Preschool Ministry

We believe that children from the youngest of age not only need to be well cared for, but also need to be and can be taught about our Great God.

Our Vision for Preschool Ministry

Most people when looking for the area of a church where childcare is provided would expect to find the word “Nursery”.  You will notice that at Kiokee we choose to use the word “Preschool” instead.  Why?  Because we believe that children from the youngest of age not only need to be well cared for, but also need to be and can be taught about our Great God.  We believe significant ministry to children begins in the preschool years and therefore we purpose to teach our preschoolers.  We don’t ever want them to remember the first time they heard about God or Jesus.  We want those names to be as familiar to them as Mom and Dad.  So while we will strive to provide a safe and caring atmosphere for you to leave your preschooler in, we will work just as hard to make sure their time here is well spent and profitable for their spiritual growth.

Teaching our Preschoolers Biblical Truths

There are many avenues through which a child can learn.  We have chosen three specific ways to help our preschoolers learn simple Bible Truths.

Senses

One way that information enters a child’s mind is through their senses – seeing, feeling, smelling, touching, tasting and hearing.  Many or all of these senses will be incorporated into the teaching of a Bible lesson.  For example, if the Bible lesson is about Jesus having breakfast on the beach with some of His disciples, then we might eat breakfast as part of the lesson (tasting, smelling) or we might have a beach center with sand and water (seeing, feeling).

Repetition

Another way that young children learn is through repetition.  Repetition is actually a necessary part of a child’s learning.  Songs and stories become favorites to children as they hear them over and over again.  Simple Biblical Truths become familiar to children as they hear them repeated in Sunday School, their Worship Hour Classroom, and Wednesday Night Discipleship Classes.

Play

Play is a child’s full-time occupation.  No one has to teach a child how to play; it is instinctive, built into their nature.  Play does not sound very spiritual, but it is actually one of the greatest avenues for teaching children simple Biblical Truths.  As a child plays with a doll in the home living center, a teacher can say, “You have a baby.  Jesus was born as a baby.  God sent Jesus to us.”  As a child builds blocks, a teacher can say, “Let’s say one word from our Biblical Truth each time you stack a block – There is only one God.”  As a child plays in the nature center a teacher can say, “God made the zebra.  God is all-powerful.  He can do anything.  Nothing is too hard for Him.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Our recommendation is that your child be at least six weeks old prior to bringing him or her to Preschool.  Parents are welcome to bring their babies earlier if they desire.  We suggest you check with your child’s pediatrician if you plan to bring them earlier than six weeks of age.

If your child becomes inconsolable or unwell, you will be paged by the Preschool staff.  Pagers are available at each computer check-in station.  The pagers will vibrate if you are needed.  Be sure to wear the pager on your waistband or in a pocket.

It is normal for little ones to sometimes cry when a parent or grandparent leaves, but this usually does not last long once their attention is redirected.  It is usually best for the parent or grandparent to take a pager and quickly exit the classroom.  A teacher will take a crying child and start showing him or her something interesting in the room.  They may find a new toy together or start blowing bubbles or meet a new friend.  Within a few minutes, the child usually joins in the classroom activities.  However, if your child cries for more than 10 minutes, we will page you unless you want the teacher to continue working with your child to help him adjust to his new classroom.  See more tips for helping you and your child cope with separation anxiety on the Making Church a Good Place for You and Your Child page.

Please see our Health and Wellness policy for a detailed list of what you should consider before bringing your child if he or she is sick.

A Nursing Room, equipped with rockers and a changing table, is available for your comfort and privacy in the 0-6 month room (B204) on the 2nd floor of building B.

Babies will be bottle-fed milk or juice as provided by the parent.  Bottle warmers are available in the 0-6 months and 6-12 month rooms.  We ask that parents write the baby’s name and the time they should be fed on the dry erase boards located in both of the baby rooms.

Once a child transitions form a bottle to a cup, we ask that parents not put anything other than water in their cup.  This helps protect children who have food allergies to juice or milk products.  If a child picks up the wrong cup, having only water in it helps provide an extra measure of safety.  Most pediatricians encourage children to drink more water as it is a healthy choice.  Thanks for helping to ensure that our Preschool is a safe place for all children.

Preschoolers age one and older may be served the following snacks weekly: water, goldfish crackers, animal crackers, or Cheerios.  Please make sure to notify us if your child is allergic to any of these snack items.  If you will be sending a snack from home with your child, please label the bag or container with the child’s name.

Occasionally, Preschool leaders will serve a snack that relates to the Bible story for the day.  These snacks will be posted on the allergy alert signs located outside the Preschool room doors.

Have Questions?

Contact our Children's Ministry Director, Sherry Matherly.

sherry@kiokee.org
706-541-1086