Helpful Information for Parents

Welcome to our 'For Parents' page. We will use this page to update you on topical educational news, a regular 'blog' from our staff members and key information from each nursery setting. We would also encourage you to read the monthly newsletters which will contain more detailed information.

The Early Years

Early Years Providers and Reception Classes have to follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.

The Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the learning and stages development for all children from birth to five years. It guides those working in the early years - whether in a nursery, pre-school or in a reception class - by outlining what they need to do to support your child. 

All of our settings work within the EYFS Framework. It allows us to recognise the holistic nature of development and learning at a young age, with an emphasis on children learning through interaction with people, and exploring and discovering the world around them. The EYFS identifies the individuality, efforts and achievements of every child and recognises that learning and development take place when children are in a safe, stimulating, multi-sensory environment.

If you would like to know more about the EYFS please ask a member of the team who will happily talk you through. Alternatively you can click here and read ‘What to expect when?’. This guidance is for parents and carers.

Or you can also view the full EYFS framework by clicking here.

 

The importance of becoming a book worm

We recently received a poster from our local library and it reminded me of how important books are in the development of babies and young children, Tracey, Jean and I all agree that  It is never too early to begin to support and encourage babies and young children to love books. You can share books at anytime and anywhere.  All the staff at Sunny days  understand and value the importance of sharing books with young children and how much this actually impacts children’s learning across all areas of their development such as literacy, speech and language, physical, understanding the world and social and emotional development. I  ensure that we have a wide selection of books available for our children to access independently and that our practitioners model how to look after them, turn the pages and talk about the information in the pictures. When age appropriate we use books to teach the children about wider aspects of life and the world. We have plenty of books and story sacks for  parents to borrow books and activities from the nursery/Pre-school to support the children to enjoy stories and rhymes. Each month we have a story and rhymes of the month so you can continue to talk to your child at home about what they enjoyed about the book or rhyme. For further information please visit our website.

 

Here are so top tips to support and encourage your child to love books! 

  • Share books, poems, rhymes and action books

  • Make books enjoyable and fun

  • Share at least one book a day – make this part of your bed time routine, it is a lovely, calm way to end the day!

  • Join your library – it’s free and you can access a range of books without having the cost implication

  • Take time to look at the pictures, words and talk about what they show – introducing new vocabulary

  • Teach your child how to handle and respect books

  • Bring the story to life by using

  • by using sounds, animal noises, songs

  • Don’t be shy, relax and enjoy – if you enjoy sharing the time together so will your child

    Fiona Webb, Manager

Internet Safety

Many parents find it a challenge to help their children to enjoy the internet and keep them safe at the same time. With the popularity of tablets and touch screens and so many education and entertainment opportunities online it's vital that you take action to protect you child early on. By setting boundaries and offering support from the moment they first log on, you can help your children thrive in the digital world. Encourage good online habits and make your child aware of the dangers, after all not using the internet in the modern world means missing out on much that is happening in society. Children often feel no fear or concern about diving into whatever the internet has to offer but we can minimise the dangers by setting rules and limiting access. 

Download our Online Safety Guide for Parents and Carers.