Introduction for Parents – Helping your child at home

At Lower Willingdon Pre-School we believe that parents are the most important educators of their children. We believe that you are the experts on your child and we would like to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child receives the very best possible start in life. We are an experienced and qualified team, however the information that you can give us about your child is extremely important and we really value your support. Your child will have their own key person who will nurture and support your child, engage in their interests and celebrate their achievements, they will also be your daily point of contact. In essence together we can all be “Learning Together and Growing Together”.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) is a legal framework designed for the care and education of children aged 0-5 years.  Whilst the care of children encompasses how to keep children safe, their wellbeing and how to meet their individual needs, the education for 0-5 year olds is broken into 7 areas:

Prime Areas which are most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific areas in which children grow and learn:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Please see the What to expect in the early years to learn how we work in partnership with you to deliver the EYFS. Your key person will discuss with you how we capture and share your child’s, observations, assessments and next steps in your child’s individual online Tapestry learning journal.

The NHS have also developed some great resources to give parents toolkits to help understand all of the different agencies that may be involved in the first five years of your child’s life in the following areas:

PSED development pathway,

Physical development pathway

Speech language and communication development pathway


We collect information from you and may receive information about your child from their previous setting.  When this data is exchanged it is important that you are aware that will will not give this information to anyone outside the setting without your permission unless the law and our policies permit it.  Due to the changes in the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (2018) we have updated our 07.01a Privacy Notice to incorporate all of the recommendations.  This is also published in our cloakroom at the setting and is updated annually at our Annual General Meeting, but if you would like further information regarding this or any of our policies please let us know.