Rules and Expectations for Children Field Trip Rules for Children
1. Wear your nametag at all times. The front of the name tag should include the name of the program only. The back of the name tag (hidden from view) should include the name of the child and the program’s phone number.
2. Stay with the group and adult you have been assigned to at all times.
3. Follow the rules of the place being visited. Rules of the site should be reviewed with the children before the trip.
4. Do not use the bathroom without a teacher’s approval.
5. Do not fight or roughhouse.
6. If you misbehave, you may be excluded from the next trip.
Bathroom Rules for Children
1. Ask a teacher before going to use the bathroom.
2. Do not play in the bathroom.
3. Only _____ children in the bathroom at a time.
4. Do not waste toilet paper, paper towels, or soap. Use one paper towel at a time.
5. Flush the toilet after each use.
6. Wash your hands with soap each time you go to the bathroom.
7. Place all trash in the trash can.
Classroom Rules for Children
1. Always walk – never run in the classroom.
2. Use indoor voices. No shouting, screaming or yelling.
3. Do not leave the room without the teacher’s permission.
4. Clean up your activity area before beginning another activity. Put away all equipment and materials.
5. Leave personal belongings in cubbies except at show and tell or sharing time.
6. Do not go into other children’s cubbies.
7. Only _____ children in _____ activity area at a time.
8. Do not push or cut ahead when standing or walking in lines.
Bus & Van Rules for Children
1. Walk in line, or with partners, to the bus and wait at its door. Never run to the bus.
2. Enter the bus when the driver or teacher tells you.
3. Walk, do not run, while entering and exiting the bus.
4. Sit in your assigned seat.
5. Keep hands, books, and personal belongings inside the bus at all times.
6. Ask the teacher or driver before you open a window.
7. Do not leave trash in the bus.
8. Use an indoor voice while in the bus.
9. Always stay in your seat. Do not stand up or roughhouse.
Playground Rules for Children
1. Patiently wait your turn.
2. Walk far behind the swings so you won’t be hit.
3. Do not throw sand, rocks, or wood chips.
4. Only one child at a time on ladders (e.g., slide climber)
5. Do not leave the playground without a ladder.
6. All teachers on the playground may give directions to the children – not just your teacher.
7. Do not push or cut ahead when standing or walking in lines.
8. Ride tricycles, and other wheel-toys, only in designated areas.
9. Stay in your own designated play areas (i.e., older and younger children).
10. Play ball (e.g., soccer) in designated areas only.
Substitute Teacher Packet Checklist
The following items should be kept in a large envelope marked “substitute teacher.” Tack the envelope to the upper right-hand corner of the staff bulletin board in each classroom so that it can easily be found by the substitute.
- A blank nametag for the substitute to wear so that other staff can call him or her by name.
- A list of all the children and a nametag for each child, to be pinned to the back of the child so that he or she will not take it off.
- The names of the staff persons working in the classroom as well as those working in other parts of the center.
- A daily schedule indicating any responsibilities particular to the regular staff person (e.g., feeding pets, setting up snack).
- Three emergency lesson plans and the location of a box containing the materials needed for the lesson plans.
- The location of general supplies.
- A map indicating how the cots should be set out during naptime.
- A list of the children’s allergies, including which foods they cannot eat.
- Information on where the children’s emergency cards are kept.
Things to Do in Each Class During the First Week of School
- Have a fire drill.
- Have a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or other appropriate drills.
- Walk around the neighborhood to familiarize the children with the program’s location.
- Hold circle times to teach each child his or her full name and the full name of the program. Teach older children their address and telephone number.
Dora Fowler, MBA, is founder and executive director of the National Institute of Child Care Management. She is also the founder of the National Association of Child Care Professionals. This newsletter may be reproduced.