Parent Partnerships At Little Monsters Day Nursery

Developing Partnerships with Parents and Carers

MonsterWe actively encourage 3-way communication between practitioners, parents and children and were complimented on the way we work together in our last Ofsted report.

MonsterWe ask parents help us to help the children by letting us know about any special needs / circumstances as and when they arise. We, in turn, will be able to tell you how and what your child has done during the day, any ‘Wow’ moments or achievements and of any problems that occur during their time here. We aim to have consistency of staff, in order that you can be confident that any trends / changes in any aspect of your child’s behaviour / development will be noted promptly and discussed with you as and when necessary. We are here to support parents as well as their children.

Staff will keep you informed of your child’s daily progress. We also hold an open day / consultation day twice a year for you to formally discuss your child’s progress with their key person. (For more information on the key person system, please speak to one of our practitioners.)

We have a very open policy with our parents and work on the basis that, if a problem should arise, we ask you to tell us immediately, so that we can rectify it. A private room is available if you need to discuss anything in confidence.

MonsterParents are asked to provide disposable nappies and creams as required. In addition, we would ask that all children be provided with a labelled bag, containing a spare set of clothes and suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions. All items brought into nursery should be clearly labelled to ensure they are returned to the correct owner.

Our commitment to working with parents has been recognised both by Staffordshire County Council, with an award for achieving ‘Staffordshire’s Early Years Inclusion Development Programme Quality Mark’ in February 2010, and by Ofsted, during their inspections, when they graded Little Monsters as outstanding in the effectiveness of our partnerships and of our engagement with parents and carers.

We try to keep parents up to date via our newsletters, which are produced approximately every 2 months. We also display notices on the doors into the playrooms and throughout the Reception Areas advising parents of what's on and any infectious illnesses which may be present in the nursery.

We are more than happy to support children with additional needs and work well with outside agencies, such as Social Services, Speech & Language Therapists, Common Assessment Framework teams, etc.

Theme Days

MonsterWe generally have a theme day just about every week, so you need to be on your toes!

The theme days are sometimes related to special days - eg national holidays, or to the sort of things we are learning about in nursery. They can range from bringing in an object from home or wearing a certain colour, to making Easter bonnets and fancy dress parties.

MonsterIf families have a specific cultural interest / connection, we will work with them to ensure their celebrations are included too.

Some examples of recent theme days include:

Dressing up Days (eg soldiers, people who care for us, animals, story characters, national costumes, cowboys & Indians, superheroes)

Fancy Dress Parties (eg Christmas, Halloween)

World Cup Wednesday

Pyjama Party

Teddy Bears' Picnic>

Colours & Shapes Day

Beach Party

Make a Splash Day

Wearing green for St Patrick's Day, yellow for St David's Day, tartan for Burns Night / St Andrew's Day, red & white for St George's Day, stars & stripes for American Independence Day, red, white & blue for Bastille Day, bright colours for Diwali, etc.

Food tasting for Chinese New Year, or on specific days - eg fruit, vegetables, different breads, etc.

Visits & Visitors

MonsterWe welcome a variety of visitors to the nursery, including the Fire Brigade, Police Officers and Ambulance drivers, the 'Lollipop Lady', vicar, a blind lady (complete with guide dog) and a local farmer with his tractor to name but a few.

We even have people bringing animals in to show the children, including puppies, guinea pigs, rabbits and even a lizard!

Every year at harvest time, we take the children to the local church for their own harvest festival.

We regularly take the children on walks around the local area to see the animals and learn about road safety and to the local park, only a few hundred metres from the nursery, where they can enjoy the larger playground equipment.

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Testimonials from Parents

Here follows just a few comments received from parents.
(The names have been abbreviated for reasons of confidentiality.)

“ Thank you for your help at such short notice and thank you to your team once again for the excellent childcare you provided for J, which has enabled him to make a great transition into school.” – Sept 19

“ Thank you for emailing me. I’ve been sat at work whittling about T all morning so your email is absolute music to my ears. He was definitely out of sorts this morning. Thank you sooo much for taking the time to email me and sending me such a gorgeous picture of my boy, that has honestly made my day! ” – Jun 19

“We’ve had some great times here over the last 7 years and would like to say a huge thank you. We’ll miss you. ” – Aug 19

“Thank you for everything you have done for M. She is always happy to come and always leaves with a smile & a skip in her step. Thank you also for your flexibility, having M for extra days at short notice. I couldn’t have set up my own business without your support.” – Aug 19

“You have given E such amazing care and kindness and have helped her grow into the caring, clever, witty & talkative girl she has become. She will miss you all very much.” – Aug 19

“Thank you all so much for all you have done for P. I don’t need to tell you how much she has enjoyed her time at LM. P would like to say ‘I love you all and I want to be with you again. I think everyone is funny and I will miss you a lot!” – Jun 19

“I was delighted with LM from the moment you showed me around and I have not been disappointed. M has had his ups and downs but he leaves having loved it and blossomed. Everyone has played a part. I have never worried about leaving him with you and will continue to recommend you.” – Jun 19

“A was super proud of his hairdressing achievements with his sister. Sarah and the children were playing hairdressers the other week & it obviously inspired A.” – May 19

“I cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Choosing LM was one of the best decisions we ever made. I know E will miss nursery but she is ready for school & that is down to the wonder work you and your staff do. I will always be grateful for the ‘mummy support’ you have given me too. ” – Aug 18

“Friendly staff, good behaviour of children, good outdoor spaces & resources ”. – May 19

“Staff are professional and I would definitely recommend LM. They care brilliantly for children.” – May 19

“The staff are all brilliant with my children. I could not fault them.” – May 19

“LM always seems to have a lovely feeling & there is lots of outdoor space to play.” – May 19

“Thank you very much for all the gentle nurturing you have given H over the years. We very much appreciate your hard work & H will miss you all a great deal!” – Jul 18

“All that you do to look after our kids is fantastic. My two have loved their time here. Keep up the amazing work!” – Jun 18

“Staff are always caring, calm & kind.” – Apr 17

“Staff support / reinforce any issues with behaviour” – Mar 18

“We have always been extremely happy with our decision to send I to LM. ” – Apr 17

Children’s comments:

“I like the food, my friends and all the staff.”

“I like playing games, going outside, the ladies & my friends.”

“I like the ladies that look after me.”

“I like making dens, outside play and the jam sandwiches!”

“They have glue and we can do sticking. There is nothing I don’t like. love it!”