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Oakland Church of the Nazarene Nursery And

Oakland Church of the Nazarene Nursery And

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OAKLAND CHURCH OF THENAZARENE
Nursery and K2O Policies andProcedures
Philosophy:
As members of Oakland Nazarene, we are called to receive, nurtureand treasure each child as a sacred gift from God. In proclaiming thatsacredness, we carry a commitment to love, shelter, protect anddefend all children in our care.
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in hisarms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these children inmy name welcomes me and whoever welcomes me does not welcomeme but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37
Mission Statement:
 To share God’s love with our children by ministering to their needs in acaring and nurturing environment.
Safety:
• In order to insure the safety of all the children, parents must turn intheir number when picking up their child.• Under NO circumstances should the child be released to anotheradult without the prior written consent of the parent.
Adult/Child Ratios:
• Every effort must be made to keep the ratio of one adult to every sixchildren and one adult to every four infants.• We require at least two adults be on duty AT ALL TIMES.• Under NO circumstances are the children to be left alone for ANYamount of time.• Caregivers are required to directly supervise children by sight andhearing at all times – even while they are sleeping.
Confidentiality:
All the information about the children in our program and their familiesshall remain confidential unless it is determined that the safety of thechild is in question. In the event abuse or neglect of any kind issuspected the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Families shall benotified IMMEDIATELY.
Emergency Procedures:
 
Please refer to the emergency procedures posted in the appropriaterooms. If a serious injury occurs, an Accident Report Form, found in theK2O Handbook in the nursery, should be filled out by a worker. A FirstAid kit is located in the nursery, the truck room, and the 3-5 yr. oldroom.
Nursery Hours and Requests:
• Nursery care will be provided for children age 0-2 on Sundaysbeginning at 9:15 am and ending 15 minutes after the last service(approx. 12:30 pm).• Special hours will be in effect for Sundays when there are serviceschedule changes.• Nursery hours for those services will be publicized in advance.• Special events and groups who would like to have nursery careavailable should contact the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Familieswhen planning the event.• Parents are welcomed and encouraged to check their children out of the nursery in order to take them to Communion.
Worker Scheduling:
• Initially, it is the responsibility of the Pastor of Spiritual Formationand Families to secure the proper staff for Sundays and functionsrequiring childcare.• However, if a worker is unable to cover a scheduled shift, it is theworker’s responsibility to find a substitute from the approved list.• Please notify the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Families by phone(230-6277) or e-mail (mscook0221@yahoo.com) about any changes inthe schedule.• Workers will arrive 15 minutes before the church service is scheduledto start and may leave after the closing procedures are finished.
Nursery and Children’s Workers:
• Our nursery staff will be composed of two volunteer NurseryCaregivers.• All workers must be at least 15 years old and be attendees of aNazarene Church for at least six months.
All workers must complete a criminal background check, aSexualOffender registry check, and attend the
Safe Sanctuaries
training (or complete online).
Dress Code:
Casual clothes are considered proper attire for all nursery andchildren’s workers.
Room Preparation:
1. Check the room for orderliness.
 
2. Set out labels with pens and permanent markers for putting nameson juice cups, etc.3. Prepare toys and appropriate materials for children.4. Have all diaper changing materials ready for use.5. Wash hands.
Greeting the Children:
• One of the workers should warmly greet the children and theirparents while the other worker(s) are involving the children inappropriate play and activities.• Upon their first visit, each parent should fill out an information sheetto be kept in the appropriate binder.• The greeter also needs to make sure the parents fill out the sign insheet with all pertinent information and that all of their child’sbelongings are clearly marked.• Properly labeled juice cups or bottles in the nursery should be placedin diaper bags or placed up on the shelf out of children’s reach.• Guests or occasional visitors should fill out a guest information card.
Infant and Children’s Activities
:
All activities for children will be developmentally and age appropriate.Music and/or books should be available at all times. It is our goal forthe children to have a pleasant visit. To achieve this, the workersshould interact with the children as they play and talk with them.
Snacks –
Appropriate snacks are available. Do not give a child’ssnacks brought from home to another child. Due to possible allergiessnacks given cannot contain peanuts, chocolate, or red dye. Snackswill only be given while the child is seated and before 11:15 am.
Infants –
Infants are in the earliest stage of development, and inorder to foster this development, infants should not be restricted toone area (piece of equipment) or activity for long periods of time.Activities such as swings, lying/playing on mats, and looking at booksand toys are acceptable and encouraged.
o
Do not stand and hold more than one infant at a time.
Itis a much better solution to place them on a mat and join them.
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Infants will be held while giving bottles.
When warmingbottles, heat with tap water and test the temperature beforefeeding.
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Diapers need to be checked hourly and soiled diapersneed to be changed immediately.
Place a heart sticker onthe
 
new diaper so parents can easily tell that the diaper hasbeen
 
changed.
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When placing babies in a crib, they are to be placed ontheir backs
(unless instructed otherwise by the child’s parent).
Cleanliness:

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