Lesson 13, Section 3
13.3 Recruitment and Development
FRP recruits and hires staff and volunteers according to established procedures.
Benchmark Quality Indicators
- FRP maintains a staff complement that is adequate to run the FRP and ensure the safety of participants.
- When planning a staff complement, FRP takes into account a balanced skill set, including expertise in:
- working with parents, infants, and pre-schoolers
- working in bilingual or multicultural settings
- planning, research and evaluation
- FRP hires staff who are knowledgeable about the community and the needs of the families who participate.
- FRP hires staff with an appropriate combination of postsecondary education in a relevant field and professional and life experience.
- FRP establishes and follows a plan for volunteer recruitment, orientation, supervision and evaluation, training, retention, supervision and on-going professional development.
- When FRP engages students, there is a written agreement and feedback with the educational institution.
- FRP orients new staff and provides ongoing training and professional development opportunities for all staff.
Innovation and Promising Practices
- The strategic plan or annual plan is reviewed to determine what knowledge and skills may be required to implement new FRPs or initiatives to reflect on lessons learned.
- FRP invites the development of all employees and volunteers to co-operatively create professional development goals.
- All volunteers are given regular opportunities to offer and receive feedback.
- Orientation is a process rather than an activity; depending on the position, orienting a new employee may take up to a year.
- FRP or host agency has an annual budget for employee training and development making a demonstrable commitment to supporting staff learning and development.