Early Years FAQs Hollygirt School


Early School FAQs

We have listed some frequently asked questions below.

Please get in touch if you have any additional questions.

We keep full Early Years’ profiles which are shared with parents at parents’ evenings or at any other time by request. These log details of what the child is able to do and form an ongoing record of pupil progress. Pupils also keep a ‘special book’ which records photographs and evidence of work that children have completed, this comes home at the end of the academic year.

Children are provided with either milk or orange juice at morning playtime. They bring their own healthy snacks and a water bottle from home.

Lunches are included in our fees for all full time/ full day children. We offer two choices of main meal every day, one of which is non-meat.

All children eat a school meal unless they have a very specific dietary need that we cannot cater for. The menu is published on the website and parents are asked to help with the choices.

The school day begins with registration at 8.45am, though children can be brought into school free of charge from 8.00am. The school day ends at 3.30pm.

Before School Club runs for 15 minutes from 7.45am to 8.00am for a small charge of £2.

After school, children not involved in extra-curricular activities can attend After School Club until 5.30pm which is supervised by Mrs Mahl and Mrs Khan. The After School Club can be pre-booked but many parents also use the club on an ad hoc basis.

The After School Club is charged termly.

Up to 4.30pm per day (if booked in advance) – £4.20
Up to 5.30pm per day (if booked in advance) – £8.40

Occasional day use is available at a cost increase of £5.25 and £10.50 respectively.

The uniform list is available on our website. Purchased new from Schoolwear Solutions, our uniform suppliers, the full uniform will cost somewhere between £250 and £350. However many parents will take advantage of our Friends of Hollygirt Second Hand Uniform Shop for some items which offers fantastic value for money, especially when children are growing quickly.

The two basic prerequisites for starting in Nursery are: (i) the child can manage their own toileting (we do not take children in nappies or trainer pants) and (ii) they are able to feed themselves.

After this we look at whether they are emotionally and socially able to function for a full day around other children. For entry at this age we do not have any academic expectations.

Yes. We take children from the age of three providing they are out of nappies/trainer pants; can do their own toileting; can feed themselves; and can follow basic instructions.

All children spend a taster session with us to demonstrate their readiness.

We usually find that once a child has been left in our care, they quickly settle. The teachers and other children are very kind and helpful. All young people starting in school spend some time with us to assess their readiness for a Hollygirt education. Some children will start part time and build up to full time in Nursery.

We hold a monthly Stay and Play session where parents can come along and observe their child in the Hollygirt environment before the child starts at the school.

The curriculum for the EYFS is statutory for all children aged 3, 4 and 5. The unit is staffed with a Nursery and a Reception Teacher. For the formal parts of teaching/learning the Early Years unit is separated by a sliding door which creates two discrete learning environments.

From the very beginning our children in the Early Years class learn phonics, handwriting skills and do topic work. Every night each child takes home reading materials and parents are encouraged to talk about them at home, with their child. With a high teacher:pupil ratio, children can work at their own level. The most able will develop at a faster pace. Children in Nursery who are more advanced in their learning can join the Reception class for the formal work times, if the level of work there is more suited to their needs.

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