ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Celebrating Excellence through our Faith and Learning

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home visits and policy

Please find below information from our New Pupil Information Pack, which you can translate into your home language using the Google Translate button below.

June 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

HOME VISITS

 

As part of our induction process the reception class teacher and teaching assistant will be carrying out home visits on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th September. 

 

Each child will have one visit lasting approximately 20 minutes; this will enable staff and your child to become acquainted on a one to one basis in familiar surroundings. The home visit will also give you the opportunity to share any concerns or ask any questions you may have.

 

Your child will then start school on Thursday 5th September for a morning session only (9.25-12.00).

 

A copy of our induction policy and detailed programme of your child’s first weeks at school is included in your pack.

 

To assist with these home visits and to enable you to book a convenient day and time for your visit, a timetable will be available for you to complete at the parents welcome evening.

 

Many thanks

 

 

 

Mrs M Mainwaring                           Mrs K Burden

Executive Head Teacher                Deputy Head

 

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Home Visit Policy

Celebrating Excellence through our Faith and Learning

 

Rationale:

We believe that our first encounter with families is crucial in helping to form a positive partnership between home and school.

Parents/ Carers have extensive knowledge of their child which is valuable to school staff and will help them to provide a smooth transition and valuable experiences for them at school.

Home visits provide an opportunity to share this knowledge in an informal way and in a familiar environment.

Aims:

  • To build a positive and caring relationship between the staff and the family before their child begins school.
  • To meet with the child in a familiar environment to ease the settling in period.
  • To ensure the child has met the staff on familiar territory to help them with the transition from home to school.
  • To allow the child to share their favourite toys, games and books with school staff if they wish to.
  • To encourage families to share information about their children which can be used to help with the transition process. This includes finding out about children’s interests at home and personal skills such as getting changed and using cutlery.
  • To provide an opportunity for families to ask questions or share information about their child and ensure that this is private

Procedure:

  • At all times, the needs of the individual child are paramount.
  • All parents/carers are given the opportunity to be visited at home by members of the school staff.
  • Staff will attend home visits in pairs for their own security. They must leave a list of where they are going and a mobile number in the school office.
  • Staff will be conscious of the fact that they are guests in the family’s home and will treat all families with a high level of respect during the visit.
  • The home visit is a means of talking to the family, gaining information about the child and answering any questions the family may have.
  • During the visit one adult will focus on the child and engage them in an activity of the child’s choosing. The other adult will gather information from the parents about the child’s interests and will answer any questions the parents have.
  • Visits are not expected to last more than 20 minutes and should conclude when mutually accepted by both parties.
  • CONFIDENTIALITY WILL BE RESPECTED AT ALL TIMES.

 

Sharing Information

The staff will introduce themselves and explain who all members of the EYFS are and their job role. They will explain the purpose of the visit.

 

Family History:

What was the child like as a baby?

What is their relationship like with their siblings?

What are the living arrangements for the child?

Have there been any traumatic experiences e.g. illness, moving house?

Any pre-school experience?

 

Child’s Health:

Are there any health worries that may affect the child at school?

Are there any dietary requirements or allergies?

Has there been involvement with any outside agencies?

 

Physical Development:

Has the child had the chance to play outside?

Can they dress and undress and use a knife and fork?

If English is not their first language what is their first language and how much English do they understand?

 

Play:

What does the child enjoy playing with?

What interests do they have?

 

Social development:

How does the child respond to new situations and new people?

How much contact has the child had with adults and children?

How does the child respond to new adults and children?

 

 

Emotional Development:

Is there anything that particularly worries the child?

How does the child react to new situations?

What are the best ways to comfort the child if they are upset?

 

Settling in:

How does the parents think the child will settle?

Who will be bringing the child to school and collecting them?

We will talk about how we will settle the children in and ways that the parents can help them settle.