How can parents have a voice within our setting? How can Tiddlers find out what parents think? How can parents get involved in Tiddlers life to support their children’s early years education?
WHAT IS THE PARENT FORUM?
We are a group of interested parents ‘parent representatives’ of children from Tiddlers nursery/pre-school and chuckles out of school club, together with leaders and managers, who meet on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to our children's time at the setting.
A forum where parents/carers of Tiddlers can meet to:
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5.
This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
WHAT DO WE DO?
Through open discussion we help to make the setting aware of parental opinion
on topics related to Tiddlers which may cause concern, e.g. home learning, teaching &
learning, behaviour, meal times, facilities, Tiddlers environment, etc.
Examples of issues that could be discussed also include:
- Early Years development
- Parking and safe routes to walk / cycle to Tiddlers
- Integrating different ages of children
- Tiddlers trips and events
- Parents evenings
- Views on Tiddlers policies when they are updated e.g. Behaviour Policy
How this works?
The meeting is chaired by the proprietor (Sally Turner) or the Manager
(Marie Smith) and attended by the nursery and pre-school leaders (Katie Dursley
& Charlotte Miller) & (Diane) as leader of Chuckles out of school club.
A typical agenda includes:
Items identified by the proprietor or Manager for discussion
Items identified by parents for discussion
Prior to the meeting parent forum representatives consult Tiddlers parents on a particular issue. The feedback is shared at the meeting and the forum collectively draws conclusions and recommends action to the Manager and leaders.
We aim to have at least one parent representing each room, to give a range of views across the setting age groups. If you would like to be a parent representative, please inform the leaders and manager of Tiddlers.
WHAT IS OUR AIM?
To develop and improve dialogue between parents and the setting.
To continue to make improvements in development areas and the learning environments which benefit the children’s, personal, social and emotional progress and well-being.
To raise staff awareness of the needs of children and parents.
To raise the profile of the setting in the wider community.
WHEN DO WE MEET?
We meet three times a year. The meetings are held after Tiddlers closes from 6.15 p.m. - 8.15 p.m, over a cup of coffee/tea in relaxed and friendly surroundings (usually one of our Tiddlers settings! Unless otherwise notified.
Parents are encouraged to share information from the Parent Forum with parents of other children attending Tiddlers. Feedback is also included in Tiddlers newsletters which are distributed to all parents and published on the website.
If you would like a parent representative to raise an issue or make a suggestion on your behalf at Parent Forum please ask them to do so, or send a message to the office in person or via the Tiddlers email with the heading ‘Parent Forum’ firstname.lastname@example.org . Issues raised should be general issues. If you have specific concerns about your child your first point of contact should always be your child’s key-worker or a leader or manager of Tiddlers.
Receive information and have your say about what happens in the setting
Enables parents to meet, discuss and share ideas and feed back to the setting
Gives parents a voice and enables them to contribute to Tiddlers decision making
Helps develop a partnership between parents and Tiddlers
To involve parents/carers in evaluating the nursery/pre-school & afterschool and contributing to the plans for improvement and development
To socialise with other parents and contribute to the wider community
Organise and make decisions about Tiddlers events that affect your son/daughter
To take advantage of volunteering opportunities, learn new skills or try out new experiences
All parents and carers who have a child enrolled at Tiddlers are automatically a member of what is called the Parent Forum. As a member you have:
A right to advice and information about your child's early years education at Tiddlers
The opportunity to be more involved with what the setting is doing
The opportunity, along with all the other parents to have your views represented through a Parent forum at your child’s setting.