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Parental Involvement 

Chestnuts Pre-school is a charity run by a voluntary committee of parents whose children attend the pre-school. As such, we are unable to operate without your help and support and parents are as much a part of our pre-school as their children. 

 

It is important for your child that you take an active part in your pre-school in any way that you can.  You may be able to share a special skill or interest such as music, carpentry, animals etc with the children.  You may be prepared to help with fundraising or one of the many other jobs which are vital to the smooth running of the pre-school.

 

We also operate a voluntary Parent Rota system, which we feel provides parents/carers with a valuable opportunity to be involved with their child’s education and to be part of the group.  You can see your child ‘in action,’ find out what we do and why and also speak to your child’s Key Person if they are available. We welcome parents, grandparents or other close relative however, we ask parents to allow their child time to settle in before they volunteer. This will give you an insight into how your children develop away from the home environment.

 

Unfortunately to comply with Health and Safety regulations we would ask that you do not bring younger siblings to these sessions.  If this will cause any difficulty for you please let us know and we will endeavour to find a ‘Buddy Parent’ for you to pair up with. Please see our booklet ‘How You Can Help Us At Chestnuts’ for more ways you can be involved.


Emergency and Short Notice Closures 

In the event that we need to close due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. extreme weather or damage to the building we will aim to communicate to parents in the following ways: 


  • We will update the website with details of the closure as soon as possible.
  • We will email parents of the closure if possible.
  • We will notify local radio of the closure for broadcast if as a result of snow.


In the event of an adverse weather closure we will follow the lead of Wokingham Borough Council and Hawthorns Primary School, if they are closed we will also close.