Working in partnership with parents
The Early Years Foundation Stage seeks to provide “Partnership working between practitioners and with parents or carers”. It is also our belief that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and the Nursery work together in partnership.
Our aim is to support parents as their children’s first and most important educators by involving them in their children’s education and in the full life of the setting.
Working in partnership with parents is central to the success of our Nursery and to your child’s learning and development.
We believe that the sharing of information about children is very much a two way process. Each child has a “learning journey” which is in the form of scrapbooks. Parents are provided with on-going information about their child’s progress through the scrapbook and via meetings with their key carer. An area is available in the rooms for you to sit and share the scrapbook or you can take them home to read.
Parents are encouraged to share the adventures they have with their children as part of their child’s learning profile by adding these special moments from home to the folder, pre printed sheets for completion are available in the parent area at Nursery.
The current newsletter lets you know about themes each room are covering that month as well as providing you with other relevant information about the Nursery. Our “tip sheets" offer an opportunity for children and their families to share activities that will encourage and support your child’s leaning and development such as:
- Healthy eating
- Speech and Language development
- Potty training
- Playing with Playdough
Please pick them up from the parent area. Chatter boxes and story sacks can also be borrowed please speak to a Room Senior.
Valuable resources for parents.
Within East Reading there are three children’s centres offering a wide range of activities, advice and support to local families. The centres are called East Reading, Hamilton Road and Katesgrove, each of them providing a wealth of opportunities for the whole family with children aged 0-5, so pop along and find out what’s available in your area or visit their website www.eastreadingchildrenscentres.co.uk for more information.
Reading Borough Council’s Family Information Services is a free service for all families in the area. On their website there is lots of information about local childcare, services, activities and events. Visit their website http://www.reading.gov.uk/servicesguide for more information.
Parents wondering if they are eligible for 2 year old funding can access the local government website at http:// http://www.reading.gov.uk/earlyyearsfunding. The council also provide information regarding school admissions and this can be accessed online at www.reading.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
The nursery can also check whether your child is eligable for funding.
Information about the Early Years Foundation stage can be accessed through the website www.foundationyears.org.uk
We regularly arrange special events which all the children and their families can benefit from such as:
- Christmas Party with seasonal song concert
- Chinese New Year celebrations
- World Book Day trips to the library
- Short outings to the local shops and other areas of interest
- Diwali celebrations
- Eid celebrations
- Pancake Day
- Mothers Day
- Take your Daddy to school day
- Grandparents Day
The list is endless and changes to include the cultures and religions of the families attending.
We extend the invitation to all families to join in these events - they are opportunities for you share the experience with your child and become involved. It could be sitting down for a cup of tea and a cake with your child or extend to accompanying us on a trip out.