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Parents FAQs

This page contains a whole host of questions that we have been asked by parents over the years regarding the of running kids & youth work here at HBC. Hopefully you will find the answers you need using this list. However, If you still have some questions that you would like to ask then please get in touch with us using our contact form.

Do we have to pay for these activities?
All of our activities are free. Children and young adults are very important to us here at Horham and as a church we very are happy to be able to provide lots of the activities free of charge. If there is an outing entailing a cost, lots of notice is given and the church usually subsidises a large portion of this.

What type of activities might my child do?
The activities that your child might do will depend on which session they attend. Little Steps is all about exploring and playing. Transformers have a fun activity session based on the Bible. This would include crafts, games and discussion. 

Could I observe a session?
Yes. This can be arranged for any session. Please contact Clare Blomfield if you wish to arrange this.

What facilities are there available?
We have a Crèche available during our Sunday morning services and there is a private baby changing station available. If you wish to stay with your child, the Crèche is situated in our lounge, where the service is relayed via livestream. When the weather permits, the children at Little Steps are able to use our outside safe play area (this is for the 5s and under). The Transformers operate in the main hall which is large and has an area that can be sports-orientated as well as a carpet area for more sedate games! Older Transformers have their own room, which has a large TV and sofa. 

As a family we have lots of things going on in our lives, do children have to attend an activity every week?
No. We know how busy family life is and we are not a school. We hope your children want to come as much as possible to any of our activities, however there is absolutely no pressure as to when and where children join us. We do not require you to let us know if your child will not be attending a session, unless a special trip out has been arranged. However, as with most of the other parents, you will probably find the relationships you build with our leaders will naturally result in lots of communication anyway.

Does my child have to be religious to attend?
No. We welcome all children to our events. We are not looking for ‘religious’ children and there is no special treatment given to those who do have a faith in Jesus.

Are there any refreshments provided at these activities?
No. We are mindful of allergies, and any food that is provided has been checked against our food policy and children’s information. Drinks are available during all activities.

How many children do you work with at one time? Is there a maximum amount?
We operate within the current guidelines for the necessary ratio of adults to children. We are not operating at our capacity of children in any of our groups at present, however if the need arose then we have other experienced personnel available to us at short notice.

Does my child have to read the Bible?
There is no pressure for any child to read the Bible. However, given the high value we place on it, we will from time to time encourage children who can read to look at age-appropriate Bibles with the activity leaders. This is done in an engaging and interactive setting though, so no child feels the pressure to read alone.

Do you have a discipline procedure?
Yes. Each group has a set of guidelines which are explained to the children when they join. Our activity leaders are experienced in dealing with many issues that come from working with children and if you feel that there is an issue not being addressed, we would encourage you to speak to one of the leaders or to our Youth Co-ordinator, Clare Blomfield.

Are all of your kids/youth activity leaders DBS checked?
Yes. We ensure that all of our leaders are DBS checked before undergoing our safeguarding training.

Do you have a safeguarding policy?
Yes. You are more than welcome to look at our current safeguarding policy. You can do this by clicking on the following link: Horham Baptist Church Safeguarding Policy.

What measures do you take to ensure my child is kept safe?
We regularly undertake necessary risk assessments for each activity and ensure there is first aid cover at each event. There is a strict procedure for the signing in/out of all children and young adults. A large percentage of our leaders and helpers are also fellow parents, so have many years of experience with children of all ages.