Parents are children’s first and most important educators. You know your child better than anyone else and you know what interests them. At nursery, it is our job to build on the work you have started. We can do that best by sharing information regularly with each other. Every day, parents can speak to key workers to pass on information. Each half term parents are invited in for an open day to discuss in length your child’s progress and development. If in between those times you need more time to discuss any matters of interest you can make an appointment to speak to a key worker, deputy head or head teacher.
We also like parents to be involved in activities we plan for children so that you can join in the fun and pick up ideas of what to try at home. We have stay and play sessions, story time sessions, craft workshops and musical events.
We also understand how challenging it can be to support children through some stageslike toilet training, weaning off a bottle or dummy or sleep and behaviour issues. We hold regular workshops to help parents through these difficult times. Speak to a member of staff if you are interested.
When children begin nursery, it is a great opportunity for parents to socialise with others parents and get to know others in the local community. Each week on a Friday, we hold a coffee morning/afternoon for parents to relax and have a chat. We also arrange activities that parents request.
Practitioners and key workers discuss children’s developmental needs and interests and plan work and activities to help children make progress in a fun way. We write up the main activities on offer each week and display them in the window for parents to see and try at home if they wish. We also write up things to talk about with your child that fits in with the learning in nursery.
Parents often ask how they can help their child at home so here are the best ways:
- Talk about everything and anything that interests them
- Read a story every night at bed time
- Play with toys together to develop essential skills
- Let them help with everyday tasks
- Use tools like scissors, pens, rolling pins
- Teach them to be independent in dressing, toileting, eating, drinking
As the year goes on we hold workshops on early reading, writing and maths skills.
If you have access to the internet there are some very good educational sites and games such as: