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Getting Ready for School

At Forestdale Primary School we believe that Early Years education is vitally important as it provides the foundation for future learning.  We are committed to providing the most appropriate learning environment to meet the needs of young children.


Starting school is a big step in your child’s life.  We aim to make this an enjoyable, happy experience.  This page contains information to help both you and your child prepare for this important, exciting event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.     How can we find out more about Forestdale Primary School and what to expect in September?

A.      Please see the Starting School PowerPoint and download the All About My New School Booklet. Both can be found below.


Q.    What are the school times?

A.    Doors open from 8.45am, school starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.10pm.


Q.    Are hot meals provided for lunch?

A.    Yes. All reception children are eligible for a free Universal Free School Meal. 


Q.   Can my child have milk at breaktime?

A.    All children under 5 are entitled to free school milk.  If you wish your child to receive a carton of milk each day please complete the form that you will find in your Welcome to Reception pack or register online .  Once your child reaches their 5th birthday you can continue with the scheme but will be required to pay.  

Q.      Is there a breakfast and after school club?

A.    Children can attend Forestdale’s Robin Club; the school’s own breakfast and after school provision. Children must be registered and allocated a place in advance.


Q.    What can we do at home to help prepare our child for school?

A.  Please see all the information below under the heading How Can You Help Your Child Prepare?

All About My New School 

My New School is a booklet designed to prepare reception children for starting Forestdale school. It has been put together by our reception team and contains photographs and information from where the children enter the building in the morning to where they will hang their coats. 

My New School Booklet

Starting School PowerPoint for Parents



How Can You Help Your Child Prepare?


It is important to remember that children learn at different rates and learning is not a race or a competition.  Our staff will always praise effort and will help children recognise that we learn from our mistakes.


‘All different. All special. All achieving.’


Your child will need to be given lots of encouragement and praise for his or her efforts to help build up his or her self-esteem and confidence.


Here are some ideas for activities that you can do together in order to help prepare your child for starting school.  You probably do many of these already:


Developing personal, social and emotional awareness

One of the greatest skills that you can teach your children is that of independence in terms of getting dressed.  If your child can button and unbutton their shirt, put on their socks and shoes independently and fasten their coat, they will find getting ready for PE, playtimes and the end of the day much easier.



How can you help to support your child to develop mathematically?

Mathematics at Forestdale 

At Forestdale Primary School we will provide a language rich environment in order to help children develop as confident speakers and listeners.


How can I help my child develop their language and Literacy?


How can I help pre - writing skills?



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How can I help my child develop their language skills?

English, Phonics and Reading at Forestdale  



My child is bilingual, how can I work with the school in preparation for September?

Speaking more than one language is a positive and beneficial skill which should be celebrated and valued both at school and at home.  Bilingualism can have many positive benefits for children, and the first language has a continuing and significant role in developing a child's identity, in supporting their learning and in the acquisition of additional languages.  At Forestdale Primary School we will always celebrate the child's home language and culture.


During our home and nursery visits we will use this opportunity to learn more about your child's language skills both in their home language as well as in English.  If appropriate, we may work together to make a 'language poster' with the parents' help, adding phrase that we may want to know. In the current climate nursery and home visits may have to be carried out virtually. Further details to follow. 


Top Tips for Parents:



Further advice can be found on


Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years  are childcare professionals whom have a great deal of experience in helping children cope with times of transition.  Click the image below to see their top tips to help you prepare your child for starting school.