Parents as Partners

I pride myself on a regular two-way flow of information between myself and parents.

 

A daily text (usually sent during nap-time) provides an update of your child’s morning – activities they have enjoyed that day and other events worth noting – Wow! moments in their development, things that have made me smile – in short, things that I, as a parent, would want to know about my own children. It is often accompanied by a few photographs of them in action.

 

A Daily Diary details welfare issues, such as what your child has eaten, nap times etc.

 

The Learning Journey tracks your child’s learning and development in accordance with the EYFS (Early Year’s Foundation Stage), to which all childcare providers must adhere. It forms a lasting memento of your child’s time here and is sent home weekly so that you are always up-to-date with your child’s learning and development. You can help by writing a short paragraph in it each week about what your child has been doing at home. This helps me to initiate conversations with your child about their home life and to plan complementary activities (or avoid repeating a visit on a Monday that has been made as a family on the Sunday for example!) Every small comment helps.

 

I always make time to chat to parents at drop-off and pick-up times, should you wish. You are always welcome to come inside and the children are usually very keen to show Mummy or Daddy the activity in which they are currently engrossed.

 

I allow children to borrow books and other resources each week so that parents have the opportunity to share their child’s interests and continue to explore these at home. Children are welcome to bring favourite books etc. from home to share with the other children – this is great for relationship building.

 

Through my blog, I aim to provide parents with a greater insight into the children’s development and explain the learning intentions behind some of the activities that we do. It also hopefully offers inspiration for activities to do with your child at home.

 

A termly newsletter lets you know what cultural events we may be looking at as well as keeping you up-to-date on any training I have accessed and new resources I have acquired for the children.

 

 

Reflective Practice

 

I have a policy of continuous improvement and professional development, regularly reflecting on my practice and identifying areas to develop.

 

I regularly attend training courses to ensure that the children in my care receive the best quality provision in line with Ofsted’s latest (and ever changing!) requirements.

 

I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years), which provides information, insight and peer support as well as opportunities for me to develop my skills.

 

I follow a number of excellent early years blogs, which are an invaluable source of inspiration on all types of activities.