Partnership with Parents
You, as parents are the prime educators of your child in their earliest years therefore we welcome and encourage parent’s involvement in the nursery. We have an ‘open door’ policy in place therefore a member of staff is always available to listen to your comments and suggestions.
Effective communication between parents and nursery staff is important to provide the best possible care for your child.
We would appreciate if you could inform nursery staff of any circumstances, either temporary or permanent which may affect your child’s emotional or physical well being to ensure your child receives additional support if necessary. A member of staff will be available to speak to you on a daily basis to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.
You will be kept informed of nursery events and activities through our notice board in the entrance hall, newsletters and via our website. In your child’s playroom you will also find notice boards giving information on the day’s activities.
Before your child begins full days or sessions at Cradle-Hall Nursery we would recommend that you and your child visit for some short introductory sessions. You are encouraged to stay with your child until he or she settles after which time we would suggest that you leave for short periods until both you and your child are relaxed and comfortable in the nursery setting. No charge is made for the introductory sessions.
Children learn very quickly that nursery is a fun, friendly place to be therefore the settling-in period is rarely as difficult as you might imagine it to be.
Depending on our child’s age and stage of development you will need to provide: formula or breast milk, nappies, soft indoor shoes, suitable outdoor clothing and a change of clothes. If your child has a comfort toy, blanket or a dummy you should also bring these to nursery.
Clothing and Personal Property
Your child will be involved in messy activities at nursery and although the staff will encourage them to wear aprons whenever possible, we would advise that your child does not wear ‘good’ clothes to nursery as accidents can happen. It is helpful if you mark all your child’s belongings with their name as it can be difficult for our nursery staff to locate unnamed items.
We would also recommend that your child does not bring toys from home as they do become upset if items become mislaid or broken. Favourite books and comfort toys are of course always welcome.
If your child requires additional support for any reason, either on a temporary or permanent basis, we will make every effort to provide this support. The nursery staff are experienced at working closely with parents and other professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Paediatricians to help your child reach their full potential.
When your child is in Baby Room and Toddler Room you will receive a daily report sheet detailing your child’s eating and sleeping patterns, fluid intake, toileting progress and information about the activities your child has participated in that day. The nursery staff will, of course discuss your child’s day with you, however the daily report sheets are a useful reference to take home.
Each child at Cradle-Hall Nursery has their own developmental profile which staff complete regularly to record your child’s milestones and achievements. You will receive regular progress reports detailing your child’s progress and development and you are encouraged to view and contribute to your child’s portfolio at any time.
Parents Evenings are held each year for all children. Although the nursery staff are available to speak to you on a daily basis, this gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in a relaxed atmosphere.
Positive behaviour is promoted at Cradle-Hall Nursery through praise and encouragement from the nursery staff. Children receive little attention for negative behaviour, therefore they quickly realise that the positive behaviour will be rewarded.
Our staff will keep you fully informed if your child requires support in this area at any time. If a pattern of behaviour causing more concern develops, we will discuss this with you and agree steps to move forward in the best interests of your child and the nursery.
The children, staff and parents of Cradle-Hall Nursery have been involved with the Eco-Schools Programme for some time and are proud to have achieved the Bronze Award in 2011. The aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to make environmental awareness and action part of the life and ethos of the nursery for pupils, staff and parents.
The Eco-Schools programme can help nurseries to: improve the nursery environment, reduce litter and waste, reduce energy and water use, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage active citizenship, build strong partnerships with a variety of community groups and develop international and global links. We welcome involvement and input from parents in this area particularly as we aim to achieve our Silver Award in 2012.