Saddleback Kids FAQ

Birth – Age 2

Saddleback Babies is our Weekend Nursery Program for babies, birth through two years of age. The program is divided into five developmental stage categories; Infants (birth until crawling), Crawlers (crawling but not walking), Walkers (new walkers) and Toddlers (steady walkers through 23 months) and then classrooms designated for two year olds. Our weekend program for Saddleback Babies is located in the Nursery Building for children birth - 23 months, and in the Children's Ministry Center for 2 year olds and is designed to meet the spiritual and developmental needs of our babies while providing a safe and playful environment.

Common Questions Asked by Parents Visiting for the First Time:

Who will care for my baby while I am in a Worship Service?

Each of our volunteers has completed a Saddleback Kids New Leader Orientation Class which includes age-level training, thorough review of our safety and security policies and a background check including fingerprinting. This detailed process ensures that we will provide your child with the best possible care in a safe and secure child-friendly environment.

How do I check in my baby?

At the time of check-in, a loving and trained volunteer leader will greet you. You will be asked to provide us with a phone number for a cell phone that you have in your possession. In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will send you a text message. (Remember to leave your cell phone on vibrate/silence during the service.) If your child cries, our caring volunteer leaders will immediately soothe your child. If your child cries for an extended period of ten minutes, we will text you. You and your child will receive a check-in tag specifically created for your child. To ensure their security, your child will not be released without presentation of your corresponding tag.

What do I bring?

Please label all personal items with your child's first and last name before arriving at your child's class. For the safety of our children, all 2 year olds must be wearing shoes to enter the program.

  1. Two disposable diapers or pull ups. Please no cloth diapers.
  2. Pacifier, lovey, or other comfort item.
  3. A complete change of clothes, including a sweater or jacket in cool weather. We often take our 2 year olds to the outdoor playground.
  4. A bottle or cup of milk, formula, juice or water. (this is a good practice even for mothers who nurse.)

What will my baby do while I am at the Worship Service?

Our weekend program is organized into the following structure: Play Time/Learning Centers, Bible Story and Bible Verse, Sing-a-Long and Craft/Snack. Your child (except infants) may even get a buggy ride! Our Toddler program includes an “indoor” playground for their enjoyment and your 2 year old will be on a rotation schedule to use the outdoor playground.

What snacks are available for my child?

Our Children’s Ministry Center is a peanut-free environment. Snacks are provided for your child once they graduate to the Crawler classroom. The snacks consist of “Trader Joes O’s” for Crawlers and “Nilla Wafers” for Walkers, Toddlers and 2 year olds. Please inform the leader if your child has an allergy to either of these snacks.

What is the Saddleback Babies well-child policy?

We operate a well-child environment. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with a runny nose, fresh cold (four days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea or any other signs of illness. We request that you not place your child in the program while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping us to keep our Saddleback Babies program a healthy place!

Ages 3 through Kindergarten

Our weekend program for Saddleback Kids is designed to meet the developmental and spiritual needs of our children while providing a safe and playful environment.

Common Questions Asked by Parents Visiting for the First Time:

Who will care for my child while I am in a Worship Service?

Each of our volunteers has completed a Saddleback Kids New Leader Orientation Class which includes age-level appropriate training, thorough review of our safety and security polices and a background check which includes fingerprinting. This detailed process ensures that we will provide your child with the best possible care in a safe and secure child-friendly environment.

How do we check in our child?

At the time of check-in, a loving and trained volunteer leader will greet you. You will be asked to provide us with a phone number for a cell phone that you have in your possession. In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will send you a text message. (Remember to leave your cell phone on vibrate/silence during the service.) If your child has difficulty acclimating or experiences separation anxiety, our volunteer leaders will immediately soothe your child. If your child is unhappy for an extended period of ten minutes, we will text you. You and your child will receive a check-in tag specifically created for your child. To ensure their security, your child will not be released without presentation of your corresponding tag.

What will my child do during a Worship Service?

Our weekend program is organized into the following structure: Play Time/Learning Centers, Bible Story and Bible Verse, and then travel to "The Reef" for large group interactive Sing-a-Long Worship and to watch a teaching DVD that reinforces the Bible Story. Upon returning to their classroom, your child will enjoy a fun craft. Your child will also visit the playground, weather permitting, on a rotational schedule. Please send a sweater or jacket on cooler days.

On occasion, a snack or treat will be provided (such as “Nilla Wafers.”) Please inform the leader if your child has an allergy. Please do not bring treats or drinks from home. We are a peanut-free Children’s Ministry Center.

What is the Saddleback Kids well-child policy?

We operate a well-child program. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with a runny nose, fresh cold (four days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea or any other signs of illness. We request that you not place your child in the program while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping us to keep our Saddleback Kids program a healthy place!

Grades 1 and 2

Our program for Saddleback Kids is designed to meet the spiritual and developmental needs of children while providing a safe and playful environment.

Common Questions Asked by Parents Visiting for the First Time:

Who will teach my child while I am in a Worship Service?

Each of our volunteers has completed a Saddleback Kids New Leader Orientation Class which includes age-level appropriate training, thorough review of our safety and security polices and a background check including fingerprinting. This detailed process ensures that we will provide your child with the best possible care in a safe and secure child-friendly environment.

How do I check in my child?

You will check your Grade 1 or 2 child into their designated classroom. At the time of check-in, a loving and trained volunteer leader will greet you. You will be asked to provide us with a phone number for a cell phone that you have in your possession. In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will send you a text message. (Remember to leave your cell phone on vibrate/silence during the service.)

You and your child will receive a check-in tag specifically created for your child. To ensure their security, an adult MUST be present for check-in and check-out and your child will not be released without presentation of your corresponding tag.

What will my child do during the Worship Service?

Our weekend program is organized into the following structure: Learning Centers, travel to “The Extreme” for large group interactive Worship through music and to watch a teaching DVD that reinforces the Bible story. Children then return to their classroom to engage in activities that reinforce the lesson including a memory verse activity, a fun game and prayer time with their leaders. On occasion, a snack or treat will be provided. Please inform the leader if your child has an allergy. Please do not bring treats or drinks from home. We are a peanut-free Children’s Ministry Center.

Grade 3

The Extreme is an awesome place for your child to hang out with us during a Weekend Service! They will have the opportunity to climb an indoor rock wall, challenge their friends to an exciting game of foosball, play video games or observe the reptiles in the “Lizard Lounge!” More importantly, your child will learn truths from the Bible presented in a relevant way that addresses “kid issues” and how they are living today. With energetic and interactive worship, your child will have a blast in the Extreme! Our prayer is that they will not only want to come back each week, but that they will want to bring their friends too!

Grades 4 - 6

The Edge is a cool place for your child in Grades 4 through 6 to hang out during our Weekend Services! They will have the opportunity to play “E for everyone” video games, challenge a leader to a friendly game of air-hockey or basketball, create artistic masterpieces, sing along with the Edge LIVE band and grab a treat from the snack bar! Peanut-Free snacks are available at a minimal cost. More importantly, kids will learn lessons from the Bible presented in a relevant way that addresses “kid issues” and how they are living today. With energetic and interactive worship with the Edge band, your child will have a blast in the Edge! Our prayer is that they will not only want to come back each week, but that they will want to bring their friends along too! When entering the Edge, your child will connect with a friendly and fun leader! They will be checked into our computer system and given a name tag for personal identification. With your permission, your child may receive their own check-in tag. Please talk to a leader for more details. However, for the safety of our children, an adult MUST check-out children at the close of the service.