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Reception Settling in Policy

Welcome back to EIC and the start of another exciting academic year. I am delighted to be able to welcome our Reception families back to 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 Primary 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. Returning to school can be an anxious time, especially given the rather unique and strange climate we currently find ourselves in. Our Back to School policy for Reception students sets out the procedures for re-introducing children to the school environment 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 online learning, a long summer holiday and the return to school. We are aware that children have not 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 re-introduction 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 the new school year. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Kind regards,
Miss Harriet
Head of Primary

Settling in procedure for children joining Reception September 2020

We would like to begin to bring the children back gradually for a few hours at a time during our Back to School Week. Please read the details below about the days and times for our Reception students to return to school.

We plan for 4 days of gradual settling in for our Reception children, however, this is flexible and will be adapted to each child’s needs. 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 Reception space safely.

Students should attend these sessions in uniform.

Day 1 and Day 2: Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday 2nd September

We encourage parents to accompany their 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 11am to collect your child. You should provide your child with a suitable healthy morning snack.

Day 3 and Day 4: Thursday 4th September and Friday 5th September

We encourage parents to accompany their child for the start of the session at 1.15pm and then leave. You will be asked to come back at 3.30pm to collect your child. You should provide your child with a suitable healthy afternoon snack.

Children will not eat lunch in school this week.

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 Reception children during the return to 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 all of the playdate sessions. 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 1, Tuesday 1st 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 a new school year is exciting but can also cause some apprehension for small children and their parents too. Children 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 Reception teacher is Miss Sarah and she will be assisted by Miss Kim.
Please talk about them and tell your children how happy their teachers are that they will soon be coming to their class.


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