Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

How staff involve parents in their children’s learning - Ladybird Nursery School

What is this?

​This practice exemplar shows how staff at Ladybird Nursery in Fife are taking forward successful approaches to support parents to be involved in their child’s literacy learning. Head Teacher, Stewart Westwater and staff explain some recent developments to family literacy learning, including how they use digital technologies for home-school partnerships.

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful to all practitioners involved in early learning and childcare.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice:

This video along with reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to involving parents in their child’s learning. You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:

  • How effectively do you encourage parents to support their child’s learning in literacy? In what ways could this be developed further?
  • How effectively are digital technologies used in your setting to promote parental engagement? In what ways could this be improved further?
  • How confident are you that your approach to parental involvement and engagement is having a positive impact on children’s learning? In what ways could parental and family learning be improved further in your setting?

What was done?

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What brought about this change?

Ladybird Nursery School serves a community within the Glenrothes area of Fife. Staff wanted to demonstrate their commitment to giving children the best start by working more closely with parents and carers to help them develop their own skills to support their child’s learning at home.

Staff recognised that the best way to do this was to develop a range of approaches that would involve parents and carers in children’s learning whilst at nursery.

What was the impact?

Staff now see a much greater uptake of parents attending ‘stay and play’ days or any open days that they have. Ladybird Nursery has received very positive feedback from parents and carers about the improved information they now receive about their child’s progress. Parents have also commented on their increased confidence to take learning forward and have praised the staff for the ideas they have shared on how to support learning at home.

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