Starting in Reception
Starting with us
Whether your child starts with us at the beginning of their school learning journey in Nursery or Reception, or comes to us mid-year from another school we want them to be happy from the moment they set foot in the door.
We want to build a strong partnership with you so that together we can help develop your child’s confidence and build positive attitudes to learning from the outset.
We aim to make coming to Moreton Say School a happy and positive experience for each individual child. We do this by providing a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment and by building warm relationships between our whole learning community.
Starting school is a big step and some children settle into the new routine quicker than others. Many of our children attend our onsite nursery. Transition to school for them is seamless as they are already familiar with the building and the staff. It is not uncommon for children who usually attend other nurseries to use our nursery as a stepping-stone in the terms prior to them starting school, holding a joint placement with their other nursery and gradually increasing their days with us. We are happy to work with you and make a transition plan which works best for your child.
In the summer term before your child starts school in September, we hold a number of familiarisation sessions for you and your child. These include ‘Stay and Play’ sessions where you can attend the Early Years classes with your child, and increasingly independent sessions where your child can be left with the teaching staff. These are optional session, but most parents take up the offer; children find it beneficial in easing them into their full day attendance in September.
We also run information briefings for parents, aimed at answering any questions you may have about the starting school process. Every parent receives a comprehensive induction pack which reiterates the information given in the information briefings, helpful for working parents who may not be able to attend. These packs include information about: uniform and school meals; how you can help prepare your child for school; how you can help them at home with their learning; a complimentary first reading book and some fun games to play with your child to support their early learning.
It is useful if your child can practise the following skills before they start school but don’t worry if they haven’t mastered them before they start with us:
- Getting dressed and undressed
- Taking off a coat and hanging it up
- Fastening buttons and zips
- Using the toilet properly and flushing it
- Washing hands
- Using a knife and fork
- Tidying away toys/ sharing toys and taking turns
- Looking after their own belongings
Below is a checklist and poster which you can download. These come in your induction pack, but you may find it useful to look at them beforehand. The items on the checklist are just suggestions. We do not expect your child to be able to do all these things before they come to us, but the checklist will give you ideas for some of the things you can work on if you want to and your child is ready to tackle them.
Your Child's First Day
We find that by the time children have gone through our induction process they are usually ready to start school. We will give them all the support they need to settle in happily.
We offer ‘tea and tissues’ to parents on their child’s first day in September. It gives parents time to get to know each other. We usually find it’s the parents and not the children who need the tissues, but if your child has been upset it gives us a chance to let you know that they are settled (we usually take a photograph once they are smiling!), before you leave the premises.