We have a team of loving volunteers and staff who care for your infants, toddlers, and two year-olds in our Nursery at all ENCOUNTER services. Each member of our team has been carefully screened and trained to work with children. The utmost attention is given to your child’s needs.
Toddlers and two year-olds enjoy playtime, music, stories, and snacks. We use First Look which focuses on three key truths for your child: God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever!
ENCOUNTER KIDS Nursery Director
When packing a diaper bag for your child, please include the following:
– Two or three disposable diapers. No cloth diapers, please.
– Pacifier or other comfort items
– A complete change of clothes
– A bottle of milk, formula, juice, or water
– Label all personal items with your child’s first and last name
For the protection of all children in our programs, we are unable to accept a child with a runny nose, fresh cold (4 days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea, or any other sign of illness. Thank you for helping us keep our nursery healthy!
If you would like to stay with your infant during ENCOUNTER, there is a room for new parents outside the entrance to the Auditorium for mothers to watch and listen to the service. Should you need to nurse your child during services, there is also a Nursing Mother’s Room located in the Nursery.
The nursery is located in the 400 Building, just off the main patio area (download a Campus Map). One of our leaders will meet you at the check-in area to receive your child. Please note any info that will help in caring for your child such as feeding times, sleeping times, allergies, and special needs. You’ll receive a security number in case we need to contact you during the service. A leader will apply an adhesive name tag to your child’s back with his or her name on it. You will be given a matching tag. Please present this tag at the time of pick up. A child will not be released without presentation of the parents’ corresponding tag.
After you have completed the check-in process, simply wave a quick good-bye and leave for the worship service. It’s normal for little ones to cry when leaving a parent. It doesn’t last long, and separation becomes easier over time. Our leaders will immediately try to create interest in a toy or activity and give assurance that you will return after the worship service is completed. If your child cries for a period longer than 10 minutes, we will page you.
Your child’s leader will expect the same person to drop off and pick up each child unless special instructions are given at check-in. Make sure that all your child’s personal items have been returned to you before you leave the premises.