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Transition into Foundation Unit

Welcome

Firtsly a warm welcome to new and existing parents. At Heaton Avenue Primary School we believe that education is a partnership.  As such your support for the school and your child’s education is vital.  The level of your contribution does make a difference to the total quality of education your child receives.  We hope you will want to get involved and we look forward to seeing you around.

We are sure your child will be happy and successful at Heaton Avenue Primary School and look forward to them joining the Foundation Unit.

Arriving at School

Full Time children need to arrive at school for 8.40am and will be welcomed by a member of staff at the Foundation Unit entrance and escorted into school. 

Part Time children the morning session begins at 8.50am – 11.50am. The afternoon session begins at 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Again, your child will be welcomed in by a member of staff at the Foundation Unit entrance and escorted into school.

If your child is taking advantage of the funded 30 hours, the session is from 8.50am – 3.00pm. You will need to provide a packed lunch. 

The doors are closed at 8.50am; if you arrive after this time you must go to the Main entrance and sign in at the office.

When they are settled, we hope your child will come into school on their own.  You may find it difficult to leave your child but from experience we have found that this develops independence, encourages confidence and helps children who are having worries to settle more easily.

The full day session ends at 3.00pm.  At this time you need to be ready to collect your child from the designated door, where a member of staff will see them out.
 

Settling in

We hope that both you and your child will find our Foundation Stage Unit a friendly, happy and exciting environment to be involved in.  Children take different lengths of time to settle and need different approaches.  We feel it is important to encourage independence as soon as possible, helping children to mix with other children and adults.

Your child may be assisted to settle in for the first few days and may need this time to find their way around, grow in confidence and thus settle in.  As you arrive you can help your child to sort out his/her belongings.

Once they are settled we ask you to continue to help your child to hang up their coat and then encourage them to play independently for the first couple of weeks.

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Milk & Snack

Kirklees LA provide free milk for nursery children and also children in full time education who are under 5 years old. Children under 5 will only pay for milk in the term that they are 5.  We will calculate when your child is eligible for Free milk and you will be sent a separate letter to pay for milk using Parentpay. Milk orders cannot be amended after the closing date on the letters.

Families who are entitled to Free School Meals will also be entitled to Free School Milk. Children will receive a letter and it will need to be signed and returned to receive Free School Milk.

Children who do not drink milk are provided with water in the Unit.

Fruit is provided free everyday as a sanck for all Foundation Unit children.
 

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Lunch

You may have heard that all children up to Year 2 will be eligible for free school meals, however as a school we will still need to be informed if you wish your child to have school meals or a packed lunch. 

If at any time your child wishes to change their lunchtime arrangements we require one weeks written notice so that this can be arranged.

If your child chooses the sandwich option then you will need to provide a sandwich box which is clearly named. 

Part time children must bring a packed lunch with them - school dinners are not available for part time children.
 

Inside the Foundation Unit

Our Foundation Unit is made up of several classrooms as well as a large open indoor space and an outdoor area. Foundation children will move around the different areas throughout the day for different activities. During each session the children choose for themselves which areas they wish to work/play in. As the children use the resources they will be developing their knowledge, extending their vocabulary and improving  a wide range of skills.

Staff in the Unit play alongside the children to develop their thinking, valuing their achievements and encouraging them to explore new ideas. The children are also given the opportunity to take part in specific activities that may be either Literacy, Numeracy or theme based as well as specific times to do the register, read stories and poems together.do the register and have Literacy and Numeracy activities ongoing.

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