At Bourne, we have a policy of visiting all new to Nursery or Reception children at home before they start with us. These visits are a really good opportunity to check things and explain any worries you or your child have. They are also an opportunity to gather vital information before your child starts. For children who join us in Years 1 – 6 we will complete a school based visit, where parents/carers and the child are invited to meet the teacher, have a tour of the school and go through important information before their child starts school.
Home visits are also very much a chance for teachers to see children in their own environment, where they're likely to be at their most comfortable. If a new pupil seems especially shy in the classroom once they start, but were less so during the home visit, this will help the teacher understand that they might just need to come out of their shell more. School based visits also help the children to have a small introduction to the school and gather information before they make the transition.
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