Parents as Partners
“... Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When practitioners and parents work together there is a positive impact on the child’s learning” Source: The National Strategies 2010
At Woodlands we value and respect our relationships with parents/carers, and value their contributions. Parents are requested to provide as much information on their child before their start date by completing "All about me ". All children have their own individual ‘Learning Journey’ which parents are encouraged to contribute towards before their child starts and using wow notes. Wow notes inform us of any achievements that your child makes outside the setting.
Daily feedback is given verbally by staff at the end of your child’s session. What we have done today is displayed in the cloakroom. Staff also post daily on Facebook to keep parents informed of the activities that have taken place that day (no photos of children are posted). Each week parents receive Woodlands E- News via email, keeping you up to date with our planned activities and lots of other information! Every child has family book which they take home in their book bag and can fill with information and pictures of their travels and experiences.
In addition we have Parent Consultations that take place once every term. This is an opportunity for parents/carers to come into the setting and have an informal discussion with their child’s Key Person about their progress and development.
Recording and Assessment
Throughout the day, staff will observe your child as they play and explore. Photographs are taken, observations are recorded and examples of their drawings etc are kept. These findings make up your child’s ‘Learning Journey'.
This document builds up a profile of your child and their progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Parents are also encouraged to contribute to this record via wow notes
Your child’s record of achievement will be passed onto their next setting when they move on from Woodlands.
Each child at Woodlands is assigned a ‘Key Person’. This allows children to build a special relationship and feel secure with a specific member of staff. A Key Person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for. Your Key Person will help your child become familiar with the setting and to feel confident and safe within it.
Parent consultations provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s development and progress with their Key Person.