Starting Pre-School

The First Days

A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play, learn or enjoy the experience, so it is important for parents and the pre-school staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group.  This takes longer for some children than others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.


What to Wear

In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable and not brand new.  It is good for children to practise skills which will make them independent.  Simple clothing which they can handle themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they need to and to be able to put on and take off outdoor clothing without being dependent on other people to help.


Settling In

We want children to feel safe and happy at St. Francis in the absence of their parents.  We also want parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning.

In order to accomplish this, we aim to create a partnership with parents in the following ways:

  • By creating opportunities for the exchange of information.  By using a copy of our prospectus and a shared approach to registration we ask parents to complete forms prior to their child attending St. Francis.  Parents providing background information can help us ensure the settling in process is a happy one
  • By encouraging parents to visit St. Francis with their children during the weeks prior to admission
  • By introducing flexible admission procedures if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children
  • By ensuring parents are aware that they will be welcome and supported in the group for as long as it take to settle their child
  • By reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking a long time to settle at St. Francis
  • By introducing new families into St. Francis on a staggered basis. Two new children per session a week rather than ten at once
  • By encouraging parents, where appropriate, to separate from their child for brief periods of time gradually building up to longer absences

Lunch Club

Fees for this club are £3.60 per session for 3 & 4 year old's and £4 per session for 2 year old's.  Children should bring a packed lunch and drink.  Half of the session will be used for play and planned activities.