Primary School Jargon Buster
This link explains some areas of EYFS.
Q: Does St Joseph's Catholic Primary School provide a breakfast club service?
A: Yes. This is from 8am and currently costs £2 per child per day.
Q: What skills does my child need before starting school?
A: Practical skills, such as being able to get changed for PE independently, recognising their name on their coat peg and going to the toilet independently.
Q: Do I need to label my child's clothes and belongings?
A: Most definitely YES!! (Please).
Q: What if my child has trouble settling in?
A: Some children struggle to settle in at school at first, but Class 1 staff have a wealth of experience in helping them adapt.
Q: How do I tell you who will be collecting my child from school?
A; In the interests of safety, we ask you to complete a "Safe Collectors" sheet when your child starts school. This form will list who will be collecting your child. We ask you to provide a password and share this with your safe collectors as an additional check. We understand that sometimes children may go on play dates and we ask you to notify the office in the morning if this is the case.
Q: Do I need to provide a snack?
A: No, healthy snacks are provided but your child will need a named water bottle.
Q: What if my child still has accidents?
A: Many Reception children have the occasional accident, and even children who have been toilet trained for years can slip up. Staff will be used to dealing with accidents and we keep spare clothes for such times.
Q: How can I support my child's learning at home?
A: Listen to your child read daily, read to them and play word or number games. We encourage all parents to download an app called "Seesaw" which we will tell you all about when your child starts school. This is our digital learning platform.
Q: How do I contact you if I have a question or worry?
A: Small queries may be dealt with by having a quick word with me as I greet your child in the morning, or writing a note on Seesaw. For bigger concerns, you can arrange a meeting or phone call by the office.
Q: Where do I purchase bookbags and ties?
A: Your child's first bookbag will be free and given to them on one of their transition days. Ties are available from school at a cost of £2.50.