Joining In

You can offer to take part in a session by sharing your own interests and skills with the children. Parents have visited the pre-school to: play the piano for the children; show young chicks and show the children their photographs of outings.

Do feel free to arrange to drop into the pre-school, if you would like to see it at work or to speak with the staff.

How parents take part in the pre-school

As a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Chislet and District Pre-school recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children.  All of the staff see themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the pre-school a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:

  • exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
  • sharing their own special interests with the children at a session
  • helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities;
  • being part of the management of the pre-school; (the Committee)
  • taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the pre-school;
  • joining in community activities in which the pre-school takes part; and
  • building friendships with other parents in the pre-school.


Records of achievement

The pre-school keeps a record of achievement for each child ( My Learning Journey) which is compiled by the child’s keyworker and parents working together. This is one of the ways in which Pre-school and parents work in partnership. Your child’s record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.

Your keyworker will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she will collect information about your child’s needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable staff to identify your child’s stage of progress, and how to move forward.

Learning opportunities for adults

As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the pre-school staff take part in continued professional development training to help them to keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education.

The pre-school also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice in early years care and education through the Pre-school Learning Alliance’s magazine Under Five and publications produced by the Pre-school Learning Alliance. The current copy of Under Five is available for you to read.

The information boards inside the Hall have up to date information for everyone to share.