There are a number of things that you can do to develop your child’s independence and support their learning before they start school. These include helping them so that they can:
To support your child’s learning, the following activities may be helpful:
In the July before your child starts school you and your child will be invited to come in to school to meet the Headteacher and the Reception class teacher. This is a relatively informal introduction to the school, which we hope will give you a flavour of how we work. Representatives of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Chair of Governors will be there, and you will be given tea and biscuits and the opportunity to chat to other new parents. Your child will also get the chance to meet their new class teacher and future classmates.
At this meeting you will be given some forms to fill in which will give us important information we will need before your child can start school. This includes health and dietary information and contact numbers for you at home and work. You will also be asked to sign a home-school agreement which, among other things, gives permission for your child to go on local outings. For trips which are further afield, you will be asked to give permission for each outing as it occurs. You will also receive information about your child’s starting times and dates.
Just before you start school in September you will be invited in again, when you will have a one-to-one meeting with the class teacher. This is where you will be able to discuss your own child’s needs and concerns so that they are as ready as possible to start school.