Parent as partner

Parents as Partners

A Warm Welcome
No child can happily come to school if she feels lost in the woods. No child can learn when they are floating. And the brain is social… it develops better in concert with other brains. Connections MUST be made, with the teachers, the assistants, the materials, to the space and of course, to the playmates of Small World, for the child to thrive.

Our little playgroup is a place of vitality, life and energy. We aim to create a place where people can speak freely, exchange ideas, to be in dialogue with each other. Communicating with us is essential. Both the school and the individual family share responsibility for maintaining meaningful communication and exploring ways of sharing information. Add ideas. Add books, pictures, music your child loves, theme items, found objects of interest for us to share. These often provide great learning opportunities and spark curiosity in the children.

Drop us a line by email every now and then, use the Small World facebook page (closed group), stay a while for coffee in the mornings, or request a meeting time after school, just to touch base.We also encourage you to share your skills and talents with us… the children would love to have a mommy or daddy show them how to do stuff. Who knows what passions it might spark in a child.  

There is a word they use in Reggio Emilia called “accoglienza”. In Italian, this means more than just to welcome someone, but to embrace another person wholeheartedly, and warmly involve them as an important part of your circle. This “accoglienza” is the process by which all children and families are greeted as they walk into school each day. We the staff and other parents consider this a very important time of the day, a chance to connect and build bridges, and create a caring community.

“We have much to do together. Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy. Let us make this the human experience.”
– Gary Zukav