Partnership with Parents/Carers

Crystal Childcare acknowledges and recognises that parents/carers are the prime educators of their children. Staff must value the role of parents/carers in their children's learning. We are committed to working in partnership with parents/carers.

The nurseries provide an atmosphere in which parents/carers feel relaxed, comfortable and reassured, where a genuine partnership can begin. Children's previous experience at home and in wider community should be recognised and used as a starting point in planning.

In order for children to develop effective learning it is vital that a genuine partnership is built based on mutual respect and trust and is developed and fostered throughout the child's time at the nursery. Parents should be well informed about the running of the nursery and be welcomed as observers and contributors to the service.

Promoting partnership with parents

Parents/carers are actively encouraged to make a pre-entry visit to the nursery.

Admission meeting - time is set aside to share and gather information about the child/family and nursery setting. Parents are given a prospectus and relevant policies (see policies/philosophies).

Settling in process designed to meet the needs of the individual child and family.

Key carer system parents, carers and children have a named worker within the nursery who takes a particular interest in their child and their individual circumstances and needs. They will allow opportunities for informal reporting to parent/carers during day to day contact and encourage and continue two way communications. The key worker will be responsible for the educational care package designed for their key children.

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An attractive, up to date notice board for all parents which will display details of:

  • Staff rotas and qualifications (photos of staff)
  • Registration and inspection document
  • Insurance certificate
  • Ofsted inspection report
  • Comments and complaints procedure
  • Relevant policies e.g. E.O.P. - Nursery events and news
  • Topic
  • Theme web
  • Planning sheets
  • Menus

Children's work and photographs should be attractively displayed with captions explaining the learning gained from the nursery activities and experiences.

Inviting parental participation in the planning of activities and themes. Welcome parental involvement and utilise parental skills, knowledge, experience and expertise in all ways.

Having an open and accessible record of achievement on each child, encouraging parental contributions, providing formal, verbal and written information for parents about their child's development.

Regular news letters.

Web site that parents can access from home giving all up to date information on staffing, curriculum, themes and other events.

Open Evenings these are held twice a year and are an opportunity for parents to meet with their key worker to discuss their child's progress, to contribute to their child's individual learning and education plan and to discuss any concerns they might have -parents' views on the running of the nursery are warmly welcomed. This is also an occasion where parents have the chance to socialise with nursery staff and meet other parents.

The above list is not an exhaustive list but we believe is a foundation upon which partnership with parents is developed.

Reviewed and updated June 10.