Cam Everlands Primary School

We Believe, Achieve and Celebrate

Cam Everlands Primary School

We Believe, Achieve and Celebrate

Reception Class September 2024

If your child is joining our Reception Class this September, please find information regarding transition events and dates below.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



Wednesday 5th June 6:30pm to 7:30pm                          Parents Welcome Evening

This is an opportunity for parents and carers to come and meet the Head Teacher and Infant Team where we can welcome you to our school. You will receive a ‘Starting School’ pack which will contain lots of information and advice. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Infant classrooms.


Friday 7th June 5:00pm to 7:30pm                                     Everfest

An informal opportunity to visit the school and have a little fun!


Thursday 27th June 1:00pm to 2:30pm                               Picnic in the field

This relaxed session will be based on the school field. Bring a picnic and a blanket along to enjoy the sunshine. This is a great opportunity for the children from different settings to meet and for parents to get to know each other and perhaps arrange some playdates for the summer!!


Monday 1st July to Thursday 4th July                                 Home visits

We offer all families the chance to speak to us in confidence and strongly encourage you to arrange a visit (bookable at the Parent’s Welcome Evening). This is a great opportunity for you to chat with your child’s teacher about any worries – no matter how big or small! Children will be given their first school reading bag.


Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July                                    Pre-school visits

We endeavour to meet all children again in their pre-school setting. This helps to build familiarity and gives the opportunity for us to chat with their key workers. We will contact settings directly to arrange this.






Week 1     Tuesday 3rd Sept to Friday 6th Sept


Group A

Children with October, December, January, April, and June birthdays.

8:45am – 11:00am

Children can access Breakfast Club


Group B

Children with September, November, February, March, May, July and August birthdays.

12:45pm – 3:00pm

Children can access Everlanders After School Club



Weeks 2 and 3     Monday 9th Sept to Friday 20th Sept

All children

8:45am - 11:45am

Children can access Breakfast Club


During these two weeks your child will be invited to stay for one afternoon of baking fun. Your child will also complete their Reception Baseline Assessment in this session.



Week 4     Monday 23rd Sept onwards

All children are now full time

8:50am (gates open at 8:40am)

3:15pm (gates open at 3:10pm)

Children can access Breakfast Club and Everlanders




Why do we have a gradual start to school?

We recognise that many children have busy days with their pre-school settings and child minders. In these settings, the children will have a maximum ratio of 1:8, which provides cosy security with a well-known trusted adult.


Starting school is a big step, children have a new building to negotiate, new adults to build relationships with, new rules to remember and lots of new children to get to know. This is exhausting for young children!


Imagine the feeling of being nervous and excited at the same time when you start a new job. Who will be there to help you? What if you get lost? What if you can’t find the toilet?! What if you make a mistake – would you be in trouble?


The first week of our transition gives us a few precious days to introduce the children to their new classroom, while maintaining the support ratio of 1:8 that they are used to.


The following two weeks brings all of the children together for a short school day. During this time we are supporting the children in becoming increasingly reassured in their new classroom, with a focus on increasing independence as the teacher:pupil ratio now jumps to 1:15.


A period of shorter school days gives us the best chance to make every child feel welcome and safe. While we understand that the transition will be enough for some children, we recognise that all children are different and some may need an extra helping hand and a gradual start allows us to provide this.


Children with SEND needs may require an extension of the part-time timetable and we may recommend this as part of their transition into full-time school.


We thank you in advance for supporting both the school and children through these first 3 weeks.