Your little bundles of joy are precious to us. Their growth, nurturing and Christian Education in the church begin in our nursery. Our caregivers and volunteers provide safe and secure surroundings for your child as you worship and participate in the activities of Littleton United Methodist Church.
There are two nurseries available. The infant room is for ages newborns through 12 months (children are placed according to their age on September 15), and the toddler room, is for ages 12 months up to 2 years. We provide care for both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship service as well as the 9:45 a.m. Sunday School hour. For added convenience we have a silent pager system that we encourage you to use.
We want your child to be safe, have an opportunity to be with other young children and to experience the love that God has for all children. In order to ensure that our nursery program works well for our children, parents and caregivers, we have developed the following guidelines.
Child care will begin 15 minutes before and end 15 minutes after a scheduled activity. It is then the responsibility of one parent to pick up their child.
Upon arrival you will sign your child in at the sign-in desk. If you have not registered your child before you will be asked to fill out a one time registration form. This ensures that we have all the necessary information regarding your child's needs and preferences including any food allergies. If your child has any special needs, please inform the nursery attendant when you sign-in.
Please arrive with enough time to register and to acquaint your child with the room and caregivers. It is difficult for some children to make the initial separation from their parents as they are left in the nursery. Your child may cry. This reaction is a normal, healthy show of preference for you, the parents. It seems to help children of this age if you leave quickly and not return until you are ready to pick the child up. Caregivers will provide individual attention to any child who is crying or upset. If your child continues to cry, and all efforts to console and comfort fail, we will page you.
Coats, blankets, diaper bags and bottles must be labeled. Diaper tags are available for your diaper bags. Tape and pens are available at the registration table for items not labeled before arrival. Parents are responsible for labeling.
Please include a change of diapers and bottles (plastic only). We realize that some babies wear cloth diapers and will accommodate this if they are brought with the child.
Please do not bring snacks for your child. We provide snacks and juice. Snacks from home often cause problems as other children want the same food. Babies, or course, may have plastic bottles. No red-dye juices, please.
In order to have a safe, comfortable, calm and loving environment for the children, discipline will be used as a guidance tool, not a punishment. Our policy is one of positive reinforcement and distraction. Any child that is repeatedly disruptive or harmful to other children will be counseled, and if necessary, removed from the group for a "time out." If more than three "time outs" are needed in one session, you will be contacted.
We encourage you to visit our nursery and to observe our caregivers as they care for the youngest persons in our congregation. Please ask any questions and share with us your ideas and suggestions. Our nursery ministry is a vital part of our church. "We're doing more than sustaining life, we're building temples for Jesus to live in." The foundation starts here in our nursery! We hope you find that it meets the needs of your family.
If your child is not feeling well, please do not expose other children and caregivers by bringing the child to the nursery. Our nursery cannot accommodate the needs of a sick child. If your child shows signs of sickness while in our care, you will be asked to pick up the child. Caregivers cannot administer any medications.
The nursery has a large supply of toys and equipment. Please do not bring personal toys. They may be broken, lost or become a source of conflict between children. All toys being donated to the nursery must first be approved by the Director of Nursery Care and meet all federal guidelines.
Our nursery program is coordinated by Melinda Svenkerud, Director of Children's Ministries, with help from Ann Shockley, Children's Minstries Assistant. If you have questions or concerns about the nursery at Littleton United Methodist Church please call Melinda @ 303.794.6379 (extension #259).
For additional information please contact the church office @ 303.794.6379.