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Our Goal

The goal of the Nursery/Preschool Department at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church is to provide safe, comprehensive child care and Christian discipleship for children and their families in order to bring them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Objectives are to encourage children to:

  • Feel cared for and secure
  • Begin to understand Jesus’ love and teachings
  • Develop small and large motor skills
  • Learn songs and Bible stories and to apply Bible teaching to their lives as they age
  • Enjoy and achieve success in learning
  • Learn through play
  • Express themselves creatively through language, poetry, movement, art, and music
  • Appreciate beauty and gain awareness of God’s world
  • Work and play cooperatively with others.

It is believed that these objectives can be best carried out through a positive approach, where the child is recognized for desirable behavior, rather than gaining attention for undesirable behavior. Our aim is to teach children to follow Christ’s example of loving others.

Receiving and Dismissal of Children

Procedures for receiving and dismissal of children follow:

  1. Visiting and member preschoolers should register at the Preschool Welcome Center. Parents must indicate the class/worship service in which they can be located in case of emergency. At check-in, parents and children are given corresponding identification tags. Parents must leave a mobile phone number to be reached in the case of an emergency. (Adults picking up children must be on the child’s registration form as approved to pick up children.)
  2. Parents of babies are asked to complete a special information sheet on the first visit. These sheets are designed to aid teachers and other caregivers in knowing the child’s habits, allergies, sleep and eating patterns.
  3. Preschoolers may be received as early as 10 minutes before each session, and should be picked up immediately following a church function. Preschoolers are easily upset when they are the last ones in the room. Parents will be contacted by phone if necessary. 
  4. A child should not be left in a preschool room unless a caregiver is present. If you arrive before the teachers or other caregivers, please remain with your preschooler until a caregiver arrives and is ready to receive your child. Two workers should be present in each preschool classroom.
  5. Following an event or service, identification tags should be returned in order to retrieve children. In an effort to eliminate confusion and crowding, it will be appreciated if only one or two parents or guardians come to pick up a child – and not the whole family.

Food & Refreshments

Parents of preschoolers under age 2 may provide filled plastic bottles or cups labeled with the child’s name. A refrigerator is available for chilling. We will provide any snacks needed for preschoolers ages 2 and up. Snacks and food activities are a common occurrence in the Preschool Department.

If your child has any food allergies, please notify his/her teacher as well as the Children's Ministry Director or Children's Ministry Assistant at the Welcome Center. Because of the prevalence of peanut allergies, we maintain a peanut-free environment. For this reason, please do not allow your child to bring peanuts or products manufactured in a peanut processing unit.

Amenities for Nursing Mothers

Nursing mothers may use the room adjoining the nursery. Rockers and comfortable chairs are available there.

For your peace of mind...

We go to great lengths to make sure your child is in a safe and productive environment. All nursery volunteers must read and agree to the policies outlined in this handbook. A brief description of these qualifications for nursery volunteers is listed here.

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