If you have children starting school for the 1st time, or perhaps your child has moved school, we do suggest you pop in at the beginning of term for a few sessions to familiarise your child with the setting, the routine and the staff etc.
Of course we are happy for you to stay with your child why they settle in, although please ensure that this is on a day when your child is already booked in.
When you feel your child is ready, If you then wish to pop out and leave them with us a for a few minutes, an hour or an entire session we are happy to accomodate this. Please also feel free to call and check how your little one is settling in.
All children are different, the time taken to settle in will vary for each individual child.
We are flexible and are happy to work with you to ensure that your child is happy to stay.
Of course we do understand that some children may have siblings and they of course are also welcome, however we cannot take responsibility for these children at any time. If you have a child in a pushcahir, please ensure that you leave it outside the building as space is limited.
During your child's first few weeks we offer an induction to each child. They are shown around, introduced to staff and thier Key-person (If in Reception Yr) they will also be informed about club routines and our code of conduct.
Each child will also be given the opportunity to complete an ‘All About Me’ form’ which will allow us to get to know your child, what they like, dislike etc....
There is no longer a requirement for out of school clubs to meet the learning and development requirements.
“Providers offering care exclusively before and after school or during the school holidays for children who normally attend Reception (or older) class during the school day (see paragraph 3.40) do not need to meet the learning and development requirements. However, providers offering care exclusively before and after school or during the school holidays for children younger than those in the Reception class age range, should continue to be guided by, but do not have to meet, the learning and development requirements. All such providers should discuss with parents and/or carers (and other practitioners/providers as appropriate, including school staff/teachers) the support they intend to offer”-EYFS 2017
Back in July 2017, we decided to discontinue EYFS observations and introduce a Scrapbook style “profile diary” for children in reception year.
This has proven very successful with many parents reporting that these are much easier to understand and say it’s nice to see photographs and actual physical evidence of learning rather than development charts etc.
If your child is in the Early Years Foundation Stage please ask your child's key person if you wish to view your child’s Profile diary.
The induction period is not limited. As mentioned above, some children take longer than others to settle however if you have any specific concerns please take the time to talk to a member of staff who will be happy to help.