Educating parents too

2019-09-17 06:01
About 20 parents attended the evening talk.

About 20 parents attended the evening talk.

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At the French Nursery School in Woodstock, both children and their parents are educated.

The school takes care of 40 children between the ages of three months and four years and is one of the few early childhood facilities where teaching takes place in both English and French.

On Thursday 12 September, the school hosted a talk on positive parenting in partnership with the Cape Town Therapy Hub.

The talk was aimed at equipping parents with parenting skills and to get them more involved in the nursery.

The talk also allowed the staff members and parents to get to know each other better.

The director of the school, Caroline Faucher-Desvoyes, says they encourage parents to get involved in the school instead of simply dropping off their children in the mornings and fetching them in the afternoons.

Faucher-Desvoyes says they organise talks every three months where parents are also given an opportunity to directly engage with the staff. She says the interaction between staff and parents helps the nursery fulfil its co-education concept where both the children and the parents receive some form of education.

At the talks, Faucher-Desvoyes says parents are taught skills such as how to tackle behavioural issues without becoming frustrated. She says parents often give their children leeway, claiming they are still young and should be allowed to express themselves as they wish.

According to her, discipline is important, adding a disciplined child is likely to grow up to become a responsible adult.

She says instilling discipline from an early age helps children become confident and teaches them to have meaningful discussions instead of arguing.

“As a parent, you should not fight with your child and give them instructions without giving them reasons for or explaining your decision or action. This teaches effective communication and the importance of reasoning,” she says.

Kate Lefko, a parent, attended the nursery’s talk for the first time. Her two-year-old son has been at the nursery since he was four months old.

She says she found the talk very helpful. She gained knowledge from other parents’ experiences and learned “there is always room for improvement for every parent”.

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