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Children’s Ministry Facility Materials For A Preschool Classroom

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Each classroom should be supplied with the necessary items that are used each week. All additional supplies can be found in a general location such as a resource room, resource closet, supply cabinet, or supply containers that are easily accessible to teachers and volunteers. If space is a factor then supplies and materials need to be purchased weekly and made available to all volunteers at a designated location within the children’s department. It is helpful to label this area or room so that volunteers can find additional supplies easily.

Each classroom should have clean floors and walls without sharp edges, doors with windows, and adequate size classrooms with enough space to accommodate the amount of children for each age group. Consideration in choosing the right ventilation, lighting, classroom size, furniture, equipment, and supplies should be a priority for the safety and well being of every child within the ministry.

When setting up a children’s ministry strong emphasis should be placed on the safety of every child. Exits should be marked with signs and evacuation routes should be visible in case of an emergency. A copy of an evacuation plan with exit routes should be posted in every classroom next to or close to an exit door.

Below is a list of classroom furniture, equipment, and supply recommendations for a preschool classroom within a children’s ministry. Furniture must meet standard recommendations for each age group and must be sturdy and in good repair without missing pieces or rough edges. Furniture, equipment, and supplies can be bought through a children’s school supply company or local store. When selecting furniture, equipment, and supplies consider the age, size of the classroom, and standard recommendations for each age of children within the ministry.

All other ministries who use the preschool rooms during the week should be responsible to help maintain and keep the rooms clean and neat for the children.

Recommendations for classroom size, maximum ratios, and maximum group size have been taken from the state of Texas Minimum Standards for Child Care Facilities.

Some states may vary with standards and regulations, therefore it is best to refer to individual states where the church resides and use these standards and regulations as a guide to follow.

3 Year Olds

Classroom Size

35 square feet per child

Maximum Ratio Child:Teacher

7 Children to 1 Teacher

Maximum Group Size

14 Children

Furniture/Classroom Equipment


Bean Bag Chairs or Large Pillows

Age appropriate wall posters and wall decorations

Metal Cabinet with lock

Plastic Container to hold adult supplies (Stapler, pens, markers, pencils, adult scissors)

Small disposable cups

Graham Crackers or Crackers


CD Player

Clip Board with Attendance Sheet

Christian CD’s for children

Sing a longs and movement CD’s

TV and DVD Player

Ceiling or Wall Mount

Age appropriate DVD’s

Age appropriate books

3 Preschool size tables Each table should seat 8 children

14 - 18 Preschool Chairs per room

2 Large Adult Chairs for Teachers

Age appropriate toys, floor and table toys

Blocks, Cars, Trucks, Dolls, Puzzles

Hand Puppets

Curriculum, Student Handbooks, Coloring Pages

Wood Book Stand

Security Labels for children

Bulletin Board 6 feet long

1 - 2 per classroom

Wall Mounted Working Phone

Play Kitchen with Play Food and Dishes

1 - 2 Area Rugs

Construction Paper

White Paper

Large Crayons

Washable Markers

Glue Sticks


Child size scissors rounded end

Storage Shelves for toys

1 - 2 Units

Play House

Lego Table with Legos

Felt Board

Felt Pieces

Large Picture Books

Large Posters

1 Trash Can per room

Trash Bags

Metal Cabinet with lock

Plastic Container to hold adult supplies (Stapler, pens, markers, pencils)

Paper Towels & Kleenex

Wet Wipes

Disposable Gloves

Cubby Coat unit for 14 children attached to a wall. Unit should have hooks for coats and diaper bags

Disinfectant Spray safe for children

Antibacterial hand Soap

Child size bathroom between classrooms

Outlet Covers (one for every outlet)

Locks on Cabinets


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