Starting pre-school is a big step for both parents and children. To ensure that each child gains the maximum benefit from our setting we encourage and welcome all parent involvement. Before your child starts pre-school all parents receive a parent pack which is designed to answer any queries you may have; but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further concerns.
Below are a few extracts from the parent pack:
Once a child is registered, parents are welcome to visit on a drop-in basis to familiarise their child and themselves with the pre-school environment. Parents must stay with, and supervise, their child during these visits. An induction morning will also be offered during the half term before the child is due to start pre-school. Most parents choose the spend at least the first morning with us, however all children are different and more may be needed. We will work with you at all stages, to help your child adjust to pre-school life.
You and your child will be allocated a key person who has the responsibility to observe your child and build a positive relationship with your both. The key person is also available to talk over any anxieties/problems you may have about your child’s progress in pre-school or anything else that you or she deems necessary. In addition to this, parent interviews are held once a term to discuss your child’s learning and development.
We try to encourage children to attend to their own personal needs e.g. going to the toilet, so please dress children in easy to wear clothes i.e. no trousers with difficult fastenings and belts, long dresses or dungarees. The children are also encouraged to explore and learn from different materials, such as water, paint, glue and clay. We do provide overalls but it is a good idea to dress your child in old, easily-washed clothes, or you can purchase a pre-school t-shirt/sweatshirt.
Milk, water and healthy snacks are provided at snack time. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies or dietary requirements.
If your child is absent because of an infectious illness, please let us know so we can inform the other parents. This is especially important if German measles/measles, mumps, chicken pox or whooping cough are suspected. N.B. Children that have sickness and/or diarrhoea should be free of both for 48 hours before returning to pre-school. Infection spreads quickly in young children and the staff should also be considered.
We run a lunch club subject to parent demand. We aim to offer three lunch time sessions a week, running from 12.15 to 1.15. Please talk to the Supervisor regarding our current lunch club status.
If someone other than yourself or your child’s regular carer brings them to pre-school, please ask them to make themselves known to a member of staff and inform them of your family password.
To enhance our curriculum we have regular events that are fun and enjoyed greatly by the children. These regular services, concerts and outings include:
All children have a laminated name card with a barcode on the reverse. When called in the children hand in this card which is scanned and the exact time of arrival is recorded. Children are also scanned out at the end of each session. This adds to our other security measures.
It has been recognised over recent years that by working together, parents and pre-school staff can influence a child’s development and learning in a positive way. Holmer Green Methodist Pre-school is constantly looking at how we involve our parents and how, through their wealth of experience, parents can contribute to the children’s educational development. Parents can be involved in the organisation of Pre-school in various ways and the parent rota is an ideal way of bringing your life experiences into the group. We realise that time commitment is a key issue but all parental involvement is welcomed and much appreciated.