Hello there lovely people! I haven’t blogged for a while have I? I went and got myself a job last September and I’ve been busy busy busy!!! I’m now a receptionist at a primary school. I’ve settled in now and I think I finally know what I’m doing!
I’ve been wanting to blog but wasn’t sure what about. I don’t review a peanut because someone sent me a free packet!! So I’ll blog what I know about! Primary school! I am going to give you hints and tips, not just as a parent, but from the inside! Ready?
So your child is either starting primary school for the first time, or possibly going back after a Summer break. Whether you’re a parent who is dreading the thought of your child starting school or whooping with joy to get them in because 6 hours ‘peace’ sounds amazing, then I am here to help you!
Let’s pretend that we’re all new. Your child will have various items given to them. A book bag, maybe a water bottle? You will have bought the obligatory school coloured jumper, cardigan, blazer etc. The most important thing of all with these items? Label them! Please, label them! You don’t have to sew a fancy pants embroidered name label – a biro and a tag is fine. These items will go missing! No they won’t?? Yes they will!!! Your child, at some point, will misplace a jumper/shirt/trousers! My eldest at 7 has bought home other people’s PE shorts, she’s worn someone else’s dress (how on earth she didn’t notice it was waaaaaay to tight I don’t know!) At our school, all lost items end up in the lost property. If it’s in there and has not got a child’s name in it, it ends up going to the charity shop. I once saw a Superdry coat head off! Label everything – label your child to be honest!!
Make friends! The mums/dads/carers at the school gate are your friends! You will spend every school drop off and pick up with these people for SEVEN years! It’s really hard to avoid them! These are the parents of the children who your child will play with. Life is so much easier when everyone says hi to each other!
If your child is sick/has an appointment/other and won’t be in attendance – phone the school and tell them! If you’re child does not turn up and the school can’t get hold of you they can actually report your child as missing. Programme the schools number in your phone.
Your child will be given newsletters, notes, dates to remember, trip permission forms and many other items. Keep them safe!! Schools have a lot of information to give out to various years throughout the school! If you have a form which needs to be back before a certain date, it’s for a reason! Let’s face it, no one wants to be the person who forgot it was non uniform day…..!!
Teachers! Did you know the teacher of your child is human?! Talk to them about anything which concerns you. They will happily speak with you. If you can’t make drop off or pick up times, phone the school office. They will happily schedule you an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher.
If someone else is going to pick up your child, tell your child’s teacher or the school office. Our school is very strict – if no one has sent a message saying another person is picking up your child, they will not let your child go. It saves a lot of telephone calls!
Head lice! Not fun but a fact of life in school. The best advice I can give is to keep hair tied up at all times in school. Use a head lice comb once or twice per week and if your child does have any, inform the school. We send out a generic letter with advice on how to treat! “Jimmy has nits” is not appropriate on a letter….!!
Free School Meals. Some schools offer free school meals to all of Key Stage One. This is brilliant! No packed lunches to sort out, but a free meal for your child. If your child is in KS1 and you earn under £16,190 per year, you can still apply for Free meals. The school will get a subsidiary into their budget. No one knows who gets free school meals apart from the Headteacher/Governing body, school secretary and cook. It is highly confidential. You can apply for Free School Meals by heading here.
Good luck to your child (and you!) if you start school in September. You’ll both be fine! Mrs Bash says!
Just a small snippet for now. If you have any questions, please ask below, or just comment if you wish!
Let me know how your munchkins get on – I would love to know! Now get labeling that uniform!
Mrs Bash x