Quality Guidelines for Joy Schools

Following are basic guidelines that all Joy Schools should follow. You would probably do most of these things without needing this list, but we hope that these guidelines will help reinforce your abilities to run a high-quality program. By following these guidelines, you will help to ensure that your school will be popular and will be able to maintain your Joy School franchise. We do not foresee this happening, but if a Joy School was not following guidelines, we would have to revoke their Joy School franchise. To preserve the good name of the other Joy Schools out there and of the Joy School Company, we need to do what we can to ensure that all Joy Schools offer children and families a high-quality preschool experience.

Relationships with Children

  • Teachers help children feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Teachers get down on children’€™s level and listen to them with acceptance, appreciation, and respect.
  • Teachers engage with children in interactive play, conversation, projects and learning.
  • Teachers serve as positive role models for children, forming friendly relationships with them and encouraging positive behavior through example.
  • Teachers understand and respond appropriately to individual needs of children.
  • Teachers use positive techniques to guide the behavior of children, making sure that children understand the rules and being consistent with consequences. Children are taught to resolve conflicts and understand each other’s point of view on conflicts. (See “€œDiscipline Ideas” in the start-up kit for ideas).
  • Teachers regularly give children opportunities to help with such things as setting out snack, setting up activities and cleaning up.
  • Teachers encourage friendship among the children, helping them see opportunities to help each other and helping them notice good things about each other.
  • Teachers always encourage children to be polite and courteous to the teacher, to other adults, and to each other.
  • Teachers make a point of telling parents something positive that their child did that day when parents come to pick up children.
  • Teachers are knowledgeable and respectful of the cultures and home languages of children.

Relationships with Families

  • Teachers work closely with parents to understand and meet the special needs of children.
  • Teachers ensure that parents have access to the Joy School Family materials including the Introductions to each Joy and the Joy School music so parents can reinforce the Joy School curriculum at home.
  • Teachers meet individually with parents at least once a semester to take about the children, offering positive reports and talking through issues together.
  • Teachers hold regular meetings for parents to talk about the curriculum, address their concerns and inform them about upcoming events.
  • Parents are invited to volunteer in the program at least once a semester so that they can see how their children interact with others and see for themselves how the program works.
  • Parents know that they can easily talk to teachers about ideas or concerns.

Schedule, Curriculum and Materials

  • Program offers children a stable routine so that they know what to expect each day (as outlined in the Joy School lesson plans).
  • Every session offers children a variety of activities including stories, songs, crafts, snacks, indoor play and outdoor play (as outlined in the Joy School lesson plans).
  • Teachers carefully prepare each session so that materials are set out in advance and things can run smoothly.
  • Teachers follow lesson plans. They add their own ideas and adjust activities to the needs and interests of their group, but they cover the basic ideas in each lesson and ensure that children have adequate opportunities to develop each Joy.
  • Teachers move at the pace of the children. When children seem bored or restless, teachers are able to move on or change the manner of presenting an activity to capture children’s interest.
  • Program prepares children for success in school by helping them get excited about learning. Through integrating the simple “Academic Learning Activities” or using the supplementary “Kindergarten Readiness”€ program, children have many opportunities to get excited about books, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes.
  • Teachers take every opportunity to maximize the €œlearning moments€ that arise, deviating from the planned lesson sometimes to help children notice and learn about an event going on in the lives of one of the children, events going on in the world, or an event that happened at Joy School.
  • Age-appropriate toys are readily accessible to children during free-play time and toys and equipment used by children are kept in good repair.
  • Program uses different areas for different activities. Areas used are clean, neat and appropriate for the activity at hand. The atmosphere is cheerful and child-friendly.
  • Nutritional snacks are provided on a daily basis and nutrition is addressed in an informal way as part of snack time.

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