|Childcare at First Parish|
Affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person begins with our very youngest. The childcare program at First Parish provides a safe, welcoming, and fun environment for children during First Parish special events and meetings. A regularly updated calendar of dates and times that First Parish provides childcare is displayed at the bottom of this page.
Information for Families
Free childcare is available for infants, toddlers, and children up to age 3 during Sunday services in the nursery, 9:45am-11:30am. The nursery has age-appropriate, fun, and wholesome toys, and is supervised by Childcare Coordinator Sarrah Smith, who is a professional CPR and first aid certified childcare provider with 10+ years of experience. Sarrah and her staff love to spend time playing and doing arts and crafts projects with the children. Parents are asked to bring a diaper bag with a change of clothing and a nut-free snack for their child.
To support parents in attending meetings, programs, or extended conversation with other parishioners, the Sunday morning Childcare Staff also supervises toddlers and UU Kids most Sundays from 12pm - 1:30pm. The Childcare Staff is also available for Sunday evening meetings once a month. A schedule of the times of these offerings is included in the calendar below.
Supervision is also available for all children on Sundays when there are no religious education classes, and at specified First Parish events. For First Parish events that include childcare, we ask that you sign up your child for care prior to the event, so that we can staff appropriately. Signup details are available from the Childcare Committee and from the First Parish committee or group sponsoring the event.
We always welcome interested First Parish youth to assist the childcare staff on Sunday mornings and at First Parish events. To learn more about participating in childcare at First Parish, please contact the Childcare Committee at email@example.com.
Information for First Parish Committees and Groups
Childcare is available for church-wide special events sponsored by First Parish committees and groups, depending on staff availability, and also for committee groups and meetings at predesignated dates and times, which are listed in the calendar displayed at the bottom of this page.
Childcare for Church-Wide Events
To request childcare for a church-wide event (auction, annual dinner, etc.), simply follow these steps:
1. At least 2 weeks prior to the event, submit a request for childcare for the event using the following online form:
2. Once the request is approved, you will receive a link to an online childcare signup form for your specific event that you can distribute to the First Parish community, so that families who want to use childcare at that event can register their children. (Advance registration is necessary so that we can ensure appropriate childcare staffing.)
Childcare for Committee and Group Meetings
Childcare is also available for committee and group meetings at predesignated times, which are listed in the childcare availability calendar displayed at the bottom of this page.
To request childcare for your committee or group meeting, simply fill out the following online form:
You may select more than one date on the form, and you may submit the form more than once (if you don’t yet know your entire meeting schedule for the year, for instance).
Once you have submitted your request for childcare for your meeting, you will receive a link to an online form to distribute to your committee or group members, so that members who want to use childcare during the meeting can register their children. (Advance registration is necessary so that we can ensure appropriate childcare staffing.)
First Parish Childcare Calendar