Partnership with Parents
The first teacher in the life of a child is their parent’s. The parents know the child like no other person ever can. They understand the body language, the baby talk and the first broken attempts that their child makes at getting themselves understood. We know, therefore, that it is vital that all our staff maintain close personal links with parents. To facilitate this, Little Pandas nursery / day care / child care:
- Maintain a home/nursery contact book for all children
- Keep regular written reports of your child’s activities and share these with you.
- Invite you to parent’s evenings.
- Lend you books to read at home with your child.
- Provide you and your child with a gentle introduction to nursery and pre-school. Suggesting that you stay with your child until they are happily settled.
- Send home children’s paintings and work
- Provide you access to your child’s Learning Journey Portfolio
- A morning snack
- A lunch box
- A water bottle
- An afternoon snack (if your child stays for the extended day)
- Spare nappies
- Change of clothes for the time of year – including vest, shirt, trousers and socks
- Sun cream/sun hats
- Any special creams that need administering
Meals and Healthy Snacks
It can be a long time between breakfast and lunch, so we offer a healthy snack mid-morning. This aids concentration and keeps hunger at bay.
Healthy snack also provides an opportunity for children to explore new tastes and textures through the wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables prepared. These could for example include; pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and peppers. Water is served, based upon individual preferences, at snack time.
Fresh drinking water is available to all the children throughout the day.
Understanding each child’s dietary requirements and allergies enables us to monitor what they eat whether at snack time or lunch time, this allows us to maintain a safe environment. We have a strict no nut policy and would ask you to consider this when compiling your child’s lunch.
We are keen that children feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents / carers and to develop positive relationships with their key person and other adults in their room. Therefore, the stage of “settling – in” is critical.
Each child will be offered two settling-in sessions free of charge. You should be prepared to stay for the duration of these sessions. It is important to note that every child is different in the how they settle in and this will be discussed with you personally.
We have a structured format that we would like to talk you through on this first settling-in session. This includes asking you to read through our Policies & Procedures.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They develop at their own rate and in their own ways. By working together with parents we aim to support the child’s learning and development as they make their journey through their early years.
A Key Person ensures that your child’s experience is shaped to meet their individual needs.
Having observed your child’s individual interest and stage of development, we plan activities which can be a mix of child –initiated or adult led. These are designed with the purpose to inspire exploration, help support the forming of relationships and develop positive self-esteem.
Kindiedays is a platform that supports the communication and partnership between parents and the nursery. The platform is web based, but also has apps for iOS and Android.
Highlighted Features Include: Sign in and out; View daily pictures and activities; Monitor sleep and food; Notify of holiday and sickness; Lunch and afternoon tea menus: Calendar; Events; Invites; Child and staff profiles; News feed with photos, videos and documents; Group and private messaging with parents and staff; Nappy and toilet visit tracking; Observations and tracking; Automated permission slips; Real-time accident reporting and much more.
We recommend potty training children around the age of two, but we also recognise children that are capable of doing this before, as well as children that need extra time. We will work closely with parents throughout potty training, and we ask parents to provide nappies, wipes/cotton wool, creams and an appropriate change of clothes in case of accidents.
Health, Illness & Emergencies
In case of serious illness or accident, the parents or their emergency contact person will be contacted immediately, along with a medical professional, and the appropriate action taken, including transportation to hospital if necessary. All accidents will be recorded. Parents must inform the head of the nursery if their child has any known medical condition, health problems, allergy, or has been in contact with infectious diseases. Children must not attend the nursery if unwell. Please note that the staff cannot accept attendance of children who are suffering from certain, mainly infectious illnesses e.g. Conjunctivitis. The nursery is not allowed to exercise discretion and must follow the guidelines on exclusion periods provided by the Dubai Health Authority.
Policies, Procedures, Suggestions & Complaints
All Little Pandas ELC policies and procedures are readily available for you to review at any time. Please ask a senior member of staff on duty. All suggestions and complaints are to be referred to the head of nursery. Complaints will be sympathetically heard and discussed and will be acted upon if the head of nursery feels they are warranted and possible within the scope of the operation of the nursery.