How parents take part in Splash & Dash
Splash & Dash recognises parents/carers as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents and carers in providing care and education for their children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making Splash & Dash a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
- exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff
- contributing to the progress check at age two
- helping out at sessions
- sharing their own special interests with the children
- helping to provide and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities
- being part of the management of Splash & Dash where appropriate
- taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum we provide
- joining in community activities in which we take part
- building friendships with other parents in Splash & Dash
Key person and your child
Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare that we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at Splash & Dash, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at our setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from our activities.
Learning opportunities for adults
As well as gaining childcare qualifications, our staff take part in further training to help them to keep up-to date with thinking about early years care and education. Splash & Dash also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice, as a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, through Under 5 magazine and other publications produced by the Alliance. The current copy of Under 5 is available for you to read.
Splash & Dash's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in Splash & Dash are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of Splash & Dash
- ensure the safety of each child
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group
- provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities (in our covered area) contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.
Copies of our policies and procedures are available for you to see at Splash & Dash. Our policies help us to make sure that the service we provide is a high quality one and that being a member of Splash & Dash is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents. The staff and parents of Splash & Dash work together to adopt the policies and they all have the opportunity to take part in the annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling us to provide a quality service for its members and the local community.
Splash & Dash has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual 'significant harm'. Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff. Our way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.
As part of Splash & Dash's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. Splash & Dash works to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).
Please speak to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to discuss the group's ability to meet your child's needs.
We hope that you and your child enjoy being members of our setting and that you both find taking part in our activities interesting and stimulating. The staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.