Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Infants through Toddlers

Photo by Joanne Clapp Fullagar
Youth and Parents
Date and Time: 
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 2:00pm

Acorns (The Nursery)

Acorns are what we call our infants and toddlers in the Junior Gathering Program. Click the links in the menu below to learn about this group.

 

 Infants

The youngest among us spend their mornings pretty much as they would if they were at home. Our experienced staff will see to it that each child's needs are met on the schedule that works best for that family. Feeding, diapering, napping, nurturing and comforting make up the bulk of the morning and evening. We strive for a 1:1 child to care-giver ratio for those under one year of age.

While we provide care in the evenings, some families choose to have an earlier bedtime or to keep their little ones with them during their evening activities.

Click here for a typical day’s schedule.

Toddlers

Toddlers have a 2:1 child to caregiver ratio and spend their mornings in a variety of spirited indoor and outdoor activities, such as water play, ball play, and tricycle (car, fire engine!) riding. Indoors toddlers will sing songs, hear stories, and play together.

Toddlers partake in a healthy snack, typically fresh locally grown fruit (when possible), fruit juice, cheese and crackers. Those toddlers who still take a morning nap will be accommodated.

While we provide care in the evenings, some families choose to have an earlier bedtime or to keep their little ones with them during their evening activities.

Click here for a typical day’s schedule.

Preparation

Before Gathering

Help us prepare to give your child the best possible week by sharing with us:

  • joys
  • struggles
  • achievements
  • challenges and/or
  • recent significant changes in your child's life.

Indicate these on your Parental Release form or by email to patsym@fgcquaker.org.  You can rest assured that your child is being cared for lovingly as you attend your morning workshop or evening plenary.

Carefully read your confirmation email and the mailing from Junior Gathering in early June. (JG Times & a letter from your child’s group leader)

Check out the Junior Gathering FAQs on our website

Connect with other parents who have gone to Gathering before

What to Bring

Please clearly label anything you wish to take home at the end of the week.

  • a toy to share (ideas below)
  • a hat
  • stroller
  • non-spillable cup or bottle
  • security blanket or other item (if needed)
  • rain gear
  • diapers
  • swim suit (unless your child prefers to "skinny dip").
  • insect repellant
  • sunscreen
  • "port-a-crib," travel "play-pen," or “pack ‘n play”

Toys to share

  • Blocks
  • small toy animals
  • vehicles
  • soft throwing toys
  • big crayons
  • paints
  • water toys

Please clearly label anything you wish to take home at the end of the week.

A typical family day:

7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:45-12 noon Junior Gathering Morning Program (Parents in Workshops)
12:00-1:30 PM  Lunch
1:30-5:00 PM Afternoon Family Time options include:
  • Our Family Place: 1:30 - 4:30
  • MultiGen activities
  • Field Trips
  • Make your own plans
5:00-6:30 PM Dinner   
6:45-9:00 PM Junior Gathering Evening Program (Parents at Plenaries)
9:15 PM Bedtime for little ones with cooperative childcare in the dorm so parents can go to Late Night Sings, Films, or Contra Dance.
 

What's the difference between Toddlers and Preschoolers?
Or how do you tell an Acorn from a Pinecone?

For the purpose of our groups, if your child still needs to have a diaper changed, your child will be in the Acorns. Children who can "use the big potty" are in the Pinecones.

Open House: Sunday evening after dinner for all children up to those who have finished 5th grade ( Acorns, Pinecones, Sprouts, Saplings & Pinetrees). This is a time for you and your child to come and get acquainted with the caregivers / staff and the other children. Coordinators will discuss their plans and expectations for the week. Parents and/or Responsible Parties will be asked to list those adults who have permission to sign out their child. If permission has not been granted, your child will not be released. If you forget to share special needs with us ahead of time, Open House is a good time to share dietary or other needs with the Group Coordinator.

Help us prepare to give your child the best possible week by sharing with us dietary needs, joys, struggles, achievements, challenges and/or recent significant changes in your child's life. You can indicate these on your Parental Release form or by email to patsym@fgcquaker.org.

Related Content

2014 Parental Release Form

2014 FAQs : Answers to frequently asked questions.

Group Coordinators : Junior Gathering Group Coordinator? Click here.

Junior Gathering Times : Helpful information and tips!

Children and Teens Registration Deadlines

May 31, 2014: Junior Gathering (infant through current eighth grade) 

June 10, 2014: High School (current ninth through twelfth grade)

 

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