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QUESTIONNAIRE SUMMARY

NURSERY – SUMMER 2016

At the end of last year, we asked parents if they felt we could improve the early education sessions we offer, or was there anything we were already offering that should be developed further.

 

Comments and Responses:

 

Parent:

“My little girl loves playing outside as she loves physical challenges. I would like her to have more opportunities to use bikes and scooters on more days.”

Response:

During the autumn term we are having some groundwork completed, so children have safe daily access to an area where they can ride balance bikes or scooters. We will also offer additional bike right sessions for children wanting to participate on the athletics track.

 

Parent:

“The outdoor area is really good and an addition of a swing would improve it”

Response:

We actually removed a swing and replaced it with swinging monkey bars as these are more challenging and promote upper body gross muscle development, necessary for fine motor development later.

 

Parent:

“The outdoor area is much better – it could be even better if the mud area was removed.”

Response:

The provision of a muddy area outdoors promotes learning, imagination, inquisitiveness and sensory experiences. Mud is often like ‘rainy weather’, children love it and parents loathe it!

 

Parent:

“I think it would be more helpful if they do something like storytime in a different language (more like home language). It would help the parents who don’t speak or read English.”

Response:

We are always looking for new ways of engaging parents in their children’s learning. Using our bilingual staff to demonstrate how stories can be used to promote learning and language development is something we could try this year. Thank you for your suggestion.

 

Parent:

I think (strongly) that my child would have benefitted if he went into reception class earlier.

Response:

Children become eligible for statutory education in England, the September after their fourth birthday. Nursery School education lays the foundations for learning and underpins the work children will do in reception class, giving them an educational advantage.

 

 

Parent:

“Nursery staff are good and approachable but some teachers seemed to be less friendly and understanding with men, sorry to say.”

Response: 

We are glad you found staff friendly and approachable but are disappointed that you feel staff respond differently to men. Staff are encouraged to respond to all parents and carers equally and perhaps if an example of where this has not happened is shared with me at the time, I could address it better. If, as a parent, you are unhappy with a response from a staff member, please let me know.

 

Parent:

“The car park is very far away, especially when it is raining or snowing.”

Response:

We are very fortunate to have a car park. Most schools don’t! Due to the numbers of children attending, the car park will always be busy and the spaces nearest to school are required for children with disabilities attending Holly Grove.

 

Parent:

“In a previous nursery we used to have a meeting every two months about our daughter’s progress and found this very helpful.

Response: 

This year we have changed the way we observe and record children’s learning. All parents will have a progress update meeting with the class teacher once per term and we will still do the Keyworker/Teacher home visit, mid year too. We are hoping this will improve our provision and the response so far from parents this autumn term has been positive.

 

Parent:

I am concerned for the safety of my child as parents from playgroup have easy access to nursery children in the outside play area.

Response:

The outdoor area is safe and secure and is always adequately supervised by nursery staff. Families attending Play & Stay sessions can access the outdoor play area alongside their children as they need to supervise their own children’s play. The presence of parents does not compromise the safety of your child attending nursery.

 

Parent:

“It would be helpful if parents had a clear, easy to understand comparison of progress for children through the course of the year in the various strands they are assessed in.

Response:

We do have a leaflet for parents explaining the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum that is available from the reception office. All children are individual and will progress at different rates in different areas and comparing children can therefore be misleading.

This year, our termly meetings, as well as our mid-year progress home visit with parents, will inform them better of how their child is doing and parents can arrange to speak with their child’s Keyworker and Class Teacher if they are concerned or do not understand any aspect of their child’s development.

 

  1. Julie Bellizzi

    Not overly impressed at closure due to two inches of snow…..
    After stressing the importance of 100% attendance
    what on earth???

    Reply

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Reedley Hallows Nursery School
Burnley Campus, Barden Lane, Burnley, BB10 1JD
Nursery School: 01282 682285