, sometimes for the first time, can be stressful.  The volunteers in our nursery are eager to rock, cuddle, soothe, and play with your baby.  Along with the nursery volunteers, additional “baby holders” can be called in to help babies with the initial separation anxiety that is a developmental milestone of this age group.  This room is geared towards infants up to walkers.  Please bring a labeled diaper bag with diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.  Supplies for labeling your child’s belongings can be found at the check-in table.  *Please notify the volunteers of any special feeding instructions.

Toddlers:  Once your child starts walking, into this room they go!   Budding personalities and active little bodies keeps this room hopping.  These children will enjoy working puzzles at tables, building block towers and of course knocking them down, munching on a light snack, and having dance parties.  Please label and bring sippy cups, diapers, pacifiers, and a change of clothes.  *If your child has allergies or special dietary needs, please clearly mark it on their name tag, inform their teacher, and provide an appropriate snack. 

2 and 3 Year Olds:  Longer attention spans and a growing vocabulary make this class an excellent opportunity to begin diving into Bible stories.  Through songs, hands-on activities, crafts, body movements, and pretend play this group will explore Bible stories and the life lessons that are…(?)  * If your child has allergies or special dietary needs, please clearly mark it on their name tag, inform their teacher, and provide an appropriate snack.  * If your child is potty training, please communicate that to the teacher and take your child prior to class starting.

4- Kindergarten:  This class is the perfect mix of asking questions, sharing stories and experiences, relating Bible stories to real life, music, hands-on activities, and relationship building.  This class goes deeper into the Bible stories and will hopefully, lead to more questions around your dinner table.  We do serve snack so please notify the teacher of any special dietary needs and if so, bring an appropriate snack for your child.

Parents:  If you want to get connected to other moms of young children, check out our small group Moms of Young Ones.  Contact Cheyenne McLean- cheyenneh1982@sbcglobal.net

Our Children’s Advisory Board (CAB) Members are:  Nicole Bower, April Stiles, Esther Swanson, Andrea Turner, Cara Davison, and Beth Dawson.

Baby Dedications:  Please contact Barby Pohl barby.pohl@gmail.com to schedule your child’s baby dedication.

Need to Know:  The check-in table located at the door to the Wellington holds a check-in sheet for each age group.  This check-in sheet gives us your child’s name tag number which will be matched to the back of the name tag which has the same number that you will need to show the classroom teacher to ensure we match the correct child to their parent.  (A little wording help here would be great.)  There is also space to provide a cell phone number, which would be used to contact parents in an emergency situation.  

We ask that each family fill out a Family Registration sheet, located at the check-in table.

For the protection of our children, please do not bring your child to class if they exhibit any of the following:

  • Fever in the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Common cold (onset through one week)
  • Any unexplained rash
  • Cloudy or green runny nose
  • Pinkeye or other eye infections
  • Persistent cough
  • Any communicable disease
  • Any symptoms of common childhood diseases, such as chicken pox, strep throat, etc.