Over the next three years from Summer 2016 we will:
- Keep play and learning at the heart of early education.
- Enhance virtual networks, information sharing and parent-to-parent support.
- Embed sustainable, ethical and fair practice on all our sites.
A key part of our Mission is to raise the life chances of the most vulnerable and to narrow the gap. In June 2015 our Governing Body signed off the following 3 Objectives to help us achieve our mission. Here is the progress we have made so far, year by year:
- To ensure that the positive ethos of equality and respect of the Children’s centre and Nursery School is embedded further we will develop a Parent’s Charter which will set out how we expect all adults to behave on the premises, and what will happen if anyone does not abide by this.
2016: Our Parents’ Charter has been developed through consultation with governors, staff, parents and other users of the settings. It is displayed in all our settings, and on our website. We plan to extend this objective to find other ways to capture our parents’ voices.
2017: We have organised meetings during our March 2017 Listening Week at Low Hall and Church Hill for parents to share their views on everything about our schools, and to help us revitalise the Parents’ Charter now that the Children’s Centre is no longer part of our organisation.
2. To develop our learning about the new communities in the local area and increase the involvement of these community users in the Children’s centre and Nursery School by:
- Involving current staff from less well represented communities in a wider range of activities such interpreting messages from parents
2016: We make the most of the variety of languages that our talented staff can speak to help us have more meaningful conversations with our parents.
2017: We are continuing to use the skills of our talented staff at every opportunity.
- Promoting a wide range of cultural backgrounds at an annual International Day
2016: Our International Day saw staff and children dress up in costumes or colours that represented their cultural heritage. Parents came in and read stories to the children from around the world. They also brought in contributions of food from around the world for children and parents to taste. A steel band spent the day at the nursery and the children enjoyed listening to the music and dancing. Every child was also able to have a go at playing the steel pans.
2017: Once more our International Day saw staff and children dress up in costumes or colours that represented their cultural heritage. Parents came in and read stories to the children from around the world. They also brought in contributions of food from around the world for children and parents to taste. A steel band spent the day at the nursery and the children enjoyed listening to the music and dancing. Every child was also able to have a go at playing the steel pans.
- Recruiting volunteers from a wider range of communities which represent people living in the local area
2016: Parents come with us on trips so that we have a safe number of adults. 11 parents volunteer on a regular basis across Walthamstow East and Walthamstow West Children’s Centres. They have all been interviewed and had a proper induction.
2017: In addition to helping out regularly on school trips, 2 parents volunteered in Nursery throughout the Autumn Term 2016.
- Ensuring that food on offer is more culturally diverse
2016: Our new chef means that the variety of food on offer has improved enormously. It is a very healthy and culturally diverse menu.
2017: The chef is still making tasty, healthy and diverse food. This is revised regularly to take account of new advice on healthy eating.
3. To increase the involvement of local women and their under 5s in sport, for example, developing Family Football sessions to include women and their children
2016: We signpost mothers to the local women-only sports sessions available at Walthamstow Leisure Centre.
2017: Following staff changes in our office we will put renewed effort into doing this.
Working with Parents and Carers
We have recently put together a ‘Parent’s Charter’ based on suggestions from parents, carers and staff from both schools and children’s centres. The charter is displayed in the schools. Please see below.
Please also view the school handbook for more detailed information about our aims, how we can work together, and our parent guidelines for the Safety and Protection of your child during their time with us.
Contact Low Hall Nursery School
If you would like to talk to a member of staff at Low Hall, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page.