As a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, Highworth 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:
exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities;
taking part in events and activities provided by the pre-school;
joining in community activities in which the pre-school takes part;
building friendships with other parents in the pre-school;
volunteer to help with washing on a rota basis (only a bag of washing every two weeks)
Parents/carers and/or other family members may be able to share their own special interests with the children or do you have any special skills that can support or benefit the children and improve the pre-school setting. ie. cooking, gardening, sewing, IT skills.
Helping at sessions of the pre-school - once your child is settled in pre-school sessions (3-4 years old) you are welcome to join in sessions as a voluntary helper. As helpers you are there to encourage and stimulate children, to talk, listen to them and help them develop the language and self-awareness. Do not worry if you are unsure of what to do, the staff are very friendly and happy to explain how you can support them.
So please find the time to come and join in, the staff will be delighted to see you, as will the children.