By working in true partnership with parents we aim to provide a stimulating and challenging environment which is a warm and friendly extension of home. It is a place where children and adults can explore, have fun, play talk and learn together as happy and confident and independent individuals within their community.
We ask that the first time you bring your child to nursery you stay and play alongside your child’s key person. At this session it will be discussed with you what you think will be best for your child. For babies, we recommend coming in over a meal time and putting them to sleep here, so that the first time they do it here it is with you. This is a lovely time for parents and children to become totally familiar with the space both indoors and outdoors, the staff and the routine or for you to discuss your child’s routine if they are babies.
If all goes well, we invite the children to stay at nursery on their own, but of course, are very flexible with those children who need more time with parents. All children are different – some may settle in very quickly while others need a little more time. We acknowledge that this separation can be just as upsetting for the parents as it is for the children and so we offer comfort and patience to all during this transition time. Time spent on settling in is time well invested for the children’s security and confidence. We aim to make the experience for both child and parent as stress free as possible.
It is very important that children are collected on time, as searching the sea of faces for your mum or day, nana or granddad and finding no one there can be really upsetting when you’re only little. We ask that parents inform us of the people who are most likely to collect their child. In the interest of safeguarding all our children, we request parents provide a password for all adults to use when collecting children at the end of the session. Anyone the staff do not recognise will not be allowed to leave the building with a child, unless they provide the correct password.
Observing, assessing and recording children’s progress is the key to future planning in order to meet the needs of each child. These records are usually little stories that explain the child’s play and the learning involved. We use ‘snippets of learning’ that capture the many things we notice about the children and their progress.
These ‘golden’ moments are stored in a secure online learning journal called Tapestry where you have access to just your own child’s achievements. We upload pictures that show what your child has done and can do with comments. We encourage you to upload your own photographs of your child engaging in activities at home and to put your own comments. Together we record your child’s ‘special moments’.
Every time Tapestry is updated with images for your child you will be notified via email. This gives you the opportunity to share your child’s time at nursery with them and other family members.
The journal is a very precious document to be treasured by families forever. When your child leaves they are presented with their individual learning journal on a CD in PDF format. They are presented with them at a special leavers concert on the last day of the summer term.