“Successful relationships between parents and educators can have long-lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being.”
(The Early Years Foundation Stage – Effective practice: Parents as Partners)
Parents can become involved with Bright Little Buttons at various levels, from simply engaging with and contributing to their child’s Progress Reviews, to joining our Parents’ Committee, to volunteering their time to come in to the nursery to help out regularly or on occasional outings, or to share their particular skills and interests with the children.
Our relationship with a new family begins when you fill in your child’s ‘All About Me’ form before they join the nursery. This sharing of your knowledge and understanding of your child gives us the opportunity to learn how we can help your child settle into being a Bright Little Button, ensuring that we can help them find activities of interest to them and understand any special language or comforting that is specific to them.
The relationship quickly develops through regular informal conversations with their Key Worker and the rest of the staff team, termly ey worker meetings and your valued contributions to your child’s termly Next Steps Reports. Beyond that, we are always seeking feedback from our families, and to this end we invite parents to become involved with our Policy and Procedure reviews, to complete occasional questionnaires about our provision and to make use of our suggestions box.
Our Parents’ Committee, the Bright Big Buttons, currently meet on a Tuesday evening around twice a term in a local pub. Here they, Nick and Rachel discuss future developments in the nursery as well as planning fundraising events for the Bright Little Buttons and our Bright Little Buttons community. Their fundraising has bought our lovely playhouse and artificial grass, funded hedgehog visits and our family woods walks, and subsidised family group trips to the theatre. FUNdraising events include our annual Christmas Fair and Easter Egg Hunt. The Bright Big Buttons also co-host our Christmas Party, our End of Year D.I.S.C.O. and our termly Wine and Cheese evenings.
The Bright Big Buttons are brilliant and very welcoming both to new committee members and to those who volunteer occasionally to help with events and projects.
We also welcome members of our Buttons community to help in the classroom either regularly or to join us for one-off sessions to share a skill such as carpentry or playing an instrument, to tell the children about their job or to bring a pet to visit. The Bright Little Buttons are usually very proud to share their family and friends with us, and we all enjoy meeting our wider community and being lucky enough to share their company and expertise.
Once a term we, along with the Bright Big Buttons, hold a Wine and Cheese evening for Parents and carers. This is free to attend, and as well as being a child-free opportunity to explore our Montessori Classroom, features an in depth talk by Nick on an area of the Montessori Curriculum, tips on how to incorporate our Montessori philosophy and practice into your home life, and provides an opportunity to ask questions and borrow books from our extensive Montessori Library.
Our family woods walks are open to all current and former Bright Little Buttons and are held on a Saturday every six weeks, in line with equinox and cross-quarter days, to enable the children to get a sense of the changing seasons. See our Woods Walk Page for further information.
Come Visit Us
The best way to see what it is like at Bright Little Buttons is to come and take a look yourself.
Visits last approximately one hour, during which time we will show you around our nursery and explain our Montessori approach.
Due to restrictions on allowing people into the nursery at this time, we can currently only offer appointments for show rounds after our nursery children have gone home. As a result our appointments are scheduled for 3:45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for 12:15pm on Wednesdays.