KidCheck Secure Childrens Check-In Shares The Power of a Drop-Off Policy and Check-in Benefits

Everyone is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the children that attend your program. A drop-off policy is a critical element of a protected ministry. The drop-off policy outlines how your organization intends to accept children and defines what information must be collected before admittance. However, a drop-off policy alone will not protect and secure your children’s area.

The drop-off policy must work in conjunction with a well-designed check-in procedure. Whether using a manual or electronic solution, the check-in process equips your organization to strengthen child safety, capture important health and wellness data, track attendance, and easily connect with families.

Benefits of a combined drop-off policy and strong check-in practices include:


  • Identification: When a child is dropped off, families or guardians must provide identification and the appropriate information to complete the process. This allows staff and volunteers to facilitate accurate attendance tracking, confirm the child is participating with consent, determine their location while in your care, and identify special needs.
  • Emergency Preparedness: In an emergency, utilizing the information gathered at drop-off and captured in check-in helps simplify and expedite response. This allows staff and volunteers to identify who is present, directly communicate with families, and take the appropriate action quickly.
  • Consistency: By having a drop-off policy along with check-in, you are confirming that your organization is committed to having a consistent policy for accepting children. This enables everyone to know what to expect, reduces confusion, and minimizes any possible disruptions in safety protocols.
  • A Deterrent for Bad Behavior: Having check-in procedures that are consistent and visible to others acts as a warning sign for those who might attempt to gain unauthorized entry to the children’s area. It also minimizes requests for special treatment from regular attending families who are in a hurry and don’t want to follow the standard process.
  • Demonstrates a Safety Commitment: Strengthening your drop-off policy with check-in procedures reflects your unwavering commitment and proactive approach to child safety. It minimizes potential risks to volunteers, staff, the organization, and families.
  • Offers Peace of Mind: Families always seek assurance that they place their children in good hands. A drop-off policy with check-in ensures your organization has all the essential data needed to keep kids safe. They know their children will not be released to someone who is unauthorized to retrieve them.

As you continue refining and improving your safety plan, having a drop-off policy that includes check-in procedures is critical. A commitment to child safety isn’t just about protocol; it’s about creating an environment where children can learn and thrive, parents have peace of mind, and your organization has a layer of protection.

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