Look, we all love our kids, but a little break now and then makes us want to be with them even more.
While you enjoy your time at MOPS, your children will be cared for in our MOPS Kids program. This wonderful program provides your children with the opportunity to learn about Christ, be creative and enjoy a small snack. To provide the best care for your kids, our teachers are hand selected, trained and undergo a background check. MOPS Kids is designed for children ranging in ages from newborn to 6 years old. Children are organized by age for safety and to better meet their needs with at least two teachers in each room. Children will experience a structured environment including stories, crafts, songs, play centers and other activities. The curriculum each year is selected by Calvary Church staff and is geared specifically for each age group.
When you arrive at Calvary, check-in will be at the front of the building using our Fellowship 1 computer system. You can search for your children by last name or phone number. We have someone at our registration table to assist moms at check-in. Each child will receive a printed tag along to place on their shirt with a security pick-up tag that you must keep when you return to pick up your child. If you are not yet entered into our system, your child will be given a sticker nametag, and you will receive a matching pick-up sticker tag. Unsupervised children are not permitted to wander the halls of the church. Please keep your children with you at all time when they are not in MOPS Kids. The nursery and walker rooms are near the front entrance of the church and the remaining classrooms are down the hall across from the gym.
Drop off starts at 9:00 am. Please try to have your child(ren) in their rooms by 9:15 am. That being said, we understand that it can be difficult to get out of the house on time with young children and school drop-off, so if you are running late that is ok! Please still come to MOPS! Upon dropping each child off at his/her classroom, we ask that you sign your child into his/her room and note any special instructions such as allergies, potty-training, pacifier, different snack, etc.
If someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, please notify the childcare worker when you drop your child off. Due to legal reasons, you MUST be in the building at all times while your child is in childcare. That person must also have the security tag to check out your child.
Following the MOPS meeting, please proceed to the room(s) where your children are assigned. Initial the “out” column on the check-in sheet for the day and show your security tag to the childcare worker. They will then release your child to you (or the designated alternate). If you have misplaced your security tag during the meeting, a childcare worker will ask for your driver’s license as verification. We understand and encourage socialization with friends, but simply ask that you retrieve your child first. Please make every effort to pick your child up immediately when MOPS is dismissed at 11:20 a.m. Some of our MOPS Kids workers have other jobs or children of their own who need to be picked up from other locations. If you are late, they are late. Thank you in advance for picking your children up on time.
Babies in the MOPS Meeting
We do allow moms to bring their infants and nursing babies under the age of one to MOPS meetings. We recommend that when your baby becomes mobile to transition them into the MOPS Kids nursery. Until that point, we simply ask you to leave the room if your baby becomes fussy. Feel free to nurse where you feel most comfortable, including at your seat. We have a changing station set-up in the corner of our meeting room for your convenience. If during the year, you would like to transition your baby to the nursery, please speak with our MOPS Kids Coordinator to ensure there is space in that room.
We realize that this may be a new experience for you and your child and that he or she may have trouble separating from you. Should you choose to place your baby in the nursery or in another classroom, you can take comfort in knowing that your child will have nurturing care. Babies are held, played with, fed and changed by MOPS Kids childcare workers who love little ones.
It is very normal for children, particularly toddlers, to feel apprehension about being left by mom. Generally, as the year progresses children become more acquainted with their teachers and anxiety wanes. We make every effort to have the same teachers in the classroom throughout the year. Please know that we have a tremendous amount of compassion for you in these circumstances and will do our best to make drop off as seamless as possible. You can help by reassuring your child briefly, helping him or her get involved with an activity or connect with a teacher, and leaving promptly. Children will often mirror your emotions, so your loving words and confident goodbye are valuable. Anticipate tears at first. It is very common for children to cry despairingly until mom gets out of eyesight and then happily go about their morning. In the case that a child is inconsolable, our MOPS Kids Leader will come find you during the meeting. No child will cry for more than 15 minutes without a mommy unless you have made specific arrangements with the teachers. We hope that your children will look forward to MOPS Kids as much as you look forward to MOPS. However, children may have difficult and/or fussy days. Our caregivers will do their best to comfort your child.
What to Bring
Please bring any disposable diapers, wipes, bottles and changes of clothes they may need for the morning with names clearly labeled. Please leave all personal toys at home. Soothing items such as pacifiers, blankets, etc. are encouraged for little ones who need help soothing. Please ensure your children are dressed properly for outside play. For children that are in diapers, please use only disposable diapers when your child is at MOPS. If this is a concern, please contact our MOPS Kids Coordinator. If your child is in training pants, please bring a complete change of clothing. We will help then with going potty if you are potty training.
Snacks & Drinks
For infants, bottles brought by moms will be given according to the mother’s instructions. With the exception of the infants, all children will be given a small snack (usually crackers) and water otherwise directed by the mother. For younger toddlers who cannot drink out of a cup, please bring a labeled sippy cup with water. Older toddlers and preschoolers will be provided with a cup of water. If the provided snack is not acceptable for your child, please note this on the sign-in sheet and also notify the MOPS Kids workers. We may have children in MOPS Kids with severe food allergies. Please do not bring any snack items from home that contain nuts.
We know how much you like MOPS and don’t want to miss a meeting, but please do not bring your children if they are sick. Please do not bring a child to MOPS Kids if he/she has experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours: sore throat, cough that cannot be controlled, fever, rash, earache, upset stomach, diarrhea, runny or “green discharge” nose (that is not due to allergies), and sores on the body. Symptoms should not be masked by a medication (i.e., Tylenol to reduce a fever). Children should be symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours prior to attending MOPS Kids.
Additionally, if your child is being treated with antibiotics, he/she should be on the antibiotics for at least 24 hours before attending MOPS Kids. If you child becomes sick during MOPS, you will be called to pick him or her up. We realize this can be disappointing, but the health and safety of all children is of utmost importance. Please notify the MOPS Kids Coordinator ASAP if your child is diagnosed with any communicable childhood illness (i.e. Hand, Foot and Mouth, Lice, Whooping Cough, etc.) so that our families can be notified.
No medications of any kind, not even Tylenol, can be given to your child by any worker. If a child must have medication, it must be kept by the parent until needed and then given by the parent. If your child has life-saving medication that needs to be dispensed, please meet with our MOPS Kids Leader Jen Helme-Redmond.
If your childcare needs have changed at all (i.e. now attending preschool and won’t be coming, transitioning to the nursery, you have extra children with you who are out of school, etc.) please contact our MOPS Kids Coordinator Jen Helme-Redmond at email@example.com. Our MOPS Kids program requires a large number of childcare workers and most classroom are close to or at capacity. In addition, we may have moms on the waiting list to attend our group. Knowing our anticipated attendance for MOPS Kids helps us to use our resources in the most efficient manner possible and ensure your child has a spot in our program.
Become a MOPS Kids Teacher
We are always looking for additional teachers and substitutes for our Thursday meetings. We are looking for individuals who have a heart for kids and a desire to share God’s love. We provide all of the curriculum materials needed to lead the games, crafts and stories. If you have a love for holding babies, we also need help in our nursery. Calvary Church requires all childcare workers to complete a background check, which is covered by the church. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with MOPS Kids in the subject line and let us know if they have an age preference to work with (nursery-Kindergarten).
Other Concerns & Questions
If your child needs you while you are in the MOPS meeting, our MOPS Kids Coordinator or Calvary’s Children’s Ministry Coordintor will notify you immediately.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact Jen by email at email@example.com. Calvary’s Weekday Children’s Ministry Coordinator is Karrie Slaytor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985.870.7462.
Thank you for trusting us with your precious ones. Enjoy MOPS!