Evergreen Early Years ensures we make the following information available to parents and/or carers:
- how the EYFS is being delivered in the setting, and how parents/carers can access more information;
- the range and type of activities and experiences we provide for the children, the daily routines of our setting and how parents and carers can share learning at home;
- how the setting supports children with special educational needs and disabilities;
- food and drinks provided for the children;
- details of providers policies and procedures;
- the name of their child’s key person.
Our Partnership with Parents:
Evergreen Early Years recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the nursery a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
- exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff on a daily basis and at parents’ evenings.
- sharing their own special interests with the children;
- taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the nursery;
- joining in community activities in which the nursery takes part; and
- building friendships with other parents in the nursery.
Your child’s key worker and the nursery manager are always willing to meet with you and discuss your child’s progress or answer any concerns you may have. When you come to collect your child a member of nursery staff will tell you about his or her day. We will display notices in the entrance hall to inform you of upcoming events, topics we will be covering. This information will also be shared on our closed group Facebook page, along with daily updates and photographs showing parents what their child has been up to.
Partnership is a two-way process and we like parents to help us make sure the nursery runs smoothly. We request, for example, that you follow our security guidelines with regard to admitting unknown people into the nursery, and that you keep us informed about any allergies or special dietary requirements your child may have. Our nursery has a policy on admitting children with infectious illnesses, and we would ask that you respect the quarantine period specified by the nursery manager, for the benefit of the other children, parents and staff.
Evergreen Early Years is happy to welcome parents to take part in a session by sharing your own interests and skills with the children. Enabling you to see what the day-to-day life of the nursery is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.
Do feel free to arrange to drop into the nursery, if you would like to see it at work or to speak with the staff.
Parental Involvement Co-ordinator
Our Parental Involvement Co-ordinator (PICO) is Mrs Heidi Kurjan.
Safe and Sound
Your child’s safety and well-being is our paramount concern, and it’s vital that parents feel confident they can leave their children in our care, knowing they are safe. Our staff are recruited with particular care and attention: references are fully investigated, and every member of staff undergoes clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
You will be required to specify which people will regularly deliver and collect your child. If any other person is to pick up your child, this must be notified to staff in advance.
Staff are trained to offer first aid to children. Inside and outside the building all play areas are safe, with fences, doors, locks and gates fully secured and all play equipment checked for breakages and faults.
Risk assessments are ongoing on a daily basis.
Working together for your children
Evergreen Early Years has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting.
This helps us to:
- give time and attention to each child;
- talk with the children about their interests and activities;
- help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
- allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
Four guiding principles shape practice in early years setting
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.