We want the best outcomes for your child at this early stage in their education. As a sessional pre-school, we are able to offer flexibility when allocating sessions and we know that this can be especially important for working parents. However, the interests of the child are always our first consideration and we work in partnership with you to ensure that the weekly pattern of attendance is meeting the needs of your child.
Regular attendance has a positive impact on your child’s learning outcomes. We have a responsibility to monitor attendance so that we can ensure that your child benefits from a well-balanced pre-school experience and so that we know that they are safe.
Please let us know if your child is unable to attend Pre-School, either by contacting the school office or, if the absence is planned, by completing a Pre-School absence form. Reasons for absence may include:
- being unwell
- medical or educational appointments
- a family event or occasion
- a family emergency
- if you are going to be late.
It is important that you let us know. The office will contact you by ‘phone if your child has not arrived and we have not heard from you.
If your child becomes unwell in the course of a session, we respond with the best interests of the child in mind. If we feel that your child is not well enough to manage until pick-up time, we will ‘phone and ask you to collect them. We do not make this decision lightly because we understand that when you are working, it can be difficult to change your plans. However, we have to consider the needs of all of the children and, if we call, we are thinking of your child’s well-being.
Collection at the end of each session: Please arrange for your child to be collected promptly at the end of each session. If you are going to be late, please contact the school office so that we can reassure your child.
We follow strict procedures for collection by people other than parents or known carers as described in the school’s Supervision Policy. We will not release your child into the care of another adult, even if we know them, unless we have your express permission to do so. Please understand this if we ‘phone you – the safety of your child is paramount.