Some children take longer than others to settle into a new environment. It is a big step coming into a new school and even moving from one year group to another.
We know that this can be a big change for your child and indeed you as parents. We have learnt from experience that when dropping off at the start of the day, it is best not to linger too long when saying goodbye.
In Kindergarten, come into the classroom, engage your child in an activity, say goodbye and then go. In Reception we encourage the children to greet a member of staff and say goodbye at the gate. Start as you mean to go on! Small children are very easily distracted and please rest assured that the staff will take good care of them and quickly engage them in a fun activity.
If you think you will be upset, please be brave for your child. We will always get the office to contact you, once your child has settled as we know how distressing it can be leaving a teary face. Please do phone in, if you have any concerns, or if you simply just want to put your mind at rest.
For children starting in Kindergarten, please also refer to our Tips for Starting School leaflet.
Key person system
The purpose of our Key Person is to further your child’s individual learning during the school day and to ensure that learning experiences are tailored to their needs.
Whilst children are playing and engaged in activities we ask appropriate questions to further your child’s understanding. In Kindergarten and Reception, your child’s key person is their class teacher, although all staff build strong and positive relationships with the children in their care.
The class teacher will liaise with you to support and guide learning at home, to develop an understanding of what your child is able to do outside of school.