NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR A SCHOOL
Basic Norms and Standards For A School
Number of Teachers- One teacher for 20 children ( generally )
Number of caregivers- One caregiver for 20 children ( depends on the age of the children )
Adequate staff to maintain hygiene, sanitation, ensure safety, security of children in the play school
2. Building All-weather building consisting of
(a) proper arrangements for securing the school building by boundary wall or fencing. An architect can be consulted for the same, he can give a clearer picture from all the point of views.
(b) adequate area and proper ventilation
(c) a separate restroom for children both girls and boys. The changing rooms should also be preferably separate
(d) barrier-free access
(e) separate child-friendly and disabled-friendly toilets for boys and girls
(f) soap, clean cloth/towel, garbage bin, wash basin/sink at low level
(g) potable, safe, filtered and adequate drinking water facility to all children which the kids can reach easily
(h) a pantry which is clean and hygienic. Few basic food eg, Parle G Biscuits, Chocos, Bananas, Pears, etc etc should always be there.
(i) play area for the children. A dedicated play area for toddlers and children below 2 years.
(j) CCTV surveillance 24 X 7 (ensure security of data)
(k) Fire safety measures
(l) Periodic pest control, at least twice a year
3. The vegetables and fruits should be purchased at least twice a week to ensure their freshness of the same
4. Teaching Learning Aids Shall be provided to each class in adequate number in accordance with the prescribed curriculum.
5. Library There shall be a small library if no place for a libary in each school having reading material appropriate for early years and educational audio-visual aids.
6. Play material, games and sports equipment as needed.
7. Health Basic First Aid & Medicine Kit containing band-aids/ bandages, cotton wool, dettol and disinfectants for minor injuries. ORS packets, scissors, thermometer and antiseptic ointment should also be part of the medicine kit. Arrangement for quarterly health check-up of children by a registered medical practitioner
a) enrolment forms of children
b) admission/ enrolment register for recording profile of children, their parents, siblings
c) attendance registers of children for different age group
d) attendance registers of all employees
e) maintenance of quarterly health check-up records of children including dental check ups
f) stock register
g) fee record of all children both school and daycare (if applicable)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL AND EDUCATORS Parents Teacher Association (PTA)
(a) Each play school must constitute a PTA within one month of admission every year.
(b) PTA should constitute of 75% parents (at least 50% mothers) and 25% Teachers. The Chairperson of the PTA will be selected from among the parents.
(c) The term of PTA will be one year. Every year new PTA will be constituted by giving representation to parents in rotation.
(d) Meeting of PTA should be conducted every month and proceedings of meetings be recorded.
(e) The main functions of PTA should be to ensure safe, secure and developmentally appropriate environment for children in the play school.
(f) PTA should ensure effective implementation of FSSAI guidelines to ban junk food in the (play) school.
(g) PTA should ensure regular health check-up of children at least once per quarter by a registered medical practitioner.
(h) PTA should ensure that the play school must at all times be equipped with basic First Aid & Medicine Kit containing band-aids/ bandages, cotton wool and disinfectants for minor 9 injuries. ORS packets, scissors, thermometer and antiseptic ointment should also be part of the medicine kit.
Duties of Teachers & Caregiver
(a) Maintain regularity and punctuality in attending the play school
(b) Conduct the play-based pre-school curriculum with a structured and planned school readiness component as per norms.
(c) Assess the learning outcome of the children on regular interval
(d) Hold regular meetings with parents/guardians and apprise them about the progress made in learning of the child and any other relevant information about the child.
Prohibition of physical punishment and mental harassment
a) No child should be subjected to physical punishment or mental harassment.
A Normal Academic Session
· Focusing on teacher led activities which are planned by keyworkers and teachers – observing child’s individual interests and what will be the next step
· Free play ( both inside the premises and outdoor play area )
· We usually give snack / food / meals every 2 hours. We offer a variety of fruit, vegetables and mainly focus on seasonal stuff. Canned and processed foods are a strict ‘no’ ‘no’.
· Outside play comprising of physical activities. A kids activity trainer can also be hired.
· Story time, circle time and singing activities.
· A GPS system will be set up with you in order that your child is collected and dropped safely at the appropriate given time.