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At New Hope Presbyterian Church, we seek to provide a safe and loving space for the youngest members of our church family by offering special care for children from three months through pre-kindergarten.


We offer care for little ones not just during worship services, but also various times throughout the week, allowing you to attend Bible Studies, small groups, rehearsals, etc. See below for our regular schedule of care times!



SUNDAYS

On Sunday mornings, the nursery is open from 7:15am-12:30pm for loving care during the 8am, 9:30am and 11am worship services.

Nursery programming is based on special lessons just right for our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each Sunday we will guide the children in positive experiences related to three simple truths: “God made me,” “God loves me,” and “Jesus wants to be my friend forever,” using age appropriate activities, stories, crafts, and snacks.


WIGGLE ROOM

A "Wiggle Room" adjoining the sanctuary is provided for the comfort of families with infants during worship.

TUESDAYS

Nursery care is available during Women's Bible Study Groups, Circles of Friendship, MOPS, MomsNext, and Moms@Night meetings.  Click here for more info about these ministries for moms.

WEDNESDAYS

Nursery through preschool childcare is available during Women's Bible Study Groups and Wednesday evening programming.

THURSDAYS

PARENTS' DAY OUT

During the fall through the spring, Thursday mornings are Parents' Day Out. This is a free opportunity for New Hope Families to have their young children in a fun and loving environment from 9am-1pm. They'll learn more about their friend Jesus and how much He loves them. Please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org to sign up.

 

MUSIC MINISTRY REHEARSALS

If you are interested in joining a music ministry at New Hope, rehearsals are Thursday evenings and we do provide childcare. Please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

  • To assist your child in adjusting to his/her surroundings, bring him/her to church on a regular basis.
  • Be sure to label ALL of your child’s belongings clearly and always bring a change of clothing in case of spills or accidents.
  • Please use the sign-in/sign-out sheets, pagers, and security sticker system in place to protect your children.


NURSERY GUIDELINES

It is our desire to give young children the very best of care. Our goal is that your child’s first experiences of the church be positive ones. Therefore, we ask your cooperation in observing our policies for the welfare of all concerned.


  1. A Nursery Registration Form must be completed for each child, so that we have the necessary information regarding your child’s needs. At minimum you must provide your cell number so you may be reached in event of an emergency.
  2. Child care is provided for various church functions. You are expected to attend the church function if you bring your child to Little Sprouts. Children must be picked up within 15 minutes after an event is over.
  3. If your child has any symptoms of illness, please do not bring him/her to the nursery. If your child becomes sick while in the nursery, you will be called and asked to pick him/her up. Your considerations for others will mean less illness for all of our children. Please keep your child home if you observe any of the following symptoms: excessive or colored nasal discharge, congestion, fever, rash, chills, lethargy, vomiting, pale or flushed skin, red or sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, watery or red eyes.
  4. Please label all of your child’s possessions – diaper bags, cups, bottles, pacifiers, toys, etc.
  5. Parents are to furnish their children’s disposable diapers, infant formulas, milk, and juice.
  6. If your child has food sensitivities or allergies, please notify caregivers at drop off.
  7. If your child is in the process of potty training, please provide a change of clothing including socks and shoes, in a zip-lock bag with your child’s name on the bag. We have provided stickers to alert staff of those children who are “In Training”.
  8. Please have all open sores covered with band-aids or gauze.
  9. Gum is not permitted in the nursery.
  10. Any child can have a bad day.  At any time, if the caregivers are unable to correct your child with verbal messages, then a caregiver will contact you.  If a child is seriously upset for 10-15 minutes and cannot be soothed you will be contacted and asked to help calm the child and try again.  It may take more time for some children to adjust to the separation.


SICKNESS POLICY

The New Hope Sickness Policy protects children and staff who are well. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home so that they can get adequate rest. This is also imperative to their good health and a faster recovery.


  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow/Green Mucus Drainage
  • Excessive Clear Mucus Drainage
  • Unexplained Rash


These symptoms must not be present for 24 hours, without the use of medicine, before bringing them to the nursery. We will do our very best to keep your child healthy while they are with us. We take great care to ensure a germ free as possible environment. If any of these symptoms occur while in our care, we will notify you at once. Thank you for your assistance.


EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRIES STAFF

The Early Childhood Ministry at New Hope Presbyterian consists of Pam Poland (Director of Early Childhood Ministries), Julie Higgenbothem (Nursery Supervisor), and a staff of over 20 loving small group leaders who have CPR and First Aid training and completed background checks.

 

We treasure our volunteers who help rock babies, read stories, and give lots of love. If you are interested in serving, please email Pam at pam@newhopefortmyers.org or call her at 239.274.1230. We offer many different opportunities to serve throughout the week.



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