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Somercotes Infant & Nursery School

Starting School

Starting School

At Somercotes Infant & Nursery School we appreciate that starting school is an important step for you and your child. Please be assured that we take every available opportunity to start building a partnership between you and us.

This is a very special time for children and parents. The introduction to school life for our children is a gradual process, with great emphasis placed on a happy and secure experience for each child. Some children require more time than others to settle in and both school and home must work together in supporting their differing needs.

We hold an introductory meeting for new Reception parents and a series of preliminary visits enable parents and children to become familiar with the school, staff and classroom.

In our Nursery we offer a Home Visit which is a valuable opportunity to meet your child’s teacher in the relaxed setting of your own home and to discuss your child in some detail. It also enables your child to meet their teacher in a familiar place and really supports their transition to school. We strongly urge all parents to take up this offer!

When children start they are all given an individual induction timetable, a copy of the School Prospectus as well as various forms to be completed. The prospectus should be kept for information throughout their time in our school, however all the information held is also on this website.

Children start school with varied experiences and skills. We need to establish a basis on which to develop their emotional, social, physical and intellectual abilities, this is often referred to as the baseline. During the first few weeks of school children will be involved in activities which will help determine the appropriate educational provision for each child at this stage of their development.

Supporting your child in becoming independent is a key factor in helping them to feel safe, happy and ready to learn when they start school. Click on the link below for some hints to support you.