New Starter Information
New Starter Visits
Once your child is ready to start at The Hollies, you will be contacted in the previous term and invited to come along with your child to stay for a whole morning or afternoon.
This gives you all time to become familiar with The Hollies staff, routine and surroundings. After this session, you and your child will be welcome to come for an hour play session in the run up to your child starting. This enables you to leave your child on their first day, knowing you are both familiar with staff and the routine.
During their first days we will ring you to let you know how they have settled in.
We also invite parents along to a New Starter Meeting prior to or close to your child starting. This will give you an opportunity to meet with the supervisors and members of the committee. We will use this informal meeting to introduce the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and discuss how The Hollies incorporate this into the pre-school sessions. This will give you an understanding of how we run on a day to day basis. We will also give you an information pack which includes our policies. We will also cover how the committee works. We have a lot of information to cover in this meeting and ask parents to attend without children. We do recommend this meeting is worth attending even though some parents have already had older children who have been to The Hollies in previous years.
Every child is assigned a Key Person, who will look after their development during your time at The Hollies. Your child’s key person may not be in every session with your child but we ensure they have a minimum of 2 sessions with them. Your child’s Key Person will talk to you and get to know you all at your New Starter Visit, and if your child has attended other settings we will contact them, with your permission, to obtain any information regarding their developmental progress. We follow the Early Years Foundation stage framework and complete an ongoing assessment. The key person will plan focus group activities for your child to help them develop whilst having fun.
All staff are continually making observations on all children throughout the day, these get recorded and passed on to the relevant key person. Each child has a profile with a summary sheet and photos which are linked to the main stages of development according to the EYFS. The supervisors also perform a termly review of all children’s progress to ensure any issues are highlighted and monitored.
Parent’s Evening and Reports
You will receive a mini report in the Autumn and Summer terms, updating you of your child’s development and all the activities they have enjoyed.
We also invite parents in for an evening to spend 20 minutes with their child’s key person in the Summer term.