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Starting School at Emmaus

Welcome Letter for parents/carers (September 2020)


Staggered Entry

Your child will have their specific starting date.  Please note, the children will need to be collected at the earlier time of 1.30 pm next week.  All the children will be in school full-time week beginning 21 September.


Morning/Afternoon Arrangements

When the children start school full-time, to comply with social distancing guidance, please adhere to the drop off and pick-up times for your class:


RKM – 8.40/3.05       RG – 8.50/3.15


Please refer to the guidance letter from Mr Williams which will be sent separately. This gives details on which gate to enter and exit the school grounds


Our main priority is the safety and welfare of your child.

Please allow your child to come into school independently by saying goodbye to them before they come into the classroom.  It is impossible to ensure that every child is safely in our care if the doorways and classrooms are crowded.  If your child is anxious or distressed saying goodbye to you, please rest assured that we will look after them and support them to settle and feel secure in our lovely, caring environment.

Throughout the day the children are continually encouraged to line up, fasten and unfasten their coats and organise their belongings themselves to develop their independence skills. We would be really grateful if you could support this by encouraging your child to zip up or button their own coats at home, as well as helping them to identify their name labels on all their belongings.


 Home Time

 Our main priority is the safety and welfare of your child.   With this in mind, each child is directed to their carer individually and obviously this does take quite some time. Please be patient with us as we familiarise ourselves with the names and faces of all those involved in collecting your child from school.  We operate a password system on those occasions when your child is collected by somebody unknown to the staff or different to their regular carer. It is helpful if you inform us in advance of any changes before home time.

If your child needs to come back into school for anything they have left behind, please wait until all of the children have been handed over safely.



You will receive a school menu via the school app. Please complete this with your lunch selections for your child.  If your child is packed lunch, please ensure their lunch bag is washable and clearly labelled with their name.




Children will bring home reading books in their homework bags every Friday, to be returned every Tuesday.  Books will initially be wordless picture books.  Daily reading for 5-10 minutes per day has a hugely positive impact on young children's reading development.


In addition to reading books, every Friday our 'Learning Log' homework sheet will be posted on our Reception Class Page on the school website.  This will enable you to support your child to continue learning at home and embed their understanding of the topics taught in school each week.  Please keep your child’s Learning Log (blue book) at home for the time-being.


P.E./Outdoor Kits

Please send in your child’s P.E. bag and outdoor waterproofs as soon as possible. PE lessons are timetabled for every Tuesday morning, though we will not be changing into PE kits for the first term. Please provide spare underwear, socks or tights to be kept in their PE bag, in the event your child needs to be changed in school.


Wellies are stored on the welly rack in our outdoor area (please label wellies before leaving them on the rack).

Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labelled and encourage your child to attempt dressing and undressing themselves at home.



We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day as regular hydration helps to maintain concentration. Your child may bring into school their own bottle of water or still fruit juice each day, labelled with their name.  In addition, please provide a snack of fruit or a breakfast/cereal bar each day (labelled with their name).  It would be helpful if the children did not bring snack boxes/bags into school, for hygiene reasons.  The children are provided with school milk on a daily basis and school fruit.  A payment for milk will be requested when your child turns 5 years old.


Unfortunately due to COVID-19 risk assessments, we are unable to allow the children to bring any unnecessary items into school from home.  The children’s artwork and creative pieces will also be kept in school to prevent contamination.  We hope you understand our reasons for this.


We hope you find this letter useful, it will be available to view on our Class Page on the school website.  We firmly believe in the importance of establishing positive home/school links and hope you will always feel able to share any worries or concerns with us.  Please check for notifications via the school app and if you need to contact us, our email address is

Please be aware, that arrangements this year are continually reviewed and subject to change.  We will inform you of any adaptations to procedures as soon as possible.

It has been lovely to meet you in our induction meetings this week and show you around our beautiful learning environment.  We look forward to an exciting year ahead with you and your child and know that working together will be more important than ever this year. 

Many thanks for your support


Emmaus Reception Team