New Look Crèche
As we began thinking about reorganising the crèche, we sat down and talked about what our ideal looks like. We came away with three key ideas: belonging, intentionality and safety.
We want the children of our church to feel that this is their church, where they belong, are loved and feel cared for by many people. We redecorated the crèche room, making it more welcoming and child-friendly with animal stickers, a big rainbow, a sparkly canopy and fresh mats and cushions. When children arrive in crèche, they take the animal with their name on from outside the door and place it on the Noah’s Ark inside the room.
It is easy, sometimes, to forget how much our little people are taking in and learning about their environment. In the interest of intentionally involving them in our faith, we are introducing Bible story time with their snack to be followed by a short, simple rhyming prayer and some worship music with instruments. We pray that this will be a meaningful contribution in developing their relationship with God.
Putting the safety of our children first, all our volunteers are safely recruited and DBS checked. We have also created registration forms to confirm we know relevant details for every child and introduced a token system for visitors to ensure we are giving parents confidence to leave their children in crèche giving them the freedom to fully participate in the church service. We ask that no outside food or drink is brought into the crèche room and that parents who wish to stay with their child use the foyer.
We would love to hear your feedback and new volunteers are always welcome, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch!
Rachel Madgwick and Julz Evans
quote: “It’s easy to forget how much our little people are taking in and learning.”