Babies do learn. Do your nursery workers see themselves as more than babysitters? Many teachable moments arise when spending time with infants that can be used to point the children to God. Serving in this age division should be about more than playing and changing diapers. Train your nursery workers to be spiritual foundation builders in these young children's lives.
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Infants: Birth to Age 2
- Baby Beginnings Nursery Smart Pages - Book, CD, DVD with Reproducible Articles & Forms by Sheryl Haystead (See the Table of Contents on that page.)
- 3 Ways to Use the Power of Touch with Babies
- 7 Reasons to Serve in the Church Nursery
- 7 Reasons Why Your Church Nursery Service Is Vital To Your Church
- 8 Ways to Make Your Children's Ministry More Than Babysitting
- 12 Tips for Baby and Toddler Spiritual Growth
- Active Learning in Cradle Roll
- Babies and the Bible
- Developmental Chart for Babies
- Early Childhood Matters ... Babies are built for learning
- Foundation Builders Need Jesus' Heart
- Foundation Builders Need Jesus' Approach
- Getting to Know Babies, Ones and Twos
- How to Make Your Nursery Safe and Sound
- Just a Nursery Worker? Ouch!
- Let the Little Children Come
- More Than Babysitting
- Never Too Young to Learn
- Praying for Babies and their Families
- Spiritual and Moral Development in Kids
- Storytelling and Pre-Schoolers: Getting and holding the nursery child's attention?
- Tips for Nursery Teachers
- Ways Your Church Nursery Can Really Teach Babies
- What Are Some Good Activities for Church Nursery Kids?
- What New Parents Need Most From Your Nursery
- Baby Beginnings Nursery Kit: A Complete Resource for Creating a Great Nursery
- Babyfaith DVDs and Board Books
- Baby Miracle DVDs
- Bibles For Ages 0 to 2 years - Babies & Toddlers
- Picture Books for Babies & Toddlers
- The Praise Baby Collection
- Toys for Babies & Toddlers
- Let the Little Children Come Workbook by Ministry Tools Resource Center
Jesus knew that young children also needed His touch. He knew that they too needed to be directed toward God. He obviously knew that infants and toddlers do learn. This 55 page teacher training workbook will help you see your role with infants and toddlers as more of a foundation builder than a babysitter.
- Age Level Characteristics: Early Childhood Module Download by Ministry Tools Resource Center
One of the three early childhood age levels included in this resource relates to infants. For this age level you will find an introductory article about that age level, a one page overview of their age level characteristics, and a worksheet with the characteristics to use to assess one's teaching in light of their implications and determine steps to take to improve. The following article title represents this age level:
- So, you're in the Nursery. What difference can you make?
This worksheet would be especially helpful for the training of those with little experience around babies, including teen helpers. It will, however, serve as a good reminder for anybody working in the nursery.
(This module is from the Age Level Characteristics Download which includes 11 age brackets from infants to older adults.)
Other Early Childhood Resources: General - Toddlers - Pre-Primary
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