We aim to develop effective partnerships with parents and carers, as in the early years these are the children’s primary educators. This aim is reflected in the following principles:
- Respect for the role, knowledge and expertise of parents/carers in their children’s education.
- A readiness to listen to what parents have to say and a positive, welcoming attitude.
- Flexibility in ‘settling in’ arrangements.
- Regular information for parents about pre-school as a whole and their children’s progress.
- The fostering of continuity between home and pre-school (e.g. by parents knowing what their children are doing).
We seek to implement an excellent partnership with parents/carers, namely:
- Carefully managing the transition between/ home and pre-school with a settling in plan.
- Establishing feelings of trust and respect between parents/carers and pre-school.
- Treating each child as an individual to ensure each enjoys equality of opportunity.
- Finding out about each child’s ethnic, faith and cultural heritage and home experiences so that these can be incorporated into pre-school activities where possible.
Before each child joins pre-school:
- When parents/carers enquire about the possibility of a place for their child, they should be invited to visit a session and given the name of the leader for that session. The appropriate leader should be informed that there may be a visit from a perspective parents/carer. They should be made welcome and familiarised with the format of each session and the philosophy of the pre-school i.e. the emphasis of learning through play.
- If the parent/carer decides to take up a place for their child, they should be encouraged to visit the website and print off an application form, and the welcome pack. The completed application form must be kept in the blue file of children’s records for future references.
Links with parents of pre-school children
- Parents/carers receive a newsletter every half term. This will inform them of any issues such as plans for outings/Christmas parties etc. Requests for change of details.
- New parents/carers are asked to take home, read and sign our policies book.
- Every six months, parents are asked to participate in a feedback exercise. A letter and feedback form (example attached) invites them to make any observations about their child’s progress in relation to the seven areas of learning and to express any general comments that they have. The feedback forms are then kept in the feedback folder.
- The notice boards should display a newsletter, speed sound /colour of the week, snack board, complaints information, and suggestions/ comments box, and ofsted information.
- At the end of each session a member of staff should greet parents/carers in the yard this presents an opportunity to communicate with individual parents/carers or the group as a whole, about any issues that may have arisen during the session.
- Parents/carers should be encouraged to come in and help, for example by reading a story at story time or if a parent has a particular profession that is relevant at the time, we would invite them in for a talk with the children.
- Children usually take home anything they have made or painted and are encouraged to tell their parents/carers about what they have done that day at pre-school.