Playdate Volunteer

Overview

Help engage children (ages 3 and under) and their families in activities during Colossal Calgary Playdates and Baby’s Big Playdates. Play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning. It contributes to brain development and is one of the best ways for children to build language and literacy skills. Families that attend the Playdates participate in interactive and exploratory play using simple objects that could easily be found at home.

Playdate Volunteers, who are part of the Special Events volunteer program, facilitate play, both singly or in pairs, with children and their caregivers by helping to set up and run activities which are provided and directed by Library staff as well as assisting with cleanup at the end of the program.

Program Goals

  • Help library staff to create a positive early learning experience for children and parents
  • Help children improve their self-confidence and creative thinking skills
  • Help children feel that the library is a fun and safe place to learn and interact with both toys and books
  • Help parents gain a deeper understanding of early literacy principles and gain skills in helping their children learn through play
  • Help parents and children have valuable interactions in the library, cementing the parent-child bond and the value of libraries in the community

Length

Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer
2-3 hour program per playdate
Dates and times vary depending on location

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Enjoys interacting with children aged 0 to 3
  • Comfortable talking with parents and caregivers
  • Physically able to bend and stand for extended periods
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Background in early childhood education is a benefit

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Facilitate small group activities as assigned by Library Staff
  • Encourage safe play, check the play area for safety hazards, and restock play materials
  • Tidy area and put away materials at the end of the program
  • Be part of a team that creates a positive, fun, and enriching environment for children
  • Review Volunteer Handbook and abide by the Volunteer Standards of Conduct

Training

Orientation provided to volunteers by Library Staff at the start of each shift

Benefits

  • Gain leadership and coaching skills
  • Gain experience in Early Literacy/Early Learning
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun and contribute to your community

Help Needed

Central Library
Crowfoot Library
Fish Creek Library
Forest Lawn Library
Judith Umbach Library
Memorial Park Library
Nose Hill Library
Saddletowne Library
Seton Family Library
Shawnessy Library
Signal Hill Library
Southwood Library
Village Square Library

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Contact

Maja Milavic
maja.milavic@calgarylibrary.ca
403.260.2648

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