The safety of our young students is our top priority! We know that children learn best in a safe and nurturing environment, so we work hard to make sure this environment is created by all of our staff. Our staff goes through a rigorous interview process that includes: application, reference check and one-on-one interview. Those that meet our standard of excellence — 15% of applicants on average — are invited to join the PIay-Well team. Once we hire an employee, we complete a national, multi-state and county search of criminal records and sex-offender registries to make sure that the employee has no relevant felony, misdemeanor or sex-offender convictions.
Instructors are responsible for supervising all enrolled students from the time they are dropped off or enter the classroom, until the time they are picked up by another responsible adult. In order to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff, we have a broad range of policies and training that include:
- classroom management best practices to foster a space that is welcoming and inclusive and help instructors address possible scenarios which could be physically or emotionally unsafe.
- reporting serious injuries / medical emergencies to emergency services.
- training program in sexual abuse awareness, prevention and mandated reporting requirements for situations involving sexual and/or physical abuse of minors and prevention provided by Ministry Safe.
- company policies for safe, healthy interactions with students, including a policy of no closed doors with kids in one-on-one situations.
- All management team members have completed "Stewards of Children" training provided by Darkness to Light.
Preventing the spread of COVlD-19, flu, and other illnesses
For the safety and well-being of our students and staff members, we ask that students and employees experiencing flu/cold symptoms do not attend class. If a student begins experiencing these symptoms, we will contact the parent/caregiver to pick up the student from class. Students can return once they have fully recovered. We provide paid sick leave to all of our staff to better enable them to stay home when they are feeling sick.
The best way to prevent the spread of diseases like COVlD-19 is to practice the same simple habits you would to prevent the flu.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Instructors will explain and demonstrate these Healthy Habits at the start of each class, and encourage students to wash hands before leaving class. Instructors will wash and disinfect teaching materials when needed.
We will continue to monitor any notices of communicable illness outbreaks, and local managers will contact parents/caregivers if programs are temporarily canceled at your location.