Young Children

Child Care Program: Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers_N5A5555

Our Child Care program has several goals.  The first and most important is to provide a safe, warm, inviting and supportive atmosphere that both parents and children will enjoy.  Our second goal is to encourage independence, creativity, and a sense of discovery and exploration.  Each child will be encouraged to grow and find new ways to have fun and feel secure in new relationships.

The staff, supervised by our RE Assistant, include a number of paid caregivers and occasionally youth or adult volunteers from the congregation.  Child Care is a program administered with a warm and caring spirit.  Neighborhood is pleased to provide this service and parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers or visit any time.
If you are interested in assisting in the Child Care program, please contact the RE Assistant..

Infants

Ages 3 months  2 years
9:30am & 11:30am

Our infants are lovingly cared for in our infant room inside the preschool building. The room has infant friendly toys & books, pint-sized table & chairs, a quiet room with rocking chairs and cribs. We ask that parents provide their own labeled changing supplies and food if necessary. Parents are welcome anytime.
*Parents MUST sign their children in and out of class and leave your cell phone number.

Toddlers/Young Preschool

Ages 2  3½
9:30am & 11:30am

Preschoolers are encouraged to have fun while learning. Children enjoy crafts, games, books and puzzles. Weather permitting, the children are allowed to play in the outside yard that is enclosed with a secured gate. We ask that parents please provide their own labeled changing supplies and food if necessary. Parents are welcome anytime.
*Parents MUST sign their children in and out of class and leave your cell phone number.

 Chalice Children (Senior Preschoolers)

Ages 3½ — 5
9:30am & 11:30am

Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.

*Parents MUST sign their children in and out of class.

 

DROP OFF TIMES
Please do not drop off your children more than 15 minutes prior to the service.  Infants and crawler/toddlers may be brought to the North side of the Preschool building. Preschoolers (age 3½ — 5) may be brought to the South side of the Preschool Building where the play structure is located.

PICK-UP TIMES
Please pick up your child by 10:45am after the first service and 12:45pm after the second service.  This gives our Child Care providers time to re-set the classroom.

AGE GUIDELINES
Infant and crawler/toddler care is for children up to age 2. Children ages 2 — 3½ join our preschool class and older pre-K children (ages 3½ — 5) will be part of our Chalice Children class.  Older children, including siblings of infants/toddlers should attend the class with children their own age and with age appropriate activities.  We request that parents adhere to this guideline as supervising older children can take the caregiver’s attention away from the younger children.

FOOD AND CHANGING SUPPLIES
Please provide our caregivers with your child’s own changing supplies, food and drink (if needed).  Please make sure all bags and drink containers are well labeled so we can prevent the sharing of bottles and sippy cups.

MEETINGS & EVENTS
We are committed to providing childcare for church meetings and events as long as you let us know your needs.  Please reserve space for your child by calling the RE Assistant at least one week prior to the event, please include the number of children and their ages.

Child Care Contact: Kat Roberts, RE Program Assistant