Parents as Partners

We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and settings work together in partnership.  Our aim is to respect that parents are children’s first and most important educators and we will support this by involving them in their children’s education and in the full life of the setting.  The health and well-being of each child is of paramount importance and we can only achieve excellent welfare standards for each one if parents help us to understand their needs.


We have an ‘open door’ policy which means that all parents and carers will be made to feel welcome to come in and will be valued by us.  Opportunities for parents to contribute to their children’s education and to be involved in the setting will be given freely, equally and without exception to all members of our Pre-school.  Where parents find it difficult to communicate with us, for example, English is not their first language, we will do all we can to help and find ways for effective communication.


Children’s emotional health has an effect on how well they do in education and later life.  Where children face particular challenges it is important that parents make us aware of these so we can offer appropriate support to the child and help them to deal with the effects in a way which is appropriate to their age and stage of development.  Such challenges may include financial difficulties, disruptions within the family or with friends or neighbours, children experiencing loss, children who have witnessed violence and social exclusion.


We expect parents to contribute to the Pre-school in whatever way they can and this is made clear on our initial application form. This could include being on the committee, helping out with events, maintenance days or suggesting ideas for fundraising. There are lots of different opportunities available to allow parents to be involved.


We will work in partnership with parents in the following ways:

Last reviewed: July 2023