BC Kids: Why We Exist?
- We help kids grow near and like Jesus by encouraging and equipping the leaders in their life.
Meet the Team: We’re Here to Serve, Support, and Equip You
- Zack Ripley, Director, 209-918-1512, email@example.com
- Holly Krebs, Asst. Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 918-955-5765
- Tirzah Smith, Sunday Welcome Desk Asst.
BC LITTLES (NEWBORN THROUGH PREK)
- Nursery/Walkers (room 109): This BC Littles room is for babies up to 18 months of age (or until they are steady walkers, it’s fine to stay here longer if needed!). This room is led by an adult and jr. volunteers who must be at least 16 years old. Snacks available in this room are Cheerios, Puffs, and animal crackers.
- Younger Toddlers and Twos (Room 108): This BC Littles room is for young ones who are walking well up to age 2 ½ (30 months). This classroom is led by an adult and several jr. workers. This is the first classroom with a lesson and craft. Snacks available in this room are Cheerios, Puffs, and animal crackers.
- Older Toddlers, Twos and Threes (Room 105): This BC Littles room is for ages 2 ½ to approximately 3 ½. This classroom is led by an adult and several jr. workers. This room has the same lesson and craft as the Younger Toddlers class and the same snack options.
- Preschool & Pre-K (Room 104): This BC Littles room is for 3- and 4-year-olds (and later in the year some 5-year-olds). They will stay in this room until they move into kindergarten. Adults and jr. workers lead the preschoolers. This room has a Bible Story, game, craft, and other activities.
BC EXPLORERS (KINDERGARTEN – 4TH GRADE)
- BC Explorers is a rotation-based learning environment for kids in Kindergarten through 4th Grade. It’s designed to help kids grow in friendship with Jesus, each other, and the leaders in their life as they explore the depths of who God is through Scripture, prayer, worship, and play.
- Kids begin their journey in the Chapel for Opening Quest where they experience the day’s main Bible Point and worship the Lord. Then they travel in mixed-aged “Crews” with a Crew Guide and Crew Helpers through 3 Stations: Bible Discovery Room, Adventure Games, and Creation Station. They end the morning with a time of prayer and leave home with a weekly “Family Quest.”
HANDS ON THE NATIONS (KINDERGARTEN – 4TH GRADE)
- Similar to BC Explorers, Kindergarten through 4th Grade to experience God’s heart for the nations, meet missionaries, and participate with the Lord in His Great Commission. This program occurs on the last Sunday of any month with 5 Sundays. Kids begin their journey by picking up their Passport and heading to the Sanctuary with their families for a time of Family Worship. Then they are dismissed back to the Chapel with their Passport Leaders to meet the morning’s missionaries and travel through 3 Stations.
- Before serving in a class, we require background checks for all of our team members ages 18 years and older. This is all done electronically through the email your provide. You will receive and email with a link. Click the link to access the form and complete the background check. These are good for 3 years. For questions, contact Zack.
- Name Tag: It’s important that parents know that you are an approved BC Kids volunteer. When you arrive, first check in at a BC Kids kiosk and receive your name tag. You must wear this the entire time you are serving.
Guidelines for All Classrooms
These guidelines exist to create safe and loving environments for our kids while protecting you from compromising situations.
- ALWAYS leave the lights turned ON.
- Nursery, Walkers, Toddlers, 2’s, 3’s, & 4’s/5’s doors need to be latched.
- No children over the age of 3 should sit on a worker’s lap.
- Power in numbers! Never be alone with a child.
- Women MUST handle all bathroom issues. BC Kids staff can help if needed. If no one is available, ask a teacher from a different room. (See the BC KIDS BATHROOM POLICY for more details)
Parents/Guardians with a security badge may be permitted to enter a classroom if you feel it’s best for the child (e.g. a baby is upset, a new toddler is adjusting to the room, help with a coat). Adults MUST have a security sticker to enter. If you are unsure, ask a BC Kids Staff. Carefully monitor and make sure that they do not interact with other children.
Physical Touch Guidelines
- All children need physical touch. The question at the heart of these guidelines is not “is physical touch bad?” but “What physical touch is appropriate and by whom?”
- Inappropriate Physical Touch Between Children and Workers
- Absolutely no physical contact is allowed anywhere on a child’s body between their knees and their shoulders, especially chest/breasts, genitals, and buttocks.
- No children over the age of 3 can sit on a worker’s lap. If a child sits on a worker’s lap, the worker can gently move the child to his or her side. Reference Guideline #4 for help on this.
- No kissing or frontal hugs.
- Appropriate Physical Touch Between Children and Workers
- Consensual high fives, fist bumps, hand on a shoulder, pat on head, feet/knee bumps.
- Side hugs if a child initiates. A worker’s hands must remain on the child’s shoulder. The worker must quickly squeeze and aim to be first to release.
- What to do if a child initiates inappropriate physical touch with a helper.
- First, this will happen, so don’t freak out. Children are learning healthy boundaries, and every moment is a teaching moment.
Remember that a child could potentially have adult or teenage influencers around them in other contexts that could be potential predators (e.g. neighbors, coaches, teachers, even family members). Therefore, everytime a child initiates inappropriate touch with a worker, it’s a teaching moment. When this happens, here’s a helpful phrase to use and adapt:
“[Inappropriate physical touch]* is for mamas and dads only, but we can do [Appropriate physical touch] instead. Is that okay with you?”
Example: Kisses are for mamas and dadas only, but we can do a fist bump instead. Is that okay with you?
*Note: If a child’s behavior towards a worker or another child is sexual or abusive in nature, a ministry leader must be notified so he or she can discern if Mandatory Resporting is needed as a course of action.
Overview of Daily Schedule
- 9:30-10:00: Prep, Pray and Parent Connection (3 P’s)
- 10:00-10:30: Connection Time
- 10:30-12:00: Lesson Time, Snack Time, Bathroom Time, Play Time
- Pickup and After: Check Out and Check In
A Day in the Life: Remember the 3 Rhythms
- Rhythm 1: It’s important to get your morning off to a great start! This means arriving to class 30 minutes early to check in and get your nametag, eat breakfast, grab your classroom cube, grab additional toys/activities, connect and pray with your team, get familiar with the curriculum, and prepare the classroom. Breakfast and cubes are in the BC Kids workroom. Toy bins are in the Playroom.
- Rhythm 2: This is your time with the kids. From “the most important 30 seconds” to connection time and the lesson, this is the heart of why you serve. Be present, enjoy the inconveniences, and partner with Jesus in raising disciples.
- Rhythm 3: Once all kids have been picked up by an authorized parent or guardian, spend 15 minutes as a team cleaning/sanitizing the room, throwing out trash, and putting used toys and curriculum in the Playroom to be sanitized.
The Most Important 30 Seconds: Check-In and Check-Out
- The small window you have with parents at drop-off and pick-up can be some of the most valuable moments for you to make an impact on their family. Greet every child and parent. Introduce yourself if you do not know the family. Ask them how they’re doing. Be sensitive to their needs. And make an effort to connect with them and encourage them.ng that each child has a printed name tag from our sign-in system. If a family/child arrives without their name tag, please direct them t
Have 1 teacher present at the front door doing the following:
- Greeting the family with a loving smile and introducing yourself.
- Encouraging parents to have their child use the restroom before class as we’re trying to reduce restroom time during class.
- Ensuring that each child has a printed name tag from our sign-in system. If a family/child arrives without their name tag, please direct them to our manned sign-in station at the main BC Kids table (right outside the Toddler room in the Preschool hallway).
- Writing the child’s first and last name on the class roster AND on a go-home bag.
Making note of any allergies or medical needs that a parent tells you or that’s listed on their badge. For babies and toddlers, label any diaper bag, bottle, etc., and ask about any feeding instructions and preferences (e.g. can they eat the Cheerios in the Nursery?)
Have 1 teacher in the classroom assisting children with the following:
- Washing their hands/using hand sanitizer
- Getting them settled.
- Inviting them to the daily Connect Activity.
- One teacher will stand at the door and engage and sign-out one parent/family at a time.
- One teacher will remain in the classroom and assist each child at a time.
- The teacher at the door will:
- Greet each family.
- Check their security sticker. When a parent returns to pick up their child, they MUST have a security sticker. If they do not have a security sticker, contact Zack or Holly. One of them MUST be present to authorize the pick up. There’s absolutely no exception to this rule.
- Initial next to the child’s name. You do not need to take the security sticker to keep things touchless as possible.
- Encourage the parent/family to grab the child’s Go-Home Bag.
- Once all children are gone, follow the Classroom Cleaning process and return the roster to your Curriculum Bag, which will be turned into the Playroom along with any other toys or items used, to be sanitized.
Calling a Parent/Guardian
- There are several reasons that you might need to contact a parent. Some reasons include: injury, excessive crying for more than 10 minutes, change of clothes needed, or excessive and repeated behavioral challenges.
- If you think it’s time to contact a parent, please contact Zack or Holly by text. We also check the classrooms periodically.
- When you contact us, we will need the child’s name and security number on their name tag so we can page the parent.
Being the Eyes and Ears of BC
- Pastoral Care Issues: The BC Kids team has the privilege of interacting with most families at BC. Occasionally, situations will arise that would benefit from intentional pastoral care. Life events are pastoral care news (e.g. new babies, illness, pregnancies, moving, care for aging parents, loss of job, new job, etc.). BC has systems in place to help care for people, and we LOVE to connect people to those resources. In crisis situations, we are also rich in resources that can help families. Knowing is half the battle. Please communicate any pastoral care issues to Zack or Holly immediately.
- Supplies or Room Care Needs: Aside from cleaning the room after class, we need your help in identifying needs within the classroom. Whenever you see a need (e.g. supplies are low, maintenance request, cleaning request, etc.), please complete a “Supplies or Room Care Need” card in your Classroom Cube and place it on your classroom clipboard.
Clean Up and Close Classroom
After the last child is picked up, please do the following:
- Wipe toys, counter, changing table, door and cabinet handles, chairs and tables with disinfectant spray and micro-cloth.
- Gather trash and take to the janitor’s closet.
- Place used micro-cloth in the hamper in the janitor’s closet.
- Return toys to the storage cleaning station (Playroom).
- Seal snacks and pour out unused water.
- If necessary, add a note to a “Supplies or Room Care Need” card and place it on your classroom clipboard.
- Return all supplies, clipboard, and the Classroom Cube.