That’s just one of the reasons why we place a huge amount of importance on family partnerships. Young Friends Kindergarten is here to provide superb care and education for your child, and to do that we need to work alongside you.
Our key person system will make sure they develop strong bonds. You’ll have the reassurance that we really know your child, and that you have someone you trust, and feel comfortable talking to about anything and everything to do with your child.
It’s called the care triangle – your child, their key person, and you – and the stronger it is, the more your child will thrive.
At Young Friends Kindergarten, we:
When your child is spending a lot of time with us, it’s natural that you’ll want to keep up with how they are getting on, and what they’re doing.
Your child’s key person will give short verbal feedback about their wellbeing at the end of every session. Famly, our online journal system (accessed through the parent portal), is also designed to keep you informed every step of the way.
It’s easy to use, and keeps you up to date you with observations and assessments of your child’s learning and development.
We post an overview on Famly at the beginning of each month to let you know what we’re planning to focus on, and our parent information board will let you know what your child has done each day.
You can expect weekly group activity photos of the fun children are having within their pods and monthly individual photos from their key person. The EYFS states: Assessment should not entail prolonged breaks from interaction with children, nor require excessive paperwork. So our photos and reports are kept to a minimum.
We also post regularly on our Young Friends Kindergarten Instagram page.
You’ll be able to contact your child’s key person whenever you need to, both in person and via Famly. They are there to get to know you and your child’s needs in detail. As well as your ongoing conversations, we’ll invite you to regular parent consultations. This is a warm and friendly opportunity to spend additional time with your child’s key person, talking in detail about your child’s progress, concerns you might have, ideas for home and identifying next steps to focus on.
You can also give us your feedback through Famly, and we deal immediately with any concerns. We welcome constructive feedback and are always happy to listen to suggestions for changes we could make.
We also love a get-together and have two social events per year; one to celebrate winter and one in the summer. Our families, children and our team really enjoy these events, an opportunity to meet and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.