The Playschool is a private, non-profit preschool organization. As we strive to make this an affordable learning experience for your child, parental involvement is crucial to keeping our Playschool open. Parents are encouraged to take part in the program as much as possible and there are many ways for parents to volunteer their time: in the classroom, during field trips, on committees, or on the Playschool Board. We depend entirely on parent volunteers. All of the Board and Committee members volunteer their time to ensure the Playschool runs smoothly and with success.
If you have a special talent or interesting skill you would like to share with a class, please contact the Teacher or the Lead Scheduler to arrange a special guest day.
The success of the program is dependent upon a coordinated team approach in order to meet the needs of children and parents.
PARENT OF THE DAY
The Playschool’s licensing regulations require two adults to be present in each classroom during operation, in the case of our Playschool this means one teacher and one parent.
In order to keep program fees affordable, the Playschool does not employ classroom aides, therefore parents MUST take their turn as Parent of the Day to assist the teacher.
A fair rotation of parent volunteers will be maintained depending on the class size and number of classes per month. A monthly schedule will be emailed to you, and for your convenience, class schedules are posted on the bulletin board.
All parents/caregivers MUST obtain a criminal record check from the RCMP and submit it to the Playschool PRIOR to helping. It may take several weeks to obtain this check. Please plan accordingly.
We are dependent upon our parent helpers, so without a Parent of the Day, the class will be cancelled. If you are unable to attend on your pre-scheduled day, it is your responsibility to find someone to take your place BEFORE your scheduled day. (i.e. relative, grandparent, family friend etc.) Please note that a recent clear RCMP check must be on-site at the playschool for all adults who volunteer in the class.
You are expected to arrive at the Playschool 15 minutes before class begins and plan to remain 15 minutes after class dismisses to ensure the room is clean and tidy.
As Parent of the Day you are required to assist the teacher with several tasks. These tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
Shovel snow as required along the entrance sidewalk and the rear fire exit doors; wash tables with bleach solution in preparation for snack;
Assist with hand washing; Spray bathroom sink with bleach solution; Sweep / Vacuum, as needed; Accompany children to the washroom and back to the classroom.
When a child is using the bathroom, the door to the Playschool is to remain open and the bathroom door is to remain closed. The parent helper is to remain outside the bathroom, unless a child requires assistance in the washroom, then the parent helper may enter, leaving the bathroom door open.
Remember to enjoy yourself! It is a very special day for your child when they have mom, dad or caregiver as Parent of the Day!
FIELD TRIPS AND OUTINGS
Parent assistance will be required for some field trips and special outings. Some special events require a parent to attend with their child and other events will require that the children be dropped off/picked up at a location other than the Playschool.
You will be notified of these requests, and please check the bulletin board regularly.
In the event of a temperature drop below minus 15 degrees, scheduled field trips, library days & reading buddy sessions may be cancelled. The Schedulers will contact you if changes or cancelations occur. Attempts will be made firstly by phone, lastly by email. Please ensure that all changes with your contact numbers are updated with the Registrar.
Raising funds is necessary during the school year to support Playschool activities, replace furniture, toys, books, educational material and at times make up for short falls in tuition. Parents are expected to participate in fundraising events as determined annually. Upon registration you will be asked to provide a postdated cheque in the amount of $125.00 payable to the Banff Rundle Playschool, only to be cashed if your fundraising obligation is not met. If you would like to be a part of the Fundraising Committee, or if you have fundraising suggestions, please communicate them to the Lead Fundraiser.
PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS
The Party Planning Committee plans all celebratory events throughout the year. Parties include: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and a Year-End Celebration. If you wish to be a part of this committee, please contact the Lead Party Planner.
Most parties will be held at the school during regular class time. Other parties may be held off-site and require parent participation. Please watch the bulletin board for details and parent volunteer opportunities.
PARENT CLEANING COMMITTEE
The Playschool is cleaned twice weekly by a person/company hired by the Playschool Board. This includes the classroom, hallway and bathroom. The Church also contracts a cleaner weekly for the hallway, bathroom and other church property. We work with the church to make sure these cleaning days do not coincide.
To maintain affordable tuition fees, parents are expected to assist in a once yearly cleaning & toy disinfecting night. If you choose not to participate or if your pre-scheduled cleaning obligation is not met, a fee of $125.00 will be charged. Upon registration you will be asked to provide a postdated cheque in the amount of $125.00 payable to the Banff Rundle Playschool, only to be cashed if your cleaning obligation is not met.
A Parent Cleaning Committee is organized and scheduled every four weeks. The schedule for each month will be posted on the bulletin board. A parent volunteer will be assigned to lead each month’s cleaning night. Parents will be asked to sign-in upon arrival, and in the event a parent does not attend, they will automatically be added to the schedule for the next month. Duties for the Cleaning Committee are listed on the Playschool door, but a brief outline is as follows: Clean plastic toys with a water-bleach solution, dry and reorganize the toys in bins, tossing any broken toys; Wipe down all surfaces, ledges, large toys, tables and chairs with a water-bleach solution; Sanitize bathroom, toilet, sink and step-stools; Play clothes, doll clothes and blankets are to be washed and folded.
The Parent of the Day is also responsible for some minimal cleaning duties as outlined in the Parent of the Day guidelines.
Please notify the teacher or a Board member if you have any concerns about cleanliness of the Playschool.