Preparation for school
We understand that the move to primary school is a big step for children and at Snowy's we do everything we can to make that transition as smooth as possible. In the pre-school room, during the final year before children start school, we gradually introduce some of the routines that are used in primary school. By the summer term, we will have registration time, where the children answer when their name is called, and practice sitting with their arms and legs crossed. After registration, we have news time and the children practice listening to others and putting their hands up when they want to say something. We have group time and circle time to learn to work in groups on particular activities.
Most of our children go onto Brundall School and for that reason, we maintain strong links with the school and its teachers. As we are located next door but one, we are able to make regular visits throughout a child’s time at Snowy’s. For children who will be going to other local schools, we will arrange meetings to help ease their transition to school too.
The reception teachers from Brundall Primary School visit Snowy's during the summer term, read the children stories and work with Snowy's staff to help prepare the children for the move to school. We make several visits to the school during the year, during which we play in the playground and spend time in the reception classroom with the reception children and teachers. This allows the children to become familiar with the school, and the reception teachers get to know the children, which all helps ease the children's transition to 'big school'.
We also provide transition forms for the teachers, which provide details of what each child has achieved during their time at Snowy's, their likes and dislikes, and any information on how the reception teachers can help each child settle at school.
If a child needs additional help at school, the manager will arrange a transition meeting with the parents, teacher, and anyone else involved with the child.
In the rare event of you moving from the area/otherwise withdrawing your child from Snowy’s, we require a notice period of 4 weeks to be given. Failure to give Snowy’s 4 weeks notice may result in a charge for these sessions.