Parent Helper Policy

 

Purpose:

 

The Parent Helper Program enables parents/guardians to participate as valued members of the community by:

  • Enabling the learning of students by providing additional support to the classroom program
  • Contributing to the delivery of a differentiated curriculum model – parents working with students on their individual needs, determined by the teacher
  • Developing the parent’s understanding of the educational practise ‘Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model’ and how teachers facilitate the learning of all students
  • Applying this understanding of instructional practices in literacy and numeracy, so as to be involved in the learning of their child/children
  • Assisting with programs in sports and the arts

 

If the above points are observed, the Parent Helper Program will contribute to the growth and achievement of our students.

 

Responsibilities:

 

It is the responsibility of classroom teachers to:

  • Collate parent interest and determine their Parent Helper Timetable.
  • Review/revise this timetable (at least once a term) to ensure maximum parent involvement.
  • Display the Parent Helper Timetable outside or in the classroom or send the timetable home to parents
  • Determine the role of the parent helper for each session and communicates this clearly to the parent and students.

 

It is the responsibility of parents to:

 

  • Participate in the Parent Helper Induction session (this is required prior to working as a parent helper).
  • Read and become aware of this policy
  • Communicate availability with their child’s/children’s teacher
  • Assist in the classroom program under the direction of the classroom teacher by:
        •   Working with individual students
        •   Working with small groups of students
        •   Providing a role model for learning
        •   Supporting students to complete tasks
        •   Assisting with collecting assessment data for the teacher
        •   Completing general class tasks

It is an expectation that Parent Helpers will: 

 

  • Avoid making educational judgements
  • Act on the understanding that all children can learn
  • Act on the understanding that children learn at different rates and have different learning needs
  • Act on the understanding that children have different strengths
  • Communicate with the classroom teacher any difficulties (appropriateness of task, behavioural issues, social relationships)
  • Refer discipline issues to the class teacher
  • Ensure they are comfortable with the role they are taking on

 

Confidentiality – Parent Helpers will:

 

  • Retain confidentiality at all times
  • Respect the privacy of children and parents
  • Avoid mentioning the names or learning needs of students in front of their own child/children or other parents
  • Be aware that children can be hurt by harmless remarks from their peers and adults

 

Process

  • We request that parents participating in the Parent Helper Program have a current ‘Working with Children’ Check
  • Parent Helper Induction sessions will be advertised in the newsletter
  • Two sessions (am/pm) will be run in at the beginning of the school year
  • Parents communicate their interest in attending this Induction session via a permission slip, email or in person to the leadership team
  • Parents complete the Induction Session run by the Wembley Literacy Coach and or Literacy Consultant
  • If there is significant demand for a future parent training session, staff may be able to cater for this, or alternatively, new parents to the school may be trained by buddying/shadowing an experienced helper
  • Teachers will receive the names of the parents of students from their grade who have participated in the Parent Helper Induction session
  • Once the Induction session has been completed, Parents communicate with classroom teachers their availability (days and times)
  • Classroom teachers establish a timetable based on one parent per session or a maximum of two parents
  • Parent Helpers will sign in at the Office and receive a Visitor’s Badge prior to commencing their role in the classroom
  • Parents are asked to not bring younger children to the classroom when acting as a Parent Helper. This will enable optimum focus on student learning
  • Parents will work in the classroom at all times under the supervision of the classroom teacher