We recognise that every child is unique and we provide for this through individual and inspiring learning opportunities
We believe that children benefit most from nursery education and care when parents and nursery work together in partnership.
Our aim• To support parents as their children's first and most important educators.
• To involve parents when practical in the life of the nursery and their children's education.
MethodIn order to fulfil these aims:
• We respect children as individuals, for their ability/disability, sex/gender, as members of families and members of ethnic/racial, linguistic, social, cultural and religious groups.
• We respect the different ways that different parents have of loving and caring for their children and preparing them for adult life, according to differences in culture practise and religious beliefs.
• We are committed to ongoing dialogue with parents to improve our knowledge of the needs of their children and to support their families; • Through access to written information and through regular informal communication, we inform all parents about how the group is run and its policies. We check to ensure parents understand the information which is given to them;
• We inform all parents on a regular basis about their children's progress through daily verbal feedback;
• We involve parents in the shared record keeping about their children - either formally or informally - and ensure parents have access to their children's written records including observations and Learning Diaries;
• We provide opportunities for parents to contribute their own skills, knowledge and interests to the activities of the group such as reading stories or sharing an experience;
• We provide information about opportunities for being involved in the nursery in ways which are accessible to parents with basic skills needs, or those for whom English is an additional language;
• We welcome the contributions of parents, in whatever form these may take;
• We inform all parents of the systems for registering queries, complaints or suggestions and check to ensure these are understood. All parents have access to our written complaints procedure; and
• We provide opportunities for parents to learn about the nursery curriculum and about young children's learning, in the nursery and at home.
• We invite parents/carers into the nursery at least twice a year to discuss their child’s development with their key person and invite new and existing to weekend events to help promote the partnership and Play and Stay afternoons/mornings.
• We encourage all parents/carers to take part in special event/themed days such as Pirate Day and World Book Day.
• We endeavour to record significant achievements and experiences children have had outside the nursery setting in Learning Diaries to successfully document the child’s learning journey whilst at nursery and this is done in close partnership with parents through parent partnership slips;
• We have a Policy of the Month displayed in each nursery so parents can contribute to policies and procedures when they have time to browse through them.
• We send home monthly newsletters to each parent/carer.
• We display all nursery news and useful information for parents/carers on a parents information board.
• Our website is regularly updated with news, events, photos and policies.
The following documentation is in place:
• admissions policy;
• complaints procedure;
• record of complaints; and
• activities provided for children.