Our eldest daughter is in a state pre-school and has been there for a couple of terms, so they know her well and have a good idea of where she is in terms of development. We like to keep track of where she is as parents, so that we know what we need to be working on at home, in order to help her progress. That’s why when it came around to our first pre-school parents evening, I was looking forward to finding out how she was doing and where we should be going from here.
What to expect at your first pre-school parent’s evening –
I don’t believe that these kinds of parent’s evenings are serious business, in fact I know a few mums and dads who didn’t feel the need to attend at this stage. I do think it’s good to show willing though and even if you are pushed for time, it will only take around ten minutes out of your day. Even if pre-school doesn’t seem that crucial to you, it’s massive in your child’s world and that’s always worth remembering.
Children at this age have early years targets to meet and your child’s teacher should give you a good idea of where your child is at with respect to reaching them. It’s good to discuss this with their teacher as you may be aware of a milestone that has been reached at home, that their teacher hasn’t witnessed. So you can put your thoughts together to get a very clear picture of where your child is at developmentally.
Your child’s teacher will also discuss the social aspects of school life. How well they are settling in. If they’re making friends and if they’re having positive conversations with their peers. All of this information gives you a good idea of how your child is behaving when you aren’t around. Again, this is a good way to gauge what your child is doing well and what you may need to be working on at home. My favourite part of parent’s evening was a look at our daughters file and reading through her learning journey so far. It’s amazing to read and see what your child has been achieving at school.
It will make your heart melt and you’ll probably shed a tear, but pre-school parent’s evening is a must in terms of attendance!