Parents as Partners

Working in partnership with parents is paramount to children's learning and development. At Petite Childcare we fulfil ourselves on the collaborative approach between parent and setting on the child's learning and development.

We strongly believe that allocating a member of staff known to the parent and child as your child's 'Key Person' they will have knowledge and understanding on how children learn and develop and will have the unique understanding of what your child's current interests and needs are. This will impel your child to grow further and progress confidently at their own pace. They person will effectively share information with parents in order for your child's needs to be understood and therefore met.

The relationship between the 'Key Person', child and parent will begin on day one of your child attending the setting. In order to build an attachment between your child and the Key Person it is important your child recognises your acceptance of the Key Person which will lead your child into having secure confidence with their relationship with the Key Person. This will also support and encourage your child with a smooth 'settling in' process during their first week.

A child's time at Petite nursery should be a memorable journey not just for them but for parents too. The Key Person 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 Person 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.

Petite Childcare expresses this through the use of informal communication. Mobile phone apps such as WhatsApp and the 'Tiney App'. This can be arranged with legal permission to privately share updates to parents of their child with full confidentiality. There are tools to support a regular two way flow of communication such as baby diaries (this will be yours to keep when your child leaves the nursery), newsletters, texts and emails. Meetings take place regularly 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.