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  • Do I need to come to the June meeting if I already have a child at Muscliff?

    Yes please! This meeting will be your first chance to find out who your child's teacher is, which class they will be in, what will be new about 2019-20 Rainbows and to sign up for the 1:1 meeting in September which is a vital introduction to their classroom and teaching staff. There will changes that you will really need to know, particularly if your older child is currently in Y1 or above.


  • Where do I drop off my child each day?

    For the first few weeks, at the classroom door; by October at the large gate in our own reception playground. 


  • Where do I pick up my child ?

     At their specific classroom door in their playground.


  • What time does school start and finish when they are full time?

     The gate will be opened at 8.30 am closed at 8.45 am.

     School finishes at 3.15pm.


  • Can I drop my child off earlier than 8.30am?

    Breakfast club is available. Ask in the Office for details of costs and times.


  • What does my child need to bring to school every day?

      Named snack pot (containing raw veg/fruit only)

      Named water bottle (water only, no juice/squash)

      Named book bag and Reading Record (we will put one in the book bags each week.)

     Named coat, jumper or cardigan


  • Will you toilet train my child?

    Unfortunately no as we would need the 2 members of classroom staff and with 30 lovely little ones, you can imagine the scenes in and out of the toilet area! 


  • What happens if they have a toilet accident?

Wet ones will be dealt with as soon as we know about it and we will discreetly hand you the wet clothes at the end of the day. 

Dirty ones may need you to come and clean your child up (again, for safeguarding and staffing reasons).

We then ask you to wash and return the spare clothes as soon as possible as we have a limited supply of spare pants/trousers/socks etc.


  • What PE kit will my child need?

We have PE kit available to order, go to the office for information.

In the summer term, trainers will be needed for outside PE.

We will mostly have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

The PE kit will be sent home every half term for a wash.


  • Wellies?

Yes please. We will use them regularly so that the children can make the most of our outdoor area whatever the weather. That means that they will ALWAYS need a waterproof coat bringing in as well. Named!


  • How will I tell you who is picking up my child?

1. There will always be a member of Rainbow staff on our gate in the morning, please tell them.

2. Write a note and train your child to hand it to their teacher/ta as they come in. (Maybe they could practise by handing notes to an adult when visiting family/friends.)


  • What do I do if I am not going to be able to pick my child up at exactly 3.15 each day?

You will need to find an alternative person or arrange After School Club provision.

If it is a one-off (i.e. stuck in unexpected traffic), you must phone the office so that we know who else is picking up or to ask us to keep your child for 10minutes. Obviously this cannot be a regular occurrence.


  • Should I be teaching my child to write their name or read?

No. Recognising their (full) name would be a great start and they should have had quite a lot of hearing sounds at pre-school which is vital to picking up reading more quickly but we will be teaching them to write their name in cursive writing not print so sometimes this can feel like 'unlearning' what they know and be a barrier. Just read to them LOTS and engage them in the book. Do lots of counting. But basically, talk, talk, talk (and practise dressing and undressing and using the toilet!)


  • What do I (and you) do if my child is crying when I drop them off?

We're used to it! Most children will cry at dropping off time at some point in the year as tiredness gets to them or they realise they have to keep coming to this school thing every day!  

We will ask you to try to release yourself from them asap and we will help you with this by trying to distract your child with stickers etc in the classroom so you can get out of the Reception playground area as soon as possible. We promise you they will be ok within minutes.  We will call as soon as we can to let you know.


  • Is the uniform blue/black/grey?

Definitely not black or grey

Navy shorts, skirt, pinafore, trousers, joggers.

White polo shirt (not blouses or shirts)

Muscliff jumper, cardigan.


  • My child usually uses a short name. Will they learn to write that or their long name?

That depends on you! We have already starting labelling cloakroom pegs etc so please let us know if you prefer them to be called something else. Some parents like their child to be called something else but learn to write the long name. Again, that's fine by us as long as we know.


  • Do I need to send slippers in?

Not this year thanks.


  • How many jumpers should I buy?

That's a hard one! 2?

Pop by and see the ridiculous lost property we have to know that if you don't keep on top of the naming of uniform bits, you may not get it back. Every time you wash something, check the name is still clearly visible. 

There will, inevitably, be times when another child goes home with the wrong jumper/trousers/shoes ... you name it! But as soon as we/the parent knows because it is named, we generally get everything back.

There were 14 bags of unclaimed lots property in school on the last day of term (and that was after only one school term).


  • Will my child come home really dirty after a day at school?

We will use paints, chalk, water, have a mud kitchen, be using the gardening area and the outside areas can be muddy/dusty so be prepared.  Fortunately we don't expect a pristine uniform after that first morning so don't put that pressure on yourself! Just know that they are having fun whilst learning.


  • Why is my child so tired? They are used to full time nursery!

Getting used to new routines and people (big and little ones) is tiring. Also school is different to pre-school/nursery as much as we try to replicate it for this transition, we do not have the same numbers of adults or the same free flow. 


  • When will my child be star of the day?

Oh isn't it hard to wait!! By the end of the half-term, hopefully everyone will have taken the toy home. We keep records of who has been the star and when so there is a sense of fairness as well as an earned reward for following the school rules.


  • When will I hear about how my child is doing?

This is a big difference between nursery/school- we are unable to get round all of you to give you the kind of 1:1 daily report you may be used to. Take it as 'no news is good news' at the moment! Most days at pick up time, we will try to give a brief shout out of anything of interest in the day and if you would like to have a more personal chat, we are around until 3.30 most days before our teacher meetings. 

The part time weeks allow us to really get to know your child well and be able to motivate them to learn everything they need to start their school life and get the most out of it.


  • 1: 1 meetings Wednesday 5th/Thursday 6th/Friday 7th September. What do I need to do?

Just turn up and be ready for a whole load of information! We will spend some time with you on your own and some with your Rainbow child (who will do a job with our lovely TAs). They can come in uniform if they want but don't have to. The slot is quite tight so please be on time and be aware that we will need to ask you to leave on time. Hopefully the weather will be kind and you can sit outside the classrooms and look at the books if you are early. 



  • When is PE?

Usually Tuesday/Wednesday mornings - with some flexibility the first term, depending on their level of independent dressing. 


  • What time is drop off and pick up?

Gates open 8.30. All children in by 8.45.  Gates open about 3.10pm.


  • What do they need to bring each day?

Named coat, snack pot, water bottle, jumper/cardi, red file in book bag.


  • What do I do with the red file?

Look at it daily as we will put the new sound homework in there. Add your reading in the Monday-weekend part. We will check each file every week. We will also write in the school reading section when we read with your child in a Guided Reading group.


  • When is PE?

Usually Tuesday/Wednesday mornings - with some flexibility the first term, depending on their level of independent dressing.


  • What happens if I can't come to the Parent craft session in October?

Don't worry, you won't be the only one! We make sure that any children without a family member goes with a staff member and do the activity as a group. It really is a small opportunity for you to see your child inside school and we try to hold one every half term on different days. Grandparents/much older siblings are able to come if that helps. We also understand (as working mothers ourselves!) how difficult it is to juggle school/work life so no pressure to attend. Instead use your time for Nativity and sports day.