Chiddingstone School and Chiddingstone Nursery School have strong links with each other and these are maintained in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Many, but not all, of the children from the nursery join the Reception class at Chiddingstone School*. Our links with Chiddingstone Nursery are very important and help maintain our strong connection with the community.
A good working relationship enables us to meet the children’s needs during the transition from nursery to school and ensures that the children, and their parents, are comfortable and happy about the changes. Together, the nursery and school aim to make the transition from nursery to school as smooth and successful as possible. This is done in a number of ways:
The links with Chiddingstone Nursery continue once the children have started in the Reception class. One very important link is a member of staff from the nursery is also a TA in the Reception class during 3 afternoons. This provides continuity for the children who join our school from Chiddingstone Nursery. The Reception class children are invited to watch both the Nursery Nativity and Sports Day. During their first term at school they also spend a morning at the Nursery sharing snack time and revisiting members of staff and favourite toys. During the year, the nursery children and reception children join together for other activities, including visits from outside speakers and watching concerts and shows put on by the school.
* please note, the school and nursery have different entry criteria and children attending the nursery do not automatically gain a place at the school.
** Reception class teachers visit all settings where children attend prior to joining our school and children from all settings are invited for taster sessions.