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New Starters 2024

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 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 prior to the children starting. 


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, Mrs Ferris, 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 19th June 2024 at 5pm

Our new Nursery parents are invited to attend an information open evening. This will give you an opportunity to meet the staff, explore the Nursery setting, find out key information in preparation for September, and have a coffee and chat with other new parents to Burnopfield Nursery. This is an informal session where you will be able to talk to relevant staff or discuss your child with our Nursery teacher or SENDCo, Mrs Marley. 


Wednesday 4th-Friday 6th September 2024

During these first few days our Nursery teacher will carry out the pre arranged Nursery visits, information about this will be outlined in your welcome letter which you will receive in May/June.


Week beginning 9th September

Staggered Nursery sessions will begin 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 a number of children who join us from other Nurseries. Our Reception staff work closely with each Nursery to obtain information about each child, we sometimes go and visit the children in the Nursery settings during the Summer term before starting in Reception when requested by the Nursery or the parents.


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 12th June 2024

All of our new Reception parents are invited to attend an Information open evening at 5pm in our Infant Hall. This session will give you information about Team Burnopfield and our school, and what September will look like for you and your child. It will also allow you to see our Reception provision and ask any questions that you may have, whilst having a coffee and chatting with new Reception parents too.  This is an informal session where you will be able to talk to relevant staff or discuss your child with our Early Years Lead, Mrs Huntley, or SENDCo, Mrs Marley. 


Wednesday 19th June and Thursday 20th June 2024

From 3:30pm- 4:15pm children who are new to Burnopfield Primary School will be invited to attend ‘Stay and Play sessions’. More information will be sent to parents in May. 


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 4th - Friday 6th September 2024

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 8:55am, when the doors will be promptly closed. They will then remain at school for the full day before being collected between 3:15pm and 3:25pm to allow children to leave the premises before the rest of school at 3:25pm.


Week Beginning Monday 9th September 2024

The children will attend full time (8:45am-3:25pm)


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).

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