WHY BANFF RUNDLE PLAYSCHOOL?
Studies have shown that playschool is a positive first step in a child’s education. Playschool develops social, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills. Working, playing and sharing in a group helps to prepare children for team playing and group interactions later in life. Children learn a great deal through play: it’s their work. Play provides a natural opportunity for young children to learn new skills, to practice familiar ones as well as to teach others what they know. Studies have shown that 70% child-directed time combined with 30% teacher-directed time is a perfect happy balance.
All children attending the Banff Rundle Playschool must be fully toilet trained. Pull-ups or any other type of training diapers are not permitted. Please encourage your child to use the washroom before entering the classroom. In the event of a bowel movement mishap at Playschool, the parent will be called to come and assist his/her child. In the event of a urine mishap, the child will be changed into his/her spare clothes.
SCHOOL CLOSURES AND CHANGES
In the event of a school closure or sudden change in the regular programming, the assigned Scheduler will contact the families within their class. Attempts will be made firstly by phone, lastly by email. Please ensure that your contact numbers stay updated. Please note that the school may be closed if the teacher is ill and we are unable to arrange for a substitute teacher.
For the safety of ALL and to allow immediate access for emergency vehicles, please DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE GATE.
Please park strollers and bikes on the grassed area and attend to your children while in the parking lot and rear alley. Please close the gate after you.
The Playschool telephone is to be used for emergency purposes only. The telephone number is 403-762-4828.
SCHOOL PHOTOS AND PUBLICATION RELEASE
A class photograph plus individual photographs are taken in October or November. Look for information on the date, time and cost in the newsletter and on the bulletin board.
Upon registration you will be asked to sign a publication release in the event that during Playschool activities your child should happen to be in a photo that gets published. Please speak to a Board member if this causes any concern.
The Banff Rundle Playschool insures each child under a “Group Accident” insurance policy. It is an “award” type policy and is not meant to replace or supplement Alberta Health Care. Please contact the Vice-Chair if you require more information.
The Alberta Government offers financial subsidy to qualifying families. For more information or to apply, please call: 1-877-644-9992 or visit: www.alberta.ca.
We communicate with parents in a Monthly Newsletter which is emailed monthly to each family. The newsletter is full of information about the teacher’s themes for the month, news from the past month, upcoming Playschool holidays, as well as the monthly cleaning crew dates.
A Monthly Calendar will also be emailed detailing class-specific news, including class field trips and outings, special activities and visitors as well as the Parent of the Day schedules. Please check the bulletin board regularly for these postings and current Playschool information. If you do not have internet access, paper copies will be available on the bulletin board.
A Comment Box is available for your convenience on the Playschool bulletin board and directs all questions and concerns to the Parent Committee Board if you are uncomfortable talking with board members directly. All concerns will be held in strict confidence by the appropriate person(s). The Comment Box is checked monthly and any concerns, suggestions and questions are discussed at the earliest board meeting.
If you have any concerns about Classroom Procedures please contact the teacher. If you are not satisfied with the action taken, then contact the Board’s Chairperson.
If you have any questions about Playschool Policies please contact the Board’s Chairperson.
HEALTH AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION
HEALTH STANDARDS AT PLAYSCHOOL
The following are guidelines to help parents and teachers decide when a child is too ill to attend Playschool. For the safety of other children, your child should be excluded from Playschool if he or she is exhibiting any of the following:
- Diarrhea: Two loose bowel movements within 4 hours
- Vomiting: One or more episodes within the last 12 hours
- Flu: In combination with one of the above or fever or lethargy
- Fever: A temperature of 100 F or 37.5 C or higher
- Rashes: Any questionable rashes
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): The child is to remain at home until they have been on medication for 24 hours
- Ear Infection, Cough: If being treated by a doctor with antibiotics it is recommended that the child remain at home for at least 24 hours
- Parasitic Infestation: The child is to remain at home until clearance from a doctor or health unit is obtained
- Communicable Disease (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, etc.): The child is to remain at home until clearance from a doctor or health unit is obtained
If a child attends Playschool with one of the above medical problems, the parents or contact person will be phoned to take the child home. If you have any questions regarding the above, please phone the Banff Health Unit at 403-762-2990.
HEAD LICE POLICY
The Banff Rundle Playschool holds a strict “No Nit Policy”. In the event of head lice at Playschool, the play areas will undergo an immediately disinfection and be thoroughly cleaned. We will check all children before they enter the classroom and we will send children home who show signs of lice or nits. While families may report that they are doing the treatments, it is nearly impossible for our Parent Helper and Teacher to distinguish between live and dead nits.
Please comb hair thoroughly to remove nits before returning to school. While this policy may conflict with information from health professionals, as a private, non-profit organization we need to act in the best interests of our families to do everything possible to prevent lice from becoming an ongoing problem. Children may return to school after having lice with a doctor’s note stating that the lice are dead and gone.
If you discover that your child has a case of head lice, please seek appropriate treatment and do not bring your child to Playschool until they have been cleared by a physician or health nurse. Also, please ensure that the head lice problem has been resolved in your entire household.
For further information, contact Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK(5465) or the Banff Health Unit at 403-762-2990.
The teacher must be notified if your child is on any kind of medication. The teacher or parent helpers cannot administer any medication to any child in the Playschool, with the exception of an emergency situation requiring the use of an Epipen as a life-saving treatment or an asthma puffer. The Epipen and asthma puffer must have clear instructions and be visible in the classroom at all times that the child is present.
The Banff Rundle Playschool requires a signed consent for emergency medication to be administered. An emergency medicine form will be completed if medication is administered.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PARENTS
The Banff Health Unit requires that all adults who are helping out as Parents of the Day and who have immigrated to Canada from Asia within the past two years obtain a T.B. inoculation. These are required every two years and are available through the Banff Health Unit, 403-762-2990.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE PROCEDURES
The teacher and any substitute teachers will hold valid, up-to-date First Aid Certification.
The teacher will take whatever steps necessary to obtain emergency medical care if warranted. All injuries will be immediately assessed for severity and if necessary first aid will be applied.
If the injury requires further attention, attempt to contact a parent or guardian will be made. If this is not successful, an attempt to contact the child’s physician will be made and/or an attempt to contact the parents through their emergency contact information. If the parent / child’s physician cannot be contacted, any of the following actions may be taken:
Call another physician;
Have the child taken to the hospital;
Call an ambulance; (Any ambulance expenses incurred must be covered by the child’s family)
Please note that the Playschool uses universal precautions regarding the handling of bodily fluids, which consists of wearing gloves, removal of visible blood or bodily fluids with a chemical germicide solution or a 1:10 bleach solution, and disposal of gloves and wiping material in double bags.
All accidents will be reported on an accident record form.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
In case of fire or emergency, the Playschool will be evacuated. The teacher will accompany the children through the nearest exit; The Parent of the Day will check the playschool, lobby and washroom for missing children, and will close all doors behind them;
– The teacher will take attendance; Everyone will proceed to the pre-designated emergency shelter located in the lobby of the Clock Tower Mall (108 Banff Avenue);
– The teacher will phone the required emergency responders (fire department, police, etc.) if required; teacher will phone the children’s parents.
– Regular emergency drills are conducted to familiarize the children with this procedure. All children and Parent Helpers are required to wear proper footwear, which are suitable for the weather conditions in case of evacuation.