Children and Families

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Families, in all their shapes and sizes, are such a valuable part of our MBC community. We believe that good healthy relationships are essential for life and growth. We are passionate about supporting children and families in developing great relationships and skills for life as well as providing opportunities for play, learning, and faith development.


D Sharon Pruitt
D Sharon Pruitt

When: Tuesdays 10.00am-11.30am
Ages: 0-4
Cost: $50 per term per family.

Our weekly playgroups are a chance for your kids (and you!) to play and socialise in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment. We provide a space for kids to make friends, play and grow new skills suited to their stage of development. Playgroups are also a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to enjoy the company of other adults while enjoying the company of children!

For more information download a copy of our information booklet or contact Glenda.

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Frances Canon

At MBC we work with parents and the rest of the church family to create a community where children can encounter and discover more about Jesus and learn that they are loved, valued and important people within our church family. Kids are welcome and involved in many parts of our gatherings, and there are also various programs offered, including:

Raindrops: 16 months – Prep
Splash: Grade 1 – Grade 6
Tsunami: Year 7+ (fortnightly)

Toolbox Parenting Groups

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 11.39.17 amGreat Kids need great parents and with the right tools anyone can be a great parent! If you’re looking for practical strategies, inspiration, encouragement and insight then a Toolbox parenting group is for you.

The program offers a unique and fresh approach to parent education in an informal, relaxed and friendly environment. Participants will be equipped with practical skills and strategies that can be implemented immediately. Toolbox is positive, practical and fun!

What it involves:

    • Six two-hour sessions.
    • Relevant and insightful material delivered via a comprehensive participant’s manual, DVD presentations and group interaction.
    • A range of activities and strategies to try at home.
    • The opportunity to listen to someone else’s experience and realise that you are not alone!

Toolbox groups are available each year and offered in three age categories.
Early Years (0-6); Middle Years (6-12) and Teenage Years (12+).

Facilitators
Glenda Wright, Bronwyn Lockhart and Lisa Blair
Accredited by Parents Inc. ToolBox.

Sexuality Education

What should kids know? When should they know it?

associated-press-sex-ed-pic We live an a highly sexualised society and TV, music clips, movies, billboards and pornography often dictate the messages our children receive about sexuality.

Children are naturally curious and as adults/parents/care-givers, we cannot afford to avoid this important ongoing conversation with our children. It can be difficult to know where and when to start but it’s never too early to be prepared!

Contact us to find out the date of our next session, or stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates.

All children who come to Murrumbeena Baptist Church (MBC) have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and we have a zero tolerance attitude to child abuse. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe, have fun, and are encouraged to grow into all that God has for them to be.

This Statement of Commitment was developed in collaboration between church leaders and other key leaders within our children’s programs and duty of care ministries. It applies to all staff, volunteers, children and individuals involved in our organisation.

Valuing diversity

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this we are actively seeking to recognise and promote:

  • The safety, participation and empowerment of all children and families who connect with MBC
  • The cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families
  • The cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families
  • The safety and participation of children with a disability and their families

 

Reporting a child safety concern or complaint

Asher Kirby (MBC Community Pastor) and Serena Gray (MBC Duty of Care Officer) have been appointed as Child Safety Persons with the specific responsibility for responding to any concerns raised by staff, volunteers, parents or children.

Alongside them, the leaders of all our programs are also ready to respond and assist.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have a query or concern.