Starting at our setting
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into pre-school.
Key persons and your child
Bees Knees uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests.
We use an online system called Tapestry which allows us to assess your child against the required Early Year Foundation Stage requirements. Your child's keyperson will upload observations onto Tapestry and you will be able to look and see what your child has been up to! It also allows you to comment and also add activities you have done with your child so that we can see what else you child enjoys at home!
How parents take part in the setting
The setting has a monthly rota which parents can sign if they would like to help at a particular session or sessions of the setting. Helping at the session enables parents to see what the day-to-day life of the setting is like and to join in helping the children to get the best out of their activities.
Bees Knees recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. The staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child. There are many ways in which parents can get involved:
- Exchanging knowledge about their children with the staff;
- Helping at sessions of the setting;
- Sharing their own special interests with the children;
- Being part of the management of the setting by joining the committee;
- Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting;
- Joining in community activities in which the setting takes part; and
- Building friendships with other parents in the setting.
Lunch Club and Snack Time
Snack time and lunch times are a social time at which children and adults eat together with healthy and nutritious food. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are accounted for.
Some of the children struggle to finish everything in their lunch boxes, particularly if lunch club is new to them.
Ideas for a lunch box could include:
- Small sandwich / wrap / pitta
- Small yoghurt or cheese
- Small piece of fruit / salad
- Small treat e.g. few crisps or a biscuit/cake
We encourage children to eat the healthy items in their box first, and then they can have their treat.
Just a reminder that food brought in for lunch club is not refrigerated, so please include an ice pack if items such as meat or dairy products need to be kept cool.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities, but would encourage you to send them in old clothes that they do not have to worry about getting dirty. Please clearly label all of your childrens clothes.
We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.
Copies of the setting's policies and procedures are available for you to see at the setting. The setting's policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the setting is a high quality one and that being a member of the setting is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.
The staff, committee and parents of the setting work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part when they are reviewed.
Bees Knees works hard to make sure that it meets the needs of each individual child and we take account of any special needs a child may have.