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Working Together in Partnership


The benefits of good working relationships between parents and carers and Rainbows Nursery staff


Research shows that by us involving you, in your child’s learning, is the most important factor in enabling your child to do well.


Working in partnership with you, together, is central to the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The relationship will begin, hopefully, with you visiting our Rainbows Nursery. By doing so, this will help us to gain more information about your child and how to sensitively settle them into the start of their school life.


Initially, we will invite you to share all you can about yourselves and your family so that we are well informed. We would like to know about your child's needs, personalities, traits, family history and community culture so we can support and develop your child to the best of our ability.


We would like to know what you expect from us as a school-based nursery, as we value parents and carers as the child's first educators. We would like to give you the opportunity to contribute to the whole of your child’s journey at the Rainbows Nursery.


You can be part of your child's 'settling in' journey, and we hope that you will trust the way in which we respond to your child and see how we personalise their child’s learning.


Ultimately, it is about working together to share knowledge, understand your child's interests and discover how best to support their learning.


Communicating with parents and carers at Greasley Beauvale Primary School and in the Rainbow's Nursery


Offering a range of opportunities for you to become involved in your child's learning is important. As a school, we understand that some parents and carers have barriers to working with school staff that they need to overcome, because of their own experiences of nursery, separation, language, culture and different values. We can help with that in the following ways:


  • daily chats with key staff members
  • time for the child to settle in
  • viewing film or photographs of their child so they can continue their child’s learning at home
  • attending a workshop on different areas of learning
  • going on trips with us
  • home visits where needed
  • volunteering in school (e.g., as a class reader)
  • phone calls home where needed 
  • community projects (e.g., sensory gardens)
  • documenting key information and conversations so we build a picture of your child's needs over time for the future
  • being parent governors
  • being part of 'working party' groups to develop the school (e.g., fundraising)
  • Rainbow Rewards assemblies
  • school fairs and events 
  • book and buttie morning 
  • stay and play sessions 


Sharing information with school and the Rainbows Nursery staff 


We understand as a school that you want to be involved in your child's learning journey. We know that you will often ask for information to be shared with you. We appreciate that you will like to see videos or photos of your child too. We will try wherever possible to do that, as we know how important this is to you.


If we are sharing information, we will use it as an opportunity to set up a two-way dialogue with yourselves about your child’s learning. We would also love it if you could share observations of your child learning something new in return. Exchanging observations between parents and carers, and nursery, of the child deeply involved in learning at home and school is key to future development. For example, if a child becomes interested in lining things up in the nursery then this could indicate an interest in number or positioning. To share this information with parents enables them to offer something similar in the home environment which will further the child’s development and learning.


We understand the benefits to this, and sharing information should not be a tracking exercise and lead to creating unnecessary paperwork. It should be done for the benefit of the whole-child and engaging everyone within that journey to support and develop the child. 


That is what we do well at Greasley Beauvale Primary School and this will be a big part of the Rainbows Nursery.