FUMC of Arlington


Nursery FAQ

What is required when my child visits the nursery?

Parents fill out an enrollment card for each child the first time they attend a nursery class. This card tells nursery workers important information about your child.

Parents are asked to sign-in their child(ren) on the provided sheet every Sunday. Parents also are required to fill out coded labels, which will be placed on the child’s back and on the child’s diaper bag. Parents use the back of the label to match with the child’s label when picking up the child.

The nursery staff contacts parents via cell phone in case a need arises.

What should I bring to the nursery for my child?

The church recommends bringing a small diaper bag or sack that contains:

  • One or two bottles, as needed
  • Extra disposable diapers
  • Pacifier, if used
  • Change of clothes
  • Wipes
  • Your child’s favorite comfort item (i.e. blanket)

Please label all individual belongings to ensure their return.

When might the nursery staff contact me?

Nursery staff may call you if your child shows symptoms of being sick and/or seems to be uncomfortable or is making other children uncomfortable. For nursing mothers, the staff will call you when your child appears hungry. A nursing room is provided for nursing mothers in Room 106A.

What are the church’s toy cleaning procedures?

We strive to provide a sanitary environment. Toys are sanitized regularly. All linens are washed after use. Staff members are required to wear latex gloves when changing diapers.

What safety procedures does the church comply with?

The church follows Safe Sanctuaries guidelines in order to provide an environment that is as safe as possible. For more information, a Safe Sanctuaries brochure is available in the church office.

The church conducts quarterly room safety checks to ensure the rooms, equipment and toys are safe.

Is there adequate supervision in the nursery?

Each nursery room has at least two adults in the room at all times—either paid staff or volunteers. All staff are hired only after thorough interview and criminal background checks. All volunteers are also interviewed and have criminal background checks. All staff and volunteers attend training on church policies and procedures, receive MinistrySafe training, are MinistrySafe Certified, and are trained in the FUMCA Safe Sanctuary policy. They also obtain CPR/AED trained. We strive to have the same staff in the same room every Sunday.

What is the church's health policy?

The church is committed to keeping children healthy and happy. You can help by keeping your child at home if the child shows any of the following:

Fever greater than 101.0F (Children should be free of fever for 24 hours)

  • Common cold: runny nose, sore throat
  • Cough
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Questionable rashes or skin infections
  • Scarlet fever 
  • Mumps
  • Measles 
  • Whooping cough
  • Active Chicken Pox 
  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms in the nursery, the staff will page you to pick up your child. Children treated with antibiotics should be on the antibiotic for at least 24 hours before coming to the nursery.

Nursery staff members are not allowed to give medication of any kind to any child. If your child has symptoms related to non-contagious allergies, inform the nursery staff.

Will my child be given a snack while in the nursery?

Toddlers may be offered a snack (graham crackers, gold fish, club crackers, and dried cereal) unless parents specifically request otherwise. Parents can provide drinks if desired. Babies will be given what is provided in their diaper bags at the time specified by the parents.

What are the church’s emergency procedures?


Staffers will call parents in the event of a non-emergency injury. An injury report will be filed with the church office.


Children will be evacuated to the north parking lot in the event of fire. Parents can meet children at this parking lot. Please do not attempt to pick up your child at the classroom, as this will hinder the evacuation process. Fire procedures are located inside each classroom door.


Parents are to follow the pastoral instructions in the event of a tornado. Children will be taken to the basement. Parents can pick up children once they have returned to their classroom.

How can I help?

Parents can volunteer in the nursery classrooms on a rotating basis. Sign up in the church office. All parents must complete MinistrySafe training before volunteering.

What should I do if I have any additional questions, comments or concerns?

Our goal is to ensure that parents are comfortable leaving their children in the care of the nursery staff during Sunday school, church services and other events. For more information, call the church office at 817-274-2571.