We pride ourselves on our links with our main feeder setting; Stickney Pre-School and the surrounding pre schools, nurseries and childminders. As soon as we know which children are coming to us in the following September the transition process begins. Mrs Willerton visits the local pre-school to read stories and the children are invited each week to play in the Reception class right up until the end of the summer term. Mrs Willerton also visits other nurseries/childminders to see children who will be starting school in our Reception class. These settings are encouraged to share their knowledge of the children with us, identifying their strengths, areas for improvements and interests.
In the second half of the summer term the children visit Reception class for two full afternoons before they start full-time in the September. New parents are invited to a coffee morning with their children in our indoor and outdoor classroom in July.
Parents are also invited to an information evening in June to find out what happens when their child starts school and ways in which they can help them. 100% of parents last year thought that the information was useful,
"Lots of useful information, explanation of a 'road map' and what to expect."
Parents are encouraged to fill in a questionnaire about their child's interests, likes and dislikes and in return parents are given a story book with photographs of school in to share with their child over the summer holidays before their child starts school.
Establishing these early positive relationships with new children and parents is at the heart of what we do. A child of a pupil in 2016 commented, "I felt so much at ease when dropping him off and collecting him. I was expecting tears but there were none!"