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Parents as Partners: enabling future improvements

“Early years practitioners have a key role to play in working with parents to support their children.”

(DCSF, 2008, p6)



Child’s Play Nursery truly believe  establishing strong relationships with parents/ carers is the most important way of ensuring all of the children’s needs are met, as ultimately they are the child’s number one educator and they know their child better than us. We strive to achieve and provide a ‘home from home’ service- to ensure this we provide a Special Carer system which is designed to help build up this relationship from the word go initially through  ‘transition visits.’ Parents are welcomed into the setting for visits, so that they can educate the special carer about their child and start to form relationships.  This will support the children’s emotional well-being and develop their sense of self and self assurance.


All children are allocated a special carers when joining the nursery.

Special carers are selected on the basis of the parents and the child’s personal preference and personal bonds. This Special Carer co-orinate information about the individual child’s needs and development and shares this with parents and other nursery practitioners to maintain consistency and continuity of care. The Special carer also provides a vital link with parents and carers and is often crucial in settling children into the setting and when making the transition to the next room. The special carer makes sure that, within the day-to-day demands of the nursery, each child for who, they have special responsibility feels individual, cherished, and though about by someone in particular while they are away from home.  The special carer ensures they have the opportunity to build a personal relationship with an individual child rather than all children as a group in the setting.


Special carers are consistently available and responsive to their key children and their families and as a result rotas are based on when a special carer is available for each child. Working a four day week ensures this continuity of care. Throughout the child’s experience at nursery, there will be plenty of time given to special carers to share information with parents. Information will always be exchanged during informal spontaneous, but very valuable chats when the parent drops off or in particular when they pick up their child from nursery.


The benefits of our system are a peace of mind for parents and families, and the ability for partnership building with professional staff. It provides opportunities for liaise with someone else who loves your baby or child too- we want to be an extended part of the family.

Sometimes, we find our families ask us questions such as 'how do I potty train my child' below are a selection of advice tips and leaflets created by our special carers.


If you would like any special carer advice on other topics, please leave us a comment by going to Contact Us.

Advice leaflets for our families.......

Toliet Training Disappearing Dummy From Liquid to Solid Peace at Last
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Ferryhill Community Hub, Lambton Road, Ferryhill

County Durham, DL17 8TB

01740 651789


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Wayman Developments Ltd T/As Child’s Play Private Nursery

Company Number: 961566    Company Director: Laura Leigh Wayman

Ofsted Reference: EY493816

Nursery Location: Ferryhill, County Durham.