“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them;
for it is such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
Creekside UMC is delighted to welcome your child to the nursery! We are committed to providing a safe and loving atmosphere for your child, while promoting the spiritual growth of the entire family. As your children grow we will teach them about God’s goodness through singing, Bible lessons, prayer, puppets, crafts, and sharing.
We are blessed to have a wonderful and loving nursery staff consisting of mothers, grandmothers, former teachers, nurses, and college students-all who love children and are willing to give their time to care for the children of Creekside. All of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified and have passed a background screening. In addition to our staff members we also have many volunteers (both youth and adults) that enjoy working with children and that aid in nurturing the children in our care each week. It is our goal that every child will see the love of Jesus in each person who cares for them at Creekside.
Our nursery consist of 5 classrooms:
Infants: children under 12 months or not yet walking
1’s: children who are 12-23 months and walking
2’s: children who are 24-36 months
3’s: children between age 3 & 4 who are potty trained
4’s/PreK: children that are age 4 or older and have not yet begun Kindergarten
All classrooms are stocked with educational, safe, and developmentally appropriate toys, puzzles, and games. Children in classrooms for age 2 and up will participate in engaging lessons and activities that will generate excitement about God’s word.
Childcare is available on Sunday mornings from 8:15am-12pm and on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-8pm. For other studies, programs and events, childcare may be offered with an advanced reservation.
Creekside welcomes and provides a loving and safe environment for people of all abilities. We believe that every person is uniquely created in His image. It is our desire to foster a growing relationship with Jesus for each person that enters our church and to teacher the truths of the Bible to all.
We understand that families with children who have special needs have unique challenges and we are here to support those families in any way that we can. If you have questions or would like to speak with us about visiting our special needs class please call the church office, 770-888-8449.
Our loving staff members and volunteers will be ready to receive children 15 minutes prior to the start of worship or classes.
Members and regular attendees should check in at the computer stations located on the nursery hallway or in the Discipleship wing near the coffee and doughnuts.
Guests may check in on the paper sign-in sheets located beside the check-in computers. A name tag with matching security tag will be given to all guests. Please be sure to list your child’s food allergies on their name tag along with a cell phone number that we can text if your child needs you while in our care. At pick-up time, children will only be released to the parent or guardian with the matching security tag. Once you have visited our church a few times and are ready to be added to the computer system, check in will be very simple:
- Arrive at a computer check-in station
- Type in your last name, or phone number
- Select the class(es) that your child will be attending
- Print your security badges
- Place child’s name badge (after verifying listed allergies and parent’s cell #) on the child
- Parent retains security badge for pick-up
- Bring your child to his/her nursery classroom
Please, always inform the nursery staff members of any special instructions or allergies your child may have. Please advise the check-in desk attendant if any allergy or contact information on your child’s name tag needs to be updated.
Each child must be wearing their name badge prior to entering a childcare classroom. Each name badge has a unique ID# matching that on the parent’s security tag. At pick-up, parents must present their security tag to the child’s classroom teacher. Children will only be released to the parent or designated caregiver with the matching security tag.
Parents are welcome to check on their children at any time. However, we do ask that you do this carefully and try to avoid letting him or her see you. Children often become upset if they think it is time to go home, only to find out it is not. To avoid this, you may wish to have another parent or friend look in and give you a full report. This will help avoid upsetting your child unnecessarily.
Parent’s must remain on the Creekside campus when using childcare (unless special arrangements have been made and paperwork completed for childcare during an off campus event).
When it’s time to go home, please remember the following:
- All parents/guardians must present their matching security sticker to the child’s teacher.
- Allow the nursery staff to bring your child and belongings to you at the door.
- Be prompt in picking up your child, as a delay can result in distress for your child.
Children 5th grade and under must be in the care of a parent, guardian, or teacher at all times while on the Creekside campus. Please do not allow your child to be unsupervised while you are at church.
Contacting You if Needed
We want to make sure both children and parents feel safe and comfortable when they are in our church nursery. If you are needed while your children are in the nursery we will contact you one of two ways: by cell phone or by displaying your child’s security number on the screen in the worship center. Please remember to have your cell phone on you so that you will feel it vibrate in the event your child needs you.
Many children cry when being left by parents. We understand and expect this to happen, especially when a child is moving classrooms or visiting our church for the first few times. In most cases, crying stops shortly after drop off. In the event that a child continues to cry, we will notify the parent (per parent instructions, so please let us know how long you would like us to wait before notifying you).
What to Bring
We ask that parents bring the following with their child to the nursery each week:
- 3 disposable diapers (if child is in diapers)
- Baby wipes
- Change of clothing (for all children under age 3)
- Bottle or sippy cup
- Pacifier (if child uses one)
- Comfort item for infants (if desired)
Please be sure to label everything that your child brings into the classroom, including the diaper bag.
Health & Hygiene
Our staff sanitizes and disinfects all toys and surfaces in the nursery after each time the classrooms are used. However, the best way to prevent illness is to prevent exposure. Please help us keep our classrooms free of illness by keeping your child home if they are sick. We are aware that sometimes this is a difficult call to make. Please be conservative and refrain from bringing your child to church if he or she exhibits signs of a virus or cold, has had a fever, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting with in the last 24 hours, or has a contagious or undiagnosed rash. Respecting this policy is very important to the safety, health, and comfort or your child, as well as the care providers and other children in the nursery. If your child arrives sick or becomes ill during his/her time in childcare we will contact you to pick up the child from the nursery. In order to ensure the health of the other children and our caregivers, we cannot make exceptions for anyone.
A mid-morning snack of goldfish crackers and water will be provided for all children in classrooms with children age 1 and older. In the infant room, bottles and food sent by the parent will be given as specified by the parent at drop-off.
The nursery/preschool wing is a tree nut/peanut free area. Please do not bring nuts or nut products into the hallway. This is for the protection of our children with severe nut allergies.
If your child is in a 1, 2, 3, or 4 year old classroom, please do not send food in with them since other children with allergies are in the classroom and the smell or crumbs from certain foods can cause them to have an allergic reaction. Please allow your children to finish their café items or other breakfast foods prior to entering the classroom.
Helpful Information for Parents of Children in the Nursery
- Be consistent with your church attendance. Your child will learn that church is a fun place to be if they come weekly, and this will make the separation from parents easier.
- Do not be discouraged-crying is normal. Most of the time the crying does not last long. Reassure your child that you will be back and leave them with our loving staff. If your child does not settle quickly we will let you know.
- Prepare your child before you come to church. Remind your child how much fun they are going to have playing and learning about Jesus.
- Pray about your concerns and don’t hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions.
We are blessed to have many young children in our church family and are always in need of nurturing volunteers to assist our paid nursery staff. Our volunteers typically help with activities such as: rocking and feeding babies, serving snacks to our toddlers, reading stories to our little ones, or helping with craft projects.
Parents of nursery age children who are members or have been regularly attending our church for at least 6 months are asked to join the nursery volunteer rotation and assist in a nursery classroom about once every 6 weeks (during either the 9:30am or 11:00am worship service). Parent volunteers will be assigned a classroom and will be guided and assisted by a member of our paid nursery staff.
All volunteers must complete a background check and be approved by a Creekside staff member.