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Foundations Stage Settling Policy

Welcome to EIC and the start of a very special and magical learning journey. I am delighted to welcome you to our school and specifically to the Primary Department.

Given the exceptional times that we have all been through over the past few months, we have made some changes to our Settling-In Policy for our Early Years students, to ensure that all government guidelines are adhered to and that the safety of students, parents and teachers is at the forefront of the process. Starting school is enormously beneficial for children and their families, yet it can also be an anxious time too, especially given the rather unique and strange climate we currently find ourselves in. Our settling-in policy sets out the procedures for introducing children to Early Years in order to ensure that we provide a positive experience for children and parents.

The aim of our policy is to guide families through the settling-in period which is intended to bridge the gap for children between home and school or from their prior school to our setting. We are aware that children who have previously attended a pre-school or nursery may not have had the closure to the academic year that would normally have taken place; it has been many months since they may have had routines and school structures in place. This settling in process should help them to become accustomed to their new environment and form an attachment with our staff, who will be with them for the duration of the school day. Preparation is the key to success, so please read our policy carefully and do not hesitate in contacting us if you have any questions.

We are fortunate enough to have a wealth of experience and highly qualified members of staff, expertly led by our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Leader, Mr Brett Pearson.

On behalf of all of the staff at EIC, I would like to wish you a wonderful start to your new school. I look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Kind regards,
Miss Harriet
Head of Primary


Settling in procedure for children joining Early Years September 2020

In the months of May/June, we would have normally invited our new Foundation Stage families to a playdate, where children would have had the opportunity to meet their new teachers and spend some time in the classroom along with a few of their new friends who will be joining them in September.

On Friday 28th August, you are invited to come in and meet your child’s class teacher anytime to suit you between 10am and 12pm. You should enter through the Primary Gate and parents must please wear masks. Children do not need to attend this session in uniform. This is an informal session for children to meet their teacher and see their new classroom.

Following this, we plan for one week of gradual settling in for our Early Years children, however, this is flexible and will be adapted to each child’s needs. We will split the children into 2 groups, where they will attend morning and afternoon sessions, culminating in a whole class session on the Friday morning. The idea is to not have large groups of parents and students together. We will be utilising our outdoor spaces and will ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for the children to move around our Early Years space safely.

We will advise you of your child’s group for our Back to School Week and the timings via email. Please ensure that you read the information below carefully, taking note of the timings of your child’s sessions throughout the week.

Day 1 Monday 31st August

  • Red Group
    We suggest that you bring your child at 08.45am, entering through the Primary gate. You will spend the session with your child in the Early Years class leaving together at 10.15am.
  • Blue Group
    We suggest that you bring your child at 1.30pm, entering through the Primary gate. You will spend the session with your child in the Early Years class leaving together at 3.00pm.

Day 2 Tuesday 1st September

  • Red Group
    We encourage parents to accompany your child for the start of the session at 08.45am and once settled, we advise you to leave for the remaining part to see how well they cope with separation. You will be asked to come back at 10.15am to collect your child.
  • Blue Group
    We encourage parents to accompany your child for the start of the session at 1.30pm and once settled, we advise you to leave for the remaining part to see how well they cope with separation. You will be asked to come back at 3.00pm to collect your child.

Day 3 and Day 4 Wednesday 3rd September and Thursday 4th September

  • Blue Group
    Your child may be ready to stay by him/herself for the full session running from 8.45am - 10.45am. We advise parents to settle your child and then leave. However, we embrace the Unique Child ethos and if a child is struggling to settle after three days, further settling in arrangements will be made with the teacher and coordinator to suit each child’s individual needs.
  • Red Group
    Your child may be ready to stay by him/herself for the full session running from 1.00pm - 3.00pm. We advise parents to settle your child and then leave. However, we embrace the Unique Child ethos and if a child is struggling to settle after three days, further settling in arrangements will be made with the teacher and coordinator to suit each child’s individual needs.

Children should bring a small snack with them. Please be advised of our Healthy Snacks and no nuts policy.


Day 5 Friday 5th September

  • Red and Blue Group
    Your child may be ready to stay by him/herself for the full session. We advise parents to settle your child and then leave. We would like to have as few parents on site in the classroom as possible for health and safety reasons. However, we embrace the Unique Child ethos and if a child is struggling to settle, further settling in arrangements will be made with the teacher and coordinator to suit each child’s individual needs. The session will run from 8.45am - 11.30am.

Children should bring a small snack with them. Please be advised of our Healthy Snacks and no nuts policy.


If your child is happy and settled in school, they will commence a full school day from
Monday 7th September.

If your child is not ready, the class teacher will speak to you and make the relevant arrangements.

Please ensure that our admin staff have an up to date phone number and that you are available to be contacted, should it be necessary while your child is with us.


Important Information for all EYFS children during the first week of school

Children like to know what is expected of them and feel secure when they know what is happening around them. Please talk through these routines with your child before starting school. Children should come to school in full uniform for the first week of school. From Monday 7th September, PE kit will be worn on the days students have PE (you will be advised of this) and swimming kit should be brought in on those days in a separate bag.

Upon arrival at school, parents are encouraged to help children with their ‘Morning/Afternoon Routines’ with an aim for children to eventually carry them out independently. When you come into class, you will need to help them ‘sign in’ by finding their name. Their book bag should be placed in the big box labelled ‘Book Bags’. From Day 3 (Wednesday 3rd September) children also need to bring a small, separate bag with a healthy snack (please respect our no nuts policy due to nut allergies) which should be placed in their named cubby hole outside the back of the classroom. Our water table has some name labels which children can attach to their water bottle and leave on the table to drink when desired throughout the session.

On the first day of term, we kindly ask all children to bring a spare change of clothes, clearly labelled to be left on the named pegs just inside the doors.


Supporting distressed children

The start of school is exciting but can also cause some apprehension for small children and their parents too. Likewise for children who already joined Early Years towards the end of our last academic year, they have had a long break away and will need time to adjust to coming back. In order to avoid distress, we recommend that parents talk to their children about school as much as possible prior to starting. Talk about all the toys and games that they will be able to play with and all the friends that they will make.

This year our Early Years teacher is Miss Kirsty and she will be assisted by Miss Kyron. Please talk about them and tell your children how happy their teachers are that they will soon be coming to their class.

Our staff have a wealth of experience in helping children during their settling-in period and it is important for us that you feel confident in leaving your child in our care. If children become distressed upon separation, they usually calm after parents leave and we have a range of strategies to help each child feel happy and secure in school. Please rest assured that we will closely monitor the transition of all EYFS children and once separated from their parents during the settling-in period, parents will receive an email each morning informing them of how their child is doing at school.

We are available to talk at any stage of the process so please feel free to come and speak with us if you have any concerns or questions.

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