As well as working in partnership with parents, I keep an ‘open door’ policy. This enables all parents/carers to come to me and to pass on information about their child or anything that may affect the care or wellbeing of their child. This can take place at a formally arranged time or casually at drop off or collection.
I make every effort to accommodate the parent/carers needs for discussions, and the exchanging of any information, as it is very important for the progression and wellbeing of the child.
All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home.
Wherever possible I try to meet parents’ requests for the care of their children according to their values and practices, preferences and attitudes. Family customs and beliefs about dietary requirements, dress code, hair and skin care, help required with toilet and washing are respected as detailed in my equal opportunity policy.
I expect parents to inform me of any changes in the child’s home circumstances, care arrangements or any other change which may affect the child’s behaviour, such as a new baby, parents’ separation, divorce or any bereavement. All information shared will be kept confidential unless there appears to be a child protection issue.
I together with parents need to make sure that the care of their child is consistent. A consistent approach benefits the child’s welfare and ensures the child is not confused or unhappy.