Teens Gain Valuable Training and Experience in
The Junior Counselor Program
13 to 15 years of age
The Junior Counselor Program allows children ages 13 to 15 years of age to obtain valuable experiences helping care for children during the summer session.
Teens and parents who have utilized this program have been very excited about participating in the program.
The parents know that their child is safe and supervised while their teen has some autonomy and has important work to do. Teens receive extensive training prior to assisting in a classroom.
They are under the direct supervision of our certified care givers as they assist in our toddler and preschool classrooms. Once teens have completed our program they have received valuable training for caring for children in their future.
Working with Children
- Junior Counselors are expected to remain in the presence of a full-time staff member at all times (i.e. during field trips, group time and on the playground).
- Junior Counselors are never allowed to open or close the center.
- Junior Counselors are never allowed to release children to parents or guardians.
- Junior Counselors must always be accompanied by a regular staff member when leaving the building, grounds, etc… with a group of children.
- In case of an emergency, Junior Counselors should notify the room teachers and/or director.
- Junior Counselors may not discipline children. This is the responsibility of the regular room teacher.
- Junior Counselors should be aware of daily activities and are encouraged to share their ideas with the room teachers.
- Junior Counselors cannot pick up and/or carry children.
- Junior Counselors cannot diaper children.
- Junior Counselors must be actively involved with the children at all times (i.e. get down on the floor, read stories, listen to the children, offer your lap, etc).
- Remember that the children are looking up to you as an adult role model. They are watching your behavior and listening to your words all the time.
Working with Staff
- Familiarize self with room, materials, supplies and toy location.
- Consult with room teachers about emergency procedures.
- If you have ANY questions, please ASK before you act.
- Be an active observer of other teachers and follow their lead.
- Junior Counselor are expected to be prompt in arrival.
- Be respectful of co-workers, treat them like you would like to be treated.
- Keep in mind that you are a “teacher in training”, be open to suggestions, this could be a valuable learning experience for you.
Working with Parents
- When working with parents, introduce yourself immediately (smile, be friendly and approachable), yet be respectful.
- Wear your name badge to identify yourself to parents as a Junior Counselor.
- Junior Counselors may not relay information to parents about their children. This is the responsibility of the room teachers.
- Be aware that parents are welcome to visit their children at any time (we encourage it).
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