We are really excited to be welcoming you to our Godfrey Ermen family.
Our aim for your child is for them to ultimately be happy and settled. For some children, this will be the first time that they have left you. During your child’s first year in EYFS we will help to settle and prepare your child for their educational journey. Together, we will begin to lay the foundations that will help your child learn about routines and develop social skills; develop early literacy and maths skills and learn about the world around them.
We know starting school can be an anxious time for you, so we have collated useful information on this page to help as you prepare your children to start school. On this page you can also download a copy of our ‘Welcome to Nursery’ and ‘Welcome to Reception’ packs for more information including an overview of the curriculum.
It is of great benefit both to your child and us if we can find out as much as possible about them before they come to our EYFS. This helps in making your child feel secure and to ease the transition from home to school. On the s page you can download our ‘All About Me’ booklet. This is for you and your child to fill in together and to return when your child starts school.
We will continue to add more information to this page so please keep returning here for more information.
Miss Kinch and the Early Years Team
To download copies of all our Consent Forms, please visit our Letters & Policies page.
We are always busy at school learning new things and having fun, but learning at home is just as important to support your child’s development.
If your child is having a packed lunch, these need to be in a suitable container with your child’s name on it.
School dinners are available for a cost of £10.50 per week for Nursery, in Reception school dinners are free. Full Information abotu School Dinners can be foudn on our School Day page.
We have a snack every day, so children will not need to bring a snack from home. We ask for a £1 per week contribution to snacks for Nursery. The usual snack items are apples, satsumas, bananas, carrots, tomatoes and bread sticks or crackers with soft cheese. On Fridays we like to have a special treat for all of the children’s hard work. This may include a biscuit, cakes or even hot chocolate.
We like to go outside, even though it is sometimes wet & muddy. It would be really useful to have wellies & a waterproof jacket in school every day. Please make sure these items are named!
On hot days, sun cream (which should be applied at home in the mornings) and a sun hat are essential. It is also imperative that these items are labelled with your child’s name.
A bag of spare clothes – your child may need to get changed throughout the day due to accidents, weather conditions or messy play (paint, flour etc). Please make sure this bag is replenished regularly and items are labelled.
In PE we practise lots of different skills through our Jasmine PE scheme. Jasmine PE develops the key abilities your child needs to be successful within PE and sport. Our PE sessions become more regular after the Christmas period, once your child has settled into their new setting. Where possible, practise taking off and on tights/socks/shoes so that they can become independent when changing for PE. Named PE kits need to come to school at the beginning of each half term and can be taken home to be washed at the end of each half term. We ask that children do not wear earrings on the day of their PE session.
Your child will soon receive a book to read and a reading diary. This is a useful way of having a dialogue between home and school on the progress of your child’s reading journey, so please ensure you write any comments in the reading diary when you have read with your child. You will need a reading folder/bag to keep these in. It is essential that you bring this to school every day.
We have an ‘open door’ policy within our EYFS. We welcome you to talk to us regarding any matters. This is achieved through:
Seesaw is an app that we use throughout school which has proven to be successful in many ways. This is our main form of contact. We use this app to;
There is also a function available for you to send a private message to the class teacher. Staff are not able to reply to messages on SeeSaw during teaching hours. Staff do have an allocated amount of time at the end of the school day up until 4pm. Staff will read any messages that you may have sent and they will respond accordingly. If the message is urgent, ie regarding pick-ups, inhalers and medicines etc, please contact the school office and a message will be passed on to the appropriate class teacher.
Every Friday we like to celebrate the children’s achievements in our Phase 1 assembly. One or two children from each class will be selected to receive a PRIDE award. We like to share these special times with you, therefore if your child is receiving an award, you will be invited to the assembly via SeeSaw.
Once a half term we invite you in to spend some time with your child in their learning environment. This is a chance for you to explore some of their favourite things to do in school, look through their learning journeys and speak to the class teacher.