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Parent Partnership

Little Acorns Montessori aims to create a partnership with parents to support and enhance the development of the child.

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Parent & Toddler Groups

You are welcome to our Parent and toddler sessions open to all parents, carers and childminders’ with babies, toddlers and children. Little Acorns is offering a safe, fun place for children to play and for adults to find friendship and support. Each session includes free play, craft activities, refreshments and singing time @ £2.00 per session.
The session gives you and your child the opportunity to have quality time together while building social skills and gaining confidence through play in a safe, fun, friendly environment.
Join us at Little Acorn’s Infant Community Tuesdays 11.00am- 12noon and Fridays 1.30pm-3.00pm (term time). Please feel free to invite a friend and make it a social occasion.


Trial Morning

The term before your child is due to start s/he will be invited to come and visit and familiarize themselves with the environment and staff. We aim for this to be a happy experience and for parents to ask any questions. Before the child starts at the school parents are requested to fill in a form - “Getting To Know Your Child”. This is an opportunity for parents to give as much information on their child as possible as the beginning of a partnership.


Parents Workshop

Held in the beginning of the school calendar. This is an opportunity for the Principal to discuss the Montessori approach, the Early Years Foundation Stage, the routine, curriculum and activities and generally answer any questions. Parents are also shown a few simple demonstrations with the equipment used. They can also meet other parents over coffee.


Parent/Teacher Meetings Parent/Teacher Meetings

Held after half term in the autumn and summer terms. This is to discuss individual children with the key person/teacher and to build up on partnership with parents/carers


Observation Morning

Held in the Spring Term. This is an opportunity for parents/carers to come in and see the children at work, their classroom and talk to the teachers/key persons.


Observations, Record Keeping and Planning

Children are continuously observed which helps follow and develop an individual plan for each child. This forms the basis of the child’s record of progress or record of achievement, often supplemented by samples of work, photographs and other records. The Individual Child’s Record indicates the Montessori activities, organized by areas of learning and outlines the progressive nature of children’s learning, reflected in the organization of the classroom. The plan is developmentally organized and so charts the child’s development and learning by recording when an activity was introduced. It also records the child’s continued interest in and repetition of the activity and the child’s level of competence, as well as exploration of the activity. There are comprehensive observations to help follow and plan the child’s next stage, needs and interests. This aids flexibility and spontaneity. Each child has their own portfolio, which they take with them at the end of their time at Little Acorns.


Newsletters

We use the school’s website for the class teachers to send out a newsletter at the beginning of each term to generally keep parents informed about the term ahead.