Playgroup recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children, and the staff work in partnership with parents to provide care and education for their child. Parents who enrol their child at Lake Street Playgroup are expected to help in the running of the setting either formally or informally. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and families, such as:
- exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
- helping at Playgroup sessions to support reading or share skills
- sharing their own special interests with the children
- helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities
- being part of the management of Playgroup
- taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by Playgroup
- joining in community activities in which Playgroup takes part
- building friendships with other parents in Playgroup
Parent and Carer Helping and Snacks
We have a very strong ethos of parental involvement that we are both proud of and grateful for. Our parent/carer rota is a key part of Playgroup life, helping to involve parents and carers in their children’s early education and helping us to provide more individual attention for the children.
From September 2017 we are relaunching our parent help system to develop ‘Sofa Buddies’: by asking parents to volunteer occasionally to come and visit, spend time on the sofa and read and share books with the children. We will invite parents and carers to sign up to an hour sessions every so often to join us.
Playgroup does not make an extra charge for snack time foods or for breakfast and this cost needs to be met by donations and contributions from the parents. We are always grateful for donations of dried goods for the store cupboard such as bread sticks, rice cakes or dried fruit and a bag of apples or a bunch of bananas is always a welcome addition. During 2017-18 we will be exploring different ways to fund the snack and breakfast foods as well as cooking activities with the children.
We like to share birthdays and if your child is having a birthday you may bring in a cake to celebrate. Please be aware that some children may suffer from nut allergies and please avoid anything that may be a choking hazard.
Milk and water are provided at Playgroup so we do not need donations of drink for snack time.