Childcare

Our childcare ministry welcomes a partnership with our Floris UMC families. Together, we support children’s developmental and spiritual needs while providing a safe and playful environment. We designed two areas on the second floor to support age-appropriate care for children ages three months-grade 5.

We welcome children of all abilities! To learn more about accommodations for children and students, visit Access Ministries.

For more information, contact Wendy Hilbert at whilbert@florisumc.org.

Sunday Worship Childcare

We are delighted to care for your children while you attend worship services. Nursery and Kids Crossing include the following characteristics:

  • Sundays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • For children ages three months to grade 5
  • No registration is required

Nursery provides attentive care for infants and toddlers (ages three months – two years).

Kids Crossing provides care for children with toys, games and activities (ages three years – grade 5).

Kid Nation program is for children to attend during Sunday worship services (preschool – grade 5).

Special Worship Services Childcare

Childcare during special worship services includes the following characteristics:

  • Hours vary depending upon worship service time
  • For children ages three months to grade 5
  • No registration is required

Childcare Reservations

We offer childcare during some small groups, classes or other ministry programs and events at Floris UMC. Sign up for your childcare needs at least 48 hours before the activity. Early registration helps us be good stewards of our church resources while providing a safe environment with adequate childcare staff.

Ministry programs and events (non-worship services or special services) include the following characteristics:

  • Hours vary depending on the program and event
  • Hours are subject to change based on the need
  • For children ages three months to grade 5
  • Registration is required

Make Childcare Reservations. For more information, contact Wendy Hilbert at whilbert@florisumc.org or 703-793-0026 x118.

Our Staff

We screen and train our childcare staff on our safety policies and procedures. Our paid personnel have first aid and CPR training.

What to Bring

We recommend bringing the following items labeled with your child’s name:

  • A bottle for infants
  • Two disposable diapers, if needed
  • A comfort item, such as a pacifier, if needed
  • A complete change of clothes

Food FAQs

For the health and safety of all children, we have a peanut-free childcare environment and limit snacks to those provided by our ministry.  If we plan to serve other special food items, we will notify you before the event. We will also let you know if you need to pack your child a meal or snack (peanut-free).

Let us know if your child has any allergies.

Well-Child Information

We operate a well-child program. For the health of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with:

  • a runny nose
  • a fresh cold (four days or less)
  • a fever
  • a rash
  • persistent cough
  • diarrhea
  • any other signs of illness

Please do not place your child in the program while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you for helping us keep our program a healthy place!

Check In & Pick Up Process

We have an electronic check-in system to support the security and safety of your children. After being greeted by a childcare leader, you will check in with your last name and verify your family’s information. We then print name tags for children to wear and pick-up tags (with a unique code) for parents/guardians.

We ask you to provide a phone number to allow our childcare staff to contact you while their child is in our care. If your child cries, we will immediately soothe them. If your child cries for an extended period (ten minutes), we will text “nursery” and a short message. Please keep your phone with you so we can reach you if needed.

After you complete the check-in process, wave goodbye as your child enters the Nursery or Kids Crossing area. For safety reasons, we only allow children and trained staff in the childcare areas.

Parents/guardians must present the pick-up tag to pick up their children (you can wear it to avoid losing it). We will only release children to an adult whose pick-up tag matches the child’s name tag. Replacement pick-up tags are available only after verifying that the adult is authorized to pick up a child.

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