EYFS New Starters

Welcome to EYFS/ Reception at The Pochin School

This is a dedicated page for prospective parents whose children are eligible to start school in September 2024. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your children into school very soon.

When must I apply by?

All parents must apply for a primary school place a year before your child can start school.

Applications open in September and close on 15 January. Your child will be 3 or have just turned 4 when you apply.

When will I know if I have a place?

The local authority will inform parents if they have received a place for their child in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) year on 16th April 2024.

If I have a place what will happen next?

The school will send a letter to all the families who have received a place.

The letter will confirm your child’s place within the school and gives you vital information about the transition process into the EYFS class.

What will transition look like at The Pochin School?

Transitions may look slightly different from year to year at The Pochin School. This is due to the needs of each individual cohort. Some children’s transition pathways may also look different based on their needs.

A typical transition year:

  • Parents receive a letter with information about the school.
  • Parents are invited to a parents’ evening to meet the EYFS team and Senior Leadership team of the school.
  • The EYFS team will contact your child’s current education provider to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Parents may arrange additional meetings with the EYFS team and SENDCO in preparation for the transition into our school.
  • At least two transition days are offered to all children before the end of term. Transition days can be ‘stay and play’ days with parents, nursery leaders etc.
  • Children will have between 1-4 weeks transition timetable at the start of the new term. This often depend on the needs of the cohort or individual children.
  • Meet the teacher meetings take place in September as another opportunity for parents to meet our EYFS team.
  • Parent workshops relating to phonics, early reading and early maths take place in Autumn term to support parents supporting their children in school.

As a school we have an open-door policy and welcome daily contact with parents to talk about your child’s progress. Please take the opportunity to talk to staff if you have any concerns or worries or the share the great progress you have seen at home or an exciting event in your child’s life. We understand that many of our parents work and may not always be there at the end of the day to talk to staff. We encourage our parents to phone in or email and staff will endeavour to call back as soon as possible to talk to parents.