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Nursery Transition

Starting Nursery can be daunting for all involved. At Burnopfield Primary School, we work closely with our parents to ensure this is a smooth process through a gradual approach. 

For those children starting in our Nursery it is a huge step, and an important part of their learning journey. Before children start with us, our Nursery staff offer one to one visits in our Nursery setting. This is the perfect opportunity for positive relationships to be established in the comfort of a quiet environment.  


Step 1: A 30 minute introductory visit with a parent, arranged with the Nursery teacher. 


Step 2: 2 hour visit without parents. 


Step 3: Full 3 hour session without parents. 


Further information will be outlined in your welcome letter from our Nursery teacher which you will receive in May/June. This will include information about our 30 hour provision and eligibility. 

Here are some key dates for your diary: 

Wednesday 21st June 2023 at 5pm

Our new Nursery parents are invited to attend an information evening. This will give you an opportunity to meet the staff, explore the Nursery setting and find out key information in preparation for September. We look forward to meeting you all then! 


Wednesday 6th-Friday 8th September

During these first few days our Nursery teacher will carry out the pre arranged Nursery visits. 


Week beginning 11th September

Nursery children will start their sessions this week. ​Our Nursery teacher will communicate timings and dates with our new parents during the Summer Term. 


Reception Transition


Children attend our Reception setting from a wide catchment area. Most children have previously attended our Nursery provision, but there are some who join us from other Nurseries. Our Reception staff work closely with each Nursery to obtain information about each child, we sometimes even go and visit the children in the Nursery settings during the Summer term before starting in Reception.


​During the Summer Term we invite the children starting Reception to attend taster sessions. Children are given the chance to explore all areas of the provision, including our Classroom, Outdoor Learning Area and Adventure Garden.


​​Throughout June and July our Reception Team will send out information posters to parents via email to support the transition process over the Summer Holidays. This is a perfect way to get to know our staff, and the environment they will soon be settled into.

Here are some key dates for your diary: 


Wednesday 14th June 2023

All of our new Reception parents are invited to attend an Information meeting at 5pm in our Infant Hall. This meeting will give you information about Team Burnopfield and our school, and what September will look like. It will also allow you to see our Reception provision, meet Mrs Huntley and Mrs Adams (Reception Class Teachers), and ask any questions that you may have. 


Wednesday 21st June and Thursday 22nd June 2023

Stay and Play sessions for children new to Burnopfield Primary School. 


Tuesday 4th July:

Transition morning in the Reception Classrooms. 9:30am-11:30am. 

Please note: this morning will only be for the children, and adults are not invited to stay. 


Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th September 2023

Reception children will start school at the same time as the rest of school. Children will enter school using our Free Flow System. Children can arrive at school anytime between 8:45am and 9:00am. They will then remain at school for the full day before being collected at 3:00pm. 


Week Beginning Monday 11th September 2023

The children will attend full time (8:45am-3:15pm)


​All of these transition experiences create an invaluable starting point where essential information can be exchanged between staff, parents and carers. If you have any further questions, or would like more information, please contact Mrs Emma Huntley (Early Years Leader) via our school office (01207 270397).

New Starters 2023

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