Some children arrive at the GSL classes hungry. Since they have high energy levels and may need more calories than are provided in meals, provide them with healthy choices so that they can choose a healthy snack. Some snacks to include in GSL classes:
Include water and 100% juice for a beverage. Do not provide any other choices for beverages. The families are apt to choose these beverages if they are the only ones provided. Encourage your families to choose a variety of the snacks you provide in order to get all the necessary nutrients. You can incorporate talking about Canada’s Food Guide in a later class. For more information regarding making healthy food choices check out: kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/index.html
In the appendices, directly following this information, you will see twelve forms that are used in Get Set Learn. These include all of the forms used in GSL except for the evaluation forms. Those forms are found in Section C, “Evaluations.” This section will list each form and describe how it is used.
The first two appendices, Sample Job Posting for GSL Coordinator and Facilitator as well as Child Care Provider are to be used as is or modified and posted when you are looking for personnel for GSL. You can post these job descriptions in the paper, via an email distribution list, as well as listing it on your website. You can add or take information out of these job descriptions to suit your need.
Next, the “Site Checklist,” Appendix 3 is to be used when looking for a new site to host GSL. Again, you may add to or take out certain things as they pertain to your program. All of these forms are to be used as a guideline only. They are meant to be adapted to your own program. If you find that the site you are looking at has a lot of checks in the “No” column, you may want to look for another site. We have found that the most important items for us include: