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Your local school, preschool or children's centre will often be looking for volunteers. There is a wide variety of roles and you can find out more by contacting the site directly. Some ideas for volunteering might be:
- helping with a child's learning
- becoming a sports coach
- joining a parent group
- mentoring students
- helping out on camps and excursions
- joining a school or preschool governing council
- working in the kitchen garden.
Anyone can be a volunteer. Some volunteers will need a relevant history screening. You can talk to the site leader about what’s needed.
Beyond that, if you want to volunteer, we’d encourage you to get in contact with your local site. It’s up to the site leader to choose volunteers who will work well in the local community.
If you decide to volunteer, you can expect an introduction that covers some basic things, like:
- your responsibilities and tasks
- training if needed
- work health and safety
- privacy and confidentiality
- a Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care Training (RAN-EC) induction.
Volunteers are supervised by the department’s staff. The level of supervision will be different based on the work you do and if there is direct contact with students. Volunteers working directly with children are always working with one of our staff.
Volunteering benefits everyone involved. Some benefits can be:
- making a positive difference for children and students
- being able to give back to the community
- a sense of belonging and feeling happier
- learning new skills.
- Volunteers working in educational sites and settings policy (PDF 194 KB)
- Volunteering in school and preschools – handbook for volunteers (PDF 762KB)
Phone: 8226 3795
Email: decd.volunteers [at] sa.gov.au