At Home from Home we operate a Parent Staff Association (PSA) where parents/carers can be instrumental in the welfare of the setting. The officers, being Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Social Secretary, are parents/carers who have children attending the setting and who have volunteered their support.
The aim of the association is to bring parents/carers and practitoners together, keeping them informed of current issues, working together for the good of the children at Home from Home. Whilst we understand the constraints of time on working parents/carers and practitioners, it is important that we encourage active participation and contributions, parents/carers are encouraged to share their skills and expertise wherever possible. This is valuable because children begin to form attitudes about themselves and others from what they see and hear around them at a very young age. Therefore by working together wherever we can, we are giving a clear message to children that everyone is welcome, valued, and respected.
The PSA and setting also hold regular social events, which have been instrumental in bringing parents/carers together and many friendships have been formed through these events, the quiz nights and our annual charity ball being very popular evenings. Any monies raised through social events are usually allocated to local children’s charities.
Our annual Picnic in the Park is a good example of children having the opportunity to see their parents/ carers working and having fun alongside each other, whilst promoting their awareness of adult responsibility.
“I joined the PSA to meet some fellow parents and to learn more about the nursery. I have now been involved for over four years, have made some good friends and enjoyed organising and attending events, be it a picnic in the park or a quiz night in the pub. I would recommend anyone to join and it isn’t too time consuming.” Kath, parent.
The nursery has held an annual charity ball for the last 20 years raising money for numerous charities and bringing parents together.
Communication to parents/carers will be via email (in support of sustainability), however hard copies are available upon request. These will include a monthly administration newsletter, monthly topic focuses from each unit your child is in, a weekly reflection report from the Bees, Badgers and Owls, and Squirrels room, written daily diaries which include photos of your child’s day. Each child has an individual development file (IDP) where practitioners record observations of children, and subsequently adapt planning, responding to a child’s individual changing interests and abilities, including those children with disabilities or special needs. Bees, Badgers and Owls ongoing planning can be viewed on the early education planning door located in the foyer. Each term a summary report is recorded and given to parents/carers, and Parent Staff Consultations are held twice a year in January and July. Current PSA minutes of meetings are always posted to the PSA noticeboard located in the foyer. Policies/procedures-working directives are also available for parents and carers to view, also located in the foyer.