Even for a young child who has regularly attended Playgroup or Nursery, starting school is very different. We try to smooth the transition as much as possible through our contact with the local Playgroups and Nursery Schools, and by giving new entrants several sessions in the reception class in the term before they are due to start. This gives the children the opportunity to get to know the class teacher and some of the children who will be their classmates.
We also arrange a meeting for parents of new entrants, which gives them the opportunity to meet and talk to the Reception class staff. Home visits are also arranged in the first few days before your child starts school.
All reception children can enter school in the September following their Fourth birthday. Parents of younger children (April to August birthdays) may defer entry to later within the same academic year if they wish.
Starting school for the first time brings with it new routines, social situations and experiences. It is a great help, particularly to the children’s confidence, if, by the time they start school, they are able to:
- go to the toilet without assistance
- use a knife, fork and spoon
- dress and undress themselves
- understand and obey simple verbal instructions
On the first day of school it would be useful for you to bring your child into school and for them to have:
- PE kit
- A lunchbox, (if they are having packed lunch)
- Wellington boots and waterproof clothing (if possible an “all-in-one suit”)
It is not a good idea to bring precious toys to school as they may be lost or broken.
Early Years Policy