Thursday, 19 June 2008

More Carrots Than You Can Shake A Stick At

I’ve always been impressed by my child’s nursery and its staff.

It is part of the school in the heart of the village we shall soon be living in.

From talking to parents, the school and nursery are what it is all about. The centre which just about everything else revolves.

That brings both good and bad, but mostly good, I think.

The staff really caring and being able to make a difference, is top of the plus column for me.

As a relatively small nursery, they have a maximum of 18 children, they work hard to constantly change and improve the care and instruction they are providing.

I trust them to look after, entertain, and encourage my child’s development. I don’t think they really need to be governed by all the standards and goals that appear to be ever growing.

This week they have introduced a certificate scheme, on top of the sticker system already in place.

Max is often coming home with a sticker for good behaviour, and for things like being first to sit down for lunch or story-time.

Good ideas that work both ways.

But, today was the first day he has received a lovely certificate/note thingy.

‘Dear Parent/Carer,

Something fantastic happened today!



We wanted you to know.

Well done,

Sincerely - signed by all the nursery staff and Bramble, the nursery mascot.’

This will go straight in his nursery pile of things, and he shall be rewarded at home too. No big deal, but plenty of interest from his dad.

It will be interesting to see how long this practice lasts, because I would be surprised if the regulars will be motivated by this for very long.

But I’m sure those in charge won't let the kids get bored with it, they will have come up with something long before then! Share/Save/Bookmark


Kori said...

So, are you going to help him make a cake? : )

Single Parent Dad said...

Kori, we made cup-cakes yesterday afternoon. I think that may be why it was in his mindset.

Actually, you'll like this, we used a egg from my friend who has just bought 3 dozen chickens!

Dan said...

We only discovered Amy's nursery did a similar certificate thing about a month ago when she came home with one saying she had been very good that day.

It made us slightly concerned that she'd been going three times a week for three years and this was the first time she'd been good, but we let it go.

Single Parent Dad said...

Dan, you could look at it another way. Perhaps she is brilliant all the time so doesn't really need a cert to encourage that sort of behaviour. I always think the kids that get loads of these are either naughty or nauseous.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

This is so heartening.

Not just from the parental side but the nursery side too. You can be fairly confident they are doing good by the child.

Why can't it be like this all over?

(Dan, that Amy does have a crafty wee face on her, trouble...)

Single Parent Dad said...

I know, if the right people were taking the teaching jobs, schools wouldn't need all this regulation.

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