Partnership with Parents
Partnership with Parents
It is important for parents to share information with the nursery staff about a child’s development and learning as this helps to facilitate a positive relationship. This starts at the very beginning of your child’s time with us with an ‘All about Me’ and ‘All about my Child’ form outlining your child’s current capabilities and likes and dislikes. We use ‘Learning Journeys’ to record our observations and plan for the children’s learning during the forthcoming term.
We encourage parents to continue talking about work and topics that we have been doing at nursery at home. We also encourage parents to use ‘WOW’ vouchers recording significant achievement in the child’s life which we then share with the group and put on our ‘WOW WALL’.
We actively encourage parents to help at the Nursery and operate a parent helper rota. Seeing mum, dad, grandparents or carer helping at Nursery School helps your child feel a strong sense of belonging and gives you a chance to see your child in action! Ample opportunities are provided for parents to discuss their child’s progress, either before or after each session; or by way of coffee mornings, parent consultations or one of the other social events. We also have a notice board with useful information, a Weekly information letter, ‘The Week Ahead’ is sent out via tapestry from Mrs Voss to keep everyone up to date along with some emails.
Moving on to School
During a child’s time with us, we introduce them to a variety of activities and experiences that encourage them to solve problems, make decisions and become independent learners. We use activities that provide mathematical concepts for example, big and small, different shapes, full and empty, as well as numbers. This can be done in a variety of ways, including water and sand play, construction toys, painting and sticking and outdoor play. We use scales for weighing objects, do floating and sinking experiments and do lots of cookery in our children’s kitchen which incorporates many mathematical and scientific aspects. Children are encouraged to look at books and pictures, listen to stories and telling them, identifying words and signs in the environment, copying patterns – all exposing the children to letters and the first steps to reading. Our school leavers are provided with ‘letter bags’ to take home, which are a fun way to encourage letter sounds and letter recognition. Children have their own name badges which they are encouraged to pick out and stick onto a board daily. They are also encouraged to write their own names on their ‘work’ and their name cards. We liaise closely with all the local primary schools and arrange for the reception teachers to visit the children in the Nursery.
Partnership With Parents
We believe in working together
Successful cooperation between parents and teachers is important because it also has an effect on your child's development.
This is why we encourage a culture of cooperation, continuous exchange between parent and teacher and joint planning of parties, events and excursions.
Our current initiatives
- 'Book time' working group - Regularly held at little forest school on the green, the children's mums and dads read stories to different age groups.
- Parent Helper Rota - We operate a parent helper rota. Seeing mum, dad or grandparents help at the school gives your child a strong sense of belonging and gives you a chance to see your child in action!
- Wow wall - This is your chance to let us know if your child has witnessed or achieved anything amazing away from Nursery. This could be anything such as 'Sam didn't wake mummy up all night!' or 'Evie helped make a yummy cake,' or 'Sofia had a special day being a bridesmaid.'
We look forward to welcoming new helpers. At the moment we are particularly keen to find anyone who can help with gardening and baking.
Useful Parent Links available via Surrey Websites,
Family Information Service,
This service provides a wealth of support and guidance for Childcare, Education and Learning, Surrey Family Centres, Family Finance, Support and Advice, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support and Family Resilience and Early Help, further information can be found following the link below.
Healthy Surrey Website,
This service provides support and guidance for many topics including, Mental Wellbeing, Nutrition and Activity, Drugs or Alcohol and Domestic Violence, further information can be found following the link below.
Surrey Local Offer,
This information and services are for young people with SEND and their families, further information can be found following the link below.