By the end of their foundation years, children should be ready for school: healthy, sociable, curious, happy, active and able to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
Reception class is the first year at primary school, but unlike every other school year, it is not compulsory for your child to attend, but it is a good way to introduce your child to life at school.
If your child is four years old before September, you can apply for a place in a reception class in the same way as you would for any school place. You child must attend school from the beginning of the school year following their 5th birthday.
At the end of your child’s reception year in school, you will get an Early Years Foundation Stage report about your child’s development and learning progress. This will highlight the things your child is good at, any areas that might need more support when they move into Year 1 at primary school and how you can help.
From September 2015, we will use new ‘baseline’ assessments as soon as your four-year-old starts reception class called Early Excellence Baseline. These assessments are to help our EYFS Team to understand better your child’s abilities from when they start reception class.
Children can achieve well at school when their family and friends take an interest in their school and schoolwork. Getting involved in your child’s education, even in the simplest way, shows that you care about their school life. Often, the more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively she or he will learn at school. Whatever your lifestyle, or family situation, it is never too soon (or too late) to start helping a child develop a positive attitude towards learning.
The school appreciates that time can be a factor in busy families but there are ways of being involved in your child's education without feeling overwhelmed. If you are a non-resident parent, it is equally as important to be involved in your child's learning too. This can give your child far greater goals and inspire them to try their best where they can. Try to give encouragement and show appreciation of your child’s achievements, whether great or small, as this can help boost their confidence. Teach them basic organisation and time management skills so they are not overwhelmed with projects or homework. Be realistic and avoid putting your child under pressure by having over-high expectations. Let your child develop at their own pace, but if you do have concerns, please speak to any member of the EYFS Team and we will help!
You might find contacting the us (the school) or talking to one of the EYFS Team difficult, or think we will not have time for you. But finding out more about us and your child's experiences in school shows your child how much you care about their education. And getting to know the school and all of us in the EYFS Team is the best way of finding out more.