Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves CE (VA) Primary School
Pre-School Pupil Induction Policy/Procedure
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where individuals are valued and respected. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
Benjamin Hargreaves pre-school programme consists of several opportunities for the school staff to meet the parents and children who are inducting into Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School Early Years Foundation Stage. The programme includes an induction evening where parents can meet the Chair of Governors, Headteacher, EYFS staff, the ‘Out of school’ After School Club staff and, when necessary, other members of the school staff. Important school procedures are discussed and parents are encouraged to ask questions and to become familiar with the routine that their child will follow on starting School. It provides the parents with a chance to view the facilities and opportunities available for their children. This is often parents’ first introduction to School and the staff. Staff are available to provide informal insight into the activities and curriculum the children will be following on starting School, to answer questions and address any concerns parents may have. We aim to maintain close working relationships with our feeder nurseries. We visit each nursery setting to observe the pupils and to discuss their progress with the nursery staff. This ensures a smooth transition from nursery to School. We offer a home visit to each family so we can meet the children in more informal environment. Within the school setting we offer 3 supported play sessions and an independent afternoon session for children in the term before they start School.
The play sessions are 30 minutes long, running from 3.30 to 4 p.m. on 3 consecutive Thursday evenings. The children are accompanied by a parent, grandparent or carer. Activities take place in the EYFS classroom and outside play area.
A short afternoon visit follows the play sessions when the children are then expected to stay for the afternoon by themselves, when they will have opportunity to play with children who will begin School on the same day.
Entry into School in September is staggered. The children attend initially for an afternoon session starting at 1.15 p.m. and then attend full time on the following morning so all children will be attending full-time by the end of the week.
Our induction programme reflects the School’s positive approach to working with and supporting parents as they prepare for their child to start School. During this initial contact, School hopes not only to exchange and provide relevant information with parents at this time but also to establish trust and a close working relationship that can be built on as the children progress through School.
Review date: February 2019