Parents: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2014 clearly states that “Parents are children’s first and enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.” We welcome and encourage your participation in your child’s early education at any time. Be it joining in with any activity at any time (either in person or as a web cam viewer), attending one of our ‘Stay and Play’ days or joining us on an outing. It is extremely important that you are actively supporting your child’s learning at home because “how parents relate to their children from the moment of birth and the activities they do with their children, inside and outside the home during their early years has a major impact on children’s later social, emotional and intellectual development.” (Roberts K, 2009)
Our Responsibility: We will regularly send home informative newsletters to spark discussion and give you the capacity to support what your child is doing. We will maintain a continuous dialogue with you regarding how your child is getting on, areas they are excelling in and where we are working on developing their skills/knowledge. We will ensure we are meeting all the statutory requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage including ongoing assessment of your child’s progress and a formal written Progress Check will be carried out the term in which your child turns 2yrs.
Together: To ensure that every child is developing to their full potential it is vital that we work together in partnership as studies have proved that “the greater the continuity between home and setting, and the richer the learning environment in both, the more children will benefit.” (Wheeler et al 2009) Parent evenings are held termly where you will meet with your child’s key carer to discuss, in private, your child’s progress. Together you will set an action plan detailing your child’s next steps/targets and how this will be supported both in the setting and at home.
Staff Inset Day 1st September 2015
We are delighted to say that this year’s Inset Day was a huge success. We had fantastic speakers and topics including:
Taking learning Outdoors with Neil Farmer
Basic SEN with Sharon Andrew
Promoting Positive Behaviour & Feelings with Clare Ford & Gemma McCarroll
Manual Handling with Philip Ashton
The entire Building Blocks staff team attended as did our regular agency staff and enjoyed the hospitality of the Antoinette Hotel who took great care of us. The venue and the speakers ensured that all staff were able to get the most from this day enabling us to continue to provide Excellence in Care and Education.