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A Great Start Preschool Volunteer Program
A Great Start Preschool has a Volunteer Program!
Please let your child’s teacher know what day you are available to
volunteer so that we can ensure that there is only one volunteer in a
classroom each day. We encourage families to help with snack, free
choice, or group project time (although you are welcome into the
classroom at any time!) The Volunteer Program is a great opportunity
for parents, older siblings, grandparents, family friends, or other
relatives to see their preschoolers at work, and take part in their
child’s Preschool world. Check the monthly activity calendar for dates
a volunteer may be needed. Volunteers will be required to abide by the
1. All volunteers
will be at least 16 years old.
2. Young siblings or
friends will not be allowed to participate in, or accompany their
parents to, the Family Volunteer Program. (There are many opportunities
to bring younger friends and siblings to our school, such as Guest
Speakers, Programs and Recitals, Family Outings Events.
volunteering, persons may be viewed by outsiders as staff of the
Preschool and will be required to follow the same rules and guidelines
as the teachers, as appropriate.
4. Volunteers will be
required to follow all rules and regulations outlined in the Ohio
Department of Job and Family Service Child Care Licensing Rules and
Regulations Handbook, as necessary.
5. All persons
participating in the Volunteer Program will use discipline policies as
outlined in our Guidance and Management Policy. Volunteers will not
yell at, scold, punish, or use harsh discipline on any child while
volunteering. Volunteers will use open ended statements and will speak
positively at all times.
6. Volunteers must
maintain confidentiality. Volunteers must not discuss any situations
specific to any child with other parents or teachers.
7. Volunteers may be
given information about children with special needs in the classroom.
Please keep in mind that this information is only given if it is
necessary for the volunteer to know in order to carry out his/her
duties; and any information given is told in confidence, and may not be
discussed with any one else including other teachers, parents, etc.
8. Volunteers will
not be permitted to be alone with the children for any reason, and will
not be permitted to escort children to any other area of the building,
including the restroom, without teacher’s presence.
9. Volunteers will
encourage children to try tasks, and will help as needed.
10. If a volunteer
observes any behaviors they are unsure of or uncomfortable with, they
will immediately notify the Teacher and/or Director. Volunteers may be
required to document the behavior.
11. If any rules are
violated, volunteers may be dismissed from the program.
12. Other rules and
guidelines as deemed necessary by the Director.
13. The volunteer
program will begin in October. We use the month of September to reduce
separation anxiety, establish and learn classroom rules and routines,
and bond with the teachers.
14. We plan to
have a few Class Parties each school year. The dates of classroom
parties will be posted on our School Calendar, and a Volunteer Sign Up
sheet will be posted by the teacher, and we invite a parent (or other
adult) to represent each child for at least one classroom party during
the school year. If you would like to volunteer for more than one
classroom party, please speak with your child’s teacher to get on a
“Substitute” list. Please do not bring siblings or other guests along
for the party. There are other opportunities throughout the year, such
as End of Year Carnival and Family Outings, to include siblings and
guests. Although we limit volunteers for Class Parties, there are
numerous opportunities to volunteer in your child’s classroom throughout
the year, and your help is greatly appreciated. Volunteering for class
parties or any other events is not mandatory.
Sometimes when you are volunteering, the teacher
may be busy with the children. Don’t worry, there is always work for
you to do! Some things you could help with are: refilling paint and
glue bottles, sharpen pencils, sort toys, straighten shelves, wash paint
brushes and containers, prepare materials, or display art projects. If
it is free choice time, we encourage you to circulate among the
children. Look for a child who needs support and encouragement. Read a
story to a child or group of children or get on the floor and play with
them. On occasion you may be asked to help outside of your child’s
classroom, such as in another classroom or in the office. If you would
like to receive additional training or instruction about volunteering in
the classroom, please see the Preschool Director.
** Copies of the Ohio Department of Job and
Family Services Child Care Licensing Rules and Regulations Handbook, A
Great Start Preschool Parent Handbook, and A Great Start Preschool
Employee Handbook are available in the Preschool office for review. Also
available are NAEYC guidelines.