Bringing children to parent-teacher meeting?

(35 Posts)
mr87 Mon 04-Nov-19 18:14:54

I'm new to the UK (and to being a school mum) and I want to know the etiquette when it comes to parent-teacher meetings. We have our very first one next week for my daughter who is in Reception. I am signed up for a 15 minute block of time. Would it be inappropriate to bring my children, 2 and 4? My husband is out of the country for work, we just moved here and don't know anyone/haven't made friends. All our family is back in the states. Is my only choice here to hire a random stranger to babysit my kids, or can I just bring them along? I have anxiety about hiring an unknown sitter, plus there's just the added expense. Just trying to explore my options 😩

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slipperywhensparticus Mon 04-Nov-19 18:17:26

We always take our kids to parents evening 🤷‍♀️

almightygirl Mon 04-Nov-19 18:23:46

At the school I work at we say no children should come to parents evening. But like you, many people don’t have other options, so the office staff or TAs will stay and look after the children in the medical room.

Best thing to do is ask! Explain your situation and I’m sure it won’t be a problem smile

dementedpixie Mon 04-Nov-19 18:26:00

At primary we were discouraged from taking children and there were no facilities for them to be taken care of

Teddyreddy Mon 04-Nov-19 18:30:51

I've just been to my first parents' evening and although I didn't take DC, half the parents I saw there had. Could you email the school office and ask what they want you to do?

Strangerthingshere Mon 04-Nov-19 18:31:57

Absolutely fine to take your children

Michaelbaubles Mon 04-Nov-19 18:34:08

I guess it depends on the school. My DC’a school is a real family-style place and there are always many pupils, younger and older siblings milling around the place at parents evening.


museumum Mon 04-Nov-19 18:37:07

Our school doesn’t mind either way. Generally parents only in younger years but they wouldn’t mind if you don’t have childcare.

georgialondon Mon 04-Nov-19 18:37:59

It will totally depend on the school. I'd check

wonkylegs Mon 04-Nov-19 18:38:25

I always took mine with me when they were at primary school

mr87 Mon 04-Nov-19 18:42:28

Ok thanks everyone. I'll just ask. Good to know it's possibly ok.

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BingPot99 Mon 04-Nov-19 18:43:15

My DC's school usually has peppa pig /cbeebies or something on in a corner for them to watch with a member of staff keeping an eye on them. If yours doesn't do that I don't see why it should be a problem to take them as long as they are occupied with a book/extra snack etc. It would be unreasonable to expect everyone to organise childcare to cover a 10/15 minute chat.

slipperywhensparticus Mon 04-Nov-19 18:55:16

We always take the child so the teacher can address any issues specifically at that time for example my daughter had challenged her teacher on his marking in front of the entire class we agreed that she would challenge after the class or at a less public time and in a discrete way (because putting your hand up saying you have been mis marked and explaining exactly where as a teacher you have gone wrong is not good for class discipline) 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️

TheSecretJeven Mon 04-Nov-19 18:57:24

I always took my dc as the schools expected them to attend! At secondary school, you'll need them to identify their teachers for you.

JC12345 Mon 04-Nov-19 19:09:50

Our school expects children to attend.

crimsonlake Mon 04-Nov-19 19:14:45

The issue here is that you are not only planning to take your daughter in reception but siblings as well.
As a teacher I would say most parent's attend without children. There have been times when the family have turned up and that can make it difficult to hold a meaningful conversation. Check with the protocol of the school.

sirfredfredgeorge Mon 04-Nov-19 19:18:10

I cannot imagine a single good reason to not take your child to a normal parent-teacher evening, anything that is of such concern to you or the teacher that the child should not be involved is more urgent than a simply scheduled PTA.

I would be extremely unimpressed with a school which said no children, and it would severely compromise the meeting, I'd be immediately set up to wonder why they were not involving the children in their own learning, why they didn't want them to hear the feedback they gave etc.

Obviously other kids accompanying is a little bit different, but a 2 year old toddler is fine to be there.

ApacheTomcat Mon 04-Nov-19 19:26:11

At DD's school, most parents bring children along too.

clucky3 Mon 04-Nov-19 19:31:06

Going against the grain, but I think it's totally inappropriate to bring your kids to parents evening. It drives me crazy when I make arrangements for mine (not easy, I'm not one of these people with grandparents always to hand and ready to take my children) and have to sit and wait longer than I should because the person in front of me has brought their toddler and the conversation therefore takes three times as long as it should. I also don't think you can have as productive a conversation with the teacher, particularly at primary school age.

I do understand that sometimes people don't have a choice, but I think avoid bringing them if you can.

CallmeAngelina Mon 04-Nov-19 20:03:53

My school asks parents to make alternative arrangements for their children wherever possible, but recognises that it can be difficult, so there are inevitably children sitting in the library whilst their parents are actually in with the teacher.
There was a trend a few years back for children to attend the actual meeting, but many schools have abandoned the practice nowadays as it is far easier to be able to be frank with a parent about some things that you wouldn't necessarily wish the child to overhear. We also run weekly class surgeries, where parents are more likely to bring their child to discuss, say, a friendship issue, or possible bullying or a lack of understanding about something in class. In those situations, the child's input is required.

CallmeAngelina Mon 04-Nov-19 20:06:35

I would be extremely unimpressed with a school which said no children, and it would severely compromise the meeting, I'd be immediately set up to wonder why they were not involving the children in their own learning, why they didn't want them to hear the feedback they gave
Of course it wouldn't "severely compromise" the meeting! hmm
And it does NOT mean the school is not involving the children in their own learning - there are many, many other opportunities for that.

ThisIsNotARealAvo Mon 04-Nov-19 20:14:03

Make sure you have something to entertain the 2 year old so you can really listen to the teacher. I am a teacher and I find it very hard to talk properly when younger siblings come. It often feels like a waste of time as the toddler wants to run around and play and the parent leaps up every 10 seconds to make sure they're ok.

Ginnymweasley Mon 04-Nov-19 20:20:21

I had a parents evening this afternoon. My dh was in work, we have no family close by. I took my dd(4) and my ds (1). The teacher was fine with this, they had a colouring corner and tv set up in one corner for this. I didn't realise other schools would have a problem with this tbh. We have no one to look after the children and hiring a babysitter for a 10 minute chat seems extreme to me.

bombaychef Tue 05-Nov-19 13:12:25

Our school policy is that DC attend but I'm not a fan

stucknoue Tue 05-Nov-19 13:14:39

The kids sat outside the classroom when my kids were at primary

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