Engaging families

Creating a nurturing environment in Early Years is essential if we’re to provide the best possible learning experiences for our children

Engaging Families, Staff, Children and other Professionals

  • You should have an overview of partnership working within your setting
  • You should have an overview of partnerships with other agencies, paperwork (child’s plans, pre-school form 1’s etc) is up to date.
  • You need to work in Partnership with Families, children, staff, other professionals etc to create the best start for children in their 3-18 journey (and younger) and develop family learning.
  • As manager/HT etc you are responsible for ensuring that strong partnerships are fostered.
  • This means getting to know parents and children, how they are in ELC and how the partnership between the key worker and the families are developing.

leading the support for Families and Children and being visible as the Manager

  • As part of the key worker role, EYPs will develop partnerships with parents, but as the HT/Manager you have responsibility to develop these partnerships – BE VISIBLE and develop your own relationships with families.
  • Lead a parent workshop, lead the enrolment/induction process, spend time ‘on the floor’, be around at pick up and drop off times occasionally, this will look different in each setting depending on the nature/size of your setting but you are the key person to create that nurturing environment.
  • ASN support – although the Health Visitor is the named person, the HT/Manager has a duty to liaise and communicate with other professionals and families to ensure we’re getting it right for every child. Personalised Support – ensuring you have an overview of child’s plans, pre-school form 1’s.
  • Monitoring all of the above. Family Engagement and Family Learning (see early Years Profiling and Reporting Guidance 2018 on blog)