Within our Centre we aim to work in partnership with parents / carers. Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. All families are important and are welcomed and valued in our setting. We endeavour to create a welcoming atmosphere with approachable staff to help create effective communication. Parents and practitioners have a lot to learn from each other and with true partnership this can help them to support and extend children’s learning and development.
Our 2017 parents say:
” . . . has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Nursery and I feel she has received such fantastic support, been surrounded with the equipment to allow her to learn and grow, opportunities and such well-trained staff to teach and guide her.” (Parent 2017)
“The amount of progress that has been made by . . . in what is a really relatively short time, is in my opinion nothing short of fantastic! Her speech and interpersonal development with her peers and the adults around her in school has made me extremely proud of her and her progress, another huge thanks to the teachers. I can and will thoroughly recommend this Nursery to everybody and if I was to have any more children I would get them into this Nursery as soon as possible.” (Parent 2017)
“Reading . . .’s report, Learning Journey and watching the videos have all really driven home the incredible development from toddler to little girl, from a bit shy and unsure to gregarious and confident, none of which would have been so (seemingly) effortless or rapid had it not been for the hard work of everyone there. You have supported . . . in her passions and in her challenges and you have never failed to listen to our concerns. It is not for nothing that . . .’s favourite game at home is pretending to be a Nursery teacher.” (Parent 2017)
There are four key beliefs that we aim to adhere to when working in partnership with parents and carers:
1) We believe that learning is a journey, and that a listening, trusting and close relationship with parents / carers will enable there to be continuity.
2) We believe that parents / carers are skilled and knowledgeable about their children – in partnership we can learn, develop and celebrate together, in order to develop the child to their full potential.
3) We believe that a close partnership between parents / carers and staff will promote a growing understanding of each individual’s cultural values and beliefs.
4) We believe that parents / carers and staff working together will develop a common language and a joint understanding of learning and child development.
We welcome all parents / carers to the Nursery and run open sessions once a term where you can join your child and also offer other parent workshops, for example, Phonics.
What can you do to support your child?
You can help your child by promoting their growing independence, by encouraging them to:
- Put on and take off their own coat
- Look after themselves when they go to the toilet
- Wash their face and hands
- Use a knife and fork
- Tidy up the books and toys they have been using
You can support your child’s learning by:
- Talking with your child and listening to their questions. Trying to take time to explain – your child is trying to make sense of the world!
- Encouraging your child to help out around the house, for example, by sorting out the washing, pairing the socks, tidying up. There are many opportunities for mathematics and language in such activities, and children enjoy helping.
- Reading books with your child: talking about the pictures raises children’s awareness of stories, information and language – and increases their vocabulary.
- Providing paper and pencils or pens for your child to draw or make marks. Let them have a go at this on their own – it does not matter that it looks like scribble – this is very important! Children also learn about writing when they see YOU write, for example, writing a shopping list or filling in a form – try to let them see you writing wherever possible.