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

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.

The Stay and Play sessions will take place at the following times:

Session 1 – John Henry Newman – Monday 7th September 9:30am – 11:00am

Session 2 – John Henry Newman – Monday 7th September 1:30pm – 3:00pm

During your home visit, you will learn which session you will be attending with your child. The session will enable you to spend time with your child at school, helping them to familiarise themselves with the environment and the staff. Whilst attending, it is important that all adults maintain a safe social distance. Hand sanitisers will be available upon arrival and departure. It will not be necessary to wear a mask – if you have any further questions about these measures please contact the office.

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: 1.30-1.45pm

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.

UPDATE May 2021 – We are very excited to say you should be receiving your welcome letter soon. Key documents that need to be completed are in yellow. You can hand them to staff during your welcome session, home visit or drop them to the school office. Please make a note of your home visit slot. We are very much looking forward to seeing you in September!

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

Twitter pages: