How to Set up a Childrens Department
How to Set up a Children’s Department
1. Recruit volunteers from your church who have a love for children. A children’s worker does not need to have a degree in order to teach. They must have a love for children and be open to training.
2. Have all volunteers fill out a teacher volunteer application form. This will help you in understanding the person you will be working with better.
3. Set in motion with your church board a safety policy for the department.
4. Establish a pager system (or individual) to contact parents in the church if necessary during your time with the children.
5. Make sure someone is roaming the halls periodically to see that everything is going well and that no one in need of great help.
6. Have good communication on activities in advance. It is not a good idea to surprise your teachers or assistants.
7. Have someone who is qualified to create a communication paper on a weekly basis for parents.
8. Establish rules that will be used age appropriate and make sure everyone is on the same page.
9. Recruit substitute teachers and post this list with telephone numbers, emails, or cell phone in the teacher’s office.
10. Divide children according to how many teachers that you have. Try to refrain from placing huge gaps in ages together if possible. If you have only four teachers, you may want to divide in grades such as: (1) Toddler; (2) PreK-1; (3) 2-3; (4) 4-6.
11. Decorate rooms age appropriate with colorful, attractive pictures, ect. Place items midway on the wall for smaller children. Use their artwork to hang up in hallways and rooms as well. Encourage teachers to change walls once a quarter at least and to use seasonal decorations as well.
12. Order curriculum that is board approved and appropriate for teacher’s comfort with good colorful lesson material, and that offers a variety of activities for teachers to select from. Make sure curriculum is an easy format to follow so teachers fill comfortable to use.
13. Order extra music (CDs, DVDs) for teachers if curriculum does not provide this.
14. Order curriculum for Kid’s worship that is kids friendly, exciting, and that includes drama, upbeat music, bible memory, kid’s messages, and activities.
15. Have regular staff meeting for all teachers and worker of children. Provide an agenda and ask for their input. Keep them informed. Provide a time for training during staff meetings.
16. Acknowledge teachers with comments that you hear the kids say about them that are positive, little gifts on their birthday, and notes or cards in the mail.
17. Repaint the walls if they are dull and lifeless, peeling, ect.
18. Provide an altar for children and chairs to worship on their level.
19. Have a communion set for older children to partake with their parents once a month.
20. Use the advent to teach kids the meaning of this season.
21. Provide professionals paperwork for permission of activity trips, usage of picture/video release, and health information.
22. File all records and update once a year.
23. Acquire all names, ages, birthdates, and addresses of all your children.
24. Establish a method of contact for absentees, and visitors.
25. Establish ideas for outreach in the community. Set up a plan and include as many people that you can in your planning.
26. Get your congregation on board with your department and use them in any way that you can. Examples: providing snacks treats for seasonal holidays, prayer, donations for VBS.
27. Use a variety of creative methods to present the Word.
28. Plan time for children to be in the sanctuary.
29. Provide open communication between parents, teachers, and all staff. Designate persons who will communicate with parents regarding problem areas about their children.
30. Provide a child friendly atmosphere that is welcoming.
31. Provide First Aid and CRP training for your workers.
© Kidzministry.net Jeanne McIntosh 2009