New Parents 2021

Please find below, information for parents/guardians who have a child due to start with us in Reception this September. We will be in contact soon to discuss transition arrangements. Please also look at our Early Years Foundation Stage page for more information about the daily routine and our curriculum in Reception.

NEW VIDEOS – EYFS welcome and picture tour

Part 2

UPDATE June, 2021
Due to Government guidance we will sadly not be holding stay and play sessions before the end of summer term. We will still be carrying out home visits before your child’s start date and will call to arrange these. Please keep an eye on this website page for an updated tour video which you can share with your child.

UPDATE May 2021 – We are very excited to say you should be receiving your welcome letter soon. You can hand them to staff during your home visit or drop them to the school office. Please note we will call you to arrange a home visit slot for September. We are very much looking forward to seeing you in September!

We are looking forward to your child starting St Catherine’s soon! I’m sure you are wondering how we intend to support your child’s transition. As you are aware, Class Teachers will be visiting you at home before you start and this will be a lovely opportunity for your child to meet us prior to coming into school. To follow on from this, we have scheduled a Stay and Play session for your child to attend with one parent or guardian. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate siblings. These sessions will take place in the Reception Learning Environment.

On Monday 6th – Thursday 9th September, 2021 all Reception children will attend school for the morning sessions only. You will be allowed to park on the driveway between 9:15 – 9:45 and walk your child to the classroom door. Please use the window of arrival time – we are keen to ensure that not all pupils arrive at the same time. Collection will also be staggered to prevent congestion. Again you are allowed to park on the driveway. Children need to be collected between 12-12.15pm.

On Friday 10th September collection will be different in order to consider the needs of all pupils at school. You will not be allowed to park on the driveway for Friday collection – this is important for the safety of all pupils leaving school. Collection time is as follows: 1-1.30pm

If you have any further questions about your child’s first week at school, please discuss during your home visit or contact the school office. We are so excited about seeing you all soon.

Get involved in our local library ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ 2021. This year’s theme is “Wild World Heroes” celebrating the WWF and encourage and inspire young readers to stand up for our planet! The information is available to download below…

If you have not received a welcome pack for your child by June then please email admin@st-catherine.herts.sch.uk

All important and relevant documents can be downloaded below:

These links may be useful when talking to your child about starting school.

https://www.pacey.org.uk/working-in-childcare/spotlight-on/being-school-ready/#readyforschool

https://www.pacey.org.uk/Pacey/media/Website-files/PACEY%20general/Steps-to-starting-school.pdf

Book list for stories about starting school:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/starting-school/books-about-starting-school/ https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/s/starting-school

Our Walking Bubble is helping to create a voluntary car-free zone around our school, encouraging everyone who can to ‘Get Active’ on their journeys to and from school. If you have to travel by car, you could park at least 5-minutes away from school, creating a safer space for walking, cycling and scooting. By placing these restrictions, we also reduce the number of cars parked on pavements outside and close to the school gates, which as you will know is one of the main concerns that parents and staff have around walking to school. Reducing vehicles and creating more space will also make it much easier for families to socially distance and feel safer around school gates.

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