FAQs for volunteers What is the Ready Reading program? What is the Ready Reading program? The Queensland Ready Reading volunteer program was originally implemented in regions from 2010 to 2012. The program aims to support children’s reading in state and non-state schools from June 2018 to December 2020. What will be the role of Ready Reading volunteers? What will be the role of Ready Reading volunteers? Ready Reading volunteers will be working with individual children. They will help children gain confidence with their reading and become independent readers. Volunteers will have a specific format to follow. Ready Reading volunteers will: apply the five essential components for learning to read engage children in the reading process and model the art of reading support children before, during and after they read, through questioning on the illustrations, main ideas in the book, characters, settings and meaning in the story use reading support strategies to develop independent reading skills. When can I register? When can I register? Interested parents and members of the community can register with Volunteering Queensland to become a Queensland Ready Reader from 14 May 2018. Will I be paid? Will I be paid? Volunteer work is unpaid. It is an opportunity for individuals to become involved in the activities of their community and is a matter of choice for the individual. Will I need a reference check? Will I need a reference check? Reference checks will be undertaken to support assessing the suitability of volunteers to work within schools. Ready Reading volunteers are required to provide the name and contact details of two referees. How many hours do I need to volunteer? How many hours do I need to volunteer? Individuals can nominate the hours they have available for the program. However, we do ask that whatever hours you commit to are regular and can be sustained over a period of time. What if I hear information about a student? What if I hear information about a student? At all times you will need to maintain a high degree of confidentiality. Any information which may be shared with you during the course of your involvement with students must remain strictly confidential. How will I know what to do when I am working with students? How will I know what to do when I am working with students? All volunteers will receive training from experienced Department of Education staff. You will be trained in the Ready Reading process. Throughout training there will be opportunities to participate in practice sessions as you become competent in the process. What other training will I receive? What other training will I receive? Induction for all volunteers will be provided, particularly in relation to student protection policy and procedure and health and safety procedures. How will I be connected with a school? How will I be connected with a school? In each Department of Education regional office there will be coordinators. It will be the responsibility of the Regional Coordinators to connect schools with Ready Reading volunteers. You will be able to nominate your preferred locations. When I am in a school who looks after me? When I am in a school who looks after me? The volunteers in schools will always be under the direction of the Principal. Volunteers may work with individual teachers or across classes, but the school Principal is responsible for all activities at the school. Will I need to undertake any criminal checks? Will I need to undertake any criminal checks? All volunteers will need a blue card. The Working with Children Check is a detailed national criminal history check, and allows people to be issued with the blue card. This card is needed by any person proposing to work in a paid or voluntary capacity, or to carry on a business, in a child-related area. Exceptions are for parent volunteers who are only volunteering at their child’s school. More information is available about the cards at bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers How will I get my Blue Card? How will I get my Blue Card? The process for applying for a blue card will be undertaken during the training, so you do not need to do anything yet. It will be coordinated by the Regional Coordinator, at no cost to you. Am I able to volunteer at my child/grandchild's school? Am I able to volunteer at my child/grandchild's school? Yes, however, your ability to volunteer at your child/grandchild’s school will be dependent on the school registering their interest in participating in the Ready Reading program. Your ability to volunteer within their classroom will be dependent on the need of classroom and students.