Childcare Registration

Registration is required for care during Saturday evening worship and when parents are participating in a small group or class that meets on one of our campuses during weekends, evenings and weekday mornings. Worship and weekday morning care is for birth through preschool age. Evening and weekend care is for birth through fifth grade. All participants MUST register their children at least 5 days prior to the first meeting date. Register online after reviewing our behavior guidelines and childcare policies below. For questions, email Deborah Wade.

Behavior Guidelines

Children and students on all faith community campuses of Apex UMC must be appropriately supervised. Please review these guidelines before registering your child for childcare. All children are expected to engage in activities and to listen, follow directions, and act in a respectful manner.

  • Preschool-age children that do not follow these expectations will be put in time-out for one minute per age of child. After the time-out period is over, they will be redirected and reminded of the expectations. If the behavior does not change or if the behavior is harmful to the other children, the adult leader will go and get the parent from the class they are attending or worship.
  • School-age children will be given two (2) warnings with direction as to what behavior or activity is appropriate. Additionally, at the time of the second (2nd) warning, the adult leader will tell the child that if a third (3rd) warning is necessary, the parent will be contacted. If a third (3rd) warning is necessary, the adult leader will immediately go and get the parent from the class they are attending or worship.

Parents are expected to discuss appropriate behavior with their children and remind them of the expectations.

Childcare Policies

Inclement Weather Policy: Nursery and childcare for all classes and events will follow the direction of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). If WCPSS closes schools and/or cancels school activities/events due to inclement weather, AUMC nursery and childcare will follow the same direction. This applies to weekday and weekend activities. Please read the following information prior to signing your child into our care. If you have questions, please contact the Nursery Coordinator at nursery@apexumc.org or 362-7807.

Staff and Volunteers: We employ a dedicated nursery staff who are CPR certified and trained in First Aid and AED.

Sign-in Procedure: Upon arrival at the nursery, please wash your child’s hands. A nursery staff member will be available to assist with sign in, while volunteers will be on hand to assist with the children during the transition time. For security reasons numbered two part nametags are used. One part is placed on the child’s back and the parent keeps the other part to present at the time of pick up. Any special instructions, including bottle feedings, potty training instructions or the use of comfort items (i.e. pacifier, blanket) should be shared with the staff at this time. Allergy information MUST be communicated to the staff and noted under “special instructions” on the sign in sheet. An allergy label must be placed on your child’s back. Label bags, cups, pacifiers, belongings and place in a cubby. Outside food is not permitted. Goldfish are provided.

Parent Contact: Please provide a cell phone number (your phone should be placed on vibrate). If you are called the cell phone will only be allowed to vibrate. You must report to the nursery room for information. If the group you are attending is meeting at the House of Hope or Resource Center and you are called the caller id will show the Apex UMC number (919) 362-7807. You should step out of class to speak with the childcare staff.

Sign Out Procedure: Show matching nametag number to staff. Initial sign in sheet. Be sure to collect belongings, bags, cups, jackets, etc.

Sick Policy If there is any question as to whether the child should attend nursery, then the answer is most likely not. Please consider the health of the other children and care-giving adults. Children should not attend nursery if they have the following symptoms:

  • A fever or have had a fever within the past 24 hours
  • Nose that runs consistently, not related to allergies
  • Sore throat
  • Undiagnosed rashes, sores, or other skin conditions
  • Excessive coughing
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

Allergy Information: Outside food is not allowed in the nursery rooms. The nursery provides Goldfish as the snack of choice. We ask that children bring their own cups or bottles labeled with their name. All of our rooms are PEANUT/NUT FREE. Please note that when children are in attendance who, because of allergies, are not allowed Goldfish, Teddy Puffs are provided as our snack of choice to all children. All allergies must be communicated to the staff each and every time your child is signed into our care. The information must be noted on the sign-in sheet and an allergy label MUST be placed on your child’s back.

Diapers and Potty Training: If your child is wearing diapers, please make sure that you always include diapers in his/her bag. If possible, a change of clothes should be included as well. There are size-appropriate potties for the children in the nursery rooms. Please make the staff aware if potty training is occurring or if your child has any bathroom concerns or apprehensions. We encourage all parents to take their child to the bathroom prior to signing them into the nursery.

Toys and Activities: We have truly been blessed with a wonderful supply of age-appropriate toys, games, and activities for each nursery room. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Deborah Wade, AUMC nursery coordinator, at 362-7807 prior to dropping off the items in the nursery. We ask that children refrain from bringing their own items from home into the nursery unless it is truly a comfort item for them. This will help the staff workers and volunteers avoid unnecessary sharing conflicts between children.

Behavior Guidelines:  All children and students on the AUMC campus must be appropriately supervised. Games, LEGOS, crafts, drawing/coloring supplies along with other room activities such as dress up items, kitchens, cars and trucks, etc. are provided. Additionally, children are allowed to bring Game Boys and/or other hand-held electronic items (as long as the games are G-rated), homework, books, toys or games to share. During nice weather, children will be allowed to go outside to the playground with staff supervision. All children are expected to engage in the activities noted above, and to listen, follow directions, and act in a respectful manner to the nursery staff.

  • Preschool-age children that do not follow these expectations will be put in time-out for one minute per age of child. After the time-out period is over, they will be redirected and reminded of the expectations. If the behavior does not change or if the behavior is harmful to the other children, the nursery staff will page, call, or go and get the parent from the class or activity they are attending.
  • School-age children will be given two (2) warnings with direction as to what behavior or activity is appropriate. Additionally, at the time of the second (2nd) warning, the staff will tell the child that if a third (3rd) warning is necessary, the parent will be contacted. If a third (3rd) warning is necessary, nursery staff will immediately page, call, or go and get the parent from the class or activity they are attending. Within 24 hours, the nursery staff will inform the nursery coordinator of situations requiring parent contact. Children that consistently do not behave or act in a respectful manner will not be allowed to attend childcare. Parents are expected to discuss appropriate behavior with their children weekly (or prior to attending care) to remind them of the expectations. In circumstances where older youth/siblings would like to volunteer for helping with nursery/childcare while their parents attend a class or activity, the parent should contact the nursery coordinator in advance to discuss. Each will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All youth volunteers will be under the direction of the nursery staff and will be expected to help engage the children in activities and act as good role models.