Dear Parent/Carers,

A BIG welcome to our new Reception families! My name is Mrs Peacock, I am Assistant Head and Early Years Lead here at Mortimer Primary. As well as being part of the teaching team, my role is to oversee the whole of the year group and to support all of our children and families throughout their Reception year as well as Year 1 and Year 2. I look forward to getting to know you all.

A huge part of my role is the transition from Nursery to Reception, and I wanted to assure you that despite these current circumstances, I do understand the importance of this transition for you and your child/children, and that we will do everything we can to support and guide you through the next few months.

Alongside this letter, there are a number of forms included for you to fill in and return to your child’s class teacher during your 1:1 meeting (please see the date and time on the back of your Reception welcome booklet). These forms are regarding things like your home/school agreement, photograph permissions, Tapestry and trips. There is also some information about our school uniform suppliers, Initial Images. At your parent interview you will be receiving your ParentPay activation letter as we run a cashless dinner system here at Mortimer and all school dinners have to be pre booked via this system.

The majority of children joining us in September will have missed quite a lot of their pre-school due to Covid-19 and you may be concerned that they are “falling behind” and that they will struggle when they start school. Let me reassure you that we will take all of this into account when we plan our first term for September. We will very much mirror the nursery environment they have missed, making sure children have lots of time to play, explore and get to know their new friends and setting. The most important thing will be to make sure your child/children are safe, happy and feel secure. Once this has been achieved, we will build upon their knowledge and skills from there.

If you are not yet aware, we do have a ‘Welcome to Reception’ tab on our website which is dedicated to your children and yourselves. There is also a ‘Day in Reception’ video which you can share with your child to help them become more familiar with our school (and hopefully get them feeling excited about coming!). You will also find copies of all letters and guidance we have sent out in the post just in case you need to refer to them in the future.

Over the past few weeks Reception staff have been very busy visiting nurseries and as a result we have started to build up a picture of each and every child. We will also be talking to you all on a 1:1 basis about your child in September. This meeting also provides you with the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have thought of over the summer holidays or discuss any concerns you might have.

In Reception, we have 3 classes of around 27 children. Due to our unique set up, the children spend a lot of time mixing with children in other classes via our practical area and in the garden on a daily basis. In your pack you should have received a personal letter from your child’s teacher; we really hope this helps them to recognise their teachers, ready for September.

I have also included some guidance on things you can be supporting your child with over the coming months to help them prepare for starting school. These are mainly based around everyday independent skills your child can be working on to help them with daily life in school.  However, I would like to reassure you that this is by no means a check list of things they must achieve by September – all children learn and develop at different rates, and if your child needs further support with these in September, we will of course be happy to help them.

If all goes to plan, we look forward to opening school as ‘normal’ in September for the start of the new school year. If this is the case, we look forward to meeting you all at your parent interviews and then seeing the children part time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8th, 9th and 10th September 2021.

Although this letter cannot answer all of your questions about the exact details of your child’s entry to school at present, I hope it lets you know exactly what you can expect from us over the next few months. Please know that you can contact us at any time and we will be happy to discuss any concerns or queries with you. Please keep an eye on the Mortimer website – it has a lot of helpful information which may answer some of your questions.

I very much look forward to meeting you all in September and getting to know you all a little better. Until then, take care and stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Peacock

Assistant Head / EYFS Lead

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Wrap around care

We understand that a lot of our parents are working parents and that drop offs and collections around the school day can be tricky. We have developed excellent links with Bright Kids based at Mortimer Community Centre. They are Ofsted registered and can provide a reliable solution for working families both during and out of term time.

One of the services they provide is a drop off and collection via an on-site gate which connects Mortimer Community College and Mortimer Primary School. Children can be dropped off from 7:30am, They can collect your child after their nursery session and can provide a late collection time of up to 6:00pm each day. Here is a link to their prices and services provided.