Partnership with parents (EFICL)

Working in partnership with parents, carers & families

‘EFICL – Enhancing family involvement in children’s learning’.

Choochoos recognises the importance of partnership with parents and carers. Parentship with parents/carers is vital in every child’s early years experiences. Choochoos strives to provide a strong keyperson approach, which will aim to develop partnership with parents/carers, to enable the child to have the best experiences to help a them to progress and develop. Choochoos believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when working together, which results in a positive impact on a child’s development and learning.

Our aim is to support parents/carers as their children’s first and most important educators, by involving them in their children’s education and in their life at Choochoos. We also aim to support parents/carers in their own continuing education and personal development.


Choochoos has a policy on Parental Involvement. Our policies, procedures and practices are underpinned by the themes, principles and commitments in the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2017. ‘Each child must be assigned a key person. The key person role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet the child’s individual needs to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents’.


‘Being parents whose child attends Choochoos makes us feel very valued and we know our child is cared for and valued in what they learn and do’, (Parent, July 2021).

Valuing parents

Choochoos recognises that parents/carers know their child best and so parents/carers are our main resource in getting to know the child while working with them.


Parent/carer suggestions

Our practitioners really listen to and value what parents/carers say. We welcome any feedback a parent/carer can give us to ensure we are continuously striving to improve as a nursery and for the child. Choochoos provide suggestion boxes in our lobby areas, also parents/carers are welcome to share their suggestions verbally in person/phone or email.


Parent involvement

Choochoos displays a parent/carer rota in our lobby area for parents/carers to visit Choochoos at any time, to take part in the session or to share a hobby/interest/occupation. Regularly parents, carers and family members are invited into the setting to take part in our events and activities. These events are displayed in our dates for diary. Refer to section, ‘Dates for Diary’ under the location of the setting you may be interested in to find our more (Canterbury, Dover, Whitstable)

Workshops & parent/carer forums

Choochoos provide parent/carers workshops, focusing on all areas of our practices to enable parents/carers to become more involved and knowledgeable about their child’s learning and development. Parents/carers are also invited to staff training events, such as the EYFS (Early years foundation stage), makaton, ECAT (Every child a talker) and schematic play.


How else do Choochoos develop partnership with parents/carers?

  • Contribution to termly menus.
  • Termly meeting with key person about a child’s development and progress.
  • Termly or spontaneous questionnaires.
  • Invited along to outings.
  • Provide parent/carers forums and invited to staff training.
  • Parent pack meeting, home visit and settling sessions at the start of a child’s journey at Choochoos.
  • Facebook page with regular updates.
  • Regular emails and monthly newsletters.
  • Means to ensure all parents/carers are included, that may mean we have different strategies for parents/carers who work or live apart from their children.
  • Consulting with all parents/carers to find out what works best for them.
  • Informing all parents/carers about how Choochoos operates, through its policies and procedures.
  • Contribution to their child’s eyLog online learning journey.
  • Providing information about opportunities to be involved, in ways that are accessible to parents with basic skills needs, or those for whom English is an additional language.


For more information please refer to sections ‘Key person approach, Being a key person at Choochoos, Home visits & starting points, Your child’s online learning journey (eyLog), Termly meetings & next steps, Involving families‘.