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1.    
Welcome                                                                                            Pg.

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2.    
Introduction/Philosophy                                                                      Pg.      

3.    
Recruitment                                                                                         Pg.

4.    
Training for Staff                                                                                Pg.

5.    
Personnel Policies and Procedures                                                      Pg.

6.    
Expectations for Collaboration                                                            Pg.

7.    
Professionalism                                                                                   Pg.

8.    
Conflict Resolution                                                                             Pg.

9.    
Guidelines for Employess                                                                   Pg.

10.  Employee
Evaluation/Discipline                                                          Pg.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Introduction

Welcome to the LeapFrog Educational Center. The
preschool is an educational program staffed by professional teachers. Please
read this handbook prior to beginning employment. This handbook has been
written to orient you to the preschool program and to provide you with the
staff policies and procedures. It is important for you to be aware of these
policies. The administration of the preschool reserves the right to modify or
amend this handbook and its policies at any time. If you have any questions,
concerns or suggestions please feel free to see us. We hope your experience
with us is a positive one! We look forward to working with you.

Philosophy

            At LeapFrog Educational Center, we believe in the
value and uniqueness of each child we serve. Our childcare experience is
designed to promote each child’s own individual social, emotional, physical,
and cognitive development. As caregivers and educators, our mission is to
provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, which
fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a
lifelong learner.

The LeapFrog Educational Center’s philosophy creates
learning conditions that enhance thinking through expressive, communicative and
cognitive languages. Project work is an important aspect of this curriculum
approach. We believe that children, their families and society all benefit from
a high-quality, early childhood program and that there is a critical link
between a child’s early experiences and later successes in life. The mission of
the preschool is to provide a model program responsive to the changing needs of
children, parents, faculty, staff, and community. The goal of the program is to
provide a high quality, affordable program for children 2.9 to 5 years old,
opportunities for parent involvement and high education and training requirements
for staff. Building positive relationships is considered fundamental and
essential for the well-being of the children. The program supports a strong
working relationship among children, teachers, parents, and the community.

·     
For the children,
we strive to maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing environment where the
developmental needs of the children are addressed.

·     
For the parents, we
strive to keep the program affordable and available. It is our goal to serve as
a resource for support and education.

·     
For staff, we
strive to provide an atmosphere that will attract and retain well-trained
personnel by maintaining good working conditions. We encourage a sense of
cooperation and open communication among members of the preschool community.
The program maintains high educational and training requirements for staff.

            Children will experience growth and
learning in their social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive
development, and families will feel supported and nurtured in their child
rearing efforts. The preschool program has set goals for the program that are
tied to specific outcomes for children as well as families and are assessed on
how well these goals are met through the assessment of child progress and
through family evaluations and other input.

Recruitment

 

Training for Staff

Staff trainings are held twice a year. The required
first aid training is held in October and a teaching-oriented training is held
in February. Staff meetings are held monthly for two hours or more. The staff is
required to attend both of these full day trainings, as the preschool will be
closed. These trainings are required by the NAEYC and are designed to enhance
your skills for working with young children. Meetings are documented and follow
a written plan. Attendance is taken. Topics possibly focused on during staff
trainings:

• Documentation

• Project Work

• Health and
safety, nutritional guidelines

• Personality of
the child

• Child development

• Studio arts

• Gender/racial
stereotyping

• Parent-staff
relationships

• Environment of
the classroom

• Multi-cultural
education/curriculum

• Social and
emotional growth of the child

• Child’s
perception

• Innovative
classroom and project ideas

• Comparisons of ideas
among staff

• Grievances among
staff

• Handling of
emergency situations

• Speaking to
children about current events

• Review of all
preschool policies and regulations

 

A special meeting
is held in September for all parents and staff. The purpose of the meeting is
to discuss preschool policies and curriculum, meet the staff, sign up for
parent committees, discuss fundraising projects, parent responsibilities and
opportunities for participation, as well as discuss campus involvement and
organization structures. Establishing a trusting relationship with parents and
staff is important to us.

 

Knowing and Understanding Our Preschool
Families

 

Basic Personnel Policies/Procedures

 

Expectations for collaboration

 

Professionalism

Each LeapFrog staff member is a child care
professional and is expected to act as such. The following general regulations
for professionalism should be executed at all times:

·     
Arrive on time and
stay entire shift, if needed.

·     
Is not absent from
work on a regular basis and finds a substitute when necessary.

·     
Dress appropriately
for interaction with children.

·     
Take directions,
suggestions and criticisms, and follow through to improve performance.

·     
Respect
confidential information regarding children, families, and co-workers.

·     
Display a positive
attitude toward the entire center

·     
Attend staff meetings
and other Center events.

·     
Complete required
training courses.

Dress Code

Staff members are
expected to respect the 3 C’s for appropriate attire at work as follows:   

·      COMFORTABLE – Staff is expected to play with the
children and be down at their level whenever it is appropriate. To do this,
staff must be dressed in comfortable clothing that allow free movement and
activity. Staff members should wear clothing they feel comfortable getting
dirty or stained, as staff members are expected to participate alongside the
children during all daily activities. Flip-flops and sneakers are appropriate
footwear.

·      CLEAN – All clothing should be clean with no stains,
rips or tears, and must smell appropriate. This also applies to personal
hygiene.

·      COURTEOUS – Staff members interact with children and
parents on a daily basis and should dress professionally. Clothing may not
contain alcohol, drug, or cigarette references. Vulgar sayings or suggestions
are forbidden.  Certain clothing garments
are NOT appropriate for the work environment, including: halter tops, strapless
“tube” tops, short skirts/shorts (must hit at fingertip length or below),
sweatpants, excessively torn jeans/shorts, and low-rise jeans/shorts which
expose undergarments.

 It is
expected that all staff members will present themselves and LeapFrog Educational
Center in a professional, respectable manner. Any staff member not adhering to
the dress code may be asked to leave and return dressed appropriately.

 

Conflict resolution

 

Guidelines for employees

 

Employee evaluation/discipline 

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