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Parent Helpers

Volunteer Helpers’ Guidelines

 At Rainham Village Primary School and Nursery we welcome and appreciate all helpers, including Parents and Grandparents. We all work hard to create and maintain a loving, caring challenging and supportive school environment. We ask that you take the time to read and follow these simple guidelines. 

Points to note:

  • Remember you have been placed in a position of trust. All information you might see or hear about a child is of a confidential nature. Please don’t talk about any child outside of the school.
  • All helpers must have an up to date DBS before helping in school. Please call the school to make an appointment to complete the online application.
  • Parents are requested to offer support in a class, other than that of their own child.
  • Please do not use the opportunity as a helper to seek additional information about your own child e.g. looking in drawers, books, asking Class Teachers about a child’s progress.
  • All helpers must work under the guidance and direction of the Class Teacher.
  • If a child needs to be reprimanded, this is the responsibility of the Class Teacher not the helper.
  • Please be specific with the Class Teacher about the dates and times you are available to help.
  • If you are helping on a regular basis and are unable to attend, please let the office staff know as soon as possible.
  • All helpers must have read the Safeguarding and Behaviour policies, and completed the Health and Safety Induction with a senior member of staff. All volunteers must also have read part 1 of KCSIE 2016 and signed to say they have done so.
  • Helpers may offer to assist teacher with specific activities or alternatively show an interest in undertaking duties which do not involve working alongside children e.g. mounting work, photocopying, laminating etc.
  • You are in school to support the needs of a group of children, not just your own child. Only in exceptional circumstances will you be asked to work on a one to one basis with your child.
  • However, you may find that your child is in the group you have been asked to work with. If you are working in the same environment as your own child, do not treat them any differently from the other children.
  • Be aware of the school, playground rules and also the individual class rules which will be on display in the classroom. Refer to these simple rules and always encourage the children to follow them.
  • If you have been asked to hear a child read please date, initial and write parent helper in the book. You may decide to award stickers. Please give lots of praise, learning to read can be tricky!
  • The staffroom is an area for working staff and trainee professionals only.
  • Volunteer and Work Experience Policy

Confidentiality and Child Protection:

Whilst you are helping in school you may hear comments or observe situations that concern you. In the first instance you must discuss the issue with the Class Teacher or Senior member of staff. You are asked to respect confidentiality and therefore requested not to discuss other children or situations with other parents outside of the school building.

If you are approached by another parent, asking for information about their child or class or school matter, please refer the parent to the Class Teacher or Senior member of staff.

Your help and support is very much valued. We hope that you enjoy helping in school and find it to be a rewarding experience.