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Nursery

We Love our Kids!!!  Welcome to the Nursery!

“…Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

Mission Statement

Cross Winds United Methodist Church is committed to providing young children a safe and friendly environment to experience God’s love and grace.

Hours and Ages

Cross Winds UMC nursery is available Sunday mornings 8:15 am-12:00 pm during worship services and education hour for children 6 weeks through 3 years of age.

Children 4 years through 5th grade are invited to attend:

  • Worship during the 8:30 worship service
  • Sunday school classes during the education hour
  • Children’s Message (during worship) then Children’s Worship during the 2nd half of 10:45 worship service
  • Children’s Message (during worship) then Children’s Worship during 9:30 summer worship service

Parents with children in the nursery must remain on site.

Adult /Child Ratio

Cross Winds UMC will make every attempt to maintain a ratio of:
1:4 staff/adult child ratio for children younger than 18 months
1:7 ratio for children older than 18 months.

In effort to provide quality and appropriately staffed child care on weekdays and special events, advance reservations are requested may be required 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Please sign reservation sign up sheets in the Nursery. If no reservations are indicated within 48 hours of the event, child care may be cancelled for that event/meeting.

Two adults will be on duty at all times on Sundays. No child will be left alone at any time.
Ratios and ages may vary for weekday meetings, events or special services. Child care on weekdays will be 6 weeks- 6th grade.

Nursery Staff and Volunteers

The Sunday morning nursery is staffed by one paid staff supported by adult and/or youth volunteers (10th-12th grade). Paid nursery staff have current CPR/First Aid Training Certification and abide by all rules and provisions contained in the Nursery brochure including all policies and procedures.

Cleanliness

The nursery is kept clean for the safety of both the children and staff/volunteers.

Daily:

  • All ‘mouthed’ toys are disinfected.
  • Toys and furnishing will be cleaned as used.
  • Crib sheets and blankets will be washed by a nursery care team member or staff after each use.

Bi-weekly:

  • Bathroom cleaned (or sooner if needed)
  • Floors mopped/vacuumed.

Bi-annually:

  • A thorough cleaning will be performed.

Staff, volunteers and children will hand sanitize or wash their hands upon entering the nursery.

Nursery Activities:

Smiles, hugs, rocking, playing, singing, Bible stories and fun toys are enjoyed by all children participating in the Cross Winds Nursery.  Toddlers 15+ months and older will enjoy learning about God, Jesus, and the Bible through use of United Methodist Toddlers and Twos curriculum and enjoy beginning their own faith walk through use of music, stories, hands on activities, games, play and crafts led by the paid staff.

The Sunday morning nursery offers opportunity for staff and volunteers to build meaningful and trusting relationships with our youngest Cross Winds children.  In order to give our best attention to the children in our charge, morning worship services will not be broadcast in the nursery.

**Only Staff and Volunteers (10th grade or older) are to hold the children in the nursery

Food:

Children/adults may have their own water glass/Sippy cup that is labeled with their first and last name. Due to food allergies and choking potential there is a “no food” policy in the nursery. This does include hot drinks and coffee

Infants/babies may be fed a bottle in the nursery. Bottles must be pre-measured including water and formula in a bottle labeled with the child’s first and last name.

Infant:

Babies will be placed on their backs when being placed in the crib.

Cry Rule/Inconsolable Children:

Per the staff’s and parent’s discretion, parents may be paged at 5 minutes of inconsolable crying. Staff/Volunteers should make every effort to engage unhappy children in play or rock them. Sitting on the floor with the children is often very effective and calming.

Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery to help acclimate their child to the nursery.

Diapers and Wipes:

A diaper bag must accompany each child/family in the nursery. This bag must contain diapers, wipes and a change of clothes. Parents are encouraged to bring comfort items (pacifiers, blanket, or stuffed animal) that are labeled with the child’s name.

Diaper changing is done by paid staff.  In the event paid staff are not available, parents may be paged for changing purposes.  Diaper changing procedure (per MN guidelines) is as follows:

  1. Gather necessary supplies.
  2. Clean diapering surface.
  3. Wash hands.
  4. Covering diaper surface with clean paper.
  5. Put on disposable gloves.
  6. Place child on diapering surface.
  7. Remove soiled diaper.
  8. Cleans child’s diaper area thoroughly with disposable wipes.
  9. Dispose of diaper appropriately (Place cloth diaper in plastic bag, or secure disposable diaper folded inward. Place in plastic lined container and close lid)
  10. Remove and dispose of gloves.
  11. Put clean diaper on child.
  12. Clean child’s hands and face using separate cloth.
  13. Remove child from diaper Area.
  14. Clean diapering surface.
  15. Return Supplies to proper area.
  16. WASH HANDS!

Illness:

Child may not have a contagious illness including, nausea, vomiting, excessive runny nose, diarrhea, or rash. Children may enter the nursery after being on antibiotics for 24 hours. Children must be fever free for 24 hours prior to entering the nursery.

No medications will be given in the nursery.

To help prevent the spread of germs, please use the provided hand sanitizer when entering the nursery or wash your hands.

Shoes and attire:

All children may keep their shoes on. If a staff/ volunteer’s shoes may cause harm, we ask that shoes be removed. Please do not wear short shorts or other inappropriate or suggestive attire while working in the nursery.

Severe Weather:

Tornado– In the event of severe weather, the children and staff will go to the lower level classroom at bottom of stairwell.

Fire– Staff and volunteers will evacuate all children out the emergency door, and meet families by the school bus located in the church’s parking lot.

For the safety off all- please meet at the designated area. PLEASE DO NOT PICK YOUR CHILD UP FROM THE NURSERY.

Drop off procedure:
  • Child and parent are greeted by staff
  • Apply a name tag (provided by church) to child
  • Parents complete sign in form and take a pager.
  • Place the child’s diaper bag (with diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes) in the cubby number corresponding to the pager number.
  • Apply hand sanitizer to child’s hands
Pick up procedure:
  • Nursery staff will greet you.
  • Please sign your child out.

Only the person that signed the child in will be allowed to pick up the child, unless other arrangements are indicated on the sign in sheet.