Starting at the Preschool.
Before starting at the preschool, parents are invited to bring their child for a ‘stay and play’ session. The purpose of this is to familiarise parents and children with the setting and to meet staff and other children whilst offering a “taster” of a typical day. We take this opportunity for parents to also meet their child’s new key person.
In addition to the stay and play session we also request that two members of staff come to visit you and your child in your home. This enables parents and children to meet us in their own environment, to ask any questions you might have and it is another opportunity to meet your child’s key worker.
All children’s Online education journals (Tapestry) are completed by the end of June and sent through to the school prior to the child starting. This includes any paperwork which supported the child whilst they attended the setting. This provides the school with all the relevant information before the child starts.
We attend the ‘Transition meetings’ that are arranged by the Early Years Advisory Teachers which all the local schools and Early Years’ settings in the area are invited to. We will discuss each child with their new school prior to them moving on. Some schools will arrange visits with us to come and see the children within their preschool environment.
If your child has additional needs, we will try to arrange a meeting with the receiving school to support a smooth transition and to give a clear picture of need and provision that is required to be in place in the new setting.
If we identify, alongside specialist services, that a child is likely to require support above what is typically available in a mainstream school, for a prolonged period of time, we will ask your permission to apply for a statutory Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We will do this in a timely manner to ensure that your child has the support they need upon entry to school.