We view the families of the children who attend the setting as our partners in the education of the child. We value the uniqueness and diversity each families brings to the nursery community and welcome parent involvement.
Our starting point with each family is inviting them to share information about who their child is and how they fit into their family. This information is used to support the child to settle into the nursery. We believe parents/carers are their child’s first and most enduring educator and strongly believe that when families and nursery’s work in true partnership children’s learning and development will flourish.
This partnership can be seen by:
- Our fully secure online learning journeys that parents/carers can not only see but add their own observations, photos or videos too
- Our settling in processes
- Our Key person system
- Our home learning ideas
If you would like to get more involved with the nursery as a parent volunteer here are some ways you might like to try to:
- Come in and read or tell a story
- Help out in the art area
- Help with a cookery session
- Play an instrument for the children
- Help in the garden planting or growing
- Come along to one of our parent volunteer gardening days at the weekend
- Donate items like wooden spoons, baskets, bowls, cardboard boxes or tubes, clean plumbing or guttering pipes, tree limbs or trunk pieces or many more things we could make good use of. Or perhaps you have a skill you could donate to us like carpentry, knitting or sewing, or other DIY or crafty hobbies?
*Please note during the COVID pandemic, our normal process has changed, please speak to a member of the team for more information *
We know children learn best when they can revisit, reimagine and share their learning with those around them. To help forge strong links between home and nursery we:
- Ask our parents to share with us what their children are interested in, what they have being doing lately, places they have visited etc. by adding these to their child’s learning journey. We then use this to help us plan linked experiences at nursery. For example, a child who made biscuits at the weekend at granny’s house so we set up playdough, rolling pit, biscuit cutters and baking tins and move the toy oven to the art area so they can play, link their experiences and share it with their peers.
- Suggest to parents ways they could extend their child’s play at home through home learning ideas either through our website, notes in the learning journeys or through feedback at the end of the session.
- Have a range of resources to share with parents who are hoping to help their child learn a particular skill or overcome a challenge so weather it’s help with handwriting, a recipe for lunch or help with potty training we have some good ideas to support our families
- Sign post families wishing to expand their own skills or knowledge to local courses or training sessions
- Sign post families experiencing a challenging situation to a service to support their child or to support themselves – because we all need a helping hand sometimes.
- Staff will share home learning ideas via Tapestry