Open mornings are usually held on a Wednesday morning. We welcome you with a general talk about the school followed by a tour of the classrooms in action and a chance to see work and ask questions. It is best if possible for parents to come without their child for their first visit. We can then focus on questions you would like to ask and can move around the school with minimum disruption the classes. We would then suggest a follow-up visit with the child when we can engage with them and the visit can be more tailored to their interests.
There are usually spaces available for children to join the kindergarten in the academic year they turn 3. For older children spaces are often available in some age groups so it is best to speak to Debby Hunter for advice on what is available.
We have experience of a wide range of special needs. We also have a SENco who is responsible for learning support. We welcome children with special needs who can access the normal curriculum and timetable and whose needs are met in a Froebelian setting. We do also have Individual Needs Assistants who work with children who need additional support. An additional charge is made for this.
For children joining kindergarten we would normally arrange a home visit. This would be one of the kindergarten staff who would come to your home to talk to you and your child and help get a fuller picture of your child before they start. We also normally visit younger children in the infant Sycamore Class who are joining us from another nursery or school.
Each child in kindergarten has a key person who is one of the kindergarten team. They will keep records on your child and make sure they are happy and learning at the right pace. You will be able to meet regularly with them for a chat as well as see them in kindergarten every day.
We have a lot of experience of helping children to settle into Annan from another school. Children usually do a taster session and then are carefully supported by staff when they start with us. Children settle in very quickly in our friendly and caring environment.