Children do best when parents and practitioners work together so we strongly encourage parents to be involved in the setting.
This can be achieved through sharing information about their child, having an input into the planning and policies, sharing their skills or home culture and festivals, or by helping in the session or on outings.
We will arrange termly appointments to discuss your child’s progress share their records and suggest activities you might like to continue at home to support their learning.
This also gives you an opportunity to share information with us, although there is no need to wait for these appointments as we are always available to discuss any concerns, share information/interests on a daily basis.
We value parent’s comments and ideas and ask for feedback through our parent questionnaire. Here are some of the comments:
- ‘Feels homely and welcoming with lovely trustworthy staff.’
- ‘She absolutely loves pre-school, all the staff and children’
- ‘It’s a relief as a parent for a child to be so happy and comfortable within a setting away from home’
- ‘The encouragement and the love children get from the staff and the attention is amazing’
- ‘She loves it and wants to go every day of the week’
- ‘The staff, every single one comes across as kind, thoughtful, approachable professionals who love the children in their care’
- ‘...opportunity to try new things, crafts and forest school’
- ‘...caring and professional staff, spacious setting’.
We think it is important to value different cultures and languages represented in our pre-school and encourage parents and family members to come in to teach us a song in another language or talk to us about their culture or festivals they celebrate, making that link between home and pre-school.
Transition to school
Part of our role at pre-school is to prepare the children for school life. We work closely with our local school, with the foundation stage teachers, and make regular visits.
In the terms leading up to transition into school the children are supported to achieve the skills that will enable them to gain the most from their school experience, such as;
- Structured opportunities for turn taking,
- Use toilet and wash hands independently
- Recognise their own name
- Put on and fasten their own coat
- Listening and following instructions
- Understand set boundaries for behaviour