THE PARENT ZONE

Parent Partnerships at Twinkles

At Twinkles we really value parents input and will work closely with you to ensure that you’re kept up to date with your child’s progress. We believe in building strong Parent Partnerships to ensure that every child is given the best possible learning opportunities. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn and at Twinkles we work hard ensure that we support each and every one of our children’s development. A tailored made approach to learning means that your child will be fully supported in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Your child’s Key Person will plan activities to facilitate learning, provides lots of new experiences for them and follows their interests to make sure they are getting the best possible start in life. We record their development using Capture Education’s individual online learning journeys and as a parent, not only do you get a notification every time we add an observation, you can also add your own observations and news from home. Capture Education has state of the art security, which means it’s as safe online banking and unique log in details for each family mean that only you can access your child’s information. We will also set your child Next Steps to help support their Learning and these are shared with you, along with activity ideas to try at home. Regular Parent Partnership Meetings enable both parties to share valuable information about each child’s learning and development.

To log on to your child’s Learning Journey just click on the link below and then enter your username and password: 

At Twinkles we really work hard to include you in every aspect of nursery life, so as well as sharing information about your child’s learning, there are lots of other ways you can get involved too. We hold regular Stay and Play sessions, often with a theme, so you can come along and take part in lots of lovely activities. There’s arts and crafts, sessions, baking, afternoon teas, bedtime stories and even a bit of gardening. Then there’s the family fun days, parties, Summer Fairs and the pre-school Graduation. We also hold parent information evenings so you can support learning at home, there’s sessions on being ‘School Ready’ and supporting language skills as well as ones on the benefits of sharing stories. And if you’ve got skills that you think would benefit nursery, we’d love to hear about them. Perhaps you love to bake or enjoy reading stories, love singing, play an instrument or have green fingers. Maybe you’ve got a really interesting job that our older children would love to find out about, just call in to the office and let us know, we’d love to have you!

Supporting Learning at Home

Supporting learning at home can sometimes seem a little daunting as a parent, but there are so many ways you help your child to learn new things without even realising. For example baking supports new maths skills as children count and weight ingredients, physical skills as they use the equipment and mix ingredients and an understanding of the world as the watch the running mixture transform into tasty buns! Helping to peg the washing out develops fine motor skills as they pick out a peg and pass you them one by one, often having a little squeeze on the way, which strengthens finger muscles later used for writing!

 

Sometimes though, it’s nice to have new ideas to try or have a bit more of an understanding of what you are doing and why, so we have put together a selection of Home Learning leaflets, that were all specially designed with parents in mind. As well as information about the EYFS and how children develop, there’s also information about ways you can support learning at home and inspiration for easy activities to try and ideas to make every day activities into a fun learning experience. We are always looking for ideas for new leaflets too, so if there’s something you’d like to see, please email kirstie@twinklesnurseries.com

Download home learning leaflets here…

Policies

At Twinkles we have a range of policies and procedures, the purpose of these is to ensure and endorse the well-being of all families, children, staff, volunteers and everyone who is connected to the nurseries. Here are the ones we think you will find most useful, but please ask if there is something else you would like to know more about. Policies will be updated as required, and all policies are reviewed regularly. Should information within any policy be unclear, please ask for clarification.

Download our policy documents below

GDPR Privacy Policy

Compliments & Complaints 

Medicine Policy

Admissions

Parent Partnership Policy

Information for Free Early Educational Entitlement

Sun Policy

Policies will be updated as required, and all policies are reviewed regularly. Should information within any policy be unclear, please ask for clarification

Special Educational Needs Local Offer

Please find below our ‘Local Offer’ document, which outlines the support Twinkles are able to provide for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Parents as Partners

At Twinkles we really work hard to include you in every aspect of nursery life, so as well as sharing information about your child’s learning, there are lots of other ways you can get involved too. We hold regular Stay and Play sessions, often with a theme, so you can come along and take part in lots of lovely activities. There’s arts and crafts, sessions, baking, afternoon teas, bedtime stories and even a bit of gardening. Then there’s the family fun days, parties, Summer Fairs and the pre-school Graduation. We also hold parent information evenings so you can support learning at home, there’s sessions on being ‘School Ready’ and supporting language skills as well as ones on the benefits of sharing stories. And if you’ve got skills that you think would benefit nursery, we’d love to hear about them. Perhaps you love to bake or enjoy reading stories, love singing, play an instrument or have green fingers. Maybe you’ve got a really interesting job that our older children would love to find out about, just call in to the office and let us know, we’d love to have you!

 News From Home

We love to find out what you’ve been up to on a weekend, hear about your latest adventure or share your joy in your child’s latest new skill. The easiest way for our families to do this is through the Capture online Learning Journey, the links to log on for each site can be found at the top of the page, you will need your user name and password. You can also email pictures in to your nursery manager who will print these out for you. Your child’s Key Person will use any news or pictures you share to inform their planning or enhance current provision.  They might also use it as a conversation starter or even use the printed pictures to encourage your child to share their own news with their friends at circle time. If you have trouble logging on to Capture, please ask in the office for some help.

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