In England children tend to start primary school in the September after they turn four - so some will be almost five when they start and others may have only just turned four during the summer holidays.
There’s actually no legal requirement for your child to be in full-time education until the term after they turn five, so if you wish you can delay – or even defer for a year – your child’s start.
Parents of summer-born children do sometimes choose to do defer school entry. However, it's worth knowing that the school can then insist that your child go straight into a Year 1 class the following year so, in some ways, all they are doing is missing the Reception year, rather than starting a year later.
The primary school starting age is 4-5. Assuming your child is starting in the September after she/he turns four, you'll need to apply by the January in that year. The dates change slightly each year but the deadline for applications is usually early to mid-January. Consult your local council’s website for more details.
Remember that you won’t be ‘nudged’ to apply for your child’s place. The responsibility to begin primary school enrolment is yours.
We will try to be outdoors every day, come rain or shine! To ensure our children are comfortable and prepared, please bring the items listed in the letter to nursery every day, labelled with your child's name.
Please make sure that hygiene products (like nappies and creams) are kept well stocked.
Medication can only be administered with our permission form and the child's 'Health Care Plan' (see your child's keyworker). Food if you are 'funded only' and do not wish to purchase nursery meals.
TERM TIME ONLY - PLEASE CHECK THE YEARLY PLANNER FOR SESSIONS AND BREAKS
All fee-paying parents are not charged when the Centre is closed for Bank Holidays and Twixus Annual leave. Therefore, any other time your child is away you will be expected to pay the fees to cover the overheads of the Centre. This includes all Primary School holidays when the Centre is open. There is no exception to this.If you are a teacher or student that only receives funding during term time, please speak to Marilyn or Garrick.
Please noteMany parents arrange their holidays to coincide with Twixus so they do not have to pay Twixus fees when their child is away on their family holidays or have to find alternative care for their child when the Centre is closed. Please complete a 'Holiday Notice Form'. Hard copies are found in the reception porch.
It is essential that we receive feedback to help us improve and to assist our next OFSTED rating. We would really appreciate it if you would complete our online form. Open the short questionnaire by clicking on the picture
All children get sick from time to time. This document highlights common childhood illnesses and explains how we can limit the spreading of germs at our setting. Sometimes it is important that children stay at home. They may need 1-2-1 care and time to recover. We urge parents to not bring ill children in as our ratios can be strained if our adults fall ill too!
We have a new learning topic each month and provide a range of experiences to encourage progression through the EYFS goals. Each department plans according to the age and needs of the children. If you would like to see your child's 'Learning Journal' and discuss progression you can book a parent partnership meeting with your child's Key Person.
Twixus children wear school uniform because they are suitable for the range of activities we provide. They are also helpful when changing the children and encourage the child to become independent with hygiene routines. They give each child a sense of belonging and prepare them for big school.
The uniforms come in the following sizes
If you are unsure about the size required then please come for a fitting in the main office.
The Items are priced as follows
Full Tracksuit £20.50
Tracksuit Top (only) £12.50
Tracksuit Bottoms (only) £8
If the size you are given does not fit your child then please return it immediately to Twixus for a replacement. Soiled or washed items cannot be refunded or replaced.
Red/Purple check summer school dresses can be purchased from many high street shops.