What is kidmax?kidmax is our Sunday morning program for children from infants to grade 5. Our goal is to help kids reach their God-given potential in the following ways:
- Equip and mobilize our community to invest in our children.
- Help our children understand and live Jesus’ message.
- Foster caring relationships through a small group experience.
- Support our children to make a difference in the world.
How do I register my child for kidmax?
You can register your child by completing a "Visitor and Family Info Card" at any of our sites on a Sunday morning. Or, register online here.
Do you use a volunteer screening process?
Yes. All of our volunteers undergo a five-step security clearance process (application, ministry covenant, interview, references, police check and vulnerable sector search, and reading our Plan to Protect manual). This ensures the safety of our kids and our volunteers. Also, volunteers must have attended The Meeting House a minimum of 6 months in order to serve with kids and youth.
What happens if my child needs me during the teaching?
All of our sites have a parent paging system and each family receives their own pager number. If your child needs you, your family pager number will appear at the front of the theatre.
Can I stay in my child’s classroom if they’re unsettled?
Yes. A parent may stay in a classroom with their child if needed.
Can my child go into a classroom that’s intended for a different age group?
Families are encouraged to drop their children off in the correct classroom according to their year of birth. If a parent prefers to drop off their child in a different classroom, for example, in the classroom of a sibling, both children will be dropped off in the classroom of the younger child.
Will my child receive a snack in kidmax?
Cheerios and arrowroot cookies are available in all classrooms for children ages 2 and younger. Children age three and older do not receive a snack unless it is part of the day’s lesson. Allergy alert signs will be posted outside your child's classroom if a snack is being served during a lesson activity.
Can my child bring their own toy/snack into the classroom?
Our classrooms are full of age appropriate toys and activities so encourage your child to leave their toys at home. For safety reasons, no outside food or drinks should be brought into the classroom. (Bottles are fine in our Infants and Crawlers rooms as long as it is clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name.)
How often do you sanitize your classrooms?
All toys are sprayed with a non-toxic, natural cleaning solution at the end of each Sunday morning. Quilts and diaper changing surfaces are washed each week. Classroom carpets are vacuumed monthly. All kidmax materials are brought back to the Production Site to be cleaned regularly, and replaced as needed.
Where does your curriculum come from?
We purchase our curriculum from the reThink Group, a curriculum organization based in Georgia. In preschool we use the FirstLook materials, and in grades 1-5 we use the 252 Basics program. Our curriculum editor adapts the lessons to suit our multi-site needs and makes sure it fits with our core values.
How can I help my child learn at home?
Your child will receive take-home lesson material that can be used to help incorporate what they learned on Sunday into their weekly routine! All of these resources are available to download online at kidmax.ca.
What does my child’s offering support?
All children 2 years old and older are invited to bring an offering to contribute towards our Growth and Compassion Funds. The offerings received in kidmax are divided evenly between these funds and go towards helping us launch and expand sites, as well as towards giving to local and global compassion projects. Each week we will highlight a different way these offerings will be used. For more information on our Growth and Compassion Funds visit themeetinghouse.ca/specific link.
Should I bring indoor shoes for my child?
Make sure your child wears some form of footwear in class. If for any reason we need to evacuate our classrooms, there may not be time to put shoes or boots on before going outside.
When does my child move to their new class?
All classroom move-ups happen in September (not on your child’s birthday). Building community between kids and their peers and leaders is really important to us! For this reason, classroom assignments are made based on your child’s year of birth. The only exception to this is when our preschoolers are moving from an Infants room to a Crawlers room or from a Crawlers room to a Walkers room. These classroom changes can be made when you feel your child is able!
How can I update my contact information?
If your contact information changes throughout the year, please let us know! You can update your file by filling out a "Visitor and Family Info" card at check-in or online here.