What is Waumba Land?
Waumba Land is our environment for preschool children, birth through pre-kindergarten. "Waumba" is the Swahilian word for Creator, so Waumba Land is the "Land of the Creator." We want children to walk away from Waumba Land knowing three things: God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever. This is accomplished by creating a comfortable place where children have a consistent leader and experience a caring God.
How many classrooms do you have?
We have 34 classrooms. All classes are open at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 12 classes are open at 12:30 p.m.
What curriculum do you use?
We use First Look, a curriculum written by The reThink Group. To find out more information about First Look, go to www.myfirstlook.org.
What are you student-to-teacher ratios?
Babies and crawlers are 3:1; toddlers and two's are 4:1, and three's and pre-K are 5:1.
How many volunteers do you have? What do you volunteers do? What is their commitment level?
It takes 600-700 volunteers to make Waumba Land happen each Sunday. Our Host Team assists first time guests with registration. Coaches are responsible for connecting with and supporting the volunteer staff of 2-3 classes. Small Group Leaders oversee classroom activities and are responsible for connecting with a group of 8-10 children through phone calls to the home and postcards. Coaches, Teachers, and Small Group Leaders work one service every Sunday. Host Team members work twice a month.
to get involved.
Do you require parents to volunteer?
We ask that every parent volunteer once a quarter, but it is not required.
How are your volunteers screened?
Every volunteer must complete a Family Ministry Application, secure three references, and sign a consent form for a criminal background check to be run. We complete background checks on all volunteers who work every week with the children.
What is your security policy?
When parents drop their children off, they receive a numbered security tag. Their child gets the corresponding numbered tag clipped to their shirt and diaper bag. The parent must present the correct security tag to the teacher at the end of the hour in order to pick up their child. We also use the security tag number to page parents from the service if their child needs them during the hour.