Volunteering at Brookfield
Brookfield welcomes volunteers in a range of capacities. If you are interesting in volunteering, please complete the volunteer application form at the bottom of this page and return it to the school. We are particularly interested in recruiting volunteers for the following roles, but are also open to any offers of support:
These spend an afternoon a week hearing children read individually and talking to them about their books. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who would be happy to spend an afternoon reading to children in nursery or reception. Reading volunteers need to be DBS checked.
Trips volunteer reserves
This is a bank of parents/grandparents/au pairs etc who are able to accompany trips with various year groups, on occasion with very little notice. We keep a list of volunteers and the days which they are generally available and then ring to ask if they could accompany a trip. Trips volunteer reserves need to be List 99 checked.
Teacher admin support
These spend a set time each week (anything from 30 minutes to an hour) supporting with a class/year group’s admin – filing children’s work, sticking sheets into books, repairing reading books which have got damaged, photocopying etc. Admin support volunteers need to be DBS checked.
Maths games volunteers
These come in weekly and play some maths games with a couple of children. In Early Years, we ask for someone who could give a half day. Higher up the school we would be looking for just 20 – 30 minutes one afternoon. Maths games volunteers need to be DBS checked.
Weekly Early Years volunteers
These support with specific Early Years activities. Currently these are Wednesday mornings, helping set up the hall and then working with our staff to support the children with their physical development activities between 9 – 11am. We also look for volunteers to accompany Nursery and Reception’s Forest School sessions on Tuesday mornings (Nursery) or afternoons (Reception). These volunteers would need to be DBS checked.
All volunteers will need to be either List 99 checked or DBS checked (depending on the role). List 99 is a list of people who are barred from working with children by the Department of Education. DBS clearance allows organisations to gain access to criminal records in order to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from individuals who may be unsuitable. The school will arrange and pay for this and you would need to complete the appropriate form. In addition, there will be a short initial induction for all volunteers.