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Open Day Session

Starting Nursery is an important stage in your child’s life and a time of change for you all.

Whilst you may feel excited, you may also be a little unsure of what to expect.

Gifford’s Open Day session will help you and your child feel more confident at this time of change. Parents/carers and children are both expected to attend this session.

The session will give you an opportunity to meet some of the staff from the school, find out more about your child’s learning and ask questions about things you might be unsure of.

You will also be able to meet other parents, share experiences and children will have the opportunity to play and meet some of their new friends.

These ‘open day’ sessions take place in September; you will be informed about the date and time of your session when all Nursery place have been allocated. If you can not attend this session please inform the school office as soon as possible.



Starting Nursery

Children will be allocated a morning or afternoon session before starting Nursery:

Morning Session 8.30am – 11:30am

Afternoon Session 12.20pm – 3:20pm

There is a 15 minute ‘soft start’ (08:30-08:45am/12.20-12.35pm) for every session.

Please remember that most children find the first few weeks at Nursery tiring even if they have been to Nursery or playgroup before coming to us.

Parents are encouraged to come in to help settle and support their child. However, due to the pressure of space we do not allow pushchair in the Nursery.

It would be most helpful if for the first few days you could leave younger brothers and sisters with a relative or friend.

We ask parents to ensure that children are dropped off to Nursery and collected on time.

Home Visits

It is established practice at Gifford Primary to visit families at home before the children start at school.

For unknown families/children starting Nursery they will have a home visit by two members from the Nursery team. If your child is a ‘Nursery returner’ a home visit will not take place.


Home visits – your questions answered

What is a home visit?

A home visit is an informal visit to your home by two members of the EYFS team.

It is usually carried out when your child has been offered a place at the school but, before they actually start.

Why do home visits?

Home visits are a really good way for staff to begin to get to know both you and your child and vice versa.

It is a great opportunity to spend some time in a relaxed atmosphere, exchange information and plan your child’s start to school. You will also have the chance to ask questions and express any concerns that you may have. It is not an inspection of you or your home!

All information is considered confidential and will not be shared without your permission.

Who will do the home visit?

Visits will always be carried out by two members of the EYFS team.

How long will it take?

The length of the visit is usually 20 minutes.

What will happen at the home visit?

We know that children like to be busy and active! The Teaching Assistant will usually get to know your child by playing with them or sharing a box of our Nursery toys. They may also share a book of photographs of our Nursery with your child.

We will ask parents/carers to complete an ‘All about Me’ form about their child. This information includes whether you child has any allergies or medical conditions, contact details, children’s likes/dislikes and discussing any worries or concerns that you or your child may have.

How should I prepare for a home visit?

  • Try to remove any distractions e.g. family pets and turning off the television
  • Have some of your child’s favourite toys or playthings available as these can help the practitioners to engage with your child
  • Prepare a list of questions you may want to ask just so you don’t forget!