Take this quiz to help you decide about child-care options. Every church's small-group ministry-and each group-is different, so there are no right or wrong answers. But you can think through the choices that will work best in your situation. Child care can be a great opportunity rather than a burden, if you plan.
_____ 1. What is the policy for your group? (a) No children except for nursing infants; (b) Intergenerational-we include all children; (c) Take turns caring for the children; (d) Hire a baby-sitter for the whole group; (e) Another option.
_____ 2. Where should child care be provided? (a) In the same house as the Bible study, but in a separate room as far from the meeting as possible; (b) At the baby-sitter's house; (c) At the church building; (d) Wherever individual parents want it to be.
_____3. Who pays for child care? (a) The parents; (b) The group passes around a hat; (c) No one--it's free; (d) The church treasury; (e) The group leader.
_____4. What training will be supplied for child-care providers? (a) Basic safety instructions; (b) How to handle discipline; (c) How to engage children in involvement learning and interactive play; (d) A basic understanding of age levels; (e) Diaper changing; (f) All of the above; (g) None of the above-all they have to do is watch the kids.
_____5. What resources will be provided for child care? (a) Christian videos such as "McGee and Me"; (b) Reading books for different age groups; (c) Games and puzzles; (d) Coloring and activity books; (e) Teacher's helps; (f) Several of the above.
_____6. What groups or individuals do you use for child care? (a) The youth group-the youth minister recruits teens to minister in this way, and they make some extra spending money too; (b) "Grandparents"-older ...