On this page you will find a list of questions that we regularly get asked at the start of a school year. We will try to answer them as best we can but due to the Covid 19 situation, we may not be able to give you full information at this time. Please bear with us and will we update the information whenever possible.
We have included a separate page full of tips for making sure your child is school ready. Please read that for ideas about what to do and look at the Hampshire Ready for School leaflet.
In our normal transition period we do try to visit every child in their preschool setting. However in the current situation this is not possible and we have spoken to all of the preschools over the phone to ensure that we gain a full picture of your child before they start school.
The simple answer to this question right now is that we don’t know. We would hope that in the weeks immediately prior to starting school we will have further guidance about opening in September. We find these visits to be one of the most valuable parts of our school transition as it allows your child to get to know their teacher in an environment that is safe and familiar to them. If we are unable to offer a home visit we will try and offer an alternative way of meeting.
The only two things that your child needs to bring to school each day is a water bottle and a school book bag. All other resources are provided in school so your child does not need their own pencil case or stationery.
Please do not send your child with additional backpacks. They do not need them and we don’t have room to store them in school.
Firstly, we understand that we are all humans and it is only natural that on occasion you might forget something. If this happens, mention it to your class teacher. A lot of the times we are able to manage for the day without whatever it may be. However if it is something that is definitely needed, then you can drop it off at our school reception and it will be delivered to your child’s class.
School uniform can be purchased at various supermarkets and/or Edgar Jerome, 7 Wellington Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DX. Telephone 01252 322020. Due to Covid 19, Edgar Jerome will be operating a one in and one out system in their shop. You will not be able to try uniform on but you can return it. You can also order on line at www.edgarjerome.co.uk
Our school colours are red and grey.
Red: for sweatshirts & cardigans
Grey: for trousers, skirts & pinafores. Please consider buying elasticated trousers without zips and buttons.
White or Red: for T-shirt & shirts
Girls can wear a checked red dress in warm weather. Please try and get the ones with a zip and not buttons.
Shoes should be sensible, flat, and well fitting. Open-toed, open heeled sandals or expensive trainers are not suitable for school. Velcro fastenings are much easier than laces and buckles for little children.
Tights for girls should be a suitable colour for school– ideally grey or black.
We do P.E twice a week in Early Years so yes your child will need an indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. They will need:
They need to keep their P.E. kit in a named drawstring bag. We have school drawstring bags available for purchase, although you do not have to use these.
Currently all infant aged children (4-7 year olds) are entitled to a universal free school meal every day. Our school caterers H3cS provide a choice of healthy meals usually including a meat choice, a vegetarian choice and a jacket potato choice.
Children are also able to bring in their own packed lunch from home if they wish. Further details about packed lunch expectations can be found in our Information Booklet.
The school is currently supplied with a range of fruit and vegetable snacks every day.
We have several children at Talavera Infant School who have range of allergies so please do not worry. We have specialist school menus, so your child will still be able to have school dinners. If this applies to your child you will need to complete a special menu form and have confirmation of the allergy from your child’s doctor or hospital. Once your child has started school we ensure that all staff are aware of them, and in the dinner hall they will be given a special dinner tray. In the majority of circumstances children with allergies still sit with all their classmates at lunchtime and just take part in daily routines the same as everyone else. We are also a nut free school, so no nut product are used at lunch time or in class cooking lessons.
If you child has an epi pen or inhaler, we do ask for one to be kept at school in case of emergencies. During your home visit your class teacher will chat to you about any concerns you have regarding your child’s allergies.
If your child needs medication at any point when they are at school, you will be asked to complete a medical form. Once this is completed and signed, staff at school will then be able to give your child the required medication or support them with cream for things such as bad eczema.
We take a lot of time over setting the classes and like to gather information from as many sources as possible, such as preschools and the transition visits. In our normal transition period, the children find out which class they are in on their final transition visit. As yet we are unsure what transition will look like, so we will update you on this at a later point.
We are aware that starting school can be a little daunting if you don’t know anyone else but please do not worry. We have children join us from about 20 different preschool settings, so many children join us not knowing anyone else. At Talavera Infant School we ensure that all staff are aware of children who have joined us on their own, so that we can give them a little bit of extra support when settling in and making new friends.
Once the classes have been set, we cannot change them due to the knock on implications this would have to the other children. When deciding the classes we take many factors into consideration, including advice from the preschool settings. Sometimes this does result in children not being in the same class as their closest friend but will provide the opportunity for them to make many new friends.
At the start of the year we do not open up any of our extra curricular clubs to the children in Early Years. This is because we usually find that they are so tired for the first few terms, that the school day is long enough for them. At the end of the Autumn Term you will receive a clubs letter detailing clubs that will be available to your child in the Spring Term.
Currently, we do not have a breakfast or after school club due to the current pandemic.
Normally SCL run breakfast club for us and places can be booked through their website at www.wearescl.co.uk
Our after school club is run at the Junior School site and bookings can be made by contacting the Junior School office on 01252 322156
If all is well and it is up and running again….
At 8.50 a.m. when the classroom doors are opened, a SCL Breakfast Club member will walk your child to class and ask the class teacher to sign them in, acknowledging that they have seen your child.
If your child is attending After School Club, staff members will take your child to club and ensure that they are signed in. They will then be walked over to the Junior School. You will need to collect your child from the Junior School.
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