Hempsted Playgroup and Toddlers

Parents as Partners Policy




At Hempsted Playgroup and Toddlers we understand the importance of working in partnership with parents.

A trusting and warm and respectful relationship between key worker and parents begins with the initial contact meeting, and it is crucial that, from the start, parents understand that staff value their knowledge and understanding of their child.

With a two-way flow of communication to meet the child’s needs, we can achieve the best possible learning outcome.

In the EYFS, working in partnership with parents is a key principle of effective practice.



  • We welcome and value all our parents and children.

  • We recognise the important role of parents and the expertise that parents and staff bring and, together, we can enhance the child’s learning.

  • To have in place clear systems for ongoing dialogue based on a two-way flow of communication, informal / formal conversations at the beginning/end of the day, during the settling-in period and e-mail.

       Confidentiality and privacy is upheld (see Confidentiality Policy).

  • To make sure information is accessible to all parents, e.g. parents with EAL.

  • We provide information (and information about the EYFS curriculum) through email, our website and our notice board.

  • Before the children start, we obtain relevant admission forms. We ensure all the information is kept up to date.

  • Prior to admission we arrange an introductory visit for the child to attend with their parents. Welcome packs are given. We develop relationships with parents through our induction / settling in period.

  • We ask parents to complete an 'All About Me' sheet to provide information about their child, this provides us with relevant information to make an initial assessment on how we are going to help with their child’s transition into Playgroup.

  • We operate a key-person approach to establish close relationships with the parent and child, talking openly with parents to meet the needs of the child (see Settling in policy) and to pass on information about home, new interests or share concerns.

  • We actively seek parental contributions to the assessment process, including contributions to the child’s learning journey, which we send home once a term to build up a picture of what the child is learning.We also encourage parents to take part in the WOW Voucher system.

  • We report progress and children’s achievements throughout their time with us: In the Autumn term we have an informal visiting session when parents are welcome to come and talk and share their children’s work and experiences with us.This also provides an opportunity to answer any questions or concerns they may have.

  • We welcome parents to volunteer in the setting, ‘stay and play’.This is a wonderful way to observe their child playing and interacting with the other children.It also provides a time for parents to talk to their child’s key person about their progress and view their work.

  • As a Charity, we encourage parents to become involved in our Charity activities and events.Ensuring everyone feels welcome to participate and their all their ideas are valued and listened to.

  • We actively seek parental views, for example through questionnaires. If a parent raises a concern or complaint, the complaint procedure is followed. 

Reviewed August 2019

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