Student and Volunteer Supervision Policy
To help support the safety and well-being of children in licensed child care centres and private-home child care homes monitored by a licensed agency.
Direct unsupervised access (i.e. when an adult is alone with a child) is not permitted for persons who are not employees of child care centres.
Placement students may not be counted in the staffing ratios in child care centres.
Volunteers are not counted in staffing ratios, except in co-operative nursery schools where, by policy, two participating parents may take the place of an unqualified staff when Ministry Director approval has been given.
Every child in attendance at the Seneca College ECE Lab School must be supervised by an adult at all times in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA)
Only employees of Seneca College ECE Lab School will have direct unsupervised access to the children.
Placement students and volunteers may not be counted in the staffing ratios.
Role and Responsibilities of the ECE Lab School Manager
The manager of the Lab School is responsible for the implementation, review, and evaluation of this policy.
The manager will ensure that:
This policy aligns with the College of Early Childhood Educator’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Reg. 223/08 under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, Professional Misconduct.
Insurance coverage is in accordance with Children’s Services expectation.
The policy is reviewed by all employees before they begin employment and annually thereafter acknowledging their obligations and duties as a staff of Seneca College ECE Lab School.
The policy is reviewed by students or volunteers before they begin their placement acknowledging their obligations and duties as a student/volunteer of Seneca College ECE Lab School.
The family orientation handbook includes a statement regarding this policy to ensure that parents/guardians fully understand that students/volunteers are viewed as an enhancement to our programs but are not counted in staffing ratios at any time.
At no time are ECE students left unsupervised with children. Adjunct staff who are regular employees of the Lab School, and whom the children in a group know well, may be asked to substitute for any absent staff member. In such circumstances she or he will be considered staff and will function in the same way as the staff member replaced.