This page contains information about various topics that parents of children starting at Hamble Village Playschool may find useful.
What to Wear
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best for children to wear Playschool T-shirts or sweatshirts* that are easy to wash or alternatively old clothing. It is good for children to practice the skills that make them independent; simple clothing, that children can handle themselves, will enable them to use the toilet when they want to and remove outdoor clothing without being dependant on other people’s help. *These can be purchased from Playschool at the beginning of the morning sessions.
We recently introduced “Achievement Chequebooks” and it has proved very popular! Each time your child does something you’re proud of, or something they’ve never done before, just fill out a cheque with their name, what they’ve done and who you are. Next time your child attends Playschool, send the cheque in with them and we’ll read it out during registration so that all the other children can hear about it and congratulate them and then we’ll keep it in their development record. Some examples include: managing the toilet unaided, rides a bike or trike, interacts in new ways with adults or other children, participates in activities outside of Playschool, goes on holiday or takes a trip to the zoo, Paulton’s Park etc.
Click here to download an Amazing Achievements slip
The First Days
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly. It is important for parents and staff to work together to help children feel secure and confident in the Playschool. This may take longer with some children however parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.
Similarly, whilst ideally most children will be ‘dry’ by the time they start Playschool, we fully understand that some children may not be quite out of nappies.
If your child is ‘toilet training’ and using ‘pull-ups’ we will encourage them to use the toilet. Should your child fail to make the toilet in time our staff will change the soiled pull-ups/clothing.
The Role of the Parent
We recognise parents are your children’s first and most important educators; our Playschool aims to support parents carry out this task. Parents are welcome to:-
- Spend a session in the Playschool with their child.
- Assist with fundraising.
- Take part in the management of the Playschool by way of becoming a member on the Committee.
- Provide feedback and ideas for the Playschool.
- Represent the Playschool at branch and county activities of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
- Attend training courses, workshops and conferences organised by the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
- Adhere to the Policies.
We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children at the Playschool. The ratio ensures that individual attention is given to the individual needs and development of each child.
The Pre-School Rota
Research shows that children learn better when their parents are involved. Our rota system involves all parents helping in the Playschool on a regular basis; this helps to maintain the high adult to child ratio, guaranteeing individual care and attention for each child. It also gives parents the opportunity to take an active part in the Playschool, to see what happens there, and to talk about it with their children. Moreover, the rota system provides a valuable opportunity for children to see their parents/carers in a new role and taking an interest in what they do.
We implement a record keeping system that allows observations about a child’s progress at Playschool to be recorded. These records are confidential but available for a child’s parents to read. Your child’s key person is available for verbal feedback at a mutually convenient time. Every half-term your key person will speak with you regarding your child’s Next Steps Learning Journal and discuss their development.
Each child is able to progress at his or her own rate in all areas of development, this holds true for children either with, or without, special needs. Our full Special Needs Policy is available on request.