Reception New Starters

If you wish to contact the class teachers they are available via email on

Welcome Message from the Head Teacher

FAQ's for New Starter Parents

  1. When will my child start school?
  • Usually we would have held play and stay sessions in July with a staggered start to school in September. 
  • Due to the current circumstances we aim to hold our play and stay sessions in September followed by a staggered start.
  •  Please be mindful that this may change as government guidance is updated. We will endeavor to notify you with our plans when more government guidance is received. 

2. Where can I find information about what to expect for my child as they start school?

  • Please read through our Reception Transition booklet and power-point
  • Watch the welcome video with your child to share with them what school will look like
  • Go to the website and look at the new starter section.

3. Who is my child’s class teacher?

  • The reception class teachers will be Mrs Hayes in Flutes and Miss Wakeling in Clarinets. 
  • You will have received an email from your child’s class teacher which will tell you their class. There is a photo of your child’s class teacher on the letter.
  • Please keep an eye out for our meet the teacher videos. 

4. Does the school offer wrap around care? 

  • As a school we offer a breakfast club that starts at 7.50am (there is a charge for this service)
  • After school club is run by Kent play club and is open till 6pm. (there is a charge for this service)
  • Once the children have settled into school we will share our after school club lists with you. If the club is suitable for reception children we will make this clear. These kinds of clubs are free but are run on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Please read our transition booklet and power point or have a look on the school website under Pupils and Clubs.   

5. When can I purchase my child’s school uniform?

  • School uniform is sold via the PTA from the school site. 
  • We are currently looking into how this can be done in a simple but safe manner and as soon as we have more information we will update you. 
  • During the current circumstances we will ask for payments for uniforms to be made via BACS. The details will be shared with you when we have organised our ‘socially distanced’ uniform shop.

6. Toileting: My child still needs help with wiping or accidents, will they be helped at school?

  • All our staff are professional and most have children of their own, we will of course guide and support your child when needed. All toileting is handled sensitively and discreetly. 

7. What happens if my child hurts themselves?

  • There will be at least one first aid trained member of staff within the early years team who will be on hand to support with any accidents requiring first aid. 
  • If your child has had to receive first aid you will be handed a slip at the end of the day. 
  • For more serious first aid incidents including bumps to the head, your child will be taken to the office to see one of our paediatric first aiders. 
  • If your child has had a bump to the head you will be notified via email / parent mail. 
  • For more serious incidents the school will contact you straight away. 

8. How will I know if my child has eaten all their dinner?

  • Our midday meal supervisors will make note of any children that have not eaten much of their lunch and will then notify the class teacher. The class teacher will then inform you at the end of the day. 

9. Will my child do PE? Do they need special clothes?

  • Your child will take part in P.E lessons to help develop their large muscles. 
  • Your child will require a white t-shirt and a pair of navy or black shorts/jogging bottoms.

10.  Who can I contact with any queries? 

  • Our office team are on hand either by phone 01233630820 or email 
  • Class teachers can be contacted by email via 
  • Our Foundation Family Liaison Officer can be emailed at 


Have a look at your new school!

Meet Mrs Hayes

Welcome from Mrs Hayes

Meet Miss Wakeling

Welcome from Miss Wakeling

Meet Mrs McLennan

Welcome from Mrs McLennan


East Stour Primary School,
Earlsworth Road,
TN24 0DW
01233 630820