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Cloverlea Primary School

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Starting School

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 s/he will have usually visited the classroom and met the Nursery or Reception teacher and had the chance to ask lots of questions. However, at this unprecedented time we are unable to meet in person. Over the next few weeks, you will receive a welcome email 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 emails, as well as some forms for you to fill in and keep safe until we meet 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.




When your child begins in the Nursery or Reception class they will already have a wide range of different experiences and therefore need a well planned curriculum to take their learning forward and be given different opportunities to build on what they already know and can do.  Young children learn in many different ways and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is broad and flexible enough to ensure that the learning taking place is a rewarding and enjoyable experience.


The Nursery and Reception class extends the 7 key areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  The 7 areas of learning lay secure foundations for all future learning and they are:


  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  2. Communication and Language

  3. Physical Development

  4. Literacy

  5. Mathematics

  6. Understanding the World

  7. Expressive Arts and Design


At Cloverlea we believe that play both indoors and outdoors is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.  Play is carefully structured and well planned with effective adult support. 



If starting Reception, your child will start school on Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 8.55am until 3.15pm. A bell will ring at 08:45, from this time the classroom door will be open for your child to come into school. Both the Nursery and the Reception classrooms are located in a building, separate to the main school building, on the right.


When bringing your child to school on Thursday 3rd September please bring them to the Reception class door where the Reception staff will meet your child. Please help your child to find their peg in the cloakroom before settling them at an activity in the classroom. When your child is settled, please feel free to leave them. When collecting your child at 3.15pm please wait outside the Reception classroom door. Your child will continue to come to school in this way for the first half of the autumn term.


If starting in Nursery, your children will start at 8.55am. A bell will ring at 08:45, from this time the classroom door will be open for your child to come into school. Nursery children will be collected from this classroom door. If your child is staying for a full day they will need to be collected at 3:15pm. If your child is morning only then they will need to be collected at 11:45am.




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.