Nursery Care Provider
Updated posting date: July 31, 2018
Application deadline: rolling / asap
Start Date: August 12, 2018, if possible or asap
Hours: 10:45-12:15, Sunday mornings
Status: non-exempt employee, part-time
Reports to: Director of Religious Education
Background: must complete a CORI and have no disqualifying offenses*
First Church in Jamaica Plain is hiring a part-time nursery care provider for Sunday mornings, and very occasionally for other church events.
We are a small but vibrant and spiritual Unitarian Universalist community. We gather in a historic stone Gothic Revival building in the heart of Jamaica Plain, with an average Sunday attendance of about 60 adults and fifteen children. Our newly-settled minister, Rev. Elizabeth Bukey, leads us in worship that honors our traditions and roots in liberal Christianity, while also reflecting the growing diversity of beliefs, faith traditions, and spiritual practices represented among us. We love to pray and to sing, to cook and care for one another, and to act for justice in the wider world.
We have a nursery full of delightful babies and toddlers who need caring attention on Sunday mornings.
To apply, or with questions: please send an email describing your experience with children, as well as contact information for two references familiar with this work to revelizabethbukey @ gmail . com.
The First Church Jamaica Plain Nursery Care Provider is responsible for creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for the youngest congregants of First Church as well as supervising any nursery volunteers. The nursery care provider is responsible for caring for the nursery aged children (those under 4) on Sunday mornings during worship, an average of six children. The nursery is often the first point of contact for new families and it is important to maintain a safe and welcoming space.
This is a 1.5 hour per week position on Sunday mornings, from 10:45am - 12:15pm during the school year and 9:45am - 11:15pm during the summer months. Hours include setup, care during worship (roughly 11am to 12:15pm or 10am to 11:15am depending on month), and brief clean up. Additional hours are sometimes available (or may be requested by the congregation) to provide childcare during congregational meetings or events.
The Nursery Care Provider is a part-time, hourly, non-exempt employee without benefits, at $17.80/hour. Hours must be reported by the Nursery Care Provider on a weekly timesheet.
Skilled at understanding both emotional and physical needs of young infants and toddlers
Skilled at setting clear boundaries for infants and toddlers in a peaceful and non-shaming manner
Experience working with multiple babies and toddlers at the same time.
Experience working with children of diverse abilities and racial/cultural backgrounds.
Warm and friendly manner.
Openness and support of the wide variety of family diversity in the congregation, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender people.
Multiple good references
Experience in early childhood education or care
Arrive 15 minutes before service or event to set up space, check for safety, arrange room to encourage play, and check in with the Director of Religious Education.
Provide the DRE with as much notice as possible if unable to work on a given Sunday
Collect contact information (name of parent or caregiver, names and ages of children, cell phone number to use in case of emergency)
Track attendance each Sunday
Communicate with parents regarding any concerns specific to their children including allergies, medical conditions that may impact their participation in the class, or other special needs
Join the congregation for the first part of service and help the children settle in the nursery after the time for all ages. Speak with parents as they drop children off.
Welcome parents who wish to stay in the nursery with their children and help children find an activity if their parents wish to return to service
Assist four year olds with the transition from nursery to religious education class when DRE, parents, and child are ready
Begin clean up after all children have been picked up from the nursery
Actively make recommendations to the DRE regarding any changes and/or improvements that will make the Nursery experience for the children and their parents better and safer.
The space currently used as the nursery is not accessible to people who cannot independently ascend and descend stairs.
Able to traverse the church building, including independently ascend and descend stairs.
Able to hear for safety sake, speak and be understood in a nursery-care setting.
Able to see for safety sake.
Able to lift and carry small children of 10-30 pounds for brief periods of time at unpredictable intervals.
Able to bend, stoop, kneel, sit down on the floor and stand up frequently, and to move quickly if needed to prevent children from harm.
Able to safely escort children from the building in an emergency.
Values Alignment: Demonstrates understanding and support of the values of the congregation; consistently behaves in a manner congruent with the congregation’s mission, vision, and values.
Integrity and Trust: Is seen as trustworthy by others; practices direct, honest and transparent communication; avoids communication triangles; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t operate with hidden agendas; responds to situations with constancy and reliability.
Professionalism: Prioritizes key tasks and ignores or minimizes distractions; demonstrates focus; plans ahead; follows through on assigned and regular tasks; follows up on missing or out of balance items; is able to deliver a message clearly, articulately and with appropriate emotion in a variety of settings.
Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the congregation; considers the impact of their actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; is collaborative.
*What constitutes a disqualifying offense that will keep an individual from working with children will be determined by First Church’s leadership on a case-by-case basis in light of all the surrounding circumstances. Generally, convictions for an offense involving children and/or for offenses involving violence, dishonesty, indecency and any conduct contrary to our mission will preclude someone from being permitted to work with children.