Power of Parents
Power of Parents
We have long since recognised the power of parents at Ickle Pickles Day Nursery and we are very excited that over the coming months we are planning new ways to engage parents in the nursery and their child’s learning. We also know that, for some parents, supporting their child’s learning at home can, in the beginning, be overwhelming.
We have found that many parents don’t feel confident in knowing what to expect from their child at different stages and ages. The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is established in the theory of high-level play-based learning and gives clear guidance. It is about children following their own interests and the early years practitioners planning an environment that supports their progress and development across seven areas of learning:
- Prime Areas: These three areas are imperative for 0 – 2 year olds and focus on ‘Personal, social and emotional development’, ‘Communication, language and literacy development’ and ‘Physical development’.
- Specific Areas: ‘Literacy’, ‘Mathematics’, ‘Understanding the world’ and ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, which are all focused on more once a child reaches 3 years of age.
For more information, check out this link: ACE Early Years
We also know that some parents aren’t sure how to support their child with their transition to school and being ‘school ready’. While it is helpful for children to be able to recognise numbers and letters and write their own name, it is often not as important as other skills. We work with the local schools closely at periods of transition and recommend focusing on the below skill development, both in the setting and at home:
- Dressing and undressing independently
- Separating from main carers
- Being independent
- Fine motor skills, such as pencil work and scissors
Most of all, what we aim to instil in all children is a desire to learn that sets them up for life-long learning. This can also be encouraged at home through play-based learning, as well as through spending time together, sharing books, counting and making learning fun!
Through our blog posts and setting based initiatives, such as toy libraries and book sharing libraries, we hope to give parents some fantastic ideas about how to engage their child in home-based learning. We hope to also hold some stay-and-play sessions in the near future at the nursery, as well as some parent workshops, where parents can have the opportunity to learn more about how we support children’s development.