At Long Lane, we believe it is important to make the transition into school as smooth as possible and creating a good partnership with parents is essential. Parents and children are invited to a late afternoon information session where they can meet staff and see the foundation stage classroom. After this, we try to visit as many children as possible in their nursery or pre-school setting and each setting will be given a transition booklet to use with the children. 

Once these visits are completed, the children have the opportunity to join us for a session where any pre-school keyworkers are also welcome to support the children who may need a familiar face on hand. We will then have a teddy bears’ picnic where the children (and a teddy) visit for an hour by themselves.

We arrange a home visit for all the families, which will take place in September. You will be asked to sign-up for the 20 minute visit at the ‘Open evening’, which is held in June each year. The child’s class teacher and a teaching assistant will carry these out. A home visit provides an opportunity for the child to meet staff in their own family environment and allow parents to ask questions or discuss anything about their child enabling us to meet their needs more effectively.

During the home visit ‘week’ there will also be a family morning session allocated (9:30 – 11:00) where parents can bring their child to familiarize themselves with routines, such as finding their peg and name cards. The child will need to have a drink and snack with them on this morning. This session is run by a teaching assistant and will include playing a game, for example using a parachute and a time to sit and eat a snack.

Children will be given a start date based on their date of birth, which will be during the two weeks that follow. We believe this is the best structure of entry for the children and while it can be inconvenient for some working parents, we appreciate your understanding of the importance of getting a smooth transition process. Sometimes it is more suitable for a child to start part-time and build up to full time attendance over a number of weeks or months. This may be the case for children who have not already attended a pre-school setting on  a full time basis, a child who is summer born or is not thought to be ‘school ready’, for example, be able to use the toilet by themselves. The class teacher will discuss this with parents on an individual basis.

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