These are questions and concerns we find parents frequently share with us. We have prepared answers for these for actions we normally put into place. We are currently waiting for government guidelines for September and therefore we may not be able to put all of our normal practice into place.
Parents concerns/ worries –
My child is the only one from their previous preschool/ nursery. Will they make any friends?
We will work closely with the setting your child is currently attending and with you to find out your child’s interests and needs so we can support them while building new friendships during our settling in period. The children will not be put into their named classes straight away and Teachers will allow the children to freeflow/ explore between the two classrooms and outdoor area. This will enable the staff to recognise new interests and support the forming of friendships during play and adult led situations.
How will it be decided which Class they will be in?
The settling in period allows the children to become familiar with their surroundings as well as to get to know different children. Some children naturally gravitate to a classroom or Teacher on their pre-school visits which also plays a part in deciding their class. We work closely with the child’s previous setting to discuss friendships and learning needs. As well as considering the friendships the children already have, the Teachers carefully observe the children’s new friendships and learning needs during the settling period.
The classes are so big, will my child be noticed and get enough support?
Part of our induction is working closely with the children’s previous setting where we share the next steps for each child. During the settling in period we make observations of all children’s learning needs, this will then support developing the next steps for each child. As well as whole class lessons, the teacher will create smaller groups within the class to allow one to one time with those groups throughout the week. There is at least one teaching assistant that works across both classes to give additional support where needed.
What if they hate school?
There will be a period of time where there might be tears and worries but this is completely normal and totally understandable. All new different experiences can affect people in different ways. Children are still learning how to portray their feelings as well as understand them. Do you remember when you first started school, a new job, new social group? Were you nervous, excited, scared? Some children find this difficult and become upset and tired. Although your child might have been full time in a previous setting, school is different. The adult to child ratio is bigger and your child will need to become more independent, and learn new rules and routines. The expectation of adult led learning will also be more. Some children find this hard. The important thing is to work with us, we are here to help you and your child. We can put individually planned support in place to support you and your child.
My child is a fussy eater, they won’t eat the lunch provided.
The menu is shared with you and your child in advance. There are options of a main meal/ vegetarian option and the menu is on a 3 week rota. There is often a Pasta or jacket potato option other than the main meal. You can pick and choose which meals your child has or when they are packed lunch. You do not need to let us know in advance. Of course you can provide a packed lunch from home with healthy options included. The children will be offered a piece of free fruit everyday and free milk is available for 4 year olds. If your child is 5 and they would like milk, you need to pay for it through the milk company, you will receive more information about this. The children are not forced to eat their lunch or fruit but are encouraged to eat as much as possible by lunchtime supervisors. If they are not eating the school meals a member of staff will inform you at the end of the day.
I don’t think they are ready for school.
Every child will have challenges throughout school but it is important they are encouraged to try their best and not give up. They will learn at their own pace and will get the support they need along the way. Most children don’t “seem ready” when they first start but the structural learning is gradually introduced into their daily routine as the weeks progress. Adult led learning is kept as active and as fun as possible. My child won’t be able to cope with the long days. All children have the option to be full time or we can set up a transition plan with you where we gradually introduce full time days and review the child’s needs. They will all be tired from excitement of something new.
What does my child need for school?
They will need to bring a school book bag everyday, this will have their reading book and reading record. We also put all our communications in there so you will need to check it everyday -A bottle filled with water only everyday -A waterproof coat as we go outside everyday and never know what will happen with the weather -A sunhat if it’s a sunny day and sunscreen applied before school - P.E kit - shorts, plain white t-shirt, plimsoles or trainers if you would like them to be worn. Possible change of clothes if prone to accidents and wipes.
My child has special educational needs. How will they be supported?
We will work closely with your child’s previous preschool setting. Our SEN team, along with the Class Teacher, will support working together with you and any outside agencies to put a plan together to meet the needs of your child.
My child is very ready for school. How will their learning needs be met?
As well as working together with you during the settling in period we will be making observations about children’s learning needs which will ensure your child will make good progress. Adult led learning opportunities will be introduced at the appropriate level for your child.
My child was bullied at their previous setting, I’m worried it could happen again?
‘Please talk to the school if you feel your child is being bullied. Having an understanding of what might be going on within school and out of school will help us determine the appropriate route to move forward. We have policies and procedures in place to promote anti-bullying and challenge discrimination.
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