New Starters Information
Welcome to Queniborough Church of England School Foundation Stage class. We hope to collate all the important and useful information that you will need in the coming months, as your child makes the transition from Nursery and Pre-School to 'Big School'.
There is also lots of useful information on the Foundation Stage Class page.
As you can see from the other pages on our website we are a school that likes to celebrate its activities and achievements. If you are not happy for any photos of your child to be used on the school website or in any publications, such as the school newsletter or Queniborough Gazette, please let staff know.
Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits are entitled to free school meals. Currently all Infants are entitled to Free School Meals, but applying now may also mean your child can benefit from the Pupil Premium. This is extra funding to help support your child with any additional needs they may have. Children who are, or have been in Local Authority Care, or 'Looked After' are eligible, as are children of Forces families. Please talk to school staff, or see our Business Manager Mrs Yardley for further details.
The first few weeks
As you will have read in your transition pack, Foundation Stage has a part-time start. You will be informed which 'rotation' your child be on before the end of the induction sessions.
In September the children will start school on a part time basis for the first two weeks. They will attend either for the morning or afternoon session for the first week and then change sessions for the second week.
Morning sessions will run from 9.00am to 12.00 and afternoon sessions from 1.00pm to 3.15pm. This enables the staff to get to know children in smaller groups whilst allowing the children to be in staffing ratios they are more used to. After this time children will begin school on a full time basis. School will begin at 8.50 am and finish at 3.15pm. Dropping off and collecting will be at the classroom door, on the front or 'little' playground.
If for reasons of childcare you need to have a particular rotation, please let us know.
Comfort and ease of dressing is key in Foundation Stage, so we suggest roomy red or white polo shirts, and red sweatshirts or cardigans-with or without school logos- and navy jogging bottoms. Elasticated bottoms also help prevent soggy joggers! School dresses are also popular, we suggest buying at least a size up, to aid with independent dressing.
PE kit is a white tee shirt and navy shorts. Plimsolls aren't needed until the Summer term.
Velcro straps on shoes are probably most suitable unless your child can confidently tie their laces.
Children will need a pair of wellington boots and a waterproof coat as we like to get outside in all weathers!
Foundation Stage children eat their lunch in the classroom, and for the first two weeks we recommend that children bring a packed lunch from home, in order to feel comfortable with familiar foods. If you are confident that your child is a good eater and happy to eat a wide range of meals then please feel free to order school dinners from this point. Your child will benefit from the Free Infant School Meal scheme. These are served in the classroom by dedicated lunchtime supervisors and Foundation Stage staff.