Preschool (3-4-year-olds)
It is exciting to watch our preschoolers learn! Each week, the Bible lessons are full of hands-on activities to utilize each child’s learning style and to make learning fun.  There are objects for the kids to touch, wiggly activities to get them moving, and fun crafts that enhance the lesson even more.  These age-appropriate learning experiences are planned and reinforced with songs, play, and supervised activities designed with the ability of the children in mind.  Your child will leave class filled with wonder about exciting Bible stories, songs and conversation about our God who loves each child.

Curriculum
It is very important to us that our children have a solid understanding of the basic Bible stories at this young age.  This gives them a firm foundation to build on as they move into the upper grades.   They will be learning about key events and people from the Bible in a fun and exciting way that captures their interest in learning about God's love and grace.   

Serving Others
It is important to instill in our children an attitude of gratitude for the blessings we tend to take for granted, blessings often not experienced by others in our community and in the world.  Your child will be encouraged to bring a canned good each week for LifeSource, our benevolence program, to help feed children who are not as fortunate.

Each week during worship, when your child is dismissed for Faithwalkers, he/she will be encouraged to bring money for outreach activities that we support.  This gesture is necessary for your child to feel that he is a contributing part of this church community and will make a lasting impression on him as he develops the responsibility of stewardship.     

Time
Class begins at 10:30.  Please pick your child up as soon as class ends (11:15). 

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What to Bring
If your child is not fully potty-trained, please bring an extra diaper or pull-up.  We encourage you to take your child to the restroom prior to class.  If you are working on potty-training your child, it is wise to have a change of clothes on hand in case of an emergency.  If your child is fully potty-trained and wearing underwear instead of a diaper, please instruct the teacher as to the most effective way to ask/encourage your child to use the restroom.  A restroom is located close to the classroom and a teacher will be able to take your child during class time and provide assistance, if needed.   

Please label anything your child brings to class with his first and last name, such as a diaper bag, or your child’s coat.  This helps us keep track of your child's items.

Your Child's Health
We operate a well-child program. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with a fresh cold (four days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea or any other signs of illness. We request that you not place your child in class while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping us to maintain our children’s ministry as a healthy place for all.   It is important to note that even with these precautions children are exposed to illnesses.   To reduce the risks, the table, chairs, toys and manipulatives are sanitized after each class.               

What to Expect:

A Warm Welcome
In order to enter the classroom, your child must be checked in at the Children’s Ministry kiosk located in the east entrance foyer.  If you enter the building through the west entrance, you will walk straight down the hallway, behind the worship center, to the east entrance foyer.

As you and your child approach the Children’s Ministry kiosk you will be greeted and assisted in the check-in process. Once you become familiar with this process, you may choose to utilize the self check-in.

You will be given a security tag for your child to wear, with a corresponding tag for yourself.  For the safety of your child, your tag must be presented at the time of pick up.  A child cannot be released without presentation of the parent’s corresponding tag.  As you walk your child to class, you will be greeted at the door by one of your child’s teachers, who will receive your child and any other necessary items. If your child is new to class or hesitant about staying, the teacher will provide the necessary assurance and encouragement to make class a positive experience for him. 

Saying Good-bye
As you drop your child off in the class, simply wave a quick good-bye, assure your child that you will return after the bell rings, and leave.  As you know, it is normal for little ones to cry when leaving a parent. This does not last long, and separation becomes easier over time. Your child’s teacher will immediately try to create interest in a toy or activity and give assurance that you will return soon.  Your child will quickly enter into a positive experience of learning and fun planned just for him. 

If this is your first time to leave your child in one of our classes, or if you know that your child might be timid about staying, you might want to provide your cell phone number and the teacher will call or page you if your child should be inconsolable after 10 minutes.  Remember to put your phone on vibrate so that it does not disturb your class, but keep it where you can see or feel it vibrate.

Checking On Your Child
Feel free to check on your little one at any time.  However, we ask that you do so discreetly, trying not to let your child see you.  

Meet Your Child’s Teachers
You can meet your child’s teacher when you drop your child off for class.  When you pick your child up, you might receive handouts that your child used in class or that are sent home to reinforce the lesson of the day.  If no handouts are planned for the day, please ask your teacher about the Bible lesson of the day so that you can ask your child questions and reinforce the lesson throughout the week.

We encourage parents to observe class from time-to-time.  Occasional class observation is encouraged to assist you in teaching Bible stories to your child at home.  However, it is not advisable if your child is going through a phase of being timid about being dropped off for class.  Once your child separates easily and demonstrates that he enjoys class, ask his teacher if you can schedule a class observation. 

Pick-up Procedures
Your child’s teacher will expect the same person to drop off and pick up your child unless special instructions are given at drop off. Please make sure that all your child's personal items have been returned to you before you leave the premises. Lost and found items will be retained for a short time.  Items not claimed after one month are donated to a charitable organization.

Volunteer Opportunities
You are encouraged to volunteer to work for a six week period in the Children’s wing.  It is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, to meet the children that are developing relationships with your child, and to serve in a ministry that is committed to partnering with you in the spiritual formation of your child.  There are many ways to serve. 

For the safety of our children, all potential volunteers must first fill out the Volunteer Form, which includes permission to conduct a criminal background check.  This is followed by an interview by one of our Children’s Ministers to ensure that volunteers are placed in an area of service appropriate to their gifts and abilities.  The volunteer and Education Minister sign the Volunteer Covenant and review the ministry description that explains the expectations for service in the nursery.  The volunteer is then scheduled to observe for a minimum of two weeks prior to assuming volunteer responsibilities.

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, there are several ways to serve in the Children’s Ministry. 

Please click here for volunteer opportunities. 

Click here to access the Volunteer Form. 

The Sunday prior to beginning your six weeks of service, you are encouraged to observe the worker serving in that position to familiarize yourself with our families, the role for which you are volunteering, your fellow teammates and any changes in duties since the last time you served.  Serving in the Children’s Ministry is highly rewarding and an outstanding way to participate in our church community.

For more information, contact Liz Zeigler, Director of Children's Ministry-Plano Campus at:  lzeigler@hocc.org