Parents as Partners

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We believe that a strong relationship with parents will result in a positive impact on the child’s development and learning.

We respect and understand the role of parents in their child’s education prior to entering our early years setting and throughout their time with us.

We make every effort to listen to parents accounts of their child’s development and any concerns they have.

All parents are welcome.

Parents are invited to visit with their children during the Summer Term prior to starting Nursery.  At this visit they are given a copy of the ‘Starting Nursery’ pack.

At the beginning of the Autumn Term Nursery staff visit children in their home settings.  This visit is an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s circumstances, interests, skills and needs, ask questions and discuss any concerns.  At this visit they are given ‘My Book’ which is to be completed by parent and child and brought to school on starting.  Intake into Nursery is staggered, as small groups gradually build up to a full class.

Being Prepared for School 

Reception Class

We organise an information afternoon for new parents and we provide induction sessions for your child to attend before starting school.

During the Autumn Term before their child is due to start school, prospective parents are invited to view the School. During the Summer Term a meeting is held for parents with the Reception Staff and Headteacher.  At this meeting parents receive a ‘Starting School’ pack, and are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns.

During the information session we will tell you about a typical school day at Sharples Primary School and about the many different activities your child will be doing. We will provide any further information you need and staff will be available to chat with informally. Our aim is to ensure that children and parents are well prepared and any anxiety is alleviated.

Also during the Summer Term children who are not in Nursery are invited to visit the school and spend some time in the Reception Class with the Reception staff. They are also visited in any other pre-school settings they attend by the class teacher.  In September children attend part time for the first two weeks.

Parent and teacher interviews are held in the Autumn and Spring Terms to share and record information about the child’s progress and achievements and set targets, and written reports are sent home in the Summer Term.  Parents are encouraged to share information about their child’s progress in reading record books.

Many parents ask about the sort of things you should be doing at home. Here is our advice…

  • Talk to your child a lot.
  • Tell stories. (Children who become confident readers often come from homes where reading is a habit.)
  • Ask questions.
  • Read to your child and make it fun.
  • Encourage your child to listen carefully.                                                                        
  • Do not encourage your child to watch too much television.                                                 
  • Provide lots of books.                                                                                                   
  • Play games that encourage sorting and matching – snakes and ladders, snap etc.          
  • For older children board games are excellent fun and help to develop concentration and    basic skills in numeracy, writing, literacy and social skills.                                                                                                
  • Encourage the learning of nursery rhymes.                                                             
  • Encourage them to be independent, tidy their rooms, wash and dry themselves.         
  • Join the library.                                                                                                            
  • Let them paint, stick and make models, cut with scissors, draw pictures, play with     plasticine.                                                                                                                  
  • Please do not teach them capital letters. We begin by teaching small case letters.
  • Use the sounds that letters make, not their names.
  • Above all spend time with your children… and make learning fun.
  • Have days out exploring the seaside, the country side, a castle, a children’s museum – the list is endless.

There are also practical things children can be helped with at home – washing and drying face and hands properly, dress and undress without assistance, use the toilet properly, use and remove outdoor clothing, use a knife and fork properly, tidying up toys after use.