The Orchard Pre-school As a parent run organisation, we feel we are offering something special, in that parents have a real opportunity to help shape their children’s education. The Orchard is managed by a Committee of parents and supporters working in close partnership with the teaching staff. New parents are very welcome to join the Committee. Feedback is encouraged and the school is very responsive. In addition, parents are invited to stay for one morning session each half term as a “Parent Helper”. Not only are the children very keen to show parents what they have been doing, it offers you an invaluable chance to see your child in their daily surroundings and to witness first hand how your child is getting on at school and how the school is run. Parents are also invited to regular “Parent Surgery” sessions to discuss their child’s work. The Orchard Pre-school is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. To learn more about parental involvement at our school, please click on the links below: Parent Involvement Ofsted Report 2015 - Good       Registered Charity Number - 1028227 “Learning                       through play” The mums, dads, nannies and other family members who come along to our “Parent Helper” sessions are invited to fill in a comments book at the end of their session. Here are some of the things they had to say: “I really enjoyed spending time in this happy and stimulating environment. The children seemed happy and well-behaved and I am so pleased my child attends here.” “Lovely morning, nice to see all the children happy and settled. Staff again on the ball and making sure children are well looked after.” “Very impressed by the range of activities, happy and well behaved children. Lovely for me to see my child joining in.” “Had a lovely time during a very busy morning of cooking and planting.” “Very enjoyable morning - thank you! Lovely to see such imaginative activities for the children to do :0)” “Beautiful skies made park outing a highlight. Fun to read with some of the children and watch them enjoying water & gloop. Staff, as always, wonderful with the children.” Here are some of the dads’ comments: “A fantastic morning and a very friendly environment that the children seem to relish. Great fun and I cant wait to come back again!” “Not as alarming as I thought it would be!! Messy at moments but rather fun. I got a rewarding hug.” “A great fun filled and very busy morning. I enjoyed seeing my child’s skills on the computer and watching his interaction with the other children. You are all doing a great job!” “What a lovely morning. A real pleasure to spend time with the class. The staff and children are a delight. See you again soon.” Grandparents are welcome to come and help too: “I really enjoyed my morning sharing all the fun & patient calm atmosphere. Lovely to share in the variety of activities and friendly staff and delightful children”. Parent Testimonials PLA article on parent                                 involvement in pre-schools Resources for parents    on the PLA website