Parents

HOW PARENTS TAKE PART IN THE PRESCHOOL

As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, 345 Preschools Limited recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children.

All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child.  There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school 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.
  • Being part of the management committee of the pre-school.
  • Helping at sessions of the pre-school.
  • Sharing their own special interests, skills and cultural activities with the children.
  • Taking part in fund-raising and social events.

 

THE PARENTS’ ROTA

The preschool has a termly rota which you, or your child’s carer should sign to help at a particular session or sessions of the preschool.

Helping at the session enables you to see what the day-to-day life of the preschool is like and to join in helping the children get the best out of their activities. 345 is able to offer the high standards of care and excellent adult/child ratios on the basis that parents and carers offer to help for a few sessions each term. As each setting is different, please ask the manager what is expected of you as the daily parent helper.

 

THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PRESCHOOL

A Management Committee made up of parents, who are elected by the parents of the children who attend the preschools, manages 345 Preschools Limited and assists the preschool managers in the day-to- day running of each group.

The main committee consists of a chair, treasurer and secretary. There may be up to nine additional committee members. The committee members are normally elected at an annual AGM and are responsible for:

  • Managing the pre-school’s finances
  • Employing and managing the staff
  • Making sure that the pre-school has – and works to – policies which help it provide a high quality service.
  • Making sure that the pre-school works in partnership with the children’s parents.

A new committee has been appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 7 October 2014, and the following roles have been allocated: Chair, Co-chair, Treasurer, Company Secretary, General Director, and Head of Fundraising Committee.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the pre-school. It is their forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and electing the new Management Committee.

 

OTHER VOLUNTEERS OF THE PRESCHOOL

Parent reps
Each group has a parent rep who attends the termly committee meetings to act as a link between the committee and the rest of the parents in their group. They can bring any issues to the committee that other parents have raised with them and equally we rely on the parent reps to communicate back to the rest of the group after meetings.

Fundraising team
We have always had really enthusiastic and hardworking fundraising teams, this year being no exception. And they always raise huge amounts for the preschool. The more reps from each group the better to spread the tasks around.

In addition to all of the above, each preschool also relies on parents to fulfil a number of other roles – for example to oversee the rota for helping at preschool.

 

A PARENTS GUIDE TO THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)

Why do I need to know about the EYFS?

The EYFS is about the care a child will receive when they attend a setting or a childminder's home from birth to five.  It is also the stage they are in until the end of the Reception year in school.

  • Children do best when parents and professionals work together.
    It is important to remember that you know more about your child than anyone else.  Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress.
  • Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning.
  • The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.

What is the EYFS?

  • It is a stage of development from birth to the end of their first year at school (Reception).
  • The EYFS framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning.

  • It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for, and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life.

  • It is based on four basic principles:
    • Theme: A Unique child

      Principle: every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

    • Theme: Positive relationships

      Principle: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

    • Theme: Enabling environments

      Principle: the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens’ development and learning.

    • Theme: Learning and development

      Principle: Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.
      Each principle applies to all children from birth, and is supported by four commitments that describe how the principles work.  If you want more information on this please ask your child’s key person.

Why are the years from birth to five so special?

The years from birth to five see the greatest growth and learning for all children. To thrive during these rapid stages of development, children need:

  • Good health
  • To be happy
  • To feel safe
  • To be sucessful

Early learning is the key to your child's future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.

What can Parents/carers do?

Parents and carers are the child’s first teachers.  When they are with you, learning can happen anywhere at any time, a few examples are:

  • Being generous with praise and cuddles
  • Reading things together
  • Playing games, singing nursery rhymes
  • Talking about what you can see in the park or on the street
  • Counting the stairs as you go up and down

Why is it important?

It is called the Foundation Stage because it gives secure foundations for future learning. Childhood is important and we want all children to have enjoyable and satisfying childhood experiences. Early experiences also affect a child's attitude to learning. They create the basis for later learning, in school and beyond.

How will my child learn?

All children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Play is the key to the way young children learn. Through play children can develop the confidence for learning, social skills needed for personal development, and skills needed for writing. In that way children become more independent and are able to tackle simple problems.

How does this affect the age my child will start school?

Your child must be in full time education by the term after his or her fifth birthday. This has not changed. They usually begin school in the September after their fourth birthday, giving them a year in Reception class.

Where can I get more information?

Talk to your child's setting or key person, they will be able to help.

Finally, The Early Years Foundation Stage is about you and your child’s setting working in partnership to ensure your child’s needs are best met.

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