When considering changes to your early learning program policies or practices, it is best to act deliberately and with as much knowledge as possible. That doesn't always happen. The Change Bug's bite can have us rushing to alter our way of doing things without much forethought. Imagine a Fence You've been working as lead teacher … Continue reading Policies | Know What You’re Changing
How well do your program's staff break policies align with how breaks actually happen in your early learning setting? In my 30 years or so in the profession--much of that time as a speaker/author addressing caregiver burnout--I've noticed there is often a disconnect between official program polices and how things happen in the classroom. For … Continue reading Policies | Are Your Breaks Broken?
Overview What to charge? From the smallest family child care program to the largest child care center chain, figuring out the answer to this question is important--and seldom as easy as it may seem at first glance. Set your tuition too low and you won’t be able to break even; set your tuition too high … Continue reading Policies | What To Charge?
Playvolution HQ searched the interwebs for comprehensive collection of sample polices that we could share as a resource for our readers, but we were underwhelmed with what we found. Since we didn't find what we were looking for, we decided to start building it. We envisioned an exhaustive collection of sample policies that educators and … Continue reading Policy Sample Overview
Overview Over the last thirty years I've spent a lot of time thinking about early learning program polices, how to share them, how to organize them, how to implement them, and other policy-related issues. Over most of that time, the programs I ran had two handbooks--a Parent Handbook and a Staff Handbook. Nothing exciting about … Continue reading How Many Handbooks?
Implementing clear and concise clothing policies helps early childhood programs support playful learning, keep children safe, and reduce staff stress. In my experience, programs often lack clarity around clothing policies. That lead to confusion for kids, parents, and staff. Taking the time to spell out and explain your expectations makes life easier for everyone involved--there … Continue reading Early Learning Clothing Policies