Frequently Asked questions 

Where do my children go?
Why do I have to check my child(ren) in and out?
Do you have a Child Protection Policy?
What if first aid is required?
What is a typical session like?
Are there any rules and Sanctions?

What do I do if my child is unhappy in their group?
When do my children move up to a new group?
What happens during the holidays?
How does St Barnabas contact parents/carers?
What if my child has additional needs?
How do I find out about upcoming Kids and Families events?



Where do my children go?
We have two groups on a Sunday morning for children from 0-Year 6. Under 5s Church (0 – Recption, but if your child is aged 0-12 months we require an adult to stay) and Kids Church (Year 1 - Year 6). Both groups open from 9.25/11.25am. Please ask a member of the St Bs hospitality/connect team if you are unsure where to go. Your child(ren) do not need to bring anything (a snack & drink are provided) and our teams look forward to welcoming you.

Why do I have to check my child(ren) in and out?
The safety and security of our children are fundamental to the Kid’s Ministry at St Barnabas Church. We endeavour to use safe systems and procedures to ensure that each child is checked in and accounted for at all times. The registration and collection procedures each week require that children must be checked in and out by their responsible adult. We ask that committed church members complete a connect form to ensure that your information is stored in our church database correctly. Delivering safe systems can be more time consuming so we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation during the registration and collection times. 

Do you have a Child Protection Policy?
Our child protection policy can be viewed here As well as our registration and collection procedures, our team members complete a DBS check, undergo Safeguarding training and receive further equipping and input via meetings throughout the year. Team leaders, regular volunteers and parent/carer helpers are all given copies of our child safeguarding policies and sign a volunteer agreement, which further stipulate our policies and expectations. Both documents can be viewed here.

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What if first aid is required?
There are trained first aiders onsite each Sunday and in the first instance parents/carers will be contacted. If your child has any allergies or specific medical needs, please let your child’s team know any details or action needed. If you are a committed church member, you can add any medical needs to your child’s ChurchSuite profile by logging into ChurchSuite and editing your child’s ‘Medical Short’. 

What is a typical session like?
A typical session in both Under 5s and Kids Church will include free play, Bible-based crafts & colouring, games, worship, a bible teaching and a time of prayer & reflection. While these are the key practices of both groups, we endeavour to make every element of our programmes age-appropriate and engaging in delivery and practice. 

Are there any rules and Sanctions?
Our aim is to create a respectful, fun, safe and inclusive environment where our parents/carers partner with our Under 5s and Kids Church leaders to provide an incredible experience for our children. Our Behaviour Policy outlines the key expectations needed to create such an environment and helps us all to work together in supporting one another. A copy of the Behavioural Policy can be viewed here. 

What do I do if my child is unhappy in their group?
Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of your child’s team or, if more appropriate, the Children’s Pastor if you have any concerns about your child. If your child appears very unsettled, we would initially encourage you to stay in the session, gradually working towards you leaving for longer periods of time as they become more comfortable with the environment and people. Our team members are on hand to help settle your child, please make sure that we have your mobile number or know where you will be sitting on the GF so we can find you quickly if needed. 

When does my child(ren) move up to a new group?
From 12 months old children can be left unsupervised with the Under 5s Church team, although parent/carers are always welcome to stay and drop in and out as needed. Children will move up to Kids Church when they join Year 1. If your child is in secondary school, check out our youth page for more details.
 
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What happens during the holidays?
During half terms and school holidays, all of our weekday programmes for kids and families shut down. On Sundays, all children will join the main service for worship (usually the first 30 minutes of the service). The service leaders will announce when the children should go up to The Ark (1F), where we run a dialled-down kids programme. Please note, kids under the age of 2 must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
 
How does St Barnabas contact parents/carers?
If you are new to St Bs or registered as a visitor in our Child Check-In system, we will only contact you if your child is not settling, if we are experiencing behavioural challenges from your child or in the event of an emergency. If you are a committed church member at St Bs and are not already in ChurchSuite, please do complete a connect form and ensure that you tick the box to receive general emails. This will allow us to contact you regarding kids and families events/information. 

What if my child has additional needs?
At present, we do not have a separate Sunday programme for our children with additional needs, but we aim to accommodate and include all children in our Sunday kids groups. Please do let us know if there are any particular adjustments that we could make to better accommodate your child’s needs. Any additional information disclosed to our team will remain confidential within the bounds of our Under 5s and Kids Church teams, respectively, but could greatly increase our ability to better care for the needs of your child. 

How do I find out about upcoming Kids & Families events?
There are many ways to find out about upcoming/termly events. One way is to grab a copy of our Kids & Families termly programme. These are available on Sundays from the registration table (1F) or from the Connect Point (GF). Another way is through Facebook. Join our St Bs Kids Ministry group or like our St Barnabas North London page to receive all the details on upcoming events. Finally, our Church calendar can be viewed on our website or accessed via your ChurchSuite profile. This calendar will show all of our upcoming Kids & Families events (look for events in blue).


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