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Transition to EYFS

Starting school is an exciting time but it can sometimes be difficult for younger children. We therefore plan this time carefully to support children with the transition and to ensure it is as smooth as possible for each child and that they settle into their new class quickly and happily.

Nursery Visits

In June, the teachers will contact the nurseries and pre-schools within Northampton. This allows us to exchange important information with your child’s key worker that will support the transition into school. Please ensure you note down your child’s pre-school setting on the paperwork enclosed in this pack.

Stay and Play Sessions

We organise ‘Stay and Play’ sessions which allow your child to become familiar with their new school, especially the reception base. It is a chance for you and your child to experience what happens in the classroom and join in with some of the activities. It is also a chance for you to get to meet the reception staff.

Transfer Day is an exciting day where your child will get to experience the reception base with other members of their class exclusively to themselves. There will be two sessions available on this day, one morning and one afternoon, we will inform you of your child’s transfer group. Transfer Day allows children the opportunity to build valuable links with the staff as well as developing a sense of security at school. These sessions will last for 2.5 hours and children will attend by themselves. 

Home Visits

Home visits take place in the first week of September.  It is a chance for the Reception staff to get to know your child in an environment that they feel safe and secure.  Home visits will last approximately 20 minutes. These visits will need to be booked in advance using our online booking system.

Transition Sessions

Starting school is a big step for children. Our gradual induction into school will enable your child to settle into school smoothly, even if they are used to being in full time day care. They will be meeting lots of new people and will be getting used to a new environment and new routines. 


We look forward to welcoming both you and your child to Wootton Park School. We believe that our school will offer a first-rate and unique place to learn, ensuring high levels of academic achievement and personal development for all and we are excited to be making this journey with you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


EYFS Booklet 2024