Stepping Stones works closely with parents and carers, providing regular feedback and assessment to encourage children in what they particularly enjoy, excel in, or to help them in areas they may find more challenging. Each spring we hold an ‘Open Week’ in the Ladybird and Dragonfly Classes for parents to spend time observing their child in the classroom. There are also termly ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in the Butterfly and Caterpillar classes, when parents can come in to the nursery and join in with activities with their child.
We run workshops for parents, covering key areas such as ‘Developing Literacy Skills’ and ‘Behaviour Management’. In addition, Bryony Dodd, headteacher has an ‘open door’ policy and with her expertise and experience in a senior role in education, is happy to meet with parents/carers to give advice and guidance.
We hold a primary transition evening each November to explain the process of applying to primary schools. Ex-parents are invited back as school reps to chat with current parents over a drink, about their experience of the schools that their children have moved onto. Occasionally we will invite a guest speaker such as a local headteacher.
When we have children at the nursery who spend part of their week with other Ofsted registered nannies or early years providers, we make every effort to liaise with the setting or nanny in order to ensure that we complement each other’s delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Regular coffee mornings are held for parents, offering an opportunity to informally discuss any matters linked to individual classes or the nursery as a whole.
Families automatically become Friends of Stepping Stones when they join the nursery. Parents can be as involved as they wish either by simply attending events or becoming class reps and helping to organise the events
Each year we hold our very successful Quiz & Auction evening. We donate a proportion of the monies raised to two charities: the children’s air ambulance service https://www.childrensairambulance.org.uk/event-news/our-supporter-thank-yous-may/ and the Shepherds Bush Families Project & Children’s Centre https://www.shepherdsbushfamiliesproject.org/ As well as fundraising for these two special organisations, our social events provide an opportunity for parents, staff, to spend time together and to focus on ways to support and enhance the education of their children. Occasionally FOSS will fund enrichment opportunities for the children such as theatre performances, Science or Music Week.