- Ask older children to be safety leaders for the younger ones
Give them a good excuse to state the reasons behind safety rules and to understand how it is helpful to give everyone room to play. This is especially important as our centre hosts a wide age range and a wide spectrum of developmental abilities.
- Supervise the children that you bring to LaFF at the Aggie
Parents/caregivers must be aware of children’s locations, behaviours and interactions with other children.
- Promote positive conflict resolution
One of the strengths of a family & friends resource program is that it introduces children to situations in which they will need to communicate and establish boundaries. They often need the support of adults to learn these skills. Ask the staff for helpful hints if you are finding the learning process frustrating or slow. Sometimes a new phrase is all that is needed to kick-start the changes.
- Keep materials to the areas in which they belong
Food and drink need to stay at the tables. Play-doh and craft materials are intended to remain near their activity areas. Cleanliness and safety are important for all of us.
- Encourage games and activities that do not include play fighting
For example, scratching tigers and monsters. These games escalate easily and usually end up with an injury. Please intervene quickly if you notice children playing aggressively or in any unsafe manner and encourage children to play a “friendlier” game.
- Support other adults in supervising
If a child’s behaviour makes you feel uncomfortable then let the parent or caregiver know what you have seen. We all have a role to play in raising kids safely. The staff can provide you with ideas to make this a good experience for all.
- Wear shoes at the Aggie Hall
Many groups utilize the hall and the cleanliness of the floor is not guaranteed.
- Wash hands when you come in and before helping with the food prep
This simple act can significantly reduce the transmission of colds and other viruses.
- Maintain children’s safety by ensuring that no one climbs on table trolleys, chair stacks or the stage
LaFF also requests that the kitchen be an adult only area.
These guidelines are a work in progress and reflect input from many of our members. Additional suggestions and comments are always welcome!
Here are a few suggestions on dealing with situations. Please talk to other parents and caregivers or a staff person if you need other suggestions.
Triple-P Parenting Program
The Triple-P suggests simple routines and small changes that can make a big difference to your family. It helps you understand the way your family works and uses the things you already say, think, feel, and do in new ways that:
- Create a stable, supportive and harmonious family
- Encourage behaviour you like
- Deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behaviours
- Build positive relationships with your children, so that conflict can be resolved
- Plan ahead to avoid or manage potentially difficult situations
- Take care of yourself as a parent or caregiver
- Use the words that tell how you want the child to behave, e.g., “Be gentle” or “Use your words”
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Ladysmith Family and Friends Society
PO Box 1830
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1B4