Parent Helper Information
By helping in school, you are helping to raise the standards of education for your child. You will do this by:
* giving extra individual attention to the children.
* giving teachers a chance to spend more time working on things which will help children to achieve better results.
What you will do
There are lots of ways you can help in school. What you will actually do depends on what is needed at the time and also on your own interests and skills. Whatever you do, we will give you as much information and guidance as possible. You might:
· hear children read ~ a Reading Buddy
· work with groups of children on work set by their teacher
· help in the library
· help in activities such as cookery, needlework, art and games
· display children's work
· set out and clear away equipment
· cover and repair books - the list is almost endless!
Let us know if you have any specific skills that you think might help us ~ we would love to hear about them.
When you will help
Your help is welcome at just about any time during the school day. Let the school know when you are available, but be realistic about what you offer. It's usually best to start with a short time each week and then add to it if you find you have more time free. It doesn't have to be a whole morning or a whole afternoon - an hour a week can be very helpful. Try to make it the same day and time each week. That makes it easier for you to remember and easier for the school to plan. If, for some reason, you can't come to school as arranged, please let everybody know - giving as much notice as possible.
Working with children
When you work with children at school, you will always be under the supervision of one of the teachers, who will let you know what we want you - and the children - to do.
Like all other adults in the school, you will have high expectations of children's behaviour. The children should be courteous, use polite language and listen when others are speaking. Encourage them by praise and by setting a good example. If any child misbehaves, please make sure that the teacher/teaching assistant knows about it.
You will be told about the school's behaviour policy, which sets out what we expect of children and how we deal with them.
While you are helping in school, you will find out a lot of things about children and about other adults. Like all the other people working in school, you will have to keep such things confidential.
Thank you for offering your time to help.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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