Parents

We want to work in unison and partnership to support your child’s learning and development. We recognise and value your knowledge, skills and hobbies and really want to embrace these within the pre-school. If you have a special story, would like to share information about your job, are bilingual or have knowledge of religions or celebrations, then we would love to hear from you. Please also check out the information about ‘Tapestry’ below the poem, for more information about the on-line progress journal programme which Chuckleberries intends to launch.

Also find here our Parents Handbook – September 2016

This poem symbolises our continued efforts to work with our parents.

Unity

I dreamt I stood in a studio,
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher, the tools he used
Were books, music, and art.
One a parent with a guiding hand
And a gentle loving heart. 

Day after day, the teacher toiled,
With a touch that was deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side,
And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last, their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child,
Could neither be sold nor bought. 

And each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone,
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher the home.

Author Unknown

TapestrTapestryy On line Journals

Learning Journals and special books have grown in popularity over the last decade, offering early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and grow. More recently they have been used in conjunction with the EYFS developmental stages to assess more formally how children are progressing.

Traditionally these individual records have been collected in scrapbooks or binders, building up into a treasured memoir that children can take with them when they leave for the next stages of their journey through life – each entry forming a thread in the warp and weft of the tapestry that is their life.

What if it was possible to create records of observations instantly? To add notes and images and have them immediately available to any authorised person as part of the complete story of the child’s life at their nursery. To have parents able to view and comment on these special moments, and to be able to contribute their own stories of the child’s life outside nursery? This is Tapestry – On line Learning Journals – which were introduced in 2015.