A key-person undertakes personal care routines for their key children and ensures that activities are planned to support children’s continued learning and development. Key persons also establish effective partnerships with parents in order to help ensure that there is a smooth transition between home and nursery and that information is shared on an ongoing basis.
Parents as Partners
In order to ensure that there is a smooth transition for children between home and nursery, we encourage parents to become involved in all aspects of nursery life. During normal nursery hours, staff are always on hand for parents to talk to and discuss all areas of their children’s care and development. We understand that communication can be difficult for working parents and therefore extend opportunities to include out-of-hours events.
All parents attend our termly parent evenings. These evenings provide opportunities for parents and key persons to jointly reflect upon children’s progress and identify their next steps in learning. Parents and key persons also share ideas of how children’s ongoing progress can be supported through fun activities at home and with their family.
We organise regular social events for parents. These are wide-ranging and organised in response to parental feedback regarding their needs and wishes. They include sessions within nursery hours, such as grand-parents tea parties; along with evening or week-end activities such as family fun days and community events.
As we are always striving for improvement, we send out termly parental questionnaires to assess parents’ level of satisfaction about nursery and to seek ideas for improvement. We would ask that you take a few minutes to complete these when asked, and to be honest in your comments in order to help us continue to improve the experiences for all children who come to nursery.