Early Childhood (Birth – 4yrs)
Early Childhood…serving the Little Ones at Prairie Heights!
Every week children birth through 4 years experience a fun, safe environment where they can begin to learn of God’s love for them. Our Early Childhood program consists of two main areas: our professionally staffed Nurseries and our Preschool class.
The Nursery is a loving, safe environment designed to care for children birth through 2 years. Our nursery is professionally staffed so parents can have peace of mind and confidence that their children are being well cared for. Our Nursery has two classes: Infants Room (birth through 1 year) and Walkers Room (1 year and walking through 2 years) and both are located just outside the Worship Auditorium.
The Nursery is available during all worship services. The classes open at 9:00am. We recommend parents bring a diaper bag and bottle, both labeled with your child’s name. You will also want to bring a change of clothes for your child just in case it is needed.
Every week in Preschool children 3 and 4 years old are taught a lesson from the Bible through interactive video segments and classroom activities from our curriculum Elevate Jr. They travel into an imaginative world with animation, songs, videos, and group games. Children learn the Bible lesson and discover how it applies to their everyday life as a preschooler.
The Preschool class happens on the upper level of the Fargodome just outside the Worship Auditorium. The class opens at 9:00am. The Preschool class is available during all worship services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the Nursery and Preschool located?
The Infant Room is located in the conference room across the hall from the Worship Auditorium. The Walkers Room is located in Room 204 and the Preschool is located in Room 201. Both walkers and preschool are located on either side of the Worship Auditorium.
How will you contact me if my child needs me?
If your child becomes inconsolable or sick, the security code (that you received at the Family Check-In station) and the child’s first name will appear on the two screens at the front of the Worship Auditorium. If your security code is displayed, please return to the room where you dropped your child off.
How does Prairie Heights keep parents involved in their child’s experience at church?
Each week you will receive an e-mail from Pastor Dustin with a message about what your children are learning, what’s happening in children’s ministry and a family devotional. The devotional has a summary of what your child learned that week as well as some ideas for how to incorporate that lesson into your family life.
In the worship folder there is a section entitled “kids matter at Prairie Heights”. It is here you can find what your child is learning that week.
One of the best ways for parents to be involved is to become a part of the children’s ministry team and serve as a part of the team that teaches your child. Each week volunteers do everything from greeting families to acting in a drama piece to teaching and leading children in worship.
How can I volunteer in children’s ministry?
There are many opportunities available to use your talents and skills to invest in children and families at Prairie Heights. These include greeting families, teaching small groups, co-teaching, being an actor, being an audio/visual tech and many more.
For more information on how you can serve and invest in children and families at Prairie Heights, contact us via e-mail on our Serve page or call us at 701.298.9181.
What are the options for children who attend more than one service?
The Nursery and Preschool are open for both services and children are welcome to stay for both services. When you drop off your child(ren) you may leave them in their classroom for both services. The Preschool class encourages you to take your child to the bathroom between services. The lessons will be identical but we feel that at such an early age it can only help to reinforce what we are teaching our children.