White Tree Preschool, Westbury Park Methodist Church, 4 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB
Tel: 07804 269289
Email: [email protected]
4. How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s/young person’s learning?
We pride ourselves on being available to talk to our parents daily – there are opportunities for informal chat at the beginning and end of every preschool session. If your child has additional needs, it is often helpful to meet more formally at mutually convenient times to talk about your child’s progress, and together we can plan next steps to help them progress in their learning.
Your child’s key person is responsible for putting together their Learning Journal, which is a record (with photos and writing) of the progress they are making at preschool. We have a clear system for recording your child’s progress against the EYFS early learning outcomes, from which we plan next steps to help your child progress in their learning. From September 2015 we are using an online journal system at preschool, which has the advantage of making it easy for you to look at your child's journal from anywhere, and forms an easy way for you to contribute to your child's learning journal.
The Management of the setting has an overall view of the progress each child is making and we work together to ensure all our children make progress in their learning.
We hold Parent’s Meetings at intervals throughout the year for a more formal opportunity to talk about your child’s learning – although we would urge you to talk to us sooner if you have any concerns. At these meetings we will also talk to you about the next steps we have planned to help your child progress in their learning, and ways that you can be involved in this. We will also ask for your thoughts on how we can help your child to progress, and any areas where you think it would be helpful for us to focus our efforts.
We regard the learning children do outside the setting highly and encourage you to share this with us. As part of our work with families, we have a range of activity bags which children can take home to play with which are linked to areas for the EYFS.
We offer a variety of parent training and learning events throughout the year – recently these have included sessions on:
• The EYFS and how children learn
• Children’s Language Development
We are hoping to offer additional sessions next year on other areas of children’s development, including Understanding Children’s Feelings and Managing Difficult Behaviour.
We also signpost parents towards other courses which we feel may interest them.