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How do your Reception children begin the term?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by rhartisscox, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. rhartisscox

    rhartisscox New commenter

    Was wondering what arrangements other schools make for their Reception children to begin the term. Arrangements in our school seem a little too much too soon. We have 15 children one morning, 15 children the next morning then all 30 the following morning. They all then do one week of mornings before coming full time the following week. We meet with parents in the afternoons that the children are not in during that first week. What does your school do? Would like to be able to offer evidence of what other schools do to my Head. Thanks.
     
  2. It might be a bit late to change your timetable for next week! All our reception kids start on Tuesday, full time. But most of them have been in nursery part time in the next room for the last year. The rest have been to another full time nursery. We're allowing parents to stay for half an hour on the first day and up to 15 mins for the first half term. Chn will start the daily 3x 20 min carpet sessions straight away, though they'll be very easy going. Sorry that probably doesn't help your case!
     
  3. Hi mini spazzolino, will you follow up your carpet sessions with activities linked to them?
     
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think a great deal has to depend on your catchment: whether most parents are working or not, whether they're coming from full-time or part-time nursery. My daughter's school starts a few each day the first week, then mornings only, then morning+lunchtime, only going full-time in the fifth week. But that can be a nightmare for families where both parents are working (especially if they're both teachers, so booking time off isn't an option). It's not too bad here because many of the parents have reasonably flexible jobs - a lot of the working mums are part-time or freelance, and can juggle hours. We're also helped by the pre-school, which is next door, and offers pick-up and afternoon sessions to the reception children for that month. But if the majority are coming from full-time nursery places, they might well settle better if they go full-time quickly, rather than being shuttled between school and childcare.
     
  5. We do home visits the first week then al. (25) children start full time on the following Monday. It's hard at first but gets it all over with quicker.
     
  6. GemsEYFS

    GemsEYFS New commenter

    half of my children start the first day full time, the rest on the second day full time. 3 days settling in and then literacy, numeracy phonics etc start the following week. I have timetables staff to work in eah of the areas in CP the first 3 days to model using the new equipment and get some initial observatiobs. we'll do class rules and put ourr pictures on our pegs etc etc
     
  7. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    All children fulltime from day one.
     
  8. dbu

    dbu New commenter

    all of our children have already done 2 morning sessions last term. we split the intake (60) into 2 groups based on preschool settings. The first session is with parents/ carers who stay all session the second one the parents are taken on a tour of the school and coffee / questions whilst the children stay with the staff and we also invite key workers from nursery's in on the second session so there is a familiar face. at the end of the second visit there is the option to stay for a school lunch which 100% of our paretns took us up on this year.
    the 2 sessions are 2 weeks apart and in between we visit all of them in their current setting.
    In september we have group one for mornings 9-11, and group 2 for afternoons 1-3, for the first week then all in fulltime from beginning of second week.
    it works for us and our parents are very supportive of how we do it.
    good luck
     
  9. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Our reception class have a few in for a morning, then a different few for a morning, then a few for a morning and a lunchtime, then a few more for morning and lunch and so on adding a bit longer each day. After about a month they eventually all turn up every day and stay all day.

    To be honest it all seems like madness to me, especially as most of them have been in the nursery (next door room, shared outside area, shared TAs) for the last year, so reception is hardly a traumatic new place to be.
     
  10. Our Reception intake join us for just the mornings for the first week of term. Then they are in full time from week 2. We find that this works well, most have been to nursery or pre school although we do not have one attached to our setting. We did our visits and meeting with parents at the end of the summer term.
     
  11. Children from different Nurseries, that is not our nursery, come for two mornings. Then we add the younger ones from our nursery for two mornings, then it's all the children for an 11.30 start, dinner and afternoon.
    One week of pussyfooting and then it's all day every day for the rest of their lives!
     
  12. All 35 reception children (a mixture or our nursery, other nurseries and Lac children) start full time 9-3:30 on Wednesday. Not sure who will be crying for their mum first and the loudest! Not my choice!
     
  13. Honey Loop

    Honey Loop New commenter

    We have inset on Monday, then on each of the following three days we have small groups of eight children. Each group will only do their allocated day so we can complete a sort of immediate baseline (most of the class will have attended our FSU anyway), set the rules, routines and expectations and have lunch in the dining hall. All children in each group will start at 8.50 and go home at 3.30.
    Then, on the Friday, they will all be in together.
    The same happens the following week for Nursery, with all children in together on the Thursday and Friday
     

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