Early Years Foundation Stage, Getting Parents Involved1>
I’ve mentioned in previous blogs about the introduction of the new Early Years Foundation Stage. We are currently up-dating the profiles we keep on the children to bring them into line with the key changes.
One issue that came out of the recent evaluation exercise has been that parents would like to have a better knowledge of the planning and activities behind a day at nursery. As nursery practitioners, we track the children’s personal progress against a series of “Next Steps” in each of the areas of Learning & Development. By gathering evidence and making observations, we learn what each child needs to do to consolidate or extend their learning. I thought that some parents might like a copy of the Next Steps at home with some blank observation sheets. You could record events and activities at home and bring them in to nursery for inclusion in your child’s profile. This would create a much more rounded picture and keep you in the loop too!
If you like the sound of this, contact me through the comments facility and I’ll prepare the documents for you.