Here are the web exclusives from the September/October 2010 issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine.
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So here’s some extra content from our Children’s Ministry Magazine issue from September/October 2010.
Web Exclusives: Children’s Ministry Magazine September/October 2010
- Page 12. From the Editor. Download this emblem, print it on an iron-on transfer, and put it on T-shirts for you and your team.
- Page 29. Age-Level Insights 3 to 5. Thankful Family Feast downloadable invitations.
- Page 42. Reaching Out. Veteran’s Day Celebration downloadable invitations.
- Page 42. Reaching Out. Click on this link to find detailed instructions on how to fold the flag.
- Page 44. Family Ministry. Use this folding guide to help families create Blessing Boats.
- Page 114. Recruiting That Works. Caregiver to Ratios. (See below)
- Page 114. Recruiting That Works. Closing a Full Classroom (See below)
- Page 114. Recruiting That Works. Take a look at a new way of doing children’s ministry that’s sweeping the nation. Read more…
- Page 115. Recruiting That Works. Finding volunteers in places you may’ve never looked before. Read more…
- Page 130. Fabulous Fall. Use these certificates, rolled up with blue ribbon to honor all your kids
Caregiver to Children Ratio
The key to having a safe but efficient program is based on a few guidelines and an adult-to-child ratio.
- Birth to 12 months 3:1 (Because one caregiver shouldn’t be left alone with any number of children, the reality of this ratio is 6:2 with no more than six children for two caregivers.)
- 1-year-olds 6:1
- 2- to 4-year-olds 8:1
- 5 and up 10:1
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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