Mrs Claudia van de Laar
Head of the Early Years School
Meet the Head
Naturally, parents are always concerned about their child starting school, but now living during a pandemic parents face new and some difficult decisions when choosing a school for their child. Staff at the Early Years School know however that children learn best when they are at school and have adapted their ways of working within the boundaries of the Covid-19 protocol to ensure a successful transition to school.
First experiences of school should always be positive. We want all children to develop a love for learning and to have fun and enjoy success in all aspects of their education. We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to also play an active part in your child’s education.
The cultural diversity of our school is valued and celebrated – it is wonderful to teach children of different nationalities and to see them mix so easily with each other. The joy of seeing this happen is probably the main reason that I have been with the School for over 25 years and have been Head of the Early Years since 2011.
If you are thinking about enrolling your child in the Early Years but are worried about the impact of Covid-19, please see an article I wrote here but also do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help you.
Whether your child is transferring to a new class or experiencing school for the very first time, we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible. First experiences of school should always be positive. We want all children to develop a love for learning and to have fun and enjoy success in all aspects of their education. We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to also play an active part in your child’s education.
Under usual circumstances, we offer families the opportunity of a home visit prior to your child starting in September and would also provide an induction programme where parents can be more involved in the transition to school life. However, this is not possible right now due to restrictions relating to Covid-19.
Our information booklet below provides more detail of what to expect and how to prepare your child for school, but we are also happy to help with any questions you may have.
The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.