July 20th, 2017

Job Description

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church


Your role is to provide safe, secure, nurturing, clean and efficient care to our children.

All Nursery employees must:

-         be a U.S. citizen

-         be 18 years of age or older

-         be a high school graduate

-         complete the employment application for employment, including three personal references (this application must be on file with the Church Administrator)

-         undergo a background check and fingerprinting as outlined in the employment application

-         complete Safeguarding God’s Children course every three years


Nursery employs individuals who:

-         find the joy in caring for babies and small children

-         interact professionally with parents

-         adhere to Nursery staff expectations

-         are open to new ideas

-         are flexible and willing to adjust routines as necessary

-         maintain positive working relationships with Director, fellow nursery employees, as well as clergy and lay staff

-         represent the church with professionalism


Nursery employees expectations:

  • Work when scheduled to work
  • Be punctual
  • Arrive 5 minutes before scheduled time
  • Dress appropriately for the setting (in a church, with children and parents) while

still being practical and comfortable

  • Every child’s diaper should be changed before parent’s pick up. Potty training children should ‘try’ at least once.
  • Be present and engaged with the children in our care
  • Oversee the sign-in process. All cups and bags should be labeled.
  • Oversee the sign-out process.
  • You are responsible for the safety of the children. 
  • Snacks are provided each Sunday.  Children should remain seated until snacks are finished.  One snack per child. Please be sure that NO SNACKS HAVE NUTS!
  • Clean and straighten the room after the children leave.  Place any broken toys on the shelf behind the bathroom door. 
  • Report concerns or ideas for improvement to the Christian Education Director.
  • Report supply needs to the Christian Education Director.
  • Any injuries should be reported immediately to the Christian Education Director, even minor scrapes and bumps.

Interacting With Parents:

  • Greet parents and children by name.
  • Tell the parents about any diaper, feeding events or safety incidents.

Work Hours and Requirements

Two (2) Nursery Caregivers are mandatory each Sunday morning 9:00-12:00, or until every child is picked up. Staff is expected to stay in the nursery until all children have been retrieved by a parent or guardian, unless otherwise arranged with the Christian Education Director. You are guaranteed a minimum of 3 hours pay for each date you are scheduled to work. Workers who arrive late and therefore do not work the full shift will be paid for the actual time worked.


All nursery staff should be in good health when working in the nursery. If an illness is contagious or interferes with your ability to perform nursery duties, you should notify the Christian Education Director as soon as possible. If possible, 24 hours notice is appreciated. If you have a fever, or have had one in the past 24 hours, you should not work in the nursery.

There will also be occasional needs for special events during Christmas, Lent, and other times of the year.


Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Procedures

Nursery employees are required by Tennessee law to report suspected child abuse or neglect involving any child in our care. If you observe anything that causes you to suspect a child is being abuse or neglected, notify the Christian Education Director immediately so that your observations can be documented. The Director will make the report with the appropriate agency.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
309 E. Baltimore Street
Jackson, TN 38301
731-424-0556 - phone
trudy [at] estlukes [dot] org - email

Contact: Trudy Lovell, Parish Administrator

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