NEW STARTERS SEPTEMBER 2021

Firstly welcome to Garden Fields! We are looking forward to children joining us in September.

If you are interested in The Hub (our before / after school provision) then please click HERE for more information and the application form.

It is important to us that you are comfortable with the arrangements for your child. Please contact us if you have any questions.
T: 01727 890440 Option 2 or Email admin@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk.

Please note that we communicate electronically with parents and to do so we need your mobile number and email address.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

We are delighted to welcome children to our EYFS classes in September. At the moment we plan to continue with our normal induction arrangements for children. We will contact families should government information change.

It is very important to us that we have open communication with our parents and offer a variety of ways in which to do this:

Website – we update our website frequently. We will use this dedicated page for new parents until the end of September. You will find a host of information including the whole school calendar, past newsletters, policies, term dates etc.

Face to Face – we are here to help. Please however avoid trying to speak with teaching staff when dropping off your child in the morning as they will be busy welcoming the children. The School Office is open and staff will be happy to help you.

Post box – there are two post boxes in the school lobby. They are emptied daily. Useful if you just have something to hand in.
Blue – School Post
Red – PTA Post

Telephone – you can contact us on 01727 890440 during the school day.
There is a dedicated absence line if you need to advise us that your child is unwell. This is open 24hrs. This means that if your child is unwell in the night, for example, you can ring us then. We have to account for every child who is not in school. We will call you in the morning if we do not have a reason for your child’s absence.

Email – admin@gardenfield.herts.sch.uk

SchoolComms – we use an electronic system called Schoolcomms to communicate with parents – the emails from this system will appear from this email address -SC9192095a@schoolcomms.com – please add this to your address book as some email providers will report this as SPAM. It is essential that we have your most up to date contact details on file at all times.

APP – SchoolComms has a free app that you can download. You can send us messages free of charge.

Text – we occasionally text parents if we have been unable to get hold of them urgently by phone..

SchoolGateway – this links with SchoolComms and is our electronic payments system. You can use it to order milk for you child, for example.

BLOGS – we have private year group blogs. You can sign up for alerts when information is posted. Blogs are used by teaching staff to share what the children have been learning in the week and to send reminders to parents. We will be sharing blog details with parents shortly.

Twitter / Facebook – we occasionally use twitter and facebook.

The planned arrangements below are subject to government guidelines at the time and may change. We will email parents and update the website  shoud they need to be changed or amended.

All children are invited to a short visit on Thursday 8th July 2021 – 9:15am to 11:15am – parents do not stay. Children do not need to wear school uniform but they can if they want to! UPDATE 17 June 2021 – This is under review following the government annoucement that lockdown restrictions have been extended to 21st July. We will notifiy parents as soon as possible.

The school term starts on Thursday 2nd September.

All children will be invited to attend school for 1 morning only on either Thursday 2nd September OR Friday 3rd September. The date for your child will be on the front page of your induction pack. Children will be in school from 9am – 11:30am. Parents do not stay.

All children will be in school every day during week commencing 6th September. Children will attend from 9am and leave after lunch at 1:15pm.

All children will be in school full time from 8:50am to 3:15pm from week comencing 13th September.

Children in EYFS can arrive any time between 8:50am and 9am daily (except during induction). The school day finishes at 3:15pm.

Parents are asked to wait on the infant playground to drop off / pick up their children. Their class teacher will welcome them into school. Additional staff will be in school to support your child in cloakrooms if necessary.

Morning
Children in Bluebell and Primrose Classes enter though the gate circled in RED.
Children in Snowdrop Class enter through the door circled in YELLOW.

Afternoon
Children in Bluebell Class exit from the gate circled in RED.
Children in Primrose Class exit from the door circled in GREEN.
Children in Snowdrop Class exit from the door circled in BLUE.

Please click HERE if you are interested in The Hub our before and after school club.

All children should bring a NAMED water bottle to school with them every day. 

It is essential that any packed lunches do not contain any nuts. This is to protect children and staff with severe allergies.

Lunch
Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL) are our supplier.
The planned lunch menu for the first half of the Autumn Term will in your induction pack.
If your child requires a special menu you will need to apply for this – HERE. Please note that HCL will not provide your child with a meal until the paperwork is complete.
You are asked to select your child’s meals in advance. There is a form to complete in your child’s induction pack.

Milk
You can order milk (cow’s milk only) for your child to have daily in school. This will be free for some families. Detail of how to order will be in your induction pack.

Snacks
EYFS/KS1 – the current government scheme provides a free piece of fruit or vegetable daily  to children. You do not need to give your child a snack to have at break time.

Uniform details can be found HERE.
Our uniform suppliers are:
Stevensons – 131-139 Victoria Street  St Albans  AL1 3XS  Telephone: 01727 853262 – strictly by appointment during Covid-19 restrictions – Monday 17th August to Saturday 23rd August
PMG Schoolwear – on-line ordering only – order by 13th August 2021 to guarantee delivery before school starts in September.

Our wonderful PTA organise second hand uniform. Prices range from £1 – £5 and include tops, jumpers, cardigans, shorts, dresses, PE kit etc. They hold regular sales during the year. Our PTA will be selling uniform after the parent induction evening on 23rd June 2021. There will also be the opportunity to order on-line and details of how to do this will be comunicated nearer the time.

Please ensure all items are labelled.

Please send your child in school shoes that they can put on themselves with ideally no laces. This skill would be good for them to practise at home.

Book bags should be brought to school daily. Please do not attach key rings as the book bags do not fit in our drawers.

Water bottles should be brought to school daily with fresh water. They can be any type but must be labelled. No juice.

Clothing for the weather – children use the outside area in all weathers so we would recommend a coat in school. Please don’t forget sun hats and to apply sun screen before school for warmer days.

 

If your child requires medication in school for a medical condition e.g. asthma, EPIPEN then please ensure that this comes in with your child, in a labelled clear bag/container together with the medical paperwork that is in your pack. All medication should be handed to an adult on arrival.

If you have any questions around medication then please call us.

Reminders of what to bring….

Water bottle – NAMED PLEASE – it will go home with your child every day. It stays in the classroom.
Lunch – packed lunch (in named bag) if not ordering a school lunch. Remember to include a drink in their packed lunch too.
Book Bag

We have to account for every child on each day the school is open. It is therefore essential that you inform us if your child is not going to be in school. We do require a reason for absence.

Parents can contact the school and leave a message on the absence line (24 hours) or email the school office.

Is your child school ready? – a guide from Hertfordshire County Council

Letter 2 – 17th June 2021 – updated induction arrangements
Letter 1 – 11th May 2021 – welcome and induction dates *CARE – some details have been changed and are outlined in Letter 2
Pupil Profile Sheet 
The Hub – our before and after school club

Q&A SECTION – we will add to this

Q1. My child is nervous about coming to school. Will I be allowed to come in with them?

We are sorry but we cannot allow parents in to the school building with their child. We have a very experienced team of staff who will support your child in gaining the confidence they need.

Q2. When do children have PE?

We will let you know which day EYFS children will have PE once the whole school timetable has been confirmed. At the moment children should come to school in their PE kit on their PE day. This may change from September 2021. We will communicate any changes to all parents.

Q3. I will not be dropping off / picking up my child. How do I communicate with you?

Every child will have a Home-School Communication book. This is useful to pass messages, including details of play dates to the class teacher. We also might send you a message so please check it daily.

Parents can email or contact the school office during the school day if they have a question or would like to speak with a member of the team.

Q4. I'd like to volunteer at the school. What do I need to do?

We have a strong and important parent (and grandparent!) volunteer body at our school. We always need parents to assist with the changing of reading books in EYFS. Often parents organise themselves to come in as a group to change books – it is a great way to meet other parents.

All volunteers must read and sign our volunteer policy and have a reference and DBS completed. The process can take a few weeks. Please speak to the school office if you are interested in volunteering. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions volunteers are currently not allowed in school but we are still happy to discuss the process with you. 

 

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