If you are interested in enrolling your child at our school we would love you to come and visit. Please contact our lovely admin team to arrange an appointment. We are fortunate to have access to large, beautiful grounds – which you can view in our gallery.
Government advice on choosing a school for your child – click here.
Transition Arrangements for New Pupils into Reception
Before new pupils start school at Cherrywood we arrange a number of events to ensure they are excited about starting school here and you feel informed!
New Parent Information Evening. You will receive an invitation once your child has been offered a place at Cherrywood. This event will outline the details and purpose of our transition events. You will be able to meet the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Reception Classteacher, the School Cook, the Inclusion Manager and the admin team.
Pre-School Setting Visits – Cherrywood teachers will visit your child in their pre-school and talk to their key worker
3 weeks of music sessions at Cherrywood – led by our Reception Class teacher (parent, new pupil and siblings invited).
Home Visits – During the first week of September two of the members of our Early Years Team will arrange to come and meet you and your child at home. We usually ask to take a picture, so that on their first day they see the picture and feel a sense of belonging.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language or physical development before they start school, and are worried they might not be where they should be, find out how to self refer them to the NHS therapies service here.
How can you support your child to be ready for school?
- Prepare your child in advance – Whether it’s reading a book about starting school, wearing their new uniform around the house or shopping trips for new equipment – take time to talk about and get your child excited about starting school.
- Familiarise and socialise – Do what you can to familiarise your child with the school as much as possible before they start. Play dates with soon-to-be class mates is also a great way of warming them up for September!
- Label everything – However you choose to label the uniform, make sure you include a label in everything – the ones with the pictures are great for children that can’t read their name! And stock up on some spare unif orm – reception class can be a messy time!
- Be positive and calm – Children pick up on anxiety, so if you seem worried then they’ll know, and may even wonder if they should worry too. The start of school is an emotional time, but so often the children are ready to start the next chapter so go off without a backward glance and without a long farewell.
- They are going to be tired! – The first year at school is such a change for them so prepare yourself for meltdowns – they are completely normal! Help by making sure they get as much good quality food and sleep as possible to keep their energy levels up!
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Families and, in particular, parents – Enabling children to be ‘school ready’
From a family’s point of view this means:
- Recognising that you are your child’s most important role-model
- Having fun with your child: playing, talking and sharing together regularly and frequently.
- Using everyday experiences as learning opportunities and giving your child opportunities to take the lead
- Doing familiar and different things together and showing your interest in discovering new things
- Encouraging your child to try out their ideas and different ways of doing things.
- Being encouraging by giving feedback and showing an interest.
- Celebrating your child’s achievement in language development – singing songs, nursery and finger rhymes and making time for talk
- Supporting your child’s self-help skills so that they learn to do things for themselves
- Recognising and talking through your child’s feelings and different emotions
- Providing other opportunities for your child to develop independence skills.
- Allowing enough time for relaxation, rest and play
- Providing opportunities for your child to meet and relate to others including adults beyond close family and friends so that they positively experience socialising, sharing toys and turn taking
- Establishing a good sleep routine
- Reading with and to your child, everyday if you can.
- Involving your child in getting to know their school before starting
- Seeking professional advice and guidance, particularly in terms of health related matters
- Ensuring your child is as active and healthy as they can be
- Providing meaningful opportunities for your child to experience that not everything happens at once and on their demand
- Promoting children’s independence skills by giving them choices