Welcome to vKids Preschool
Valley Kids (vKids) is the children’s ministry at Valley Christian Church. In vKids Preschool, we teach children the Bible through creative, age appropriate lessons, and worship. Valley Kids are encouraged to trust God, make wise choices and build friendships that will last. Also, all vKids volunteers are screened, trained and undergo a background check to ensure your child's safety.
⚠️vKids Preschool Ministry will be re-opening Sunday, October 4th!⚠️
We will only be opening up two of our classrooms in the vKids wing of the building at this time. We will see based on interest if we reopen the other two.
-Nursery 2 Classroom (Walkers- 2 & 1/2)
-Preschool 3 Classroom (3-year-olds- K)
Here are the new health precautions you can expect for the safety of everyone in the Valley Family:
-Pre-registration is required for anyone entering the building.
-All families will check-in upon arrival outside in the Family Tent in the front of the church.
-Wellness checks will be conducted at time of check-in at the Family Tent. No one with symptoms of any kind will be permitted into the facility.
-Unfortunately, at this time we will not be re-opening our Nursery 1 (Infant) Room or be able to accommodate children who are not yet walking for the safety of our Dream Teamers. Parents with infants are welcome to have them join you in the service.
-Children sanitize hands before entering classroom.
-Due to health risks and allergies we no longer provide snacks in our classrooms.
-Masks must be worn by leaders at all times.
-We will be keeping attendance sheets for our records should the need arise for contact tracing.
-Classroom surfaces, toys, and mats will be disinfected after every service.
-Toys will be changed each service. Used toys will be swapped out for new ones and placed on a closet shelf marked “ALL DONE” at the end of a service.
-Currently no items from home (except coats) will be allowed inside the classroom.
vKids Preschool is divided into 2 environments so that we can engage your child at his or her level.
OUR ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDE:
VALLEY KIDS NURSERIES: NEWBORN – 2 YEARS OLD
We have two Nursery rooms at our Hopewell campus- Nursery 1 (Newborn- walkers) and Nursery 2 (Walkers- 2 & 1/2).
Our Nursery 1 room is located in the hallway next to the Auditorium. This room is outfitted with bouncer seats and toys for infants as well as chairs for our volunteers or mothers of children to sit if a child falls asleep or needs to be fed. Nursery rhymes and Bible songs are played and sung, and each child is prayed over throughout the gathering as the young ones are attended to. Nursery 1 doubles as a great place for nursing mothers to go for comfortable seating during a feeding.
Nursery 2 is located in the vKids Wing of the building. This room is curated for toddlers who are just learning how to walk, share, and play with toys (play kitchen, trucks, books, and a ball pit with slide). In this room, our volunteer staff lead the children in playing with kindness and introduce structure of a classroom. This loose intro consists simply of playtime, cleanup time, worship songs & a video lesson, time to color, and play time again until service ends. In Nursery 2 we emphasize the Biblical truth that Jesus loves you and that church is fun!
VALLEY KIDS PRESCHOOL: 3 – 5 YEARS OLD
We have 2 Preschool classrooms at our Hopewell Campus- Preschool 3 (2 & 1/2- 4 years) and Preschool 4 (4 years-Kindergarten). The Preschool 3 classroom is next door to Nursery 2 in the vKids Wing of the building. This room is separated into two parts- half classroom (with table and chairs for reading, puzzles and coloring) and half playroom (with trucks, dollhouse, potato heads, play kitchen, blocks, play tool bench, and animal barn). In this class, children are encouraged to play with respect for others, themselves, and the toys they play with. The class schedule consists of timed playtime, cleanup time, worship songs & a video lesson, time to color, and play time again until service ends. In Preschool 3 we emphasize Jesus loves you and those around you (the importance of being a good friend to everyone).
The Preschool 4 classroom is located in the hallway next to the Auditorium. This room is modeled after a preschool classroom with tables and chairs where children can play with educational games, blocks, discovery toys, and puzzles. This classroom also consists of a timed schedule, but also incorporates an application game that helps them commit the main point from the day to memory. In Preschool 4 we emphasize that Jesus love you, those around you, and made you special so you can serve Him (how to be a good helper, kind sibling, and good friend).
Due to increasing health risks and allergies we no longer provide snack in our classrooms. Outside food or drink is also not permitted. This helps us also keep our childcare facilities cleaner and in the best condition for your children to enjoy.
Diaper change & Bathroom Policy
In vKids Preschool our diaper and bathroom policy is that parents change and take their child to the bathroom. Should your child have a dirty diaper or need to use the restroom, you will be contacted through our check-in system at the phone number that you registered your child with that morning.
For security purposes we only allow vKids Preschool staff and volunteers (all of whom have been background-checked and trained) in our classrooms. We are aware that separation anxiety is a very real factor for children who are birth- 5 years old. The vKids Preschool staff and team want to partner with you as a parent or guardian in ensuring that your child to has a positive, fun experience while at church. If a child is experiencing separation anxiety, the parent can inform the vKids Preschool staff in that room of how long they are comfortable with their child crying before they are called back to the room to pick up the child. During that interim time, if a child is having a hard time, the volunteer staff will work to comfort and console the child through the distraction of play. If necessary the Coordinator on call for that service will step in to also assist in making the child feel the most safe and comfortable in their parent's absence. If a parent is called back to pick up a child they are welcome to bring their child to our Cafè where they can sit together and continue viewing the service (this is always an option for parents).
Should an accident or incident occur in any of our rooms, the volunteer leader will page the Coordinator serving during that service who access if the child is in need of further medical attention (If so contact the parents and medical personal assigned to that church service for assistance.), fill out an 'Ouch Report' with a detailed description of the event, alert the parent's of the injury, and hand in the 'Ouch Report' to the Preschool Pastor to keep on file.