Parental Involvement

Parents are the first and most important educators of their children. That’s why our staff will work closely together with you to provide the best care and education for your child.

As a parent-led Nursery, we expect you to contribute to the successful running of the facility. There are lots of ways you can do this, including:

  1. exchanging knowledge about your children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
  2. helping during sessions to support reading or share skills
  3. sharing your own special interests with the children
  4. helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities
  5. becoming a Member of the organisation. Nursery is a charity with a membership base. Without Members we cannot elect the Management Committee. Members also have the right to vote on other important changes to the organisation too (at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary meeting). There is no charge for Membership and it bring no obligation to join the Committee, however all Committee members are Members of the organisation
  6. being part of the management of the setting
  7. taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by Nursery
  8. joining in community activities in which Nursery takes part
  9. building friendships with other parents in Nursery
  10. Ways to be involved at the setting
  11. Parent Guide to the EYFS

Parent and Carer Helping and Snacks

We have a very strong ethos of parental involvement that we are both proud of and grateful for. Our parent/carer rota is a key part of Nursery life, helping to involve parents and carers in their children’s early education and helping us to provide more individual attention for the children.

Parent Help

Parents are welcome to visit or to volunteer occasionally during session. This involves giving up an hour or two of your time to spend at Nursery on the sofa, reading to the children, or helping with other activities. It is also an opportunity to share skills such as music, art or gardening with the children. Ideally, we would like all parents and carers to commit to an hour per term (i.e. three times per year).

Snacks

There is no extra charge for snack time foods and in order to avoid making an additional charge this cost needs to be met by donations and contributions from the parents.

We are always grateful for donations of dried goods for the store cupboard such as bread sticks, rice cakes or dried fruit and a bag of apples or a bunch of bananas is always a welcome addition.

We like to share birthdays and if your child is having a birthday you may bring in a cake to celebrate. Please be aware that some children may suffer from nut allergies and please avoid anything that may be a choking hazard.

Milk and water are provided so we do not need donations of drink for snack time. We encourage children to drink water when they are thirsty or at lunch times to promote healthy diet and teeth, milk is provided at snack time daily.