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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I do to prepare my child for starting school?
    • Put names on all school clothing, shoes and book bags
    • Give your child time to practice dressing and undressing. Clothing/shoes with Velcro are much easier to manage
    • Involve your child in choosing things in preparation for school e.g. shoes, key rings to decorate book bags
    • Give your child time to practise opening and closing a lunch box by themselves
    • Practise using a knife, fork and spoon and using a tissue to wipe/blow their nose
    • Practise going to the toilet without adult help
    • If you are new to the area or if your child has not been to HETTY pre-school, try to ensure your child attends the school visits or arrange for them to play with some of the other children in the class before September
    • Talk about school casually on a regular basis, making it sound like a really exciting adventure!

    For further guidance on settling your child into school, please read CWAC's School Readiness Booklet

  • How can I help my child settle into school?

    Some children will walk through the door without looking back, others might be upset. If your child is upset, be brave and stay cheerful. If possible, stay for a few minutes and then creep away quietly; no matter how much you may want to say goodbye with a cuddle, it may trigger further tears. In the rare event that your child may stay upset, we would always phone you. Feel free to phone us later to put your mind at rest.

    If possible, walk through the gates with a friend from class so your child feels settled.

    Come to school on time – arriving late can be unsettling and can also mean your child misses important information.

  • What do I need to know about the school uniform?

    Our school uniform helps us to promote a sense of unity and pride in our appearance and our community.

    Main Uniform: School sweatshirt, white or blue polo shirt, grey trousers or grey skirt/pinafore, black shoes.

    Summer Options: As above plus grey shorts, checked or striped blue summer dress.

    School sweatshirts and cardigans are available from www.uniformityschools.com/schools/hoole-c-of-e-primary-school

    Polo shirts, trousers, skirts, shorts, dresses and shoes are available from most supermarkets and clothing/shoe shops.

    School book bags and PE bags are available to purchase from the School Office.

  • What do I need to know about PE?

    Mr Kelly will take your child for PE once a week. Getting changed for PE can be tricky to start off with for your child so during the first term, the children will not need a PE kit – they will just take off their shoes and socks (as appropriate). Your child will need a full PE kit after Christmas in the spring term. The PE kit will be kept on your child’s peg and sent home occasionally to be washed.

    PE Kit:

    Indoor:          plain white t-shirt, plain black/navy blue shorts, pumps or trainers.

    Outdoor:       plain tracksuits (navy/royal blue or black). No hoods.

    Tshirts, shorts, tracksuits, pumps and trainers are available from most supermarkets and clothing/shoe shops.

    School PE bags are available to purchase from the School Office.

  • Can my child wear jewelery?

    One pair of stud earrings and a watch may be worn for school. All jewellery must be removed during PE lessons or covered with a plaster. For PE pupils with hair longer than shoulder length should have a bobble to tie it back for safety.

  • What if something gets lost?

    For lost property, please see your child’s Class Teacher in the first instance or check in the Lost Property boxes in the School Office.

  • What do I need to know about snacks and lunch?

    Fruit and Milk/Water

    In Reception, we have a snack system which allows your child to access free fruit and milk/water at outdoor play time and water at any point during the day. If you would like your child to have a healthy snack from home, please provide this with their name clearly labelled. They will be able to have their snack at their morning break time. Children do not need a drink for snack time as each classroom has a water fountain and milk is freely available.

    School Meals

    All infant children (age 4–7 years) are entitled to a cooked Free School Meal (FSM). This is a fantastic way to ensure all young children have access to a cooked meal during the school day.

    Children wishing to bring a packed lunch should do so in a named lunch bag or box. We encourage parents to put in healthy food and not crisps, chocolate and sugary drinks. All children are encouraged to eat all of their food in their lunch box and not to throw away what they have not eaten, so that you can see what they have had for that day. Children having packed lunches will need to bring a drink.

    The children all eat in the dining hall together. Each year group comes to the hall at staggered time intervals.

    EYFS classes have their lunch between 11.50am – 12.50pm. Once they have finished their lunch, they are escorted outside to play by their allocated Midday Assistant.

  • What should I do if my child is not well?

    If your child is unwell it is essential that you inform us on the first day of illness by telephoning the school office by 9.30am. Please state your child’s name, class and a specific reason for their absence. When a child is absent with no explanation, we instigate a first response process to establish their whereabouts and reason for non-attendance. They may be by SMS text message or phone call. If your child will be absent for longer than a day, please update us each day of the absence. 

    It is very important that the school knows about any diagnosed medical conditions your child may have such as eczema, asthma, allergies etc. Please complete a medical form which can be obtained from the School Office.

    From time to time accidents occur or children become ill. It is important that the school has an address and telephone number where parents can be contacted in an emergency. Please inform the school office if there is any change to your emergency contact details.

  • What do I do if my child has an appointment during the school day?

    As a school we have a duty of care to ensure that all children registered with us are kept safe. Pupils with hospital, dental or medical appointments during school time should be brought to school unless their appointment is before 9:30am and  must be collected by a parent/carer from the School Office. This must be confirmed in writing or on presentation of the appointment card. Children should be brought back to school after their appointment, as soon as possible. 

  • What time does school start?

    The school gates open at 8:50am, with registration starting at 9am.

  • What time does school finish?

    School finishes at 3:10pm. Please be at the EYFS gate promptly to collect your child.

  • How do I find out about my child’s progress?

    We will be recording your child's learning journey throughout the year with observational notes and photographs (using an iPad). From time to time, we will update you via email with a progression report, however we appreciate that a lot of learning also takes place out of school. We will be sending home a ‘Wow Moments’ recording book for you to fill in when your child shows you new learning or interests. This might be recorded as a quote from your child, a photograph, a picture or writing. Please fill this in when you notice any ‘Wow moments’ and put them it in your child’s book bag. We look forward to reading these! 

    Twice a year, we will invite you to a Parent’s Evening to discuss your child progress in depth with their Class Teacher.

    If you would like to speak with your child’s Class Teacher in general about any concerns or have any enquiries, please speak with them at the end of the school day when they are more available or pop into the School Office to make an appointment.

  • What if my child has special needs?

    We can meet a variety of special needs in school. Please discuss your child’s needs with their Class Teacher. The Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will be happy to meet with you to discuss any specific concerns.

  • What can I do to help?

    We are always in need of parent helpers for listening to children read and any help would be very welcome. If you are able to help out on a regular basis, or just as a one off, please speak to a member of the EYFS team and we will be delighted to arrange this and support you in doing so.

    Please don't hesitate to pop in at the end of the day if there is anything you would like to ask about.