Partnerships with Parents and Families

After yesterday’s successful ‘open afternoon’ in Early Years, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my positive experience of good working partnerships with parents and families. After all, the Early Years Foundation Stage tells us that ‘over 70% of children’s lives are spent, not in a setting, but with their family and the wider community’. Therefore, the support of families can play a vital role at all stages of education and we believe that building good home-school links when a child first begins school is vital. At AIS I am lucky enough to work with many fantastic parents and families, whose support is invaluable.

Last half term it was great to have so many parents offer their skills and expertise as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic. The children thoroughly enjoyed visits to a local post office, fire station, dental surgery and police station. Even several weeks later, I continue to receive feedback from families whose children still talk about these visits with excitement and interest.

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As a teacher, it is great to receive positive feedback from parents. At AIS we have been using ‘Wow Moment’ cards with our Early Years families, which recognise special moments captured at home. These moments are added to each individual child’s Learning Journey and help us to plan next steps and provide appropriate resources or experiences. The children are always so proud to show their parents their work and in turn it is so nice to see so many parents so proud of their children.

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I’d like to end my post with a big THANK YOU to all of our parents and I look forward to seeing you all at our next Early Years open afternoon soon!!

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