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Stay and Play

Due to the Covid 19 Lockdown, some of these activities may need to be postponed until a later date as they are normally planned for the summer term. If school remains closed for the summer term, we will plan these sessions to happen at the start of the new academic year around the same time we plan in our home visits. Rest assured, we are aiming for your children to still have a  smooth transition into our friendly school. 

Stay and Play After School Session


This is an opportunity to give our new children a chance to explore the Early Years Unit area with their parents/carers. For many children it can be quite daunting to visit a big school when it is already full of children, so this session allows them to investigate the EYFS classrooms and outdoor areas without our current pupils being present as it is held shortly after school has finished. The children will be able to play with resources inside and outside the classrooms and become familiar with where things are and live. This is a good time for our new parents/carers and children to stay and play together. It is also a super chance to meet our Early Years Team and mix with other parents/carers informally.


Stay and Play in School Afternoon Session 1


This will be your child’s first opportunity to spend some time in school on their own. The children will visit the EYFS unit in three groups depending upon their birthday. You will be met by the Early Years Teachers who will then take the children down to the classrooms.

During the hour session, the children will be given opportunity to play and familiarise themselves again with the environment and start to get to know other children who will be in their year group cohort.


Whilst the children are playing, parents/carers are invited to stay for some refreshments and meet our Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher, some of our School Governors and current parents/carers too. This is a great opportunity to ask questions of existing parents/carers and get to know our friendly school community a little better.


Stay and Play Session 2- A Full (ish) day with Picnic Lunch


This will be the final visit for your children before they start with us in September and will be the only time that the children all come in at the same time. During this visit, the EYFS Class Teachers will tell the children which class base they are going to be in for registration each day. The children will then be collected in class groups and will be taken to their new classroom. Once again, they will then get to play with a range of exciting new activities and get to know the children in their class a little better.

Once this session comes to an end, the children will be handed a Summer Holiday Activity to complete at home and bring back to school in September. They will also be given a photo sheet of all the children who will be in their class, so they can practice saying their names and a booklet which contains some information about their EYFS Team staff members.