At the beginning of a school year we’re greeted with a class full of new faces, most of whom we know little about. This is my 14th year at my current school so there are some children that I have met previously, as siblings of children I have taught before, and so I do know a little more about them.
We recently asked the parents to fill in a form with some background information on their child including medical information (This is a copy of the form given to me for my child who is also in Kindy but at a different school). We plan to use this information in our planning. We acknowledge that the parents know their children far better than we do and we use them as a resource to help us get to know their child better.
I then collate this information into the Kindy Background Information Form (above) and place it in my assessment file where I store all information gathered on the children. The form is sorted into different tables so it’s easy to get a quick overview of each section.
The following picture is a sample of the form we asked the parents to complete for us.
You can download a PDF copy of the Parent Form here: Kindy Medical History and Background Information Parent Form
You can download a copy of the proforma I used to collate the information here: Kindy Background Information Proforma