Working with Parents
At Southfields we understand fully the role parents play in being their child’s first educators which is why it is our key aim before the children even start school to form positive parent partnerships.
We hold an induction meeting in June each year to guide parents through the process of starting school, this meeting is extremely thorough and covers every aspect of school life. The children and parents are invited to transition sessions in the summer term prior to them starting school which include a Stay and Play and Move up day. We visit the children in their own homes which gives us the opportunity to discuss any concerns the parents may have and also find out a little bit more about the children.
When the children start school they all are invited to come to school full time with a staggered start on the first day to enable the teachers to spend a few minutes talking to each parent.
In the mornings we encourage independence very early on in the term so ask the parents to allow their children to come into the cloakroom and classrooms on their own. The parents are able to write any messages they have on the post it notes provided and if necessary teachers are always on hand to speak to the parents at the end of the school day.
Weekly home learning tasks are designed to encourage a family approach to learning, these are varied in content and outcome to build on the multitude of skills of the children and parents. We also actively encourage parents to provide us with a WOW! moment on a post it note each week, this helps us form a picture of the child’s home experiences and achievements.
At termly parents evenings the parents are encouraged to make comments on their child’s learning on the parents evening report form.
The introduction to Tapestry in September 2016 has enabled parents to interact with school on a regular basis. Parents are able to see what the children have been learning about in school on a daily and also add their own observations. The introduction of this software has meant that conversations with parents have become more regular and has also given the parents an insight into the Foundation Stage curriculum. As with any internet based software we take safeguarding very seriously therefore the parents are only able to access their own child’s learning journey.