Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

New Reception Parents September 2019

New Reception Parents September 2019

We are delighted that your child is joining our school and we look forward to getting to know you and your child and working together in partnership. Southborough is a welcoming, exciting and successful school and we hope your child will quickly feel happy, confident and secure in their new environment.


This page of our website has been written for the parents and carers of new Reception children. It aims to answer some of the questions you may have so that you too will feel confident and well prepared when your child starts school. You can also refer to the Welcome to Reception 2019-2020 booklet or contact us for further information.

Key Dates

Taster Days During Term 6:

All children starting in Reception in September will be invited to two taster sessions during the term before they start. This is an important opportunity for your child to meet their teacher, to see their new classroom and to meet some of their new friends. You will be sent the dates of the taster days by email.



Children with a surname A-L inclusive

Children with a surname M-Z inclusive

Monday 1st July

12.30pm – 1.30pm

1.45pm – 2.45pm

Friday 12th July

9.45am – 10.45am

11.00am – 12.00pm


When will my child start school?

So that the teaching staff can get to know your child and give them the help they need in the first days of school, the children have a staggered start. These details will also be emailed to you after the Welcome Meeting.




Children with a surname A-L inclusive


Children with a surname M-Z inclusive

Wednesday 11th to

Tuesday 17th September

9.00am – 11.30am

12.30pm – 3.00pm

Wednesday 18th and

Thursday 19th  September

8.45am – 12.45pm

Including lunch

Friday 20th September onwards

All children start FULL TIME from 8.45am to 3.00pm

Do you provide before and after school care?

We provide before school care through our Southborough Church of England Primary School Breakfast Club. Our Breakfast Club provides one hour of childcare and breakfast for £5. To find out more about Breakfast Club, follow the link below:

Other local providers offer wrap around care, including breakfast and after school clubs. For further information about these services, please contact them direct.

Reception School Uniform List

Find below information on School Uniform for Reception. The link below takes you to our School Uniform Page with further information on how to order uniform:

The PTA hold uniform sales once a term, find out more by following the link below:

Summer Uniform (September to October half term & Easter to end of July)  (Terms 1, 5 & 6)



Grey Shorts / Trousers

Blue and White checked Dress or Navy Tailored Shorts

School Sweatshirt or School Knitted Jumper

School Sweatshirt or School Knitted Jumper or


School Cardigan or School Knitted Cardigan

Short Sleeved White Shirt / School White Polo Shirt

Short Sleeved White Shirt / School White Polo Shirt

Black or Grey Socks

White or Navy long or short Socks

School Cap / Legionnaires Hat

School cap / Legionnaires Hat


Winter Uniform (from October half term to Easter)  (Terms 2, 3 & 4)



Grey Trousers

Navy Skirt / Pinafore / Trousers

School Sweatshirt or School Knitted Jumper

School Sweatshirt or School Knitted Jumper or


School Cardigan or School Knitted Cardigan

Short Sleeved White Shirt / School White Polo Shirt

Short Sleeved White Shirt / School White Polo Shirt

Black or Grey Socks

White or Navy long Socks or Navy Tights


For both boys and girls appropriate dark coloured school shoes should be worn, no open-toed sandals or trainers.


Does my child need PE Kit in Reception?

Yes. Your child needs a sky blue school PE top and navy shorts. From the start of the summer term, your child will also need black plimsolls.


What do I do if my child loses something?

Let us know if your child has lost an item of clothing and we will look for it in our lost property box. However, please make sure every item of clothing is clearly named. If it is named it is much easier to return misplaced items to the owner. All belongings including book bags, shoes, and drink bottles must be clearly named. Please do not send toys into school as they may get lost or broken which can be upsetting for your child.

Class Pages

Throughout the year, you can keep up to date on what your child's class has been doing on our class pages:

FAQs - find the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below, or on other pages of our website:

What do I do when I bring my child to school on the first morning?

Starting school is a big event and we understand how it feels for you and your child. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will be on hand to greet you and your child and to help you with the new routines and answer any questions you may have.

What do I do if it is not the usual person collecting my child?

When you bring your child into school in the morning, please tell us if it is not the usual person collecting them after school. We will make a note of the arrangements and will dismiss your child to the person you tell us about.

If there are unforeseen changes to the usual pick up arrangements during the day, please telephone the Infant Office (01892 529491) to let us know and we will pass a message to your child’s teacher. Please phone before lunch time if possible.

What does my child need to bring to school on the first day?

  • A named school book bag and a named bottle of water.

  • Named PE kit in a named PE bag. The PE bag should be hung on your child’s coat peg. We will send it home for washing at the end of each term. Reception children do not need black plimsolls until summer Term 5.

  • Spare underwear in case of toileting accidents (to be kept in your child’s PE bag).
  • Named painting apron.
  • Named wellington boots in a plastic bag.

Does my child need to bring a snack to school?

No. Our school takes part in the ‘School Fruit and Vegetables’ scheme introduced by the government which provides a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable for each child in Reception and Key Stage 1, free of charge. Please do not send any other snacks into school.


Can my child have milk at school?

Children under five years old are entitled to free school milk. We use a company called Cool Milk to provide this service for us. If you would like your child to receive a carton of milk each day, you need to register their details via their website Once children reach 5 years old, you will be advised by Cool Milk that the period of free milk is coming to an end and be advised on how to pay for your child to continue to have milk each day.


To read about school lunches, follow the link below:

What happens if my child is late for school?

Once the children start school full time the gate opens at 8.45am and your child must be in class by 8.55am. It can be quite upsetting for young children to arrive late and walk into the classroom when everyone else is already settled at an activity. If your child arrives after 8.55am, please walk with them to the Infant Office where they will be registered.


Where will I pick my child up after school?

Reception children are dismissed one at a time from the classroom, via the classroom back door. The children are only allowed to go out of the classroom once we have seen the person responsible for collecting them. The Early Years gate is unlocked at 3.00pm and from there you walk to the backdoor of your child’s class. Please try to arrive on time as children can get upset if they think you may not be picking them up.

What do I do if my child needs to be given medicine at school?

If your child is prescribed a course of treatment which necessitates medicine being taken during the school day, for example, antibiotics, you may come to school at the appropriate time to administer the medicine, or you may request for a first aider at school to administer the medicine. If you wish the school to administer any medication, it needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and be handed to the Lower School Office in the morning in the original dispensed container. You will be asked to complete a ‘Parental Agreement for Medicine Form’, which can be downloaded from our website or obtained from the school office. If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, you will also need to complete the appropriate consent form in order to give us permission to administer inhalers or medication.


Follow the link below for more information: