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MCUM Childcare Center Volunteer Manual

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Transcript of MCUM Childcare Center Volunteer Manual

MCUM Childcare Center Volunteer Manual Welcome To MCUM! As a volunteer at MCUM, you are
expected to be informed and comply with
some very important policies. This includes our
Child Abuse or Neglect policy Another important factor is... In case of an emergency, we want
you to be aware of our Which you can review right here... Confidentiality Tornado and Fire

Emergency Plans Let's start with responsibility... Knowledge and... Responsibility We are very excited to have you here! But before the fun starts... In order to have a successful
volunteer experience,
you have to learn about our three
basic volunteer components... You need to learn a
few things about the volunteer job.. These Components are... Fun! All volunteers must exercise
discretion in regard to all matters
pertaining to official business and records. Any
information that has been received by a
volunteer, directly or indirectly,must be
maintained in confidence. Now that we've covered responsibility,
let's go over Knowledge 1. Inquiries by parents regarding another child or family enrolled
2. Conversations in the Teacher Resource room while on break
3. Discussing a family or child with a co-worker and not realizing other persons (or children) are present to overhear Common traps for violating confidentiality are... Failure to maintain confidentiality is grounds for termination of volunteer! To protect the children, no pictures will be permitted to be taken by any volunteer. In adittion...

General Rules

Outdoor Rules


Meal Rules Our rules can be put into a few categories.

We have... Always encourage the use of "indoor voices"

No running, fighting or shouting

Children should not interfere with other children engaged in an activity

There should be no "rough house" like picking up the kids and swinging them around

Children should be encouraged to clean up after themselves (with adult help, if necessary)

As a volunteers, you should be available so that the children may talk to you (i.e. No cellphone use or socializing during service.)

Stress that children work independently at routine tasks, but help them if they seem to have difficulty (e.g. putting on coats, going to the restroom, putting away materials, etc.)

Don't yell at the children.

Restrain from wearing any kind of perfume while you are volunteering. General Rules It is very important that you review these
emergency plans. If you have any questions or doubts about what to do in case of emergency, please make sure to ask any of our childcare coordinators. You may, also, ask the instructor you are working with, what the specific procedure is for the classroom you volunteer in. It is crucial for all of our volunteers to be knowledgeable of our rules, in order to act and provide their service in the best way possible.

Maintain teacher to child ratios while on the playground
Puffins(1:5), Seahorses (1:7), Penguins (1:10), Otters (1:10), Dolphins 1:12

A staff person needs to be assigned to the area around the climbing equipment

Adults need to supervise and to space themselves around the playground. Do not congregate. Do not socialize.

Avoid yelling across the playground to correct a child. Go to the children to correct a problem. Remember: We are the models for the neighborhood! Avoid any behavior that would embarrass you or the program.

Supervise the children closely when using tools, jump ropes or similar equipment. Supervision Equipment Children may not climb the fence or open the gate- ever.

Children must use the steps to go down the slide. They may only go down the slide on their bottom, facing forward. No child should be permitted to climb up the slide.

Inside toys may go inside to provide an extension of what is happening in the classroom.

Tricycles should remain on the blacktop and children must wear helmets when riding tricycles/wagons.

No throwing of sand, stones or rubber chips.

Rubber chips should not be removed from the designated area. Miscellaneous Remind children to use the bathroom before going outside.

Children should be dressed for the weather. Remind children to wear hats, mittens, coat fastened and boots, if needed. If parents send in a coat, it should be worn.

Children must be accompanied by an adult any time they exit the playground.

Older children should not interfere with the younger children's play.

Don't take a child or children into the building alone. If a child asks to go inside for the bathroom or drink, tell them to ask the teacher. Encourage the children to eat their meals.
Don't touch the children's food.
Don't allow children to share food and don't share your food with the children.
Don't feed the children or force them to eat food.
Don't let the children eat food or use utensils that have fallen to the floor. The main goal of a volunteer at our childcare is to spend quality time with the children and help our instructors in providing more one-on-one attention for the kids. Now that we've gone through the responsibility and knowledge of the job, we can focus on the fun that comes with volunteering at MCUM! Coming in to a classroom full of children might be overwhelming, so we thought it helpful to provide you with a list of suggestions on ways of interacting with the children. You can...

Read to a child or children from any available book.

Start play in one of the activity centers and invite children to join.

Bring an activity of your own planning.

Set up painting at easel.

Set up a board game and help the children play.

Help children build with blocks.

Pretend with the children (hospital, store, fire station, gas station, etc.).

Have a tea party with the children.

Set up a craft activity (pasting, cutting, coloring, etc.).

Set up puzzles or put together toys.

Help the children learn letter, numbers, shapes or colors (make a game of it).

Rock the children in the rocking chair.

Join and aid a teacher's activity.

These are just a few suggestions but there is an infinity of activities you can do with the kids so feel free to bring in any games or ideas for the children's play! Your participation in this program is a tremendous help to us and is extremely important to the children. A loving adult can make a great difference to a young child's life.

We appreciate your help!!! Daily Preschool Schedule Other useful information...

Circle Time: Teachers play one or more of the following activities: conversation and sharing, music and movement, finger plays, stories, flannel board or circle games.

Children may choose from centers such as art, language, dramatic play, music, math/science, social studies, large and small muscle movement.

Children select from a variety of outdoor activities such as sand play, using balls and large wheeled toys, swinging, climbing, gardening, jump ropes, nature walks, painting and so on.

Quiet time prior to rest: children hear a recorded story, song or may be read to by staff or volunteers. As children wake, they read books or play quiet games on their cots; children who do not sleep or who awaken early are offered another section of the room to look at books, play with table toys, and engage in other quiet activities. Large Group Play: Learning Centers: Outdoor Play: Rest Time: We believe that learning self-control begins with a loving environment and that "positive discipline" is helping children to learn and grow. School, staff and volunteers guide behavior by redirecting children to more positive activities by giving positive reinforcement as much as possible. Behavior problems will be addressed with parents, and documented in the child's file. We do not believe in spanking children. Spanking, or other forms of corporal punishment is strictly prohibited. We prefer the methods of redirection and modeling to achieve cooperation. Discipline/Behavior Management Step by Step Approach to Handling Inappropriate Behavior Positive Environment Physical Presence Positive Assertion Self Selected Choice Two Choices Come With Me Time to Think The environment is prepared to encourage appropriate behavior. Move near the child. Say nothing Say what you want the child to do. "You can choose something else to do" "You can do_____or_____." "Come with me. Let's do_____." Time away from the group to
think and talk with an adult. For more detailed information
on behavior management, please
review our discipline policy.
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