Westward School

Parents as Partners Policy


We aim to work in partnership with parents based on establishing trusting and respectful relationships with a two-way flow of communication to meet the child’s needs and achieve the best possible outcomes for all. 


  • We welcome and value all our parents and children
  • We recognise the important role of parents and the expertise that parents and staff bring and, together, we can enhance the child’s learning
  • To have in place clear systems for ongoing dialogue based on a two-way flow of communication:
    • informal/formal conversations at the beginning/end of the day
    • during the settling in period
    • the use of home message books
    • email

Confidentiality and privacy is upheld (see Confidentiality procedure).

  • To make sure information is accessible to parents, e.g., parents with EAL
  • We provide information (and information about the EYFS curriculum) through visiting mornings, parents information evenings and our noticeboard
  • Before the children start, we obtain relevant admission forms. We ensure all the information is kept up to date
  • We hold a Parents Information meeting with parents/carers before their child is admitted. This provides a time to explain our policies and procedures. These are also accessibly via the parents noticeboard and website
  • Prior to admission we arrange an introductory visit for the child to attend with their parents. Welcome packs are given. We develop relationships with parents through our induction/settling in period. We also carry out home visits before the child starts
  • We ask parents to complete an ‘All About Me’ sheet to provide information about the child and their family
  • We operate a key person approach to establish close relationships with the parent and child, talking openly with parents to meet the needs of the child (see Settling In policy) and to pass on information about home, new interests or share concerns
  • We actively seek parental contributions to the assessment process, including contributions to the child’s learning journey, which we send home once a term to build up a picture of what the child is learning
  • We report progress and children’s achievements throughout their time with us. During the Autumn Term we have a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session to look at the child’s work and a Parent Consultation at the end of the Autumn term
  • In the Spring Term we have a formal parent meeting to talk about the child’s progress and together discuss the child’s needs and learning priorities
  • Also in the Autumn and Spring Terms we send out reports
  • At the end of Nursery there is another Parent Consultation and full written report. In Reception, parents are informed about their child’s progress in relation to the Early Years profile with a full written report.  An opportunity is then available for the parents to discuss the results if required
  • By working closely with parents, we can identify and support those children who have specific needs or those who are disadvantaged. If a child is recognised as needing additional support in the setting, parents are consulted throughout the process
  • We seek to enhance parents’ understanding of teaching and learning in the Early Years by inviting parents to attend relevant workshops, including phonics and reading to support the continuity and progression of children’s learning between the setting and home
  • We welcome parents to volunteer in the setting such as helping out in the snack area, a School outing or the School library
  • Parents automatically become part of the WHSA community and can join the committee to organise events to support the School
  • Parents and pupils are asked to sign the Home-School Agreement every term and adhere to the School’s policies and procedures throughout their time at the School
  • We actively seek parental views, for example through questionnaires. If a parent raises a concern or complaint, the complaint procedure is followed.  


Policy last updated August 2017