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Parental participation

October 27, 2015

Ever since Roo started in pre-school I have always tried to attend workshops, activities and events. Making arrangements with work so I can finish early or change my days to be able to attend. Throughout her time in pre-school it became evident that it was the same parents who attended these opportunities which was sad to see for the children whose parents never attended. I was lucky in that I was able to take Tigger with me to the story cafes and craft days as the teachers welcomed younger siblings to attend too and it meant that I was able to be there for Roo as well as assisting the school.

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I did the same for Tigger whilst he was in pre-school which of course was easier as Roo was in full-time school and I was able to juggle my work commitments without having to change childcare arrangements too.

When Roo moved to Junior school the opportunity to have parental participation in her school life dropped to being a taxi service whenever she has a sporting event to attend at another school. So I was worried that when Tigger start at the same school last month that there would be little opportunity for me to take an active role in his schooling. However his teachers are keen to get parents involved, which I am pleased to hear.

I’ve just had my DBS check come back and have volunteered to help listen to the children read once a week until Piglet arrives. With story cafes and other activities planned for the future I’m hopeful that I can play an active role in what he gets up to at school.

Do you get involved with your child’s school?

 

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