What is MOPPETS?
MOPPETS is the childcare program that is provided to the children of MOPS moms. We provide childcare beginning at 6 months old through age 6 (meaning if you have a newborn, the infant stays with mom until he or she is old enough to go to childcare). To ensure the safety and proper supervision of all the children, we have guidelines which determine the child to childcare worker ratio for each classroom. MOPS moms will only be allowed to utilize the MOPPETS program for their own children, whom they have registered. Childcare is available until the spaces are filled.
What will my child do while at MOPPETS?
Children participating in MOPPETS, who have graduated out of the nursery area, have a curriculum including a variety of activities: singing, spiritual growth, crafts and stories. They will work with colors, numbers, and letters, printing their names and other preschool activities, as well as being served a snack. They will develop the social skills necessary for being a member of a group and being away from mom. You can read a summary of each MOPPETS lesson in the First Free MOPS Newsletter at each MOPS meeting. Children in the nursery area have no formal curriculum but are lovingly cared for by a committed group of MOPPETS workers. Your baby will be encouraged to play, nap, eat, etc., as he or she needs.
What if my child needs me?
If there is a problem with your child, or if you are breastfeeding and the baby is hungry, the MOPPETS workers will contact you. The children’s area glass doors will be locked during our meeting; there is a doorbell to ring for someone to open the doors if you need access. Feel free to check on your children at any time. Keep in mind, however, that seeing you may upset them and disrupt the group. Use your own judgment, as each child is different.
What items should I bring to MOPPETS for my child?
Bring any items your child may need, such as diapers, wipes, bottles, etc. Please make sure ALL items are labeled. Labels will be provided every week on the table within the Reign Forest. We do ask that personal items, such as toys, favorite games, and the like NOT be brought into the area. We cannot guarantee the safety of these items and would prefer to not have them broken or destroyed.
How does MOPPETS drop off and pick up work?
MOPPETS workers are in their rooms in the Reign Forrest area and ready for your child at 9:00 a.m. so that you can help your child get checked in and settled. At 11:15 you may pick up your child(ren). Late drop offs or early pick-ups tend to disrupt the group. Please be sensitive to the MOPPETS workers when it is necessary to drop off children late or take them early. If you need to leave pick up your child earlier than that, please let Kathy Megrue, our MOPPETS Coordinator, know.
What snacks are provided?
Snacks of the week will be Cheerios for the nursery area. Any child who is not in a room behind the nursery counter will be offered one of the following snack foods. They will also be given water to drink.
• Honey Maid or Keebler Graham Crackers
• Zesta Saltines
• Keebler Club Crackers
• Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers
Due to food allergy concerns, no other food is allowed in the classroom. Please make sure your child finishes any breakfast foods in the car before coming into the Reign Forrest area. If you child has eaten anything containing peanuts or tree nuts, please wash his/her hands and face before dropping him/her off in the classroom. If your child has a sippy cup, please fill it with water only. We want all children to be safe and healthy in and out of our care.
What if my child has a food allergy or other health issue?
If you have a child with a health issue such as a food allergy, you are required to fill out a hot pink Child Health Reminder card. This will serve as a reminder to our MOPPETS staff of the health issue. If you have any concerns, please let our MOPPETS coordinator know. We want your child to be safe and healthy in and out of our care. The cards will be available in the check in area as well as in the multipurpose room.
When are children not allowed to come to MOPPETS due to illness?
Children with the following symptoms should NOT attend MOPPETS:
Within the last 24 hours:
- Fever of 100 degrees or above orally– this is the equivalent of 101 degrees rectally or 99 degrees auxiliary.
- Diarrhea (6 liquid stools or more)
- Yellow/green nasal drainage
- Excessive Coughing
- Pink eye or drainage from the eye
- Rashes not related to diapering, heat, or allergic reaction to medication (unless a note from a physician is provided)
- Less than 24 hours on an antibiotic after an infection diagnosis
Children recovering from the Chicken Pox may attend provided all open areas are scabbed over.
If a MOPS mom has had the symptoms on the above list, we ask that she not attend the MOPS meeting in consideration of the other moms, especially who are pregnant or have very young babies in attendance.
Are MOPPETS workers allowed to give my child medication?
No prescription or non-prescription medications are to be given by the MOPPETS staff with the exception of diaper rash ointment or salve. This is to be applied only if it is provided by a parent, along with specific instructions for its use.