Parents as Partners

“Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning” DfE

parentsAt Forest Nursery we highly value our parent partnerships and believe that parents play a central role in their child’s development and learning. You are the people who will know your child best of all. Good communication and collaboration between home, nursery and other professionals, we believe will make a positive impact upon children’s learning and development.

We endeavour to promote high quality communication between home and nursery and some of the ways in which we do this is:

  • In person at the start or end of a session
  • Pre-arranged informal discussions
  • Home contact diaries – these are for both parent/carer and staff to share information with each other
  • Phone conversations or email correspondence
  • Parent forum meetings
  • Parents’ Evening (for school transitioning)
  • Parent questionnaires (at least twice a year)
  • Welcoming in parents / family members to share interests/hobbies with the children during a session
  • Pyjama parties (Pre-bedtime stories and gentle storytelling fun, in our pyjamas with warm milk/cocoa)
  • Open days (for both existing parents to catch up with nursery activities and prospective parents)
  • Seasonal events (May day or summer ‘street’ party/ Christmas celebrations)

We seek to provide professional support and guidance within our parent partnerships, signposting relevant information and support for our families.