At Old Bridge United Methodist Church we have strong policies and procedures regarding our children, and we take them very seriously.
Our practices include the following:
- As an essential precaution, adults who work with the children are required to submit to personal and criminal background checks. This is to ensure the quality and character of our volunteers and staff.
- We use a security badge system for drop off and pick up to ensure safety of our children.
Keeping your child safe at church is a priority at Old Bridge United Methodist Church! Your understanding and adherence to these policies is both expected and appreciated.
- Nursery and Elementary aged children should be brought to class and picked up by an adult (18 yrs. and up).
- Security badges are issued to all parents of Nursery and Elementary aged children at check-in each time you attend. There will be 2 security badges printed out for you. One goes on your child’s back and the other is for you to keep in order to pick-up your child from the classroom. Should you lose this badge, please show identification to the teacher or go to the Children’s check-in to request another badge.
- Please keep your cell phones on vibrate during the service in case a need arises with your child.
Dropping Off/Picking Up
- Parents may drop off their children no earlier than 10 minutes before the worship service and pick up no later than 10 minutes after the service ends.
- At least one parent must remain on the church campus whenever their child is at church.
- When picking up your child at the end of the service, please be prompt. Even the well-adjusted child can become fearful or anxious if they are waiting after other children have left.
Parents should not bring their child to the Nursery, Children services or Children’s Sunday school when any of the following exist:
- Fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (should be free of any for at least 24 hours)
- Any symptoms of childhood diseases (i.e. scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, etc.)
- Common cold – runny nose (anything other than clear)
- Sore throat
- Any unexplained rash or skin infection: boils, ringworm or impetigo
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) , and/or any other eye infections
Teachers cannot give or apply any medications to any child.
**If symptoms develop anytime at church, the parents will be immediately notified.**
- Please notify teachers of any allergies or if you do not wish for your child to have snacks.
- A private place is available for nursing mothers.
- Bottles will be given to babies according to your instructions. Please pre-measure water and formula.
- Light snacks will be served (goldfish, pretzels, fruit gummies, or fruit). Please notify teachers of any allergies or if you do not wish for your child to have snacks.
- Please label all of your child’s belongings- especially cups, bottles, and diaper bags.
- Please leave your child’s personal toys at home or in the car. (They can create confusion and unhappiness in your child’s class).
- When the alarm sounds, the room teachers and supervisor will instruct helpers to take children out by the appropriate exit. Primary and secondary exits are provided to volunteers. Parents should not come to the nursery to pick up their child during a fire alarm, since this may cause a teacher to think that a child is still in the building.
- If a parent joins the class during evacuation, parents may accompany the class to the appropriate meeting place, but must remain there until attendance has been taken.
- The lead teacher is the last person to leave the room, checking all areas for children.
- The lead teacher brings the attendance roster to the assigned meeting place and takes attendance to be sure all children have been evacuated.
- Once all children have been accounted for, children will be released to the parent in exchange for the guardian receipt.