As a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, the pre-school recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
We run a helper’s rota for certain sessions each week (currently all mornings). Helping at the session enables you to see what the day-to-day life of the pre-school is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities. When your child starts pre-school you will be asked to help at a minimum of one session each half term. (Possibly two if your child attends three or more sessions, depending on the length of the term.) This promotes the smooth running of pre-school sessions, keeps our running costs down, and your child will love having you there. All parents/carers are required to help. If you are not able to, then perhaps Dad, a Grandparent or other relative can take your place, or if no one is available to help then you will expected to pay a voluntary contribution of £25 per half-term for someone to take your place. You are welcome to bring your younger child with you when helping at pre-school. When you help at pre-school, there is a list of guidelines in the kitchen area, but please ask if you are not sure what to do. Please note that only staff may take children to the toilet, and only staff may administer first aid.
Please check the noticeboard for the Parent Help Rota and your allocated slot(s) if you are unable to make your allotted time, you are responsible for finding a replacement. People usually arrange a swap with another parent.
Helping at pre-school is fun!