Note: Give this evaluation to group members to start a healthy conversation about the quality of childcare at group meetings. Collect the evaluations and determine which areas were rated lowest, or simply have group members share their scores with the group as you discuss each area.
Rate on a scale of one to five your group experience in regards to childcare. Then talk about what your group can do to improve weaknesses and maintain strengths.
|1. Distractions: consider noises, loud toys and activities, and movement through the house|
|I can hear the children more clearly than I hear our group leader.||It's so quiet. We have children here?|
|2. Discipline: consider hitting, biting, disobedience, how discipline is handled, and the parents' role in discipline|
|I can't look sternly at a child without getting in trouble with his/her parents.||I have permission to direct and keep every child safe from harm.|
|3. Children's Perspective: consider who's in charge, host home rules, where children play, and clean up|
|The kids think they're in charge.||The kids have heard, understood, and follow the ground rules.|
|4. Resources: consider activities for children and access to cleaning supplies|
|The kids are on their own. They're not our problem!||Our childcare can be described as purposeful and supplied.|
|5. Childcare Workers: consider job description, training, compensation, and appreciation|
|We need childcare for our childcare worker.||I would like to personally adopt our childcare worker.|
|6. Location: consider where, boundaries, and safety|
|The kids might as well be playing in the street.||The setting for childcare is safe and well-equipped.|
|7. Cost: consider whether you're paying the right amount|
|It's breaking the bank.||There's money left to take my spouse on a date!|
Mark Ingmire is the Small Groups and Adult Education Pastor at Savannah Christian Church in Savannah, Georgia; used with permission of the author.