owls 3Partnership with Families – Working Together

We recognise that a child’s first impressions of the world begins at home and it is therefore vital that both the nursery and parents are working together. Parents are encouraged to share their ideas with us to help shape the service we offer to the children.

We value the contributions made by parents and will actively seek a partnership through which the children will benefit by having continuous and consistent care. This is an essential ingredient in supporting their confidence and developing their learning potential. At the Wishing Tree Nursery we understand that parents are the first and most enduring carers and educators of their children.

Regular communication and exchange of information is the key aim of our parent partnership which we will achieve in the following ways:

  • Our parent handbook.
  • Our web site (www.wishingtreenursery.com).
  • The parent and carer notice-board.
  • Daily written and verbal reports about each child (eating, sleep, learning and care updates).
  • Long term reports about each child based on observations.
  • Nursery policies published in our reception area.
  • The Friday round-up newsletter.
  • General notices and signs around the nursery.
  • Parent and carer evenings.
  • Social events such the summer fayre and open days.
  • Travel plan to assist with dropping off and collecting children from nursery.
  • Suggestion box.
  • Complaints procedure (on parent notice board).
  • Key person allocated to each child.
  • Links with schools, health centres and local businesses.

Other Important Contributors for Working Together

We realise that whilst families and the nursery staff have a significant impact on the outcomes for children here at the nursery, there are also many other sources of help and information which we can draw upon such as:

EMAS – Supports pupils who have English as an additional language in schools across Brighton & Hove. EMAS is a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants, bilingual liaison workers and home school liaison workers.

PRESENS – The Pre-School SEN Service (PRESENS) is for children aged 2 to 5 years, who have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) which may include, communication, speech and language difficulties, physical difficulties, sensory impairments, social emotional and mental health difficulties, autism, learning difficulties.

Schools – The Family Information Service has a School Preference Service to help those parents and carers who may need help in applying for a primary or secondary school place for their child.

Health Visitors – Health Visiting is provided through the Brighton and Hove Children Centres.

Local Authority Safeguarding – Co-ordinated by the Local Authority Safeguarding Board, its main role is to coordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people in the city and to monitor the effectiveness of those arrangements.

Childcare Resources – A very helpful source of information for families wanting to know more about childcare in the City.

Parent & Carer Committee

Our Parent and Carer Partners (PCP) meet with nursery management on a regular basis to discuss how we’re doing and what improvements we could consider. We have had many helpful suggestions and ideas to come out of these meetings and it really helps us maintain our focus on what it’s like being a parent at our nursery.

Bearing in mind parents and children could be with us for many years, it is essential we establish an environment that makes it easy to exchange information and views. We also want to make it easy for parents as well as children to make new acquaintances and friends and we will provide lots of opportunities for this to happen.

Principle activities of the PCP include:

  • To attend a management meeting 4-6 times per annum.
  • To represent parents and carers to the management team.
  • To assist with the review of policies and procedures.
  • To assist with parent events.
  • To assist with the review the administration and finance.
  • To review how we communicate to parents via digital, paper and electronic media.
  • To bring ideas about the curriculum and daily activities for children.
  • To provide a sounding board for how we need to support and develop our staff.
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