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Field trips provide children with exciting learning experiences. Parents are welcome to join as volunteers on trips. Parents who do not give permission for their child to participate on a trip must arrange for alternate care. We provide a picnic lunch on full day trips for each child and our pre-school volunteers. All volunteers must read and sign the Volunteer Policy form. Please note that staff to child ratios are decreased on trips to ensure safety of all children. KCCE will use chartered school bus transportation for trips, and special events. Children are not required to use seatbelts while travelling a school bus. School buses are exempt from requiring seatbelts as per the Ministry of Transportation, Highway Traffic Act. Please note: Children in our toddler program do not participate in off –site excursions that require bus transportation. 3.11 Students and Volunteer Policy We welcome volunteers within our programs, which can enhance the environment and the learning of the children and provide support to the teaching staff. All volunteers will review all policies prior to commencing to their start date and at least annually thereafter. Copies of sign off and annual sign off will be kept on site in the Volunteer Policy Binder for up to 3 years. In addition, volunteers are required to review the anaphylaxis plans for each child and emergency procedures of the centre. Volunteers are not counted in the staffing ratios while in the childcare centre or during field trips. All volunteers will be supervised by a teacher at all times. We ask that all volunteers sign in/out daily. Arrival and departure from the program is the responsibility of the volunteer and not our staff. Even though volunteers are not left alone with the children at any given time, volunteers (over the age of 18) are required to submit a copy of an updated (within 6 month) Vulnerable Sector Screen before starting at the child care centre. If the Vulnerable Sector Screen is more than 6 months then an Offense Declaration form is to be completed. It is the Supervisor/Staff Designate responsibility to review all policies and procedures with all volunteers, and to designate the staff responsible of supervising placement students and volunteers. Parent /Adult Volunteers: must be 18 yrs or older and will only assist the daycare staff in the event of an outing or while at the centres. Kids Connection will pay for admittance for 1 volunteer and hold 1 space on our bus. If space is limited on our bus, we may ask volunteers to drive themselves to our trip destination. Volunteers MUST have a Vulnerable Sector Screen. Volunteers will remain with a staff member of KCCE for the duration of the trip. A true certified copy of the Vulnerable Sector Screen is to be submitted. If the Vulnerable Sector Screening is older than 6 months, then an offense declaration form must signed. Under no circumstances should volunteers be left alone supervising children during a trip. Where parent handbooks/program statements are already printed, changes to any policies will be communicated to parents via an addendum memo and the information will be incorporated into the parent handbook at the next publication. 3.12 Positive Practices We will use a strengths based approach to promote positive interactions amongst adult-child and child-child. We understand that self-regulation is an important component of children’s development. Our


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