Starting at Nursery and School Transition
What will happen on my child's first day?
Our staff will meet you at the Nursery door where you will be able to enter and find your child’s named peg and shelf. This shelf is used for children to keep safe any creations they have made; as well as any information we need to send home. Please help your child to hang up their coat. The EYFS Leader and Nursery Teacher will then guide you through the morning routine and will greet you.
Some children may feel a little worried or nervous on their first few days. This is very normal, so please be reassured that your child will settle once you have gone and that this will pass in time. You can contact us by phone as often as you need to during the session if you are at all concerned. Sometimes children can react to how you are feeling, so do try your best to stay calm and relaxed on your child’s first few days. We do understand that starting at nursery can be a very significant event for many families and we aim to make the transition as smooth and as positive as possible for all concerned.
Please note, it is very likely that we will not be able to speak with you for a long while on your child’s first day. The adults may be busy interacting with the children. At the end of your child’s first day, you are welcome to come in for a chat to provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions, if you feel you would like to.
At home time you will collect your child from the entrance to the Nursery area. The class teacher will wait until they have seen you, before sending your child to you. Siblings are not permitted to collect children unless they are in Year 6 or older and we have received verbal or written confirmation of this. Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child, either in writing or by telephoning the office. We will not be able to send your child home with any unfamiliar adult unless this permission has been provided by you, as we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all of our children at the Academy.
We do request that parents are patient with us during the first few weeks of the new term. It can take much longer at the beginning and end of the day than normal, especially on the day’s when new children are starting. This is because we are welcoming lots of new families and may have important messages to pass on about how your child is settling in.
As your child grows and develops it will be time for them to start school. During this vital transition process, the teachers from the various local schools come to visit us here and introduce themselves to the children, the children also have time to visit and experience their new schools. For children attending Reception at Abbey View, this transition will take place during the summer term.
All parents and carers must be aware that a place in the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Academy and that they must still go through the Buckinghamshire County Council co-ordinated admissions policy.
The Nursery staff will liaise closely with colleagues in Reception to plan for a smooth transition to their chosen or allocated school. Nursery staff will send on reports and other agreed records to the school admitting the pupil as appropriate.
Children moving into the Academy Reception class will visit in small transition groups during the end of the summer term.
Children attending other schools will have all records passed onto the school and staff at the new school will be offered opportunities to visit children in the Nursery.