The new school year signals a busy time for our breakfast and after school clubs. We have lots of new children attending and maybe new staff as well. Over the years we have reviewed and refined our processes to help smooth the transition for the new arrivals, especially the new EYFS children.
A child’s first session can be daunting and it is important that they feel comfortable during their stay. Ideally, children would have had a visit before starting but this is not always possible so we have other ways of helping children have a positive settling in period.
We gather information from parents prior to their child attending and each child has a keyperson to be their special adult. The keyperson will show the child the setting, where to put their belongings, what activities are on offer and ensure they have a snack. They will also liaise with the child’s parents and class teacher to share information.
‘The role of the Keyperson will be to be a special person to the child and meet their needs throughout their time with Energy Kidz’.
All About Me
Each Early Years child has their own ‘All About Me’ book to record any activities they have enjoyed. Children are encouraged to own their book by adding drawings, writing or photos. Parents are more than welcome to view their child’s book at any time. This will also serve as a memento of a child’s time with us.
When children first attend, they may be tired after a long day at school and this is accommodated within each club. There is always an area where children can relax or sleep and it is quite normal for this to happen in the first few weeks.
Our aim is to work with both parents and the school to form a good support system for all the children so they get the most out of attending our club by continuing their learning and development through the activities and resources we provide and the support we give to build confidence, gain skills and acquire knowledge.
The Role of ‘Play to a Childs’ Development
At Energy Kidz we believe play is essential to each aspect of a child’s development. In our clubs, children have the opportunity to interact with children of different ages, thereby strengthening their social confidence within the club and the school. Staff provide a child-led environment, allowing the children to make choices from the varied activities on offer which are supervised at all times; team games, art and craft sessions and organised outdoor/indoor sports.
At Energy Kidz, our aim is to work with both parents and the school to form a good support system for all the children so they get the most out of attending our club by continuing their learning and development through the activities and resources we provide and the support we give to build confidence, gain skills and acquire knowledge.