We’ve officially made a move towards getting started with a check-in system. This week, I introduced the concept to parents with a very simple sign in/sign out system for our elementary aged kids.
I made a Chart which has the child’s name and a place for parents to sign them in and out. I was a little nervous because I hadn’t “prepared” any parents for this change — no formal announcment or anything.
As they dropped their kids off, I just walked up and said, “We’re starting a new sign-in/sign-out system and could you sign here?” The parents were completely fine with the whole thing. No “Why are we doing this?” No “Are you kidding, there aren’t that many kids here” (we have about 20 in attendance).
So, for those of you who are worried about parents getting uptight — don’t worry! I think most parents want their kids to be safe and this is how they will view the new system. If you’re wondering when to start using a check in system — I would start immediately, no matter what you’re size. It’s always better to have a system in place before you need it then to introduce one because of something that has gone wrong. A check-in system gives extra reassurance to new-coming parents and it helps people in your congregation know that you take safety seriously. If you don’t want to dish out a lot of money at the beginning, you can start with a simple chart like we did or with matching stickers (read more below).