Relate Kids is here to create an environment where children from birth to Grade 8 can find a place to belong and grow in their relationship with God. Our classes are staffed with adults and high school students who will help provide a fun and Jesus-centered experience for your kids. We also have a Mother's Room available during services where nursing moms can experience the service while attending to the needs of their babies.
Our hosts will direct you to the R:Kids Check-in before weekend services.
Sunday at 9:00 am & 11:00 am
There are several classes (Babies, Toddlers, Preschool-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5) held during services where your children will be cared for.
Sunday at 9:00 am
This class exists to help students Grades 6-8 to have fun, make friends and discover Jesus on their level.
Your child's safety is a big deal to us. We think that church should be the safest place, and so we are careful to have procedures and policies in place to protect minors.
To ensure that safety is kept a top priority we have a thorough screening process for all individuals interested in being a part of the team. We do so to guarantee everything we can possibly do to keep our kids and leaders safe is done.
Step 1: Completion of the Fast Track
Step 2: Application Package
All leaders are required to fill out an application package for insurance and safety purposes as we are working with and serving children and their families. Before agreeing to and signing off on the application one must read through the “Child and Youth Protection and Safety Procedures” document.
Step 3: Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks.
Because children's ministry leaders are classified as a volunteer, the City will waive all fees associated with these checks.
Step 4: Reference Checks
Step 5: Personal Interview
Step 6: Training
Training will be done specific to the role leaders will play in the environment they will serve in. Safety, policies /procedures, and culture specific training will also be done.
Step 7: Dream Team Honour Code
Step 8: Scheduling upon completion and approval.
To comply with insurance requirements and to provide adequate supervision for children, one of the following must be in place:
a) A minimum of two unrelated personnel supervising children at all times, or:
b) One personnel with windows having clear lines of visibility or an open door with hall monitors
c) Leaders are never alone with a child and always in view of others
d) Formal and informal visits to classrooms and programs are made by supervisors at any time.
When meeting off-site leaders must always:
Meet in public
Avoid travelling alone with a student, always in groups
For the protection of all vulnerable individuals, supervision of personnel will be intentional and will take place through formal and informal visits to classrooms and programs
Child Protection Procedures
Attendance to be taken during every class
a)Record names of all children, adults and youth
b)Maintain files permanently
If visitors are not screened, they will not be placed in a position of trust with children who are not their own.
Occasional observers who join a class or program will have their attendance recorded and kept on file with the classroom attendance for that day.
Visitors will be clearly identified and if they have not been screened and approved, they will not be placed in a position of trust with children who are not their own. We may welcome parents and occasional visitors to sit in the classroom on occasion.
•Registration forms are available at every event.
•Registration and/or consent forms are scanned and kept digitally
•Visiting children should have permission/release form.
Parents bringing visiting children are considered the guardian for the event and a registration form would be sent home with the child.
•We secure parental permission for all high-risk activities. No one else should sign on their behalf.
•There is no statute of limitations on child abuse. Therefore, we keep records permanently.
Receiving and Releasing Children
a. Monitor children under 10 with sign-in and sign-out, including location of parent
b. Do not leave children unattended
c. Family members should not enter into the classroom when picking up a child
d. Babies to Age 6 are to be picked up by a parent – not an older sibling
e. Ensure older children are confident in leaving without a guardian
f. Children are not to be dropped off without personnel present
Washroom Guidelines for Children
•No personnel alone with children in washroom
•Keep outside/hallway door propped open
•If assistance is needed:
-Two personnel will escort children, or one personnel with hall monitor
Washroom Guidelines for Nursery
•If possible, it is strongly encouraged that the parent changes diapers
•Only change diaper if parent has granted permission
•Diaper changing done only by designated adult personnel in view of other personnel.
Proper Display of Affection
Appropriate Touch: Recognizing that children need attention that reflects pure, genuine and positive displays of love, touch with children will be age and developmentally appropriate. We encourage personnel and leaders to:
•Hold a preschool child who is crying
•Speak to a child at eye level - listen with your eyes as well as your ears
•Hold a child’s hands when speaking, listening or walking to an activity
•Put an arm around the shoulder of child when comforting or quieting
•Pat a child on the head, hand, shoulder or back to affirm them
•Gently hold a child’s shoulder or hand to redirect behaviour
•All touch must be done in view of others
We do not:
•Kiss or coax someone to kiss you
•Engage in extended hugging and tickling
•Hold someone’s face when talking to or disciplining
•Touch a child in any area that would be covered by a bathing suit
•Carry older children and do not allow them to sit on your lap
•Engage in prolonged physical contact with any child or youth.
•We do not allow children to use our electronic devices
•Place computers in open, visible areas; use computer/internet filters
•Ensure accountability by user password system
•Communication outside of scheduled programs should only be done with parent and program leader’s knowledge and written approval
•No private messaging on social media
•Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) should only be used for communication of information.
•No photographs of children or youth will be taken without prior written consent from parents
•No photographs of minors will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other online social networks without written permission