Giving your volunteers a full induction and offering training is important to help ensure that you do not compromise the quality of the care you provide, the ethos of your setting, or the health and safety of the children. The induction can be further strengthened by supplying your volunteers with volunteer handbooks.
Ideally, volunteers should receive training throughout their experience so they can improve their skills and get something meaningful out of volunteering (rather than merely helping out with relatively menial tasks). If you are able to offer volunteers accredited training, this will ensure they are best equipped to move onto employment after their volunteer experience.
Some training topics you may want to consider include:
After your volunteer has been inducted, they will need to have a named staff member who is responsible for supporting and managing them. Make sure you have feedback mechanisms set in place between the staff member and the volunteer. This may range from regular, formal supervisions to ensuring the volunteer has an opportunity to raise concerns or seek feedback when needed.
When managing volunteers, it’s useful to make sure that you have a plan for:
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