• Parent Partnership

Parent Partnership

We see parents as the children's first and most enduring educators.

We endeavour to continually work in partnership with parents to have a positive impact on children's development and learning.  Parents are encouraged to become involved in every stage of their child’s development. We recognise the importance of the partnership with parents and strive to build and maintain a sound and effective relationship with each parent.

Key Person Approach

The appointment of a key person for every child who joins Busy Little Bees is a vital factor in developing our parent partnership. While the child benefits from having a familiar, reassuring face each day, the parent has a clear point of contact in the nursery and we try to ensure that all key people share as much information with parents as possible, providing feedback at the end of every session and dealing with any concerns.

Settling in sessions

Once a child has a place confirmed at nursery, a number of settling in sessions will be arranged with the nursery management and key person, to ensure that the child has a smooth transition into nursery life. During these sessions, your child’s key person with gather information about their likes, dislikes, routine and development.  Through our settling in sessions we aim to gradually get the children used to attending nursery and being away from their primary carers.

Stay and play and social events

Parents and carers are often invited to participate in nursery activities and events such as our nursery outings. Our parents are also welcome to come into the nursery to offer their skills as part of our Nursery Curriculum.Stay and play sessions are organised twice a year at the nursery for you to participate fully in your children's activities. Our 'hands -on' approach enables parent to gain an understanding into the various learning activities and experiences on offer.We love to hold parties and will have one for any possible occasion such as our annual Easter Bonnet Parade, Halloween Party Tea and Chinese New Year Celebration naming just a few, and hope that you too will be able to join us in the future.

Learning and Development and Parent evenings

Parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to their child’s Learning Journeys by providing information on experiences and activities their child has been involved with away from the setting. Children learn and develop differently therefore every child is planned for individually having their own personal next steps to develop based from the seven areas of learning displayed in the development matters book, EYFS (2012). Staff will share your child’s next steps with you and discuss experiences to plan to move your child forward and make progress. You may be asked to help by participating with your child at home! Parent evenings are offered termly. During a parent evening you can look closely in partnership at the progress your child has made agreeing new learning for their future.

Parents Questionnaires

A suggestion box is situated in the entrance area and we send out a questionnaire to parents and carers annually. These ensure that parents and carers have the opportunity to communicate their thoughts and help us to continually evaluate the quality of our nursery.

All about me

We see babies and young children as individuals first each with a unique profile of abilities and interests. To enable us to focus the nursery experiences around your child as they start nursery or move from room to room an 'All About Me' document is completed with the parents and key person. This highlights the child's favourite activities, personal needs and gives you an opportunity to meet the new staff. The child will partake in a number of settling in sessions to the new room to familiarise themselves and support a smooth transition.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

•    Communication and language;
•    Physical development; and
•    Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

•    Literacy;
•    Mathematics;
•    Understanding the world; and
•    Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The nursery staff who are teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

For a parent’s guide to the EYFS please click (Link is http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2012/06/EYFS_Parents_Guide.doc)

EYFS home learning bags

Throughout the nursery we encourage a home school link as much and as often as possible...
Within each of our rooms we have a set of home learning bags, one for each area of learning, that are available for you to take home and enjoy with your child. The activities will be typical activities that would be on offer within the Nursery and we love to offer you the opportunity to experience this at home too.

Also within these bags are parent observation forms so that you can share with us any new and wonderful things your child has learnt. These then link into your child’s Learning Journey.

Staff nominations

As an employer we offer an Employee of the Month reward scheme and welcome parent nominations towards this. It may be that an individual has supported your child and your family in some way that you wish to share or just that you simply feel someone deserves a special recognition