Registers and Routines
Registers are very valuable resources at school and are used in the following areas (they are not listed in order of importance because all the functions are equally vital to the smooth running of your school):
A register of when a child is dropped of, and who collects them, and at what time is necessary to keep the children at school safe.
Responsibility/Accountability: It is of paramount importance that you and your staff know:
- How many children came to school that day.
- Where every child is every minute of the day.
Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Procedures:
Registers really come into their own during emergency situations.
- You and the staff will know exactly who was at school that day and when. During an evacuation, when you reach the Assembly Point, using the register, roll call is taken to establish that nobody left behind in the burning building.
- SAPS, EMS and other officials will want to see or use the registers.
Up-to-date and properly filled-in registers are a huge help when doing the billing as you can use the information to charge the parents who arrived late to collect their child/ren.
Food Preparation/Prevention of Waste:
- Before the daily food preparation begins, the teachers report to the kitchen personnel how many children are in their class that day.
- The kitchen then only prepares enough food for the actual number of children at school the day.
- This will prevent a huge amount of wastage and, possibly, pilfering of meals and you may see the difference in the food bill at the end of the month.
- You need to know when your teachers are absent or late. Sometimes people arrive at work late as a matter of course and this throws the whole school and everyone in it off.
- People who arrive late should be given a verbal warning first, followed by the warning letters and possibly a Disciplinary Hearing which may cause them to lose their jobs.
Establishing routines is one of the ways to make young children feel safe and secure at school. They will be more secure when things are predictable and the environment feels safe. This will enable the children to learn that they can trust people (other than their parents) to take care of them and their needs, and so they become free to relax and explore their world confidently.
Young children do not yet fully understand the concept of time, so they order their lives by events that happen, especially when it happens in the same order, at the same time every day.
Preschool aged children’s brains are undergoing major development, especially the part of the brain that is able to plan ahead and make predictions about the future. Routines help them practice making simple predictions, as well as understand concepts such as “before and after”, develop their internal clock and also develop self-control as they will have to wait until a certain to do a particular activity and foster responsibility as well as independence.
In addition routines enable the staff at school to know what they must be doing and when to do it.
The routines for the different age groups are still in development and will be loaded soon