Sherry Harris 03-03-2013
EYMP 1 Bullet points 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3
Context and principles for early years provision
3.1 An explanation of the partnership model of working with carers.
The partnership between parents and carers responsibility for children’s education and development has only been recognised as important in the last forty years in this country. Before then children had no induction into school and parents were not invited in unless there was a problem or it was parents evening. Home and School were seen as two different entities and it hadn’t become apparent how much they could gain from each other. In the past children were just put on a bus if they didn’t live within walking distance and sent off to school for a full day with no integration and then sent back home on a bus back to their carers/ parents. Today things couldn’t be more different. Parents in our setting are invited to visit the school during a normal working day to see the classes in action. They have the choice of bringing their child with them to see how they react with the school. If they decide that our school is in their child’s best interest we then offer a home visit by the teacher who will be in their class. This can also involve the parent support officer for our school if the parents feel they would benefit from her involvement.
Some children may be integrating from another school, so may join us for 1 session per week with their one-to-one teaching assistant from their school. Others may begin mornings, coming in initially with their parents/ carers and progressing to staying until after lunch after a couple of weeks and full days shortly after that. Each child’s plan for starting our school is planned to meet their and their parent’s needs as far as possible. For the children who are collected by parents we have the opportunity to discuss any matters on a daily basis however as many of our students come in on transport we have a home school book which we...
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