Remember how much fun you used to have on your school field trips? You can bet your kids will get just as excited as you used to for theirs as well! But the teachers may not have quite as much fun, though. It can be a very stressful time for teachers. After all, would you want to be in charge of a huge group of kids for the day?! There are some things parents can help out with to make the whole trip more relaxed for teachers. If you are thinking about volunteering, here are some useful ways you can help out.
Offer to arrange any required transport for the class. This will then be one less thing the teacher has to worry about. If the class is traveling quite far, you could hire a bus from a company such as GoGo Charters. You could also think about traveling by train, as some train companies offer discounted travel to large groups. If the class are staying local and won’t need any transport, you can still help out by figuring the safest walking route. While you are walking, remind your child of road safety. If possible, get the whole class fluorescent jackets so that they are very visible to drivers.
Volunteer As An Assistant
If you have the time, volunteer to go along with the class. Just the one teacher won’t be able to keep an eye on thirty or so kids, and will need all the help they can get. The more adults there are, the smaller groups the kids can be split up into. This also helps keep all the kids together. If it were just the teacher and class, there would be a good chance of kids wandering off on their own without anyone noticing!
The kids will be out for the whole day, so they will need to eat at some point. The teacher will probably send out a letter to all parents asking them to prepare packed lunches for their kids. However, there should be a backup option, in case some kids forget theirs. So make up a couple of lunch boxes and bring a couple of extra drinks along. If you have a long journey to your destination, it’s also a good idea to bring a few small snacks to keep everyone happy on the ride.
Collect Parents’ Numbers
Take responsibility for collection all the parents’ emergency contact details. Keep them in a safe place so they don’t go missing. If the worse-case scenario occurs, and you need to call a child’s parents urgently, you need to have all the numbers at close hand. It’s also a good idea to take your cell phone with you, so you don’t waste time trying to find a public telephone. Make sure it is fully charged and has enough credit!
School field trips don’t have to be full of unnecessary stress, so help out with your children’s next one. You never know, you might find it educational!