Our purpose is to provide a safe and loving environment for children while their parents participate in worship service. Maintaining a child - centered atmosphere that is warm and welcoming is our priority.
Teachers are encouraged to engage with the children while striving to understand an individual child’s temperament, personality, likes, and dislikes.
Our goal is to teach and display the gospel of Jesus Christ to every child who attends class.
Classrooms for ages 4-10 are organized around the Lifeway Gospel Project Curriculum. Lifeway's view of the bible is “not a collection of stories but one story of God’s plan to rescue His People from sin and death. It is the story of redemption, the gospel message of Jesus Christ”.
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FAQs for Parents
When does nursery/child care start and end?
The nursery/child care opens at 9:50 AM on Sunday mornings, 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the worship service. Parents are asked to pick-up the children within 10 minutes of the end of worship service. For other events where nursery/child care is provided, the nursery/child care will follow a similar pattern.
How does the sign-in and sign-out system work?
In brief, when a parent drops a child off to the nursery, they will receive a sticker with a number on it. That number corresponds with the sticker placed onto the child’s clothing. Parents are asked to turn in their sticker when they return to pick their child up.
Classrooms for ages 4-10 must be signed in/out by the same adult.
Will my child be given a snack?
Due to the increase in food allergies dietary restrictions for children, strict adherence to snack guidelines are necessary to ensure the safety of all children. At this time, children are given Honey Nut Cheerios which are dairy- , gluten- , and nut-free. They are also provided water. If a parent would like to give a snack to their child based on preference, they may remove the child from the nursery while she or he is eating. Parents should communicate all special considerations for their children, especially allergies.
Snack is not provided for ages 7-10 classroom but they may be offered a snack from leftover continental breakfast items provided by our hospitality team. Please notify your child’s teacher of any concerns.
What if my child has allergies or other special needs?
The nursery/child care staff will make every effort to accommodate the needs of children so long as they are able to provide a safe environment. Parents should communicate all special considerations for their children.
What if my child gets hurt or is unconsolable?
If a child is noticeably ill or injured, the parent (or responsible party) will be contacted immediately. If ill, the child will be separated from the other children until the parent arrives to remove the child from the nursery/child care. TNT members are not authorized to administer medication of any kind. If a child is inconsolable (15 minutes of nonstop crying) the parent will be contacted immediately. Under no circumstances will the child be allowed to “cry her or himself out.” If a child is disruptive (e.g. hurting other children or unresponsive to caregiver redirection), the parent of the child will be contacted immediately.
How many caregivers are in the nursery? How are they qualified?
No less than 2 workers are always present in the nursery/child care. At least one of the two workers must be a woman. The ratio for caregivers to children is 1:5 in the nursery and 1:7 for ages 4-10. All caregivers are 18 years of age or older, have received a background check, are members of Trinity Portland, and have been approved by Trinity’s leadership.
Can I stay in the nursery with my child?
Unless a parent is breastfeeding, it is expected that parents who are not childcare approved will minimize their time in the nursery as they have not been approved by the church for this ministry.
Do you change diapers or take children to the bathroom?
Caregivers are not allowed to change diapers or toilet children in the nursery. When diaper changing or toileting is necessary, parents or the responsible party will be contacted in a timely fashion by the TNT.
Children in classrooms for ages 4-10 are taken to the bathroom in groups and go into their stalls alone.