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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

New Entrants

New Entrants


Please take a look at the EYFS section under the Curriculum tab of this website. Here you will find information about our curriculum and photos of our classroom and outdoor area.


We hold a number of Open Mornings in the academic year before your child would be starting school. These are detailed on the school website. 


Once offers for Reception places are made in April, we send out a Welcome Letter with information and details of the events and activities that we have put in place to help you and your child through the process of starting school. Once you have accepted the place we send out a welcome pack including admission forms.

Our first event is a coffee morning and curriculum presentation. This is for parents only and is an opportunity for you to meet the chair of governors, head teacher, class teachers, other staff members, other parents, members of the PTA, find out about the curriculum and how to prepare your child for school. 

In June / July, we organise a number of activities to ease the transition to school:

  • "Stay and Play" where the children can explore the classroom and outdoor area with a parent/carer
  • Storytime - this is an informal session where you can bring your child to listen to stories with their new class teacher.
  • Taster session for children only where they visit their new classroom, meet the teacher and teaching assistants, and refamiliarise themselves with their new school environment in a group of 15 children. 
  • Teachers will visit your child in their nursery setting and have a conversation with their key worker

    We also arrange individual parent/carer consultation meetings in September. This is a chance for you to ask any questions and help us to get to know your child in more detail. We can organise home visits for children who maybe finding settling into school more challenging. 

    Information on start dates, part time options, school uniform and the PTA are also included in the Welcome Packs.

    We will also provide you with information about September start dates and times. 





Helping your child be ready for school


Starting "big school" is an exciting time. However, we understand that it is a big step for children and their families and the attached documents are useful in helping you support your child to be school ready.