For young learners, less than 15% of waking time is spent in school. How three quarters of waking time is spent is decided by parents and guardians. It follows that the job of the school is to support, extend and deepen the immense amount of learning that has already taken place, and continuing, in the home.
“Home” means different things to different families. Families come in a variety of shapes and sizes and all families have events and situations that impact on the ability of a young learner. We depend on you as parents and carers to let us know the things that might affect how well your child learns on a day to day basis. We welcome any information you can give us to support your child. At times it might be appropriate to “catch” your child’s teacher or teaching assistant before school, but we would ask you to remember that staff are very busy preparing for the school day. We have an “open door” policy in school and you are able to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher at a time to suit you both. This can be done directly with the teacher, or by telephoning staff at the school office.
There will, of course, be formal opportunities to meet with your child’s teacher and you will be informed of these but please do not hesitate to contact us should you need to discuss any issues regarding your son or daughter’s learning.
We heartily welcome parental involvement in the school on a day to day basis. Our parent body has many talents and skills to offer our learners. Can you offer an hour in the year, term or week? Can you come in and help or could you do something at home for us? Do you have a granny or grandad who live locally who would like to help? Please speak to your child’s class teacher to organise a time that is suitable for you both. We value highly the contribution parents make to the classroom through their assistance. We do, however, insist that all volunteers and parent helpers are police checked for the safety and well being of our young learners. D (or “Police Check”) forms are available from the office. Teachers will let you know when they are ready to receive parent helpers – and they really appreciate it in all forms.
In this day and age, we are very aware that more and more of our families have both parents working. We understand the pressure this can put on families with regard to communication with school, child care and the amount of time you are able to offer your children with regard to home learning (see separate heading). Whether parents are working or not, we are always on the look out for better ways to communicate with you about the school and the learning in which your children are engaged. We use more traditional methods such as letters and notices, but we also have other means of communicating with you. Should you require specific information, you can telephone, write to or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also times when you may need to contact the school most urgently. We have a special number set aside for these circumstances – 07989 513091. We would ask that you use this number wisely and only when an issue cannot wait to be dealt with the next school day. We welcome any suggestions you might be able to make about improving communication between families and school.
Childcare before and after school can also be a pressure for some families. We run a “Breakfast and After School Club” service from 8.00 am – 8.30 am and 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday, for a nominal fee. More details can be provided on request.
We always seek your views as parents and carers about the direction of the school. From time to time, questionnaires will be sent home for you to complete in order to give us a better understanding of your needs as families and learners. We know that this can be time consuming, but in order for us to improve our service to you, we need to know what you are thinking. Of course, we wouldn’t expect you to wait to be asked for your opinion about school matters, and welcome any ideas, insights or comments you might wish to make at any time. The best way to share your thoughts with us is in writing (letters, notes or emails). In the busy-ness of a school day, it is all too easy to forget things we’ve been told.
In our dealings with you we will always strive to build relationships of mutual respect and honesty. We firmly believe we have a responsibility to work with you to support the learning that happens in the home and at school. To do this we need to provide you with the information and support you need – and we need the same from you in order to help our learners receive love, encouragement, respect and inspiration to succeed and learn.