We admit children to school from our catchment area in September in line with the L.A. Admissions Policy. Out of catchment requests are dealt with by the Allocations Department at County Hall.
During the term, prior to admission, we invite new children to spend several half-day sessions with us to learn classroom routines, the layout of the buildings and to make friends.
The following information below tells you what will happen in the terms before your child starts school.
In the Spring Term our Nursery Nurse will be in contact with parents to obtain pre-school information. This is so early contact can be made with the relevant preschools/nurseries to ensure a smooth transition.
During the Summer Term before your child starts with us the following visits will be made:
Home Visits - this gives staff and parents an opportunity to discuss with the child their likes/dislikes, things they are looking forward to, any worries or concerns. We also discuss the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, Learning Journey folders, and go through our induction booklet which gives you an idea of the sorts of activities your child will be doing once they start school.
Pre-school/Nursery Visits - We visit each child in their own, familiar setting; children therefore get used to seeing us. We are also given the opportunity to discuss each child with their key worker and any relevant information is passed on.
Activity Afternoons - Your child will be invited to several activity afternoons at the school and one full day in school before starting in September. We find this very beneficial for the children starting school as it gives them an insight into the school day.
We operate a phased intake when your child starts. For the first three weeks they will do a mixture of morning only or afternoon only sessions. We feel this helps the children settle in and get used to the school day as it can seem long to begin with. Once your child starts with us we still make contact with he/she playschool/nurseries and invite their key workers to come into school and see how the children have settled into school life.