You cannot underestimate the value of parents in their children’s education. Parents play a huge role in their children’s learning.
Parent partnerships are key to a successful early years’ experience for children, and for them to gain the most out of their early education and reach expected levels of development. There are many reasons why parent partnerships are so important for the child, from drop-off and collection times, to coming in for special open sessions and attending parent-teacher meetings.
You, the parents are important because: parents know their children best; it helps the child to feel safe and secure if they see that their parents feel comfortable in school; it creates a shared level of expectation; it allows sharing of development and any concerns; it encourages sharing of information to keep up to date with what is happening both at home and at school.
Hopefully you, the parents, feel able to seek advice, help and support should you need it.
Last Monday, Foundation One and Two invited parents to come in and join our learning. It was great to see so many of our parents. It is a new school year and the children have settled. As the weather cools, it is important to use all our learning environments to support children’s learning. It was an opportunity to see how the children are beginning to explore and use our outdoor spaces to support learning.
The benefits of outdoor play: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and play games that lead to development of physical skills; it allows them to bond with children of similar age groups and thereby develop social and emotional skills as well as gain self-confidence. Children get a chance to see the world from a new perspective.
We also had a “Story telling” session on Thursday. It was lovely to listen to the story telling and see how engaged the children were, talking about books with mums and dads. I really do not know who enjoyed it most: the children listening to stories and excited to see parents; or the parents reading stories and talking to groups of children about the books; or us, the teachers, seeing how engaged the children were. Thank you so much for working with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Head of Foundation Stage