Stay and Play
Marlborough Infant and Nursery School provides a Stay and Play session every Wednesday from 2.00pm until 3.30pm in the Community Room. The sessions are overseen by a Teaching Assistant who works in collaboration with the Deputy Head Teacher.
The Stay and Play session is advertised at the beginning of each term by a flier being taken home by every child in school and by a poster being put on the parental notice boards at the front and back entrance of school. Posters are also distributed to some local businesses, including a nearby Day Nursery.
The session is available to all parents within the area, not just for parents with older siblings within school. Children of any pre-school age are welcome but must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
All sessions are free and juice and a snack are provided.
Aims and objectives.
- To provide the children with play and interaction opportunities they may not experience at home.
- To aid a smooth transition between home and Nursery.
- To promote parent/carer awareness of children’s learning, behaviour and development.
- To support parents/carers in their relationship with their children so their child’s self-esteem and confidence will be enhanced.
- To affirm the crucial role of parents/carers as children’s first educators.
- To provide support and advice to parents concerning all the areas of Every Child Matters.
- To provide support, advice and a listening ear for parents on more personal problems which may indirectly affect their child’s welfare.
- To encourage parents to interact and play purposefully with their children.
- Parents increased knowledge and understanding of baby and toddler development.
- Introducing parents to the importance of boundaries and sharing.
- Parents report an increase in their own and their child’s self esteem.
- Parents report an increase in their children’s confidence with others.
- Peer support for parents within the group.
- Parents receive the support and guidance on early child development.
- Parents receive advice on more personal issues they choose to share.
- Children have a smoother transition to our Nursery or Reception classes as they have already met some staff and some children who may be in their class.
- Parents have an opportunity to become involved in school life earlier.
Most sessions consist of parents bringing their children to Stay and Play, However, once every term there is a trip to Small Heath library where the parents and children listen to a story session and have the opportunity to share books with their children and join the library to borrow books on a more regular basis.
Summer term 2 involves an educational visit and some transition visits to Nursery. The Nursery staff also join the Stay and Play sessions.
Fundraising includes a cake stall at Parental Conference nights where Stay and Play parents and children make buns and biscuits. All staff and classes within school are also asked to contribute. Parents help to decide how the profits will be spent.
Questionnaires are completed by parents periodically. The following questions are asked:
What does your child like about Stay and Play?
What do you like about Stay and Play?
What do you think your child learns at Stay and Play?
How has Stay and Play helped you?
What other things would you like to happen in the sessions?
Have you any good ideas of how we can raise money?
What things do you think we could buy?
The answers are collated, discussed and taken into consideration when drawing up the next action plan.
A risk assessment has been completed and the safety of the room and the toys are checked at the beginning of each session.