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Partnership with Parents

At Bonnington House Nursery we believe it is important to continually work in partnership with parents to have a positive impact on children's development and learning.

  • Settling in sessions
    Once a child has a place confirmed at nursery, a number of settling in sessions will be arranged with the management and key worker, to ensure that the child has a smooth transition into nursery life. During these sessions, parents will be required to complete key documentation including medical, feeding and sleep patterns.

  • Stay and play
    Stay and play sessions are organised throughout the year at the nursery for you to participate fully in your children's activities. Our 'hands -on' approach enables parent to gain an understanding into the various learning activities and experiences on offer.

  • Parent evenings
    In the Nursery and Pre-School Departments, two parent evenings will be arranged during the year so that you can meet with your child's key staff and to discuss in more detail your child's development. These evenings also give you the opportunity to socialise with other parents and staff from the nursery.

  • Personal Plans
    We see babies and young children as individuals, each with their own unique abilities and interests. To enable us to focus the nursery experiences around your child as they start nursery or make the transition from room to room a personal plan or transition form document is completed with the parents and key person. This highlights the child's individual needs, favourite activities and gives you an opportunity to meet the new staff. Your child will partake in a number of settling in sessions to the new room to familiarise themselves and support a smooth transition.

  • Online Learning Journals
    We aim to support every child with a learning experience that is planned from the child's starting point with activities that are challenging yet achievable so that they can continue to enjoy learning. Your child's key person will be sensitive to their individual development and ensure that the activities they undertake are suitable for the stage that they have reached. Practitioners will therefore complete ongoing observational assessment in their Personal Learning Plans each month to inform planning for each child's continuing development through play-based activities. The records are shared with parents regularly and include parental involvement at every stage.
  • There is an option for parents to upload achievements from home and write about any developments or achievements your child has accomplished. These uploads by parents will only be visible to the adults that are linked to your child's profile (e.g. the child's parent and nursery staff). We have found this function useful over the Covid-19 recovery period to improve communication between home life and nursery life and ensure we are supporting each child's individual development.

    We thank you in advance for your contributions!

  • Parent Committee
    We aim to have parents involved and as informed as possible at the nursery. To facilitate this, we have an active parent committee that aids in decision making, fundraising and also is a space where parents can raise questions and feedback. Each play room has parent representatives to liaise between the wider parent population and the committee.

  • Eco Committee
    We have an eco comittee comprised of parents, children and staff who work on various conservation projects for the nursery and in our community.


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