Partnership with Parents
We recognise the importance of parents as their children’s first educators and encourage communication between home and nursery in a variety of ways. In addition to the informal discussions held regularly with parents regarding day to day developments we hold termly Parent’s Evenings, providing reports detailing children’s progress. Regular newsletters are sent out to keep parents informed and there are several opportunities to come into nursery and join in with activities with your child; we have regular “Stay and Play” sessions as well as things like pancake making on Pancake Day, Sports Day in August and not forgetting our Christmas Jingle which is a production including all children who attend nursery from the youngest of babies to the briefest of part timers – definitely an event not to be missed!
We welcome and encourage your input into your child’s learning and development at nursery and the best and easiest way to do this is to contribute to your child’s online Learning Journey. We use a system called Tapestry which your child’s Key Person will use to record their observations and assessments of their development and activities. Parents are given a secure login which allows you to see all these observations and photos and to comment, and even upload photos and information about what your child has been up to yourself. We also use the system to ensure all children are developing as expected and to highlight any area where there might be a concern. If this should arise, one of our 3 trained SenCos (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) will work with the Key Person and parents to provide any additional support needed to meet the needs of the child and help them to make rapid progress.
When a child enters one of the Units we ask you to help us create an “All About Me Book” which includes pictures, drawings and information about your child, their immediate and extended family, pets and favourite activities. These books become a well-loved resource for the children to look at and share with friends and staff. They really help a child to settle into nursery.