Parents as Partners

An effective partnership between teachers and parents has a positive impact on a child’s development and learning. We aim to have a constant two- way flow of information, knowledge and expertise. The following features will play an important role in achieving a partnership with our parents: 

  • Respect and understanding for the role parents play in a child’s education.
  • The experiences of the child’s past and future are recognised and encouraged.
  • Our staff listen to, learn and address parents’ concerns, offering the time and opportunity for discussion at the beginning and end of the day.
  • Settling in arrangements allow for a happy and secure feeling in a new environment, building a knowledge of each child’s circumstances, interests, skills and needs. The operation of an ‘open door’ policy invites parents into the Nursery and therefore helps to eradicate any problems or concerns.
  • Parents are encouraged to inform us immediately of anything that is upsetting or worrying their child, either in school or at home. e.g. worries about playtime, a pet dying, a parent away from home or any illnesses.
  • Parents are made to feel welcome, valued and necessary via involvement: invitations to school events, helping on Nursery visits and giving talks in the classroom.
  • Opportunity to incorporate the knowledge and expertise of family members to support our learning programme through involvement with themed activities and events.
  • Many means to inform parents about the curriculum through information meetings and literature provided on: The Foundation Stage, Reception and Nursery routines, long term plans, the library, Read/Write Inc, liaison books, notice boards and regular letters to parents.
  • Regular discussions on each child’s progress via day to day meetings, twice yearly formal parents’ consultations and twice yearly reports, on-going records of achievement, Learning Journey evidence folders and documentation.
  • Encouragement of relevant learning and playing activities at home to support our programme: reading activities, letter formation, jigsaws, counting, playing games e.g. dominoes, lotto and snap, promotion of independence skills e.g. putting on coats, shoes, washing hands, using the toilet, carrying out simple instructions, tidying away. Similarly, home experiences used in the classroom: - shared experiences of celebrations, topics, visits, religions etc