Janet DukePrimary School

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Starting School


Starting School



You can apply for Reception school place at an Essex primary school from 8th November 2021

School Visits:

Due to the governments Covid-19 guidelines, we are unable to offer school tours.

We will be uploading a video of our EYFS area soon.

Transition Days:

During the Summer term, we normally invite parents and children to some transition sessions. This usually involves: a visit to your child’s classroom where you can interact with your child inside the classroom and in the garden; a ‘market stall’ for parents to find out lots of information about our school whilst your child plays in the classroom and an English and Maths talk for parents whilst your child plays in the classroom.


However, due to Covid-19, in July 2020 we were unable to have all children in school together. Instead, we invited each child and their parent to have a one-to-one conversation with the teacher and a tour of the classroom and garden.

Specific arrangements for this year will be communicated with new parents during the summer term when we have the latest government guidance about COVID-19.

How to prepare your child for school:


Please see the attached documents which gives you some helpful tips on getting your child school ready.




    In September 2021, a new curriculum will be launched for EYFS. The new Development Matters document can be found below. The early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5. When your child joins us, we will regularly communicate the expectations for children in EYFS and your child’s progress and next steps with you.