Westwood Kids and Nursery program
Preschool Childcare Assistant Required
The Children's and Youth Religious Education Program (CYRE) of Westwood is looking for a reliable, caring, and creative adult to provide preschool childcare and instruction on Sunday mornings. This person must be experienced or educated in working with children and have a keen interest in their learning and development. This person would work independently with preschool aged children on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and may at times be required to lead and instruct older children aged 5 to 12. Pay rate of $30 per Sunday morning.
Children are very important to the Westwood community. Typically, children are encouraged to participate
in the first part of the Sunday service
and then invited to go downstairs to play in the nursery and/or participate
in our religious education classes.
Our religious education is designed to:
- share stories from our religious heritage and other faiths;
- build on a child's natural sense of wonder and encourage the impulse to inquire;
- encourage spiritual awakening and development.
Newcomers are welcome to join classes anytime during the year (September through June), each week or on a drop-in basis.
Our nursery welcomes children four years and under. The nursery is staffed during the entire
duration of our Sunday service. Contact Westwood
for more information.
We are very happy to offer our warm and cheery nursery to babies, toddlers and their parents, featuring insulated cork floors for playing and an audio speaker to listen to the service.
Preschool and School-Aged Classes
Our religious education class is a multi-age classroom where children
interact and are encouraged to play and learn cooperatively.
In this program we draw on many sources - a variety of UU curriculum and other sources; stories, multi-age groupings, discussions, play, crafts, activities and the children themselves. We encourage children to explore and affirm our connections to the larger community, to the natural world and to the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism. Contact Westwood for more information.
Parents need to formally collect all children at the end of the service. Please also be aware that to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our members, unsupervised play is not permitted in the church building or on church grounds. All children should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
All Ages Initiatives
Living the Principles Together
"Living the Principles Together" is a year of themed ministry, beginning in September 2012. Our focus will be the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and how we live them in community. This theme is integrated into both adult and children's programs, including the Story for All Ages in each Sunday Service. A binder is available for each child, both regular and occasional attendees, with a new page added from each Sunday's lesson or project.
The goals of the themed ministry are to:
- Deepen and enrich our spiritual community
- Integrate the many areas and purposes of church through a common focus
- Strengthen our individual and collective Unitarian Universalist identities
Year at a glance:
- September 2012: 1st UU Principle
- October 2012: 2nd UU Principle
- November 2012: 3rd UU Principle
- December 2012: Living the Principles in the Community
- January 2013: 4th UU Principle
- February 2013: 5th UU Principle
- March 2013: 6th UU Principle
- April 2013: 7th UU Principle
- May 2013: Bringing It All Together
- June 2013: Taking Them Home!!!