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EYFS 2024 Intake

We can't wait to get to know all of our EYFS children and their families, as their transition to school begins.

On Thursday 9th May, Tom Head (our Executive Headteacher) lead a Welcome Evening for our new EYFS intake. It was a chance to find out some more information about our school, meet some members of our staff team, find out about our SEND and FLO service, sign up to our Kittens pre-school programme, alongside the opportunity to taste test school dinners and find out about our extended schools services. 

Here is a copy of Mr Head's presentation for your information:

welcome evening presentation.pdf

Please click here for an enlarged version of the Welcome Evening Presentation

Key Dates for your Diary

 We have lots of transition activities planned for your child to help them to settle in to life at the Willesborough Schools and have a positive start to their school journey. Research tells us that the more that families engage in transition activities, the quicker the children will settle in when they start school in September. 

Kittens Pre School Sessions – Week commencing 3rd June to week ending 28th June

We are pleased to be able to offer weekly pre school sessions for your child. These sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings.  Sessions are as follows;

  • Tuesday 4th June until Tuesday 25th June, 9 – 11 am
  • Tuesday 4th June until Tuesday 25th June, 12.45-2.45 pm
  • Friday 7th June until Friday 28th June, 9 – 11 am

If you would like your child to attend Kittens. You should choose your preferred day/session. We expect the children who attend Kittens to come to all of the  sessions as we follow an exciting learning journey about growing up and starting school. Parents and carers do not stay to the sessions, you can drop your child off and pick them up later.

Senior school leaders and teachers/teaching assistants from the EYFS team will be leading the sessions. There are twenty five places available in each session and this provision is expected to be very popular. If you would like to enrol your child as a Kitten please phone the school office and complete an enrolment form by Monday 20th May to secure your child's place.

kittens powerpoint.pdf

Which class will my child be in? – Monday 24th June

We have four Early Years Foundation Stage classes (EYFS). We have sent you and your child an email  to say which class they will be in at this time. If you have received this email, then please let our school office know.

Here are our classes for September:

Class Visits for Children and Information Sessions for Parents

Your child will visit their new class and get to know his/her teachers whilst you attend information sessions in the school hall. Towards the end of each session there will be an opportunity for teachers, children and parents to all engage together in an art/craft activity. The information sessions will enable you to find out more about what your child will learn about in EYFS and how you can support your child prior to them starting school.

There are two out of the four sessions offered to each family. We will let you know which ones you should attend nearer the time. It is important that your child attends both sessions offered.

  • Tuesday 2nd July & Tuesday 9th July - 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Thursday 4th July & Thursday 11th July - 3:30pm-4:30pm

Meet and Greet Sessions – 3rd, 4th, 5th September

Your child’s class teacher and teaching assistant would like to meet you and your child.  Our aim is to get to know you both and in particular your child, to form the beginnings of a strong and positive relationship between teacher and child.  The visit will give you the opportunity to talk freely with the teachers and teaching assistants.  It will last for about half an hour and we ask that you stick to the time we give you due to the large number of children we have to see.  Visit times will be allocated and given to you at the end of June.

Starting School

 Your child will start school on Friday 6th September either in the morning or afternoon. They will continue to attend a morning or afternoon session for five days. On Thursday the 12th September your child will have lunch with us and Friday the 13th will be their first full day at school.

The morning and afternoon sessions will be as follows:

Between Friday 6th September and Wednesday 11th September:

  • Morning session: 8.50am – 11.45am 
  • Afternoon session: 12.35 – 3.30pm

Thursday 12th September:

  • Morning session: 8.50am – 11.45am 
  • Afternoon session: 12.15pm – 3.30pm

 Dividing the children between morning and afternoon sessions over this short period also creates smaller groups and this helps children and adults to get to know one another quicker.  Our experience is that initially children get very tired during their first few weeks of school, even if they have attended full-time Nursery provision. The children have so much to learn, new routines, friends and surroundings. A phased starting school plan enables us to make the whole experience a positive one.

 

We can't wait to meet you and for your learning journey with the Willesborough Schools to begin! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school.