At Holly Hill Nursery we recognise that working in partnership with parents is paramount and that parents are children’s first educators. We extend a warm welcome to all parents and carers who join us! We pride ourselves on the collaborative approach between parents and setting on the children’s learning and development.
Although we have included an element of information on our website, what’s more important for prospective parents to take on board is only to be seen at the nursery by visiting. This will give parents an opportunity to look around Nursery, watching the unique relationship that children have with their carers.
The children enjoy a choice of activities throughout their environment and we encourage independence and decision making at a very early age as these are some of the key life skills, and we invite parents to be part of what the children do at nursery through our use of ParentZone.
ParentZone allows parents to see the activities their children do at nursery through photos, and parents can also share photos of the children on days off and at the weekend.
Each child will also be allocated a member of staff known to the parent and child as your child’s ‘Key Worker’ (you can find further information on this under our “Info for Parents’ tab).
A child’s time at a Holly Hill Nursery should be a memorable journey not just for them but for parents too. The Key Worker will capture all of your child’s learning and talking about your child’s learning may happen informally at the beginning or end of the day when you drop off or collect your child from nursery. Engaging in a conversation with your child’s Key Worker can often produce useful information about new interests or experiences that can be used to plan exciting and challenging learning opportunities at nursery and further create activity ideas that can be shared with parents to do at home.
We recognise at Holly Hill how busy parents are and it may not be possible to engage in a daily conversation with your child’s Key Worker but we have lots of tools to support a regular two way flow of communication such as baby diaries, newsletters, texts, Facebook, Parentzone and emails. Parents’ evenings and meetings take place regularly throughout the academic year and provide opportunities for key persons to share observations, assessments and planning with parents and to be able to listen and respond to any thoughts or questions you may have. Whilst parents can request a meeting with their child’s Key Worker at any time, we also have a flexible and informal approach should you wish to catch your child’s Key Worker at any point.
The nursery will also hold social gatherings throughout the year. These are fantastic ways to build strong and happy relationships between the parents and the nursery through having fun!