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.
JR Worker Policies and Procedures
- Be On Time: Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the service. You can use that time to orient yourself to the materials and classroom set up for that day before the kids arrive. Also, this will allow time for you to enjoy the continental breakfast set out in the BC Kids workspace for our volunteers.
- Name Tag: It is important that parents know you are an approved BC Kids worker. When you arrive, please go to one of the Check-in stations and print your label.
Drop-off and Pick-up:
- Adults will greet the parents and check-in the child. This is especially important for the Nursery and Toddler classrooms. Please be sure adults are the ones to take babies from parents.
- JR Workers can be a valuable help during this time by immediately greeting the child and helping him/her settle into the class. Please stay on the floor or in the rocking chairs with infants. Try not to carry children more than necessary. Offer a toy or other distraction. You are a key part of making each child feel known and loved at BC Kids!
- When checking-out a child, Adults will greet the parent and confirm they have the security tag. JR Workers can help the child gather her/his belongings. Make sure to say goodbye and make the child feel loved and cared for as they leave. Help watch as families are leaving that other children are not slipping out the door!
General Classroom Guidelines:
- Please keep your cell phone in your purse or pocket, use this time to connect with kids and to help them connect with Jesus and each other!
- Always direct children’s attention to the lesson or classroom activity, please don’t distract from what the teacher is saying by having conversations with your friends.
- ALWAYS leave lights turned ON.
- No children over the age of 3 should sit on a worker’s lap.
- Power in numbers! Never be one on one with a child. Best case is to always have another volunteer present. If that is impossible, always have at least two children present.
- Women are to handle all bathroom issues. Please see the BC Kids BATHROOM POLICY for specific details. JR Workers need to be at least 16 years old or older to change diapers.
- Nursery, Toddlers, 3’s, & 4’s/5’s doors need to be latched.
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?”
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
- After Pickup: 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
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.
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