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Parents as Partners

Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators.

As such, we believe that parents have an important role to play in the education of their child.

When parents and school work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on a child’s development and learning. In the foundation stage we value your opinion and welcome you to share your knowledge of your child.

Helping your child at home

There are many ways in which you will be able to support your child at home.

Remember that young children learn by ‘doing’ things and being actively involved. Activities should be fun and stimulating.

You can help your child in the following ways:

  • Encourage your child to play with other children
  • Encourage your child to be helpful and polite
  • Encourage your child to be independent in dressing and undressing, toileting etc.
  • Explain what sharing means and how to take ‘turns’
  • Spend time talking to your child and encouraging them to talk to you
  • Share books, read and tell stories, visit libraries, read signs etc.
  • Go on outings together i.e. shopping, park walks etc.
  • Learn Nursery songs and rhymes together
  • Draw pictures, colour them in, and cut them out
  • Encourage them to develop their interests i.e. cooking activities, using construction equipment etc.
  • Count simple objects and talk about numbers

Develop their thinking skills

Give your child time and space to experiment with the knowledge and skills they already have.

Help your child to discover things for themselves and see mistakes as part of their learning. Give your child lots of praise and encouragement, and value their efforts.

Spend time talking and listening to your child

Children need lots of opportunities to talk with others, as they develop and practice their speaking and learning skills.

This helps to build their confidence and improves their ability to communicate with other people.

In order to make a good start in reading and writing, children need an adult to talk to and listen to them. Everyday activities such as preparing meals, tidying up, putting shopping away and getting ready to go out, offer you chances to talk to your child, explaining what you are doing. They hear the way language is put together into sentence for a purpose.

At School

Throughout the year, the Reception Staff run a number of workshops for parents throughout the year; these include Numbers, Phonics, Writing and Shape, Space & Measure.

This is to find out first-hand how your child learns and to explore ways in which you can support them at home in achieving their targets, as well as attending parent-teacher consultation meetings.

To support your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage, What to Expect, When? booklet by 4Children, supported by the Department of Education can be downloaded here. The purpose of this booklet is to help parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).