Things are a little different this year given the current Covid-19 situation.
We would still like to be able to invite parents to visit our school. Visits will be at the end of the school day and we will ask parents to wear a face covering/mask when visiting us.
Please contact school on 01522 520591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit or have a chat with us.
We will be adding to and updating this page with any changes or new information so please do check back again.
Staff are happy to discuss any matters about starting or applying for school
so please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries or concerns
or to ask us to call you for a chat.
Answers to Your Questions
As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions from parents at this time of year as we begin to prepare for a new group of Reception children and we understand that at the moment it is particularly difficult for parents as we are unable to do all of our usual meetings and visits for children.
To help ease your worries and concerns we have tried to provide answers to some of the typical questions we get asked each year.
How can I help my child have the best start to their education?
First of all, you are your child's first teacher and you have already been doing great things together. School is just a new step on your journey. From school's point of view we would love it if every parent did the following:
If you are concerned about your child's progress or anything else then don't leave it for weeks, talk to us about it.
Is Reception just like Nursery?
The Reception Year at school still forms part of the Foundation Stage just like Nursery. However, as the children are older the expectations are slightly different.
To begin with your child might notice little difference except that they may be attending for the whole day for the first time. Lots of the activities we do are similar to the types of activities your child will have done in nursery and of course they still have time to choose. Much of what we do is very practical and play based but we have daily adult led activities for Literacy and Maths as well as more activities that are adult directed.
You can follow your child's learning on Tapestry which is an online learning journal we will set up for you. Information about this can be found below in the Parent's Information Documents.
Where do I drop off and pick up my child each day?
Unfortunately the guidelines for schools following the Covid-19 outbreak mean that parents cannot currently come onto the school site.
Please wait with your child at the school gate on Francis St and a member of staff will meet you there at 8.45pm. All children will come into school independently.
Please pick up your child at the school gate at 3.15 each day. A member of staff will accompany all the children to the gate where they will be safely handed over to their adult.
Can I drop my child off earlier?
Currently breakfast club is not available for Reception Class children because of the restrictions on children from different bubbles mixing. We will let you know when the situation changes.
Do you provide after-school childcare?
Currently After-School provision is not available for Reception Class children because of the restrictions on children from different bubbles mixing. We will let you know when the situation changes.
What do I need to provide for my child?
We cannot stress enough that all items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name – sew on or iron on printed labels are best.
We will not have a chance of finding lost jumpers or cardigans that are not clearly labelled.
What will school provide?
You may provide a healthy packed lunch for your child if you prefer, but we would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the FREE lunch provided at school. Our lunches are delicious and hot or cold and meat or vegetarian options are provided. Lunches must be ordered online for child and details are given below.
What happens if my child has a toilet accident?
Wet ones will be dealt with as soon as we know about it and we will discreetly hand you the wet clothes at the end of the day. We will try our best with dirty ones but we may need you to come and clean your child up if they need more than a few baby wipes!
Please wash and return any spare clothes school provides as soon as possible as we have a very limited supply.
Of course, we will not change your child if you have not given consent for us to do this. Consent forms are in the pack which you will be given when your child starts school.
My child is not fully toilet trained yet. What should I do?
First of all, please do not worry. Try your best to get this done before September. However, we do know that some children find this trickier than others so please let us know on the day that your child visits if this is the case. We prefer that children wear pants to school if possible (provide lots of spares and some spare clothing and wipes) or your child can wear pull-ups. If they are in pull-ups then girls should wear trousers or leggings under their skirts so that other children do not become aware of this. On PE days children in pull-ups should wear jogging pants or leggings to school so that they do not need to change (grey or blue please).
We can provide support with toilet training, but really this is something that parents need to do.
How will I tell you who is picking up my child?
What do I do if I am not going to be able to pick my child up at exactly 3.15 each day?
You will need to find an alternative person or arrange After-School Club provision. If it is a one off (ie. you are stuck in unexpected traffic), you must phone the office so that we know who else is picking up or to ask us to keep your child for 10 minutes.
Obviously, this cannot be a regular occurrence.
What happens if my child is crying when I drop them off?
We're used to it! Most children will cry at dropping off time at some point in the year as tiredness gets to them or they realise that they have to come to school everyday!
We will ask you to try and release yourself from them ASAP and we will help you with this by trying to distract them with stickers etc so that you can get away quickly. Please do not hang around, we promise you that they will be ok within minutes. We will call as soon as we can to let you know they have settled. We do understand how upsetting this can be for all concerned but from experience we know that, usually, the best thing to do is to hand your child over to a member of staff, say see you later and go.
My child does not speak much English yet, is this an issue?
We love that many of our children come from a variety of cultures. We are not concerned at all if your child is not speaking much English. However, the following English words and phrases are useful when they start school and it would be a good idea to practise them at home:
My child uses a short name. Will they learn to write that or their long name?
That is entirely up to you! We will soon be starting to make labels for cloakroom pegs and other things so please let us know if you prefer them to be called something else. Some parents like their child to be called by their shortened name but learn to write their long name. That is fine by us, just let us know.
Will my child come home really dirty after a day at school?
We will use paint, chalk, water, sand, mud and the outside area can be dusty, so be prepared! We do provide aprons and water-proofs but children will be children and inevitably there will be some mess. Fortunately, we don't expect a pristine uniform after the first morning so don't put that pressure on yourself! Just know that they were having fun while they were learning. Rest assured that staff often get messy too and find that soaking clothes in cold water and using a stain remover usually gets most things out.
When will I hear about how my child is doing?
We regularly upload photographs and observations to your child's Tapestry Journal for you to see and comment on. There are further details about tapestry below. We will have a parent/teacher consultation evening in October to discuss how your child is settling in. We will always speak to you before then if we need to.
If you need to speak to us before the consultation evening then you can email Mrs Ashberry at email@example.com and she will endeavour to reply as soon as possible.
Things to do before your child starts school
We hope that we have covered most things you need to know but if you have further questions contact us via
the website contacts tab,
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01522 520591