Dear Sojourn parents, We are always learning more about what it takes to love and serve families. So, at each SojournKids Basic Training, we update our current policies. One new policy that we recently adopted on Sunday, March 1 relates to mandatory ratios and room capacities.
Some of you received a “first draft” edition of this policy last month and provided really helpful questions and feedback. The policy was updated for our February 28th basic training to better reflect our concerns and equip our servants. You can review the updated policy in its entirety here.
We are abiding by classroom ratios and caps for several reasons. First, we are seeking to provide the best possible learning environment for the children in our care. Ratios and caps help to ensure that our classrooms both are adequately staffed and are of an appropriate size for learning to take place. Second, the ratios and caps help to ensure the safest possible environment—ensuring that there is adequate staff to respond quickly in the case of an emergency.
It is important that we take care of our kids. It is also important that we take care of the teachers and helpers who sacrificially serve in the children’s ministry each week. The ratios and caps provide a concrete standard by which classroom servants and service coordinators can determine when they need more help.
You can help us take care of these servants by volunteering to be on-call in case our children’s area needs more help during the service you attend regularly or by volunteering to be on our list of regular substitutes. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the policy, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blessings in Christ,
Jared Kennedy Director of SojournKids