Welcome to our Early Years page.
Reception: 8:45am - 3.15pm
Nursery AM: 8:45am – 12:00pm and Nursery PM: 12:15pm – 3:15pm
Coming into School
When starting school in September please line up down the side of the building adjacent to the railings. At 8:45am the class teacher will open the door and will stand to greet parents and children. This is also a good opportunity to speak to her about any issues at home, any changes to picking up and dropping off arrangements etc. Initially we welcome you into the classroom with your child to support them. The first few days can be upsetting and there are always a minimum of three adults in the classroom to offer comfort. After you have said goodbye we offer the children the chance to wave at the ‘Wave Off Window’. Please be reassured that the large majority of children, if initially upset, do calm down once you are out of sight. However, if a child remains distressed for a longer period of time and seems unable to receive reassurance, we will always contact you. Alternatively if you would like to contact us on 01782 720406 Mrs Bagnall will always ring over to the nursery to check on your child.
When entering the classroom please help your child to locate their peg with a number on. They will put their coats and PE kits on there. Then they will need to find their drawer with their name on to put their red bags inside. Any lunchboxes will go on the lunch trolley.
At the end of the session/ day the Reception children will be released one at a time through the ‘Wave Off Window’ door and nursery from the cloakroom door. This reduces congestion down the side of the building.
Please note. We will not let your child go with anyone else but you. We do not let friends and neighbours take children unless we are told beforehand by you, or by telephone/letter.
The School Uniform
Your child must wear uniform every day apart from the day of their birthday. On this day they can wear their own clothes.
Our uniform consists of:
All reception children will also need a PE kit. This consists of:
We ask parents to ensure that all items of clothing and property are clearly marked with the child’s name.
At The Richard Heathcote CP School in Early Years
we continue to work towards the Early Learning
Foundation Stage Goals outlined in the ‘Statutory
Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’
which all nurseries, playgroups and school reception
classes have to follow. Our part in this task is to
prepare the children for the start of the National
Curriculum work in Year One. We provide learning
opportunities in the following areas:
Prime; are fundamental, work together, and are move through to support development in all other areas.
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge
for children to participate successfully in society.
We approach all aspects of the work we have to cover through both play and adult led activities, and try to involve the children when we are planning topics, following their ideas and answering questions they have. Play is the main way that children learn in early childhood.
Play is what the children know well. It is natural to them. Through play they rehearse and explore new and unknown situations. Through play children learn to deal with friendships and how to maintain them, as well as avoiding those they would rather not be friends with. They learn, often the hard way, that some children play in a way that they find difficult to cope with – and how to avoid the situation. They can learn how to deal with failure; failure in play is not a disaster.
As well as all this fun the teachers and teaching assistants will work with the children in small groups to develop their early Literacy and Numeracy skills. We also deliver whole class sessions of Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy every day, to practise, refine and explore new concepts.
The Red Bag
Each child will need a red bag. These can be purchased from the school office at £4 each. A reception child will bring work home within the first few days inside these bags whereas the nursery will gain more and more as the year progresses. All newsletters will also be stored in these bags with any need to know information on.
Inside the red bag you will find:
as a minimum with the class teacher but
can be changed more often if the
children are confident with it.
Simply hand to a member of staff in the
members will use this to record when
the children have read.
Since September 2014 all reception and Key Stage 1 children have been funded by the government to have a free school meal. This can be a hot dinner or sandwiches. You are no longer required to provide your child’s dinner. However it is of benefit to the school and your children that you check to see if your child is entitled to free school meals throughout school. Please look at the link below and complete with your details if applicable. Doing this means that the government support our school with additional money that can be used to purchase resources and enhance your children’s education.
To find if you are eligible for free school meals please speak to Mrs Bagnall in the office or go to:
Menus from the kitchen work on a six weekly rotation
and operate a Summer and Winter selection. These are
sent home so that you can see what foods are available.
At the beginning of each day we read the menu to the
children and give them the opportunity to select what
they would like to eat that day. The order is then sent
down to the kitchen.
If your child is poorly and unable to attend school please
call our school office on 01782 720406 before 10am
so that we have been notified. If your child has a sickness or diarrhoea bug they must be absent from school for 48 hours.
IN SCHOOL – if your child has an accident in school an accident form will be completed. This will be discussed with you when you come to collect your child and we will ask you to sign the form to say that we have explained what has happened.
OUT OF SCHOOL – if your child has an accident at home we will ask you to sign an accident form so that we know it has happened at home and not in school.
At Richard Heathcote we hold communication between parents and children in high regard. We pride ourselves on being approachable so that parents feel they can talk to us concerning any issue, big or small. Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff before/ after school or alternatively to arrange a meeting with them at a different, more convenient time.
We will send letters home regularly with the children, informing you of key dates, events, need to know information etc. Additionally, we have home/school link books that go back and forth from school to home with key information about your child’s learning inside. We also gain your permission to send regular emails containing photos and details about what your children have experience during their days with us. Finally, we also have a text messaging service that allows staff to send information via text message to your mobile phones. For this purpose, and also in the instance where we need to contact you, please make sure you keep your mobile phone number up to date with us.
We look forward to working closely with you from September as we begin your child’s journey into education.
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