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Hi

I am Education Manager in a Children's Centre - I am looking into ways to further develop the links we have with our parents. At present we have a book that the staff in the childcare rooms write in everyday and send home. Comments are how their child ate, and 2 activities they enjoyed doing - 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.

 

I would like to include more detail really but give staff boxes with headings to write comments in with links to EYFS too so parents have an understanding on how what their child has done links in.

 

Just wondered what anyone does and whether you could send examples to me to have a look at - also, whether anyone knows of a company who does this kind of thing.

 

Thanks

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Hi

 

Seems a lot to do every day!!!! But a good idea:)

Not really - the template would mostly already be there, the majority of it would be tick boxes and highlighting with a few additional comments for other boxes. No more than what they do already but presented in a different way with slightly more information in a better format.

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Not really - the template would mostly already be there, the majority of it would be tick boxes and highlighting with a few additional comments for other boxes. No more than what they do already but presented in a different way with slightly more information in a better format.

Hi, we have found the best way to get the parents involved in their child's learning and development has been through making our profiles more parent friendly in the form of a scrap book that is filled with their learning journey. The parents take them home once a month and can add to the profile. It has cut down on our work load and gives them a special document to share with their children. It is less formal and the parents are more than willing to add stuff and really enjoy sharing them with their children. What the parents can see from this is exactly what their child's like and dislikes are, how they are growing changing and developing, they are packed with observations, photo's and focused activities and you can clearly see what the child has been accessing whilst in setting. It really works well for us. Hope you find a way that suit you!!!

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We have daily diary sheets. The sheet is A4 and includes what they ate for breakfast/dinner/tea, nappy changes throughout the day, items brought from home, activity and a comments box. The comments box is usually used for things like, if child is on medicine that day, general messages eg change of clothes and bottles needed throughout the day. Maybe your link could be in the activity section, this could be changed to observation. Staff should be doing observations everyday of children so a post it observation could be written on their sheet with a link to the EYFS, maybe could also include what you are going to provide for child to meet next step. By doing this staff wont be doing any extra work as these observations will be used in development files.

 

I think one link would be enough, asking staff to do too much on a diary sheet will distract them from the care of the children, which comes first.

 

We only provide diary sheets for under 2s. We have a display board for parents on the EYFS, this includes the daily routines of our children and how what they do eg mealtimes, nappy change, water play etc link to the EYFS. This includes photographs and products. Maybe you could do something like that and change it monthly rather than asking staff to link to EYFS for every child every day on a diary sheet.

 

Hope this helps

 

Hoddy

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