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Dear Parents/Carers


Summer Term 2017


Welcome back to Summer Term 2017 in Acorns Foundation Stage. We hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather. We welcome all our new families, who have joined in Little Acorns this term. We also welcome Miss. Mia Horrell who will teach the Big Acorns class for this term. Mrs Webber will continue to be the Foundation Stage Leader and will work alongside the EYFS staff team.


Attached is the planning that your child(ren) will be following this term. We will begin by exploring different lifecycles and mini-beasts. We will then move onto exploring our ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic, looking at fairytales and traditional tales.

Please ask if you have any questions or if you feel you have any resources that could support us for this topic.


Summer Weather – Please ensure that your child has a sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle in school daily. With this letter, you should receive a copy of our Foundation Stage Sun Safety Policy and we ask all parents to return the permission slip, allowing staff to administer sun cream. Children need to come into school, already wearing sun cream and we will reapply sun cream before the hottest parts of the day.


Transition into School– There will be a series of events in the 2nd half of this summer term, to prepare your child for starting school. Dates about these events will be sent home in June and you will be able to meet your child’s new class teacher at the Open Evening (date to be confirmed). Information about transition into school will follow once school places have been allocated. We will keep you informed as soon as we have confirmation of place allocation.


Illness – Please ensure that you keep your child at home if they are unwell. We have had occasions where children have been brought into school and have been unwell. If you are unsure of the school’s policy on certain illnesses, please call and speak to us or refer to our school website. We follow guidance from Devon LEA on times children need to be away from school. If your child has had sickness, they must be off for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. Please ensure you contact the school to inform us of your child’s illness before 9.00am. If you do not contact the school your child will be marked in as an unauthorized absence.


This is busy, exciting term and we look forward to welcoming you at the events above. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to any of us if you have any questions, queries or concerns.


Many thanks, for your continued support.


Donna Hussell and Becky White



Settling in


Starting Preschool (Foundation Stage 1) is a big step in your child’s life, even if he/she has been to another setting before coming to us.   We encourage parents to bring their child into Foundation Stage for a taster session, and this will be organised during the term before your child is due to start with us.   You will be welcome to stay for the morning/afternoon, allowing you to see the routine, get to know the staff and understand some of the things that your child/children will be doing during their time in the Foundation Stage.  We operate a key worker system, where each child in our Foundation Stage is assigned a named key person.  This key person will be responsible for your child’s welfare during their time in the Foundation Stage and will maintain records of your child’s progress in achieving the Early Years Continuum of the Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum.  Initially you will be told the name of your child’s key worker and this person is your first point of contact for any queries or concerns that you may have.  The registration form is completed with your child’s key worker, during your child’s taster session.  It is a confidential document and gives us information about your child and family.  It is important to let us know if any things change from when you fill in the registration form (e.g. change of address/phone number, medical information etc.), so we can ensure we hold the most up to date information about your child. 


The most important thing for us is that all the children settle in happily as soon as possible.


The First Session


For most children this will be the first time they have been separated from their family. Some children cry, occasionally mums or dads will cry, but we don’t mind!


We welcome you to bring your child in to St John’s Foundation Stage Unit, to meet the staff (particularly your child’s keyworker who will be introduced to you – they will be your child’s main carer in Foundation stage 1 (F1), show him or her where to hang coats, where the toilets and washbasins are, then encourage your child to find something to play with.


If there are a lot of adults around or another child is crying, it would be best not to leave immediately but to wait for things to quieten down. When your child is settled, preferably near a member of staff, say goodbye and leave promptly. Please do not worry if your child cries or tries to run after you, keep smiling and leave. Most children settle quickly when left, but we would contact you if they didn’t settle. Please also feel welcome to contact us to check on how settled your child is. If your child has a comfort blanket or toy, let them bring it to pre-school if they wish.