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The Importance of Communication With Parents in EYFS

January 7, 2019 10:31 am
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3. Building Relationships

Engaged parents who feel well informed and involved are likely to develop a stronger bond with their childcare provider which has further benefits for the setting. For example, nurseries are privately owned and so the impression you leave with parents can play a significant role in the testimonials and mouth-to-mouth referrals that are received. This, in turn, will help influence the reputation that your nursery develops locally. This is known as ‘Parents as Partners’.

What’s more, satisfied parents are more likely to raise issues sooner and coming directly to the setting rather than telling others, meaning you have the opportunity to put things right as soon as possible. As you can see professional, effective communication between parents and the setting can play a significant role in the overall performance of the setting and how a child develops.

4. How to evidence parent partnerships

  • Daily diaries –These may be paper or electronic and are useful for all ages, particulary younger children. These can be written in by practitioners and parents to share any information about how a child has been during the day or night such as feeds, if they have been unwell, meals bottles and nappies.
  • Learning Journals – These can be online or paper. Some settings choose to send these home for parents to add any new achievements or special pieces of work
  • Pets – Some settings have small pets such as guinea pigs or hamsters. These can go home with a child for a sleepover and a diary can be completed.
  • Parents evenings – These allow practitioners and parents more time to discuss their child’s development in more detail
  • Coffee mornings and advice workshops – These can be held as often as the setting can manage and are an opportunity for parents to come into the setting and have a chat with all key members of staff
  • All about me forms – Completed with the parents when a child first starts the setting. This should give practitioners all the information they need about a child and they can also include how a child has progressed in their development as they move through the years.
  • Two-year check – A great chance for multi agency working between practitioner, parent and health visitors.
  • Display boards – Where parents and practitioners can add comments, photos or pieces of work
  • Newsletters – These can keep parents up to date with latest topic’s, events and the learning that has taken place that week, month or term

Our learning Journey comes in variety of formats and is an efficient way of recording and organising observations, child’s development, next steps and plans. It also allows parents to add artwork and ‘wow moments’ to the record, assisting with parent/practitioner communication.

The early years blogger Nursery Nook reviewed our learning journey and said ‘ Many of the pages within the book are designed to give practitioners space to place observations and designs. What I do like is that there is a page for ‘wow’ moments and many settings fail to collect these. I know many parents enjoy being able to interact online with their child’s journey, but at the end of the year they love to take away a folder with memories to cherish.’

 

Related Resources

10 ideas for creating a learning journey  A Learning Journey is an effective way to collect evidence of a child’s development and perfect for encouraging parental involvement and interest

Big School Stepping Stones Pack This parent-and-child-friendly progress chart is a fantastic aid to help any child prepare for starting school.

Useful Links

Early Years Foundation Stage – Effective practice: Parents as Partners

Pre-school Learning Alliance – Involving parents in their children’s learning

Parenta – Parents as partners – The EYFS principle

 

 

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