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… with local pre-schools and toddler groups


Buttercups works with other pre-schools and toddler groups where necessary to share good practice and information.

… with The Meadow School


Buttercups works closely with the reception teachers at School to make the transition from pre-school a less daunting experience. Please note that attendance at Buttercups does not guarantee a place at the Meadow School.

… with Parents


Children learn better when their parents are involved. It helps to reinforce the Buttercups ethos and practice. Buttercups encourage parents to be involved in many ways, from becoming a committee member, to joining the parent helper system. Our parent helper systems is a great support to the pre-school and allows us to do activities outside the classroom environment. We welcome all parents, carers or other close relatives (known to Buttercups staff) to get involved. We appreciate that this may not always be possible. Please speak to a member of the Buttercups team if you feel you would like to help.

Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on the child’s development and learning. (QCA Curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage 2000)


We recognise that parents are the first and most important educators of their young children. At Buttercups we aim to support and work in partnership with parents to ensure we can provide the best possible experiences for the children. To try and achieve this we hold parent consultation evenings each term to enable parents to meet with their child’s key worker and discuss their development and any concerns or queries they may have and share information about their child’s interests and experiences out of pre-school.


In addition to these meetings we have recently introduced a new system for sharing information between home and pre-school. The "Communications Booklet" allows the key worker and parents to write specific interests and achievements and share this information on a half-termly basis helping us to focus on and develop the child’s specific area of interest.


We will continue to monitor systems of information sharing and develop new strategies to build and maintain effective partnerships with parents and carers.


Parents are welcomed – and encouraged - to take part in all aspects of the pre-school from working with the children, assisting with fundraising, involved in the general management of the pre-school and become involved with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, please contact Kirsty Taylor

or see Parents and Partners Policy held in the setting.

Starting Pre-school can be a stressful and uncertain time for parents/carers and their children. If you are at all worried about things when your child starts with us please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with one of our members of staff.


We hope that your child/children enjoy their time at Buttercups.