Overlooked in Exeter

15th March 1996 at 00:00
I read with interest the feature (TES2, February 16) regarding partnership with parents.

As manager of a thriving family centre, only a few hundred yards from Redhills combined school in Exeter, I was surprised to read that "there are no nurseries or playgroups in the catchment area, just a lot of houses and stressed families".

We work in partnership with approximately 300 families with pre-school children offering a range of services including, like Redhills school, opportunities for parent workshops. The centre has a co-ordination role within social services for the development and support of provision for under-eights within Exeter. The centre offers nursery provision for 48 children, and adjacent to the family centre is Tiddlywinks, a busy and popular playgroup.

While recognising that there are pre-school children within the area who do not attend any provision, there are many who do benefit from the excellent local resources and move on from these into Redhills combined school after close liaison and partnership between parents, pre-school providers and reception teachers at the school.

DENISE LEDGER Buddle Lane Family Centre Exeter

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now