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Children’s Ministry Magazine Jan/Feb 2011
Issue


1. From “Going Nowhere Fast?“-Ideas
for finding and adding volunteers:

sunday school

Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
Check 'em out and see why so many children's ministries around the world are having success with Group's products!

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Recruiting Strategies

Four
Monster Mistakes

Solving Sunday Morning Chaos

2. From “Going Nowhere Fast?“-Teacher-Child
Ratios

Check out this guide for teacher-child ratios: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/students/earlycld/ea1lk7-1.htm

Closing A Full Classroom
When teacher/student ratios are exceeded in a classroom, kids
aren’t safe anymore–and volunteers aren’t happy. Let parents know
that for the safety of children and to ensure quality in the
classroom, your numbers have reached capacity and the classroom
needs to be closed.

What to Say

  • Be at the door to meet parents in person. Don’t put up a sign
    and walk away. Be empathetic.
  • Let parents know your team is working on opening more
    classrooms as soon as space and volunteers allow for it. Share what
    you’re doing to rectify the situation.
  • Let the child know that the room is very full and you hope that
    you’ll see him or her next week.
  • Give parents an activity bag with coloring sheets, crayons, and
    fruit snacks for the child to use in a worship setting or adult
    classroom.

Provide contact information if the parents want to talk about it
further.

What NOT to Say

  • Don’t dump your pent-up frustrations on the parent. Whining
    won’t attract volunteers!
  • Don’t blame your children’s council, elder board, or anyone
    else for developing such a “ridiculous and strict” policy. Uphold
    and support why this policy is important for the safety of
    children.
  • Don’t blame the parents for not volunteering their time if the
    room is closed due to volunteer/child ratio. Gently invite them to
    be part of the solution so it doesn’t happen again.


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