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Principle 2: Positive Relationships

The children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Every interaction is based on caring professional relationships and respectful acknowledgement of the feelings of children and their families. We help children to understand their feelings and build friendships.

Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and teachers work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. At Throston we believe in working together to form a positive partnership. We encourage parents/carers to approach staff if they have any issues or worries about their child, then we can work together to solve the problem. We value any evidence of your child’s learning in the home. Please share with us learning that takes place outside of the school environment. This could be from extra-curricular clubs, visits or activities they have experienced. Any information that you are able to share with us about your child’s learning helps us to build a whole picture of your child which in turn provides evidence to support the statements in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).

We have a system called ‘shining stars’. These are paper stars that parents take home and then later

return to the school showing an example of something learned at home. The stars are displayed in the Early Years and then added to your child’s individual record, their learning journey.

Warm, trusting relationships with knowledgeable adults, support children’s learning more effectively than any amount of resources. At Throston, we are very aware that effective teaching also helps to move forward children’s learning. We therefore promote positive interactions with children, listening to what they have to say and engaging them in appropriate discussions.

A key worker has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents. In Nursery children are put into small groups with a maximum of 13 children to 1 adult. All Nursery children will have a named key worker. In Reception the children are grouped together as a whole class. The key adults/workers will be the class teacher and the class teaching assistant.

Some children settle very quickly into the Nursery or Reception, whilst others require more support. Staff will work closely with parents/carers to make sure this transition is made as easy as possible for everyone. When children are due to start Nursery, parent/carer and child are invited to attend a welcome visit. This is an opportunity to meet your child’s key worker and for your child to become familiar with staff and the environment. When a child starts Nursery, parents may stay with their

child for 1 or 2 sessions to help the child become settled. This is left to parents and staff’s discretion. We appreciate that starting Nursery/school is a huge learning experience for all involved and we are happy to facilitate individual needs where we possibly can.

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