Here are some comments sent to us by families whose children started in our Early Years classes in September 2018
How did you feel about your child starting school?
Nervous, for him and for me! A mixture of sadness at the end of a chapter of having him at home and excited about the new experiences he was going to have and things he would learn.
The staff were very welcoming from the start and made our son excited about going to school.
Nervous and excited. Really glad she did the summer school as it gave her chance to get to know her surroundings and a few of her peers.
Excited and also happy about the fact that their new school was Broomfield. It felt like the right choice.
I was excited for her as I believed she would do well to have more structure and learning within her day. However, I was a little anxious about how she would manage being very petite and potentially one of the youngest in the year group.
What information was helpful to you before you joined Broomfield House?
Lots of info provided in relation to school, including current newsletters, visits, info packs.
The booklet with photos and names of teachers/pics of school really helped acquaint her and prepare her for the transition.
The open afternoon was really useful. Information on the running of the school day, drop off and pick up, lunch time etc. The leaflet on how to prepare your child for early years was really good too, we made an effort to get him to dress himself etc and it felt like we were doing something productive to help towards school.
Introduction through Summer school and extensive paperwork sent by school office prior to starting school. Advice from other parents.
What tips would you want to pass on to other parents based on your personal experience?
Embrace the change so that your little one won’t feel so sad about leaving you to go with the teachers.
Relax and trust the staff, they are professionals and know very well what are the needs of each child at school. Broomfield is like a family and everybody knows each other, this creates a very good environment for the children to gain confidence, to develop themselves and to learn. Be close to the school, attending meetings/PTA/Reps reading newsletters and talking to the main teacher when needed, to have a better understanding on what is going on in the school and your child’s class, so you can support at home. The best indicator of how things are going is that your child is happy coming to the school and explaining what he has learnt (what he has done at school) every day.
Maybe advice on how starting school can affect the child, for example he was very tired after a full day/week and although I had heard about this from other friends it was still surprising. Practical things like bringing a snack to pick up to give them an energy boost when they leave. And of course all the tips that we were given in preparing the child for school life.
Follow your instincts on school open days, meet the Headteacher for a chat about your child joining the school. Use the option of summer school.