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Starting in Reception

Welcome to our new September Starters

We want to say a warm welcome to all the children and families who will join us in Reception Class in September. We are delighted that your child will be joining Laurel Class and we are looking forward to getting to know them!

We hope that you are as excited as we are about joining us in September! Our aim is to do our very best to make you and your child feel secure and valued and ready for the start of the new school year.

Please take a moment to watch a video from Mr Hoskins our Head Teacher to our new September starters.

Preparing for School

Lots of parents want to know how to get their child ‘School ready’. Below is a collaboration of ideas and activities to help. However, it is important to remember that every child is unique and may learn at a different pace.

The most important activities to ensure a child is school ready are to promote independence, build confidence and encourage them to have an inquisitive mind. Asking questions and engaging in conversations develops their communication and language, as well as their understanding of the world, which will help children be ready to learn.


We will be talking to pre-school and nursery settings, as we always do, to find out where your child is in their learning. We will also be talking to you directly to find out about your child’s preferences; things they particularly enjoy, find difficult etc. These conversations will take place within the context of a get to know your Class visit to school and a zoom Video call at the beginning of the September term, We will continue to stay in contact with you to keep you updated with our plans on how we will ensure that we receive all of the information that we need about your child.

The links below have some useful resources to support with transition.

To access our EYFS Home Visits policy, please visit our Policies and Procedures page. 

Details about EYFS and the Curriculum

The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have considered your child’s interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.

During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children’s interests and needs in mind. There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as we believe this is vital for children’s development.

Once the children are settled in school we will hopefully, have opportunities for you to join us in the classroom to experience our learning environment. We will also provide parental workshops to inform you of our teaching approaches, allowing for greater collaboration to support your child’s progress.

Click on the link below to view the parent’s guide to the EYFS. This document directly links to the document used at school when observing and planning activities to support your child. The document is based around age bands. We would initially be working with age bands 30-50 months and 40-60 months in Reception.

 Birth to 5 Matters

Development Matters