Starting School at Darley Dene
Whether starting in Reception or joining one of the other year groups, we understand that the transition process needs to be as smooth as possible to enable children to make the best start at Darley Dene.
For children joining us in Reception, we hold an Induction evening for parents and carers only around the end of May-beginning of June. During this event we give lots of practical information to support the transition into school including details of Home Visits and Taster sessions.
In September the children integrate into school over the course of three days and at the end of this period we plan for all children to be full-time however this is closely monitored as we are aware that there may be some children who find the full day attendance difficult. If this is the case, we work closely with the parents and identify the best way forward.
Some children find the separation from Mum or Dad in the morning difficult. In most of these instances, we ask that you say a clear goodbye and let us manage the upset. Whilst it is hard as a parent to leave your child upset, in our experience 99 times out of 100 the tears stop flowing as soon as Mum or Dad has left! We will always ring to confirm whether or not your child has settled about half an hour after the beginning of the school day.
Starting school can be a daunting time and we want to ensure every child is ready to start school without feeling apprehensive. To help with this, our Reception teaching team have created some films to watch with your child to help them with this exciting life milestone.
When we are made aware of a new child starting in a year group other than Reception, they are invited to the Move Up morning which takes place at the beginning of July where all the children spend the morning in their new class with their new classmates and their new teacher. When a child transfers during the year, we do our best to offer a mutually-convenient time for the child to spend a little while in their new class to alleviate any anxieties that the change may bring.
Teachers are available in the playground at the beginning and end of each school day for brief catch-up chats so those parents wishing to check on how their child is settling are able to do this informally.