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Information About Starting Nursery or Reception- September 2021

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Our Reception Class

Starting Nursery & Reception

Starting school can be an exciting but daunting time: at Cloverlea we are all here to help to make the experience as happy as possible. Before your child formally joins us, you and your child will be invited into Cloverlea to visit the classroom and meet the Nursery or Reception teacher - this will give you the chance to ask lots of questions. You will receive an Early Years Prospectus and a Welcome pack from either Mrs Wilde (Nursery Teacher) or Miss Sidyot (Reception teacher) introducing ourselves and welcoming you into the Cloverlea family. There will be a lot of information in these , as well as some forms for you to fill in and keep safe until we meet you again in September. You will find more information at the bottom of this page for you to read over the next few weeks, in preparation for your child starting in September. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email and we will endeavour to answer your queries.



Getting ready to start school doesn’t take place the night before the first day.  Below is a list of ideas that may help your child feel more confident about starting Nursery or Reception.


  1. To know the teacher’s name.

  2. To put on and fasten up own coat, take off correctly and hang up with hook.  Be able to do up shoes.

  3. To be able to get dressed and undressed for PE with the minimum help.

  4. To use a knife and fork or be able to open own lunch box and drink.

  5. To use the toilet correctly including flushing and washing hands.

  6. Be prepared to listen and follow instructions and to say “please” and “thank you”.

  7. To ask for help when necessary.

  8. To play considerately with other children and to take turns.

  9. To take care of books and games and be able to tidy up after activities.

  10. To be able to recognise own name.


It would also help if you could encourage early Language and Mathematical experiences by sharing books, talking together, using correct vocabulary and doing simple counting rhymes and activities.


Your child may well experience some “highs and lows” in the first few weeks – these are to be expected.  It is a period of change and children may well be tired after a full day at school.


It really does help if you can deliver and collect your child punctually each day.  Young children can get very distressed if they arrive later than others or if they think you have forgotten them.  They also get very upset if they cannot find their clothes or lunchboxes – please label everything clearly and ensure that your child can recognise their name.




We are all doing our very best for your child and rely on your support.  If you are worried please come to see us and please try to avoid airing your concerns or criticising school in your child’s presence – this only leads to confusion and s/he will pick up your anxiety.


We think that school days should be the best days of your life.  They should be enjoyable and fun as well as being full of stimulating learning experiences.  School is a positive experience and we would like to emphasise that it is a partnership – remember our initials CPS also stand for Child, Parents and Staff working together.