Our Nursery

 

This Summer, Trinity’s Nursery will be open during the Sunday Eucharistic services during June and July. There will be no Nursery available during August through September 7. Nursery care will begin again on September 8, 2019.

We depend upon our childcare professional, Jen Boutchia, as well as volunteer teachers, parents and trained teen assistants, to assist us in our goal of providing a safe, happy and loving environment for your child during the Sunday worship service.

Below are our current Nursery Policies. These polices are designed to protect your child and provide the quality of care that we all desire for children at Trinity Church.

Please call or email Emily Pruszinski, Director of Family Ministries, at the church office, 924-2277, pruszinskie@trinityprinceton.org , if you have any questions.

HOW THE NURSERY WORKS
on Sunday Mornings

Nursery facilities are for children ages six weeks through three years old. There will be two separate rooms used during the 9:00 am. service.

  • Infants six weeks old until walking (approx. 12-16 months)

  • Toddlers walkers thru 2 years

  • If a three-year-old has his/her fourth birthday before September 30, the child will move on to the Godly Play Church School and Children’s Chapel.

Nursery hours are as follows:

  • Forum and 10:00 service: 8:45am – 11:30am

  • 10:00 service only: 9:45am – 11:30am

Checking-In and Checking-Out

  • Getting the entire family dressed and ready for church on Sunday is not an easy task. As everyone seems to arrive at the same time, please help us get every child off to a good start. Here is a simple procedure to follow:

  • Please ensure that your child has eaten a healthy breakfast before bringing them to the Nursery on Sunday. We provide supplementary snacks and juice, but this food should not be a substitute for a good breakfast at home. If your child is in the midst of potty training, it is helpful to take them on a potty-trip before bringing them to the Nursery as well.

  • Please only one parent to drop-off a child. To help minimize the crowd during what can be a difficult separation period for children, it is best not to bring older children to the nursery. If someone other than the parent is picking up the child after church, please inform the nursery worker when the child is dropped off.

  • Please sign-in your child at the sign-in book. Make the child's name tag and put it on the child's back, where he/she is less likely to take it off. If this is your first visit, please complete a child registration form. Place your child's gear, labeled with name, in the designated area and introduce your child the nursery worker.

  • Parents are requested to leave information in the sign-in book as to where they will be seated in the church service and if they are attending Adult Forum. If your child is in the nursery, please leave your cell-phone on, at a low ring-volume, so that our staff can text or call you. This will allow workers to locate parents if necessary.

  • Parents are also requested to leave in the sign-in book any pertinent information for the care of their child, such as bottle feeding or potty trained, allergies, asthma, diabetes, etc.

  • If your child has food allergies, please leave an epi-pen, Benedryl, and a Food Allergy Action Plan in a labeled bag with the Nursery staff when you drop them off. If he or she needs special snacks, we ask that you provide those on a week-by-week basis, so that they stay fresh, and so that your child always has food that is safe.

  • If your child has asthma, please leave a labeled rescue inhaler in a bag with the Nursery staff when you drop off your child.

  • Please sign out your child when leaving and tell a nursery worker you are taking your child.

We request that parents not leave the church grounds without picking up their child from the nursery.

All items brought to the nursery should be marked with the child's name.

  • This includes diaper bags, bottles, cups, emergency medicine etc. It is recommended that parents use plastic bottles and disposable diapers. Diaper wipes are provided by the nursery.

What parents are to provide:

 

Infants

  • Prepared bottles of milk or juice

  • At least two diapers

  • Blanket labeled with name should your child sleep, crib sheets provided

  • If your child uses a cup, please provide a cup and label it

 

Toddlers

(Let staff know if child is potty trained)

  • At least two diapers or training pants

  • Any toys, blankets or pacifiers labeled with name

  • Cup labeled with name if needed

Parent Participation.

  • To adequately care for the growing number of infants and children, we need parents to assist on Sunday morning. All parents who utilize the Trinity Church Nursery are requested to assist in the Nursery or Toddler room at least once during each season: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Summer Nursery is available during June and July.

  • There is no Nursery available during August.

  • Parent volunteer schedules will be sent to parents during at the beginning of each season. Both mothers and fathers make excellent helpers. Teenage brothers and sisters also make excellent helpers- and (bonus) helping in the Nursery can earn high school students volunteer hours for college applications!

  • Parents will also have the opportunity to meet other families with young children by serving as a volunteer in the Nursery and Toddler Room. All programs at Trinity Church are carried out by parishioners who volunteer their time and talents. We need your help to provide the very best for our children when they come to church.

Crying happens.

Young children are often distressed at separation times. Sometimes children simply cry because someone else is crying. If your child is distressed and inconsolable (usually this is indicated by 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted crying) a nursery worker will come to get you from the worship service. The beginning of the year is always difficult for some children. Our nursery staff is eager to assist you in any way to insure your child's comfort and safety.

We request that a child not be brought to the nursery if any of the following exist:

(from the report of the committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics)

  • fever (should be free of fever without Tylenol for 24 hours)

  • vomiting and/or diarrhea within 12 hours

  • nasal discharge of any kind

  • sore throat

  • croup

  • any unexplained rash or untreated skin condition

  • pink eye or other eye infections