We know that when parents and practitioners in the early years work together what a direct impact it has on children’s development and learning. Both partners have much to learn from one another and a great deal to share with each other. Working together to really understand and meet a child’s individual needs begins with valuing and respecting the different roles that each partner plays. It is a process that involves sharing information and skills and building relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Open two-way communication is vital to make sure that knowledge and expertise is shared between partners. Central to all partnerships is the child who remains the priority.
Settling in sessions
We believe strongly that a child is happiest at Nursery when he or she has been settled in the best possible way. All children are individuals and therefore may take more or less time to become completely settled within the Nursery environment.
Westbury currently hold two parent's evenings a year, though you may speak to practitioners about your child's progress at anytime. These are generally held in the afternoon/evening although times can be flexible to suit the family.
Monthly newsletters are produced and sent to all parents on a monthly basis. This newsletter contains photographs and written summaries of some of the many things the children have been enjoying at Nursery over the past month and will detail any other information such as charity events held, family fun days etc. Birthday and other celebrations are included also and any forthcoming dates for the diary.
Within the newsletter will be a section relating to any staff news such as our promotions or changes within the Nursery.
Within your first visits to the Nursery you will kindly be asked to provide a selection of family photos in order for us to put together a family book for your child which stays at the Nursery and is accessible all of the time on the ‘Family Tree’. We feel these are important to each child and they are proven to ease the settling and transition process within the Nursery.
Observations of your child’s learning and development are recorded on a weekly basis and form the foundations of our ‘activity planning’. Observations are shared via development folders and we encourage the use of 'home observations' - as we know children's behaviour and what they do can differ greatly in and out of the setting. We also welcome you to share with us any information you feel relevant for that time, for example grandparents are visiting for the weekend or there’s going to be a visit to the dentist. This two way communication enables us to both prepare your child for events such as the dentist or thrive on the excitement that granny and grandpa came to stay.
Once your child reaches the age of two, a two year old progress check will be completed. This is rather similar to the three monthly summaries but looks specifically at whether your child is meeting the recommended developmental milestones and what their characteristic of learning is.
Of course your child’s development record is accessible to you at any time.
We absolutely welcome parents and grandparents into the Nursery for our play and stay sessions which include our weekly clubs for cookery, expressive arts and books, as well as any ad hoc days that you are available. The children love to show you their classroom and all that they get up to and we feel that it is imperative to build on that.
Many parents will join us for breakfast or hold on for another 5 minutes to watch the puppet show at the end of the day!
We love to hold parties and will have one for any possible occasion such as our annual Easter Bonnet Parade, Halloween Party Tea and Chinese New Year Celebration naming just a few, and hope that you too will be able to join us in the future.
Our menus are revisited on a regular basis by our Head Cook and rotate on a seasonal basis. We offer a varied balanced menu which we are consistently praised for and is one that the children will always thoroughly enjoy.
It is important that we offer a variety of meals that would too be offered at home and welcome any suggestions that you may have. You will find a menu suggestions form within your child’s room for you to share your ideas with us.
Each December we hold the biggest party the year. We offer separate parties for both our babies and toddlers and Pre School which will offer a fun filled time for all children, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and rest of the family!
Babies and Toddlers come together for a party in the morning which begins with a lively music and movement session led by an outside professional such as Jo Jingles or Tiny Mites. This is followed by a visit from someone very special, all the while whilst the grownups help themselves to a lovely selection of cakes, tea and coffee.
Pre School come together in the afternoon and put on their very own nativity performance to which weeks of practice comes together (most of the time). It’s tissues at the ready as they perform and sing in the costumes and make the audience extremely proud, and do not fear the words to all of the songs are displayed on a large projector so that you too may all join in! The performance is then followed by a visit from someone very special and the full buffet tea and mulled wine is served. The afternoon comes to an end with a professional children’s entertainer who will show a touch of magic, balloon moulding and lots of humorous fun.
It’ll certainly be a party for you to remember!
At the end of each Summer term comes the time when we have to say goodbye to all those children who are taking that big step onto primary school.
Many of our Pre School children have been with us for several years, many even from the baby room so we feel that it is imperative that we celebrate their time at Nursery with a Graduation Party.
In preparation for the party the children will make their own graduation hats and on the day families are once again invited to join us for a party tea and ‘leaving ceremony’. During the ceremony the children will be wearing the self made hats and will be presented with a certificate and Positive Steps teddy bear as a leaving gift. Tissues are highly recommended
In addition to the monthly newsletters, weekly emails are sent out to parents which detail any other immediate news or updates. This includes favourite activities of that week and may also include things like announcements, requests and things to remember.
Many of our parents find this extremely useful and love that they receive regular communication form the Nursery as a whole
Parents views are extremely valuable to us and to encourage this we provide many opportunities for you to share your thoughts and feelings.
We send out annual Nursery Questionnaires which aks questions in general about the Nursery such as menu’s, routines and communication and then we also ask that parents complete a short questionnaire after each Parents Evening too.