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  • PEANUT BUTTER & JAM PLAYGROUP

    PARENT HANDBOOK 2016/2017

    1. PLAYGROUP OPERATION ................................................................................................................... 3

    1.1 Times and Dates .................................................................................................................................. 3

    1.2 Location and Contact Information ...................................................................................................... 3

    1.3 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 3

    1.4 Playgroup Objectives .......................................................................................................................... 4

    1.5 Playgroup Structure ............................................................................................................................ 4

    2. FEES ......................................................................................................................................................... 5

    2.1 Fees ..................................................................................................................................................... 5

    2.2 Cancellations ....................................................................................................................................... 5

    2.3 Community League Memberships ...................................................................................................... 5

    3. PLAYGROUP ADMINISTRATION ....................................................................................................... 6

    3.1 Parent Participation Activities ............................................................................................................ 6

    3.2 Notice Board ....................................................................................................................................... 7

    3.3 Programs and Special Events .............................................................................................................. 7

    3.4 Key Policy ........................................................................................................................................... 8

    4. SUPERVISION OF THE CHILDREN ..................................................................................................... 9

    5. GENERAL GUIDELINES ..................................................................................................................... 10

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    Peanut Butter & Jam Playgroup - Parent Handbook 2016-2017

    5.1 Health ................................................................................................................................................ 10

    5.2 Snack Time ....................................................................................................................................... 11

    5.3 Guests ................................................................................................................................................ 11

    5.4 Fire Safety ......................................................................................................................................... 11

    5.5 Parking .............................................................................................................................................. 11

    6. LIAISONS .............................................................................................................................................. 12

    6.1 Liaison Duties ................................................................................................................................... 12

    7. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ................................................................................................................. 13

    7.1 Executive Members for 2016 / 2017 ................................................................................................. 13

    8. PRIVACY ACT ...................................................................................................................................... 14

    APPENDIX I – Parent Participation Activities .......................................................................................... 15

    Opening / Set Up ..................................................................................................................................... 15

    Creative Time Leader ............................................................................................................................. 15

    Circle Time/Story Time leader ............................................................................................................... 15

    Closing / Clean Up .................................................................................................................................. 16

    Cleaning Bees ......................................................................................................................................... 16

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    Peanut Butter & Jam Playgroup - Parent Handbook 2016-2017

    1. PLAYGROUP OPERATION

    1.1 Times and Dates

    Peanut Butter & Jam sessions operate Monday through Friday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15

    a.m.

    Peanut Butter and Jam playgroup runs from September through June. We break at the same time

    as the schools for Christmas and Spring Break. Specific dates will be provided.

    All playgroup sessions will begin the week of Monday September 12, 2016. The last session

    will be on June 23, 2017.

    Sessions will not run when the temperature is colder than -30 Celsius. Stay home. Stay safe. The

    liaison for each session must contact all members of that session when a session is cancelled due

    to weather conditions.

    1.2 Location and Contact Information

    Our location is in the Brookside Hall located at: 5320 - 143 Street, beside Brookside Elementary

    School. Please enter through door facing school.

    Website address is http://www.peanutbutterandjam.ca

    1.3 Introduction

    Peanut Butter & Jam (PB&J) functions by the co-operative effort of all members, each parent’s

    active participation is vital to its success. As a program run through the Riverbend Community

    League, Peanut Butter & Jam Playgroup is bound by the by-laws of the Community League, and

    these programs are overseen by the current Riverbend Community League board.

    From: Revised By-laws of the Riverbend Community League Section 4.9:

    ‘Every member ... shall act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of

    the League and each such member shall exercise the care, diligence and skill that a

    reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.’

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    1.4 Playgroup Objectives

    The objectives of the playgroup are to provide:

     an opportunity for your children to interact with other children;

     an opportunity for parents to meet and socialize with other parents;

     a safe, varied environment with carefully chosen toys and activities;

     introduction to new games, songs and activities.

    1.5 Playgroup Structure

    The playgroup is for children aged 0 to 5 years.

    The executive will ensure the maximum group size is appropriate based on the ages of the

    children attending each group. As a result, the registration cap for each group will vary.

    The breakdown of time for each PB&J session is:

    60 minutes for large/small toy play;

    20 minutes for snack time & announcements

    20 minutes for creative time;

    20 minutes for circle time (songs, stories etc.)

    As each group differs, discuss amongst your group members how you would like your

    session to operate. For example, if it works for all involved that you have creative time

    before snack, then feel free to re-arrange the activities to suit your needs, however, all

    activities must be included in each session.

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    2. FEES

    2.1 Fees

    Fees for PB&J members are $15 per month per child over the age of one. Infants under one are

    free if attending with a sibling, or $10 per month. Commencing the month of an infant’s first

    birthday a fee of $15 per month is charged.

    Family rates are available for up to 4 children at a rate of $30 per month.

    2.2 Cancellations

    If at any time you decide that you can no longer attend, you are expected to contact the registrar

    as soon as possible, who will contact the session liaison in order for duties to be covered.

    For cancellations after the last day of September, no refund will be issued for the September –

    January session. For cancellations after the last day of February, no refund will be issued for the

    February – June session.

    2.3 Community League Memberships

    The Playgroup operates as part of the Riverbend Community League and is covered under its

    insurance. It is mandatory that all families reg