Parents

We are a community based setting that is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance; all parents are regarded as members who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

  • valued and respected
  • kept informed
  • consulted
  • involved
  • included at all levels.

As a community based, voluntary managed setting, we also depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going. Membership of the setting also carries expectations on parents for their support and commitment. This is the basis of the ‘mutuality’ that characterises a Pre-school Learning Alliance member setting.

We expect parents’ expectations as above are met in all aspects, as far as possible, through us being members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

How parents take part in the setting

As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

  • exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff, via the ‘All About Me’ booklet and regular informal chats
  • helping at sessions of the setting
  • sharing their own special interests with the children ie helping the children to use the computer, using their expertise
  • helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities
  • being part of the management of the setting
  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting
  • joining in community activities in which the setting takes part
  • building friendships with other parents in the setting

The Parents’ Rota (Stay and Play)

The setting has a dated rota which parents can sign if they would like to help at a particular session or sessions of the setting. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the setting is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.

 

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Joining the rota is not the only means of taking part in the life of the setting. Parents can offer to take part in a session by sharing their own interests and skills with the children, such as helping with the computer. Parents have visited the setting to play an instrument or make Welsh cakes with the children (see photo!), as well as coming in to talk about their job during our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic or reading a story.

We welcome parents dropping in to the setting to see us at work or to speak with the staff.

Learning Opportunities for Adults

As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the setting staff take part in further training to help them to keep up to date with thinking about early years care and education.

The setting also keeps itself up to date with best practice in early years care and education through the Pre-school Learning Alliance’s magazine Under Five and publications produced by the Pre-school Learning Alliance. The current copy of Under Five is available for you to read. Available courses can be found on www.hants.gov.uk/childcare should you wish to train in the Early Years (click on Search for training courses).