Working together in Partnership

We aim to build on the foundations you have laid. We know that you are the most important people in your child’s life and by working closely in partnership we can ensure that your children progress and achieve success in reaching their potential. Learning is a 24 hour process and doesn’t stop when they leave Nursery. Therefore our partnership with parents and carers is so important. Parents know their children best and it is important that we build up a detailed picture of how we can best support your child. We ensure there are lots of opportunities to share information about your child’s learning.

Children’s Boxes

Your child has their own labelled box and this is where pictures, notes and things for home are kept. Parents/carers are encouraged to check this area every day for updates, information, newsletters and their child’s latest fabulous creative work!

Special Books

Whilst your child is at Nursery we capture some of their learning through photographs, videos and learning stories, this is all collected by your child’s key person into their ‘Special Book’ and is used to track your children’s progress and plan their future learning. Staff encourage parents to look at your child’s book regularly and you are welcome to take home to share with your child.  Parents are invited to leave comments in the book and to add anything from home.  Of course when your child leaves us, their special book is yours to keep to share with your child as they grow up.  Parents and children alike really value their special book and we feel that they are a fabulous way of documenting your child’s learning at Nursery.

Parents Evenings

During the year  we will invite you to parents evenings and other events.  These allow you to talk to your child’s keyworker about their progress, to have a look around the school and their classroom, meet governors and other members of staff, and to ensure that parents are informed on how well their child has settled into nursery and updated on their progress and attainment in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Parents of children in the 2year old room will also be invited to come in to discuss their child’s 2 year old check.  This helps inform parents of the child’s strengths and areas that parents can support their child at home to meet their full potential.

Newsletters

Every half term parents will receive a newsletter from the Headteacher updating families on dates for your diary, staff news and general information about what is coming up at Kendal Nursery School.  Newsletters are emailed to parents with paper copies available on each classes notice board.  Newsletters are also available to view on the website and can be accessed from the home page.  If you change your email please keep us informed so the newletters go to the correct address.

Suggestions and queries

We work hard as a staff team to get our provision right for your child. Listening to parents as our partners is the best way for us improve and enhance our practice. Please don’t wait till a parents evening to talk to a member of staff if something is bothering you.  Alyssa the Headteacher is available for parents to come and chat to or alternatively many parents often email any questions or queries they have to her directly.  Staff are also on hand at the beginning and end of sessions for any questions and queries you may have or for a quick discussion on how your child is getting on. You are also welcome to arrange a meeting with your child’s key carer or teacher at the end of sessions to discuss your child’s progress in more detail..  Of course we love to hear good news as well so if we are doing something right please tell us that as well!!

Story Sacks

There is a lending library for the children at nursery to borrow our story sacks. Time spent sharing a book with your child is an important social and educational step to foster a love of reading. We also have books in the staff reference library for parents to borrow.