When creating a preschool parent handbook, it can be a challenge to discover what to include. Your handbook provides a first impression of your program to the parents. Be certain your handbook offers a neat, pleasant appearance so creates a good impression of what you offer. Below are some tips for creating a thorough parent handbook.
LAYOUT – Decide what you would like your handbook to look like. Do you want to include pictures or clip art in the handbook? Or will you take a text-only approach? One idea would be to use an alphabetic approach. Each letter of the alphabet can represent a different section of the handbook. For example, D for Discipline Techniques, S for Snack Time, etc. The layout should be appealing and inviting and easy for parents to read.
CONTENT – Deciding what to include in your handbook can be a daunting task. Basically, anything that parents may have a question about during the year should be included in your handbook.
- Your classroom policies on discipline and guidance should always be included in the handbook.
- Including a typical daily schedule can help parents decide when they will be able to visit and volunteer in the classroom.
- A section discussing what kinds of materials the children will need on a daily basis should be included, as well as a section outlining the extra clothing and supplies they will need to keep in their personal space or cubby.
- Including a teacher biography will highlight your experience and allow parents to get to know you better.
- Your policy on field trips, birthday parties, and parent volunteer guidelines are all important things to include in your parent handbook.
- Any school-wide policies and procedures should also be identified in your classroom handbook. Examples of these include drop-off and pick-up routines and policies, emergency contact information, and the school's policy on sickness.
It is always a good idea to remind parents of these policies in several different places. Each parent should be provided with a handbook prior to their child beginning to attend your classroom.
SIGNATURE PAGE – It is personal choice whether to include a parent signature page. If you choose to include this section in your handbook, it may be important to include a statement that says that the signature page must be returned prior to the child attending your class. This assures that the parent received and has reviewed the policies and procedures of your classroom and has agreed to follow the rules you have set in place. If you choose to include a signature page, be sure to keep the signed copy in your files.
When creating a preschool parent handbook, use this guide when choosing how to write and what to include. Preschool parent handbook sections should be concise and easy to read, providing each family with a framework of what to expect from you as a their child's teacher.