Information for Parents
Start and End of the Day
At the beginning of the day, you may bring your child to the school playground through the parent entrance. This is located in the lane beside the school. You can access it by walking from the main car park, through the field and by turning right. You will see many parents walking this way on the first day of school. You can enter the playground from 8.30am up until the start of school at 8.50am.
You may bring your child into the school building for the first couple of days, but for safeguarding reasons we ask that you do not do this beyond the first week. You’ll be amazed by how quickly your child settles in and their teacher or teaching assistant will be there to welcome them with a friendly face.
At the end of the day please wait by on the playground by the infant building. We will release the children one by one. Please help us to dismiss them safely by waiting patiently for your child. If your child will be picked up by somebody other than the usual designated person, please phone the school office to inform them. Children will not be released unless we have received this information.
A school menu will be sent home at the beginning of each term by our catering company. School meals are free for Reception and KS1 children. Children do not have to have school meals every day, they may choose the days when they like the menu options.
Children under five are entitled to free milk every day. We have already signed the children up for milk each day, however, once your child turns 5, you will need to reapply online and pay for the milk (https://www.coolmilk.com/).
First Aid Procedures
If your child is injured during school time, a trained member of staff will administer basic first aid. A slip will be filled out to inform you of what has taken place. If your child bumps their head, it is our school policy to call you and inform you. Children who bump their heads during the school day will not take part in PE that day.
Children in Reception will not be given homework. We will send home weekly information about what we are learning in school along with some suggested activities. These are optional activities that you may wish to complete with your child, in order to support their learning in school. We do, however, ask that parents read with their children every night and support with phonics (even if just for 5 minutes!). Your child will be set a project to complete at home 3 times over the course of the year. They will be given a few weeks to complete this and it will be based on the current topic of learning. More information will be sent out once your child is settled into school life.
Please make sure that you name everything – including shoes and wellies. Please also familiarise your child with their PE kit and practise changing out of their school clothes. We often find children struggle with shoe buckles, tights and buttons (particularly on new uniform!). Please pack spare trousers/skirt, polo shirt, underwear and socks for your child in their book bag. Check out the uniform page for more information.
Supporting the School and Getting Involved
At East Farleigh there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved as a parent. Some of these include:
- Friends of East Farleigh (run by parents) https://www.east-farleigh.kent.sch.uk/about-us/friends-of-east-farleigh
- Christmas Fayre/ Summer Fayre
- School discos
- Coming in and listening to children read (DBS check required)
- Sports Day
- Trip volunteers
The Reception Curriculum
Specific, yearly overview plans can be found on our website. Our EYFS Policy can also be found here.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
Areas of learning
Your child will mostly be taught through games and play, but we also dedicate time to modelling and teaching throughout the day.
The areas of learning in Reception are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
If you would like to know more about the different areas of development in more detail, you can read this document.
Home School Communication
We try to communicate with parents as often as possible and to develop an effective home school partnership.
Here are some of the ways in which we do this:
Home/ School Communication Books
Each child has a little book which is checked daily by school. Notes/ messages can be written in here and teachers can respond. This could be regarding who is picking your child up, something you’re worried about, a request for a meeting or just a ‘let you know’ comment.
Reading record books
Every child has a yellow reading record. All reading at home and school is recorded in this book and forms part of our assessment of your child’s reading and their progress.
All children have an online learning journal through Tapestry. Parents can access this to view their child's learning. Parents can also contribute to this.
The newsletter will provide a general overview of each term and will include any key messages. We also have a weekly Headteacher update from Mr Rivers.
Miss Vickery is usually available straight after school if you have anything to discuss. If we need to speak to you for any reason, we will usually speak to you face to face at the end of the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come into school on the first day with my child?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your child into the building on the first day and help them find their peg. We ask that parents do not come into the classroom, as there is not space and this becomes more stressful for the children.
Where does my child’s coat and book bag go?
The children will have their own peg to place their coat and PE bag on. Your child will have their own tray labelled with their name inside the classroom where they will put their book bag. We also have lunchbox crates for them to put their lunchbox in. Water is available throughout the day, we will encourage the children to drink when they are thirsty and fill up their water bottles when they notice they are empty.
What if my child cries when I leave?
It is important for you to discuss what will happen with your child and try to prepare them for the new routine. We try to make the transition to school as calm and comfortable as possible. If your child is finding it hard to leave you, lead them to the class teacher or teaching assistant, give a cuddle and then go. We will take good care of them and children usually only cry for a couple of minutes after you are gone. They very quickly become involved in their play and they will be smiling in minutes. If your child is particularly upset in the morning we will phone you to let you know once they have settled.
What happens if my child needs the toilet or has an accident?
We have toilets in the classroom which the children can use anytime. If we are doing some structured learning or are all sitting on the carpet, children will be taught to put their hands up and ask. We will remind children about going to the toilet at break times and lunchtimes and so on but they will be allowed to go whenever they need to. If children do not make it in time, we will deal with it in a low-key way. We have spare clothes in school for any instances like this however we do encourage you to pack spare underwear in their bag, just in case.
Can my child bring toys to school?
We don’t advise that children bring toys to school as we cannot be responsible for them. We find that children tend to lose things in the playground and become upset. Therefore, we suggest toys remain at home – we have plenty of things to keep them entertained in school!
When should my child bring their PE kit in?
It is best to send your child with their PE kit on the first day of school. It will then remain in school for the rest of the term. For what to pack see the Uniform list.
When do I wash PE kit?
You are welcome to take PE kit home whenever you choose, but we usually send PE kit home at the end of each half term.
Do you do ‘show and tell?’
Yes, we do give the opportunity for children to share things from home. This is once a week and each week a different house team will get their chance to do ‘show and tell’. Special awards or exciting things will always be shared. Children also get the opportunity to share their tapestry journal with their friends. For example, if you upload what you’ve done over the weekend then we can put these on our screen for your child to talk about. Later in the year we formalise show and tell and each child has the opportunity to teach the class something. More information will follow later in the year.
Can my child bring a snack to school?
Children in EYFS receive free fruit as a snack. In Reception, we operate a self-service snack table which the children can access throughout the day. We will also specifically offer fruit at all break times. Therefore, it is not necessary for your child to bring a snack in.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand this is a big change for both you and your child, and we want to make the transition as smooth as we can.
We look forward to welcoming you to East Farleigh Primary School in September!