Regular communication with Parents
We promote a strong relationship with parents as we feel parents are partners in children’s learning. We value their opinions and the information they give us and we involve them whenever we can. We receive regular, feedback from parents at drop-off and pick-up times, and the staff are always happy to provide information and feedback as part of our ‘open door’ policy.
At the beginning of the Autumn Term, Curriculum Notes are sent home which outline the topics for the year as well as the daily routines of their child’s class.
Parents can receive weekly information on what their child is learning about by going onto FROG (the school’s virtual learning environment). Each year group has their own curriculum and notice page. Each class has their own page for photos of events, trips, lessons, etc. which are updated weekly.
On Fridays, parents also receive a newsletter by clarion.
Parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom any Friday to look at art work on display and to experience some of the activities on offer to the children. For Pre Reception and Reception this takes place between 8.30-8.50a.m. For Nursery children, morning and full time sessions 8.45-9.15a.m; and for the afternoon session 12.45-1.15p.m.
Parents are also invited to informal ‘stay and play’ sessions, so they can join in and explore different activities with their child, as well as looking at artwork on display.
OTN parents are invited to attend an informal Parents’ Evening each term where they meet as a group and can discuss any queries with the Head of Nursery, Session Co-ordinator and other members of staff, in particular their child’s Key Person. The Autumn Term is for September starters only, the Spring term for January starters only and the Summer term for all parents.
In Pre Reception and Reception, a verbal report on each child’s progress is given at Parents’ Evening in the Autumn and Spring terms. In the Summer term, parents can request a meeting once the reports are sent home. The Pre Reception and Reception teachers are based in one year group classroom and see parents at 15 minute intervals.
The SEN Co-ordinator is also available to meet parents during these evenings.
In Oak Tree Nursery, at the end of a child’s first term (either Autumn or Spring) parents are provided with a Progress Report based on their child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language Development and Physical Development and next steps to support learning and development.
The Summer Term reports comments on the seven areas of learning, a teachers comment and next steps to support learning and development.
For Pre Reception and Reception, the Autumn Term reports comments on progress in Communication, Language and Literacy and Mathematics Development, a general comment by the teacher and next steps to support learning and development.
The Pre Reception Summer Term Reports comments on the child’s progress in each of the seven areas of learning. There is a general comment by the teacher and next steps to support learning and development.
For Reception, the Summer Term reports are a record for the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Comments are made on the child’s progress in each of the seven areas of learning, and also highlights their developmental stage (emerging, expected or exceeding) in each Early Learning Goal. There is a short comment on each of the characteristics of effective learning and next steps to support learning and development.
The Deputy Head of Early Years leads a team of fully qualified staff, who are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, speaking various languages which also reflect those of our parents and children. We use this as a valuable resource which has proved invaluable when settling some children in. High staff ratios ensure individual attention and strong pastoral care.
We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who is based in the Early Years and works closely with teachers, advising how to support children in and outside the class. She takes small groups of children for sessions focusing on areas, such as phonics, hand control and communication needs as well as activities to extend the more able. She works closely with parents, giving advice where outside agencies need to be become involved e.g. speech and language therapy.
A full list of staff alongside their qualifications can be found here