Children & Families

KidSPARK is a time

of discovery and excitement!

Here at Camberwell Baptist, we love that kids are part of God’s kingdom, and are very much a loved part of our church family! We have a Sunday morning children’s ministry program, called KidSPARK, which runs every Sunday during term time.

Children are part of our worship service for the first 20 minutes of the Sunday service, and then after the Kids’ Spot the kids move into the hall for KidSPARK. We aim to provide a program with lots of different age-appropriate elements (singing, reading, teaching, games, crafts and activities), through which kids can explore and engage with who God is, as He has revealed Himself in the Bible (and ultimately in his son Jesus Christ!). All of our leaders have current Working with Children checks, and are active and valued members of our church.

We love that kids are involved in our church family through various opportunities to grow by serving and blessing our church family. From time to time they have various roles in the service, and also do things like help to plan and run special morning teas, and help the men and women in our church family feel valued and appreciated on Fathers and Mothers Day (not just Mums and Dads!).

For any information about activities please contact our Generations Pastor, Hannah Grigg, on 0448658507, or by e-mail at hgrigg@camberwellbaptist.org

WHAT IS MAINLY MUSIC?

Mainly Music is a fun music, songs and physical activity programme for young children and their parent/carers to enjoy together.

The programme helps children have fun, socialise with adults and other children, and develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, mathematical and pre-reading skills. Children are introduced to music and creative activities, and families are given an opportunity to think about the God-part of life.

See more here: https://mainlymusic.org

WHEN DOES IT RUN?

Mainly Music runs Wednesday mornings at 10am, within school term dates.

WHO CAN ATTEND?

Children from birth to age 4 are welcome to take part together with a parent/carer.

WHAT DOES A SESSION LOOK LIKE?

A Mainly Music session has nearly half an hour of structured music-based group activities. After this, families are welcome to stay for a relaxed time of being together. Kids bring their own morning tea to enjoy eating together before enjoy a time of play while a lovely morning tea is provided for the adults.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Each term costs $50 per family, usually paid in advance for a whole term.

 HOW CAN I TRY IT?

At times of high demand there may be a waiting list our mainly sessions.  A trial session can be booked for you to visit a session.

To express interest, please contact Hannah 0448658507

Playgroup

Playgroups are run through Camberwell Baptist Church for children aged 0-4 years old on Monday mornings from 9.30am – 11.15am in the Will St Hall. The Aim of Playgroup is to provide an opportunity for mothers / fathers /carers and their preschool children to all have fun socializing and learning through playtime in a loving and caring environment.

Playgroup Programme

9.30am        Arrival & Activity time
10.15am       Pack up & Morning Tea
10.30am      Story time
10.40am      Free Play & Parents/ Carers tea & coffee
11.00am       Music & Singing
11.15am        Home time

During Activity time children can choose out of a variety of craft activities (playdoh, making craft, painting, drawing, puzzles) or may choose to play freely in the home corner or with other toys. During free playtime, the hall is set up with a wide variety of equipment including climbing frames, ride on toys, tunnels, ball play and much more. During story and singing times we ask that parents/carers provide a role model children by sitting with them quietly and encouraging them to listen and participate in the story & singing times.

Children sit down and eat morning tea together. Due to COVID restrictions we ask that all parents bring morning tea for their child. Please be aware that we operate a NO NUTS policy.

As we are part of a Baptist Church, our programme does, at times, have some Christian themes and we do say grace before the children’s morning tea. Christmas and Easter will also be celebrated within the programme.

Playgroup would not be able to run without the amazing volunteer leaders and assistants who work tirelessly to provide the children with an amazing programme each week. All have current Working With Children Checks.  We also ask that parents/ carers assist with sharing some basic duties each week. Some of these include preparation of fruit, paint pack up and washing up from morning tea.

Playgroup Fees are $60 per child per term and are payable at the beginning of each term.

Kindergarten

Camberwell Baptist Church Kindergarten provides an environment and programs which promote children’s development in a holistic way. Each child is encouraged to develop his/her creative gifts by being involved with a wide variety of stimulating materials and experiences. An awareness of the world around them, community, nature, science, maths, language, music, movement and Christian truth is developed.

Children’s self esteem is enhanced by providing security within well defined behavioural boundaries. Children are prepared for school by encouraging their confidence in their own abilities and learning acceptance of others.

Our kindergarten supports and co-operates with parents, sharing together the excitement as children grow, learn and develop. Opportunities are provided for social interaction of parents and families and our kindergarten staff and church are always available as a resource.

The kinder has both a 3 and 4 year old program, and includes a number of extra activities.  Each week the children enjoy learning basic French through songs, games and stories.  A qualified teacher runs music program where children explore music by playing instruments, singing and games.  Children also have the opportunity to explore dance with a teacher who helps them express themselves, with various props, to different styles of music.

For more information click here to visit the kinder website, or contact

Director

Mrs. Nina Mann
1A Wills Street
Hawthorn East, 3123
p. 9882 6880
e. camberwell.baptist.church.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Families

Families are warmly welcome at our Sunday morning service.  Our congregation ranges from 1 year olds right up to great grandparents!  During term time we run KidSPARK, for children aged 3 to grade 6.  From time to time, kids are involved in the service in various ways.

For families with younger kids, our playgroup (run Monday) provides opportunity for mothers/fathers/carers and their preschool children to have fun socializing and learning through playtime.  We also have a kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds, which seeks to provide a happy, caring and secure environment in which kids can learn. 

There are a number of activities and events throughout the year, aimed at providing support, fun and friendship for families.