New to Nursery

Nursery Letter – Tuesday 5th May 2020

Dear Parents,

As your child is due to start in Nursery at Brentnall Community Primary School in September, we would like to take this time to inform you of some of the things we have currently put in place while school is closed due to Covid-19.

Starting dates

While we would normally be able to tell you what date your child will be starting school, at this time we are unable to do that. We continue to keep ourselves updated with the government guidelines and as soon as we have a clear picture on when schools are to re-open, giving you a start date will be one of our priorities. Under normal circumstances your child would initially start part time, for a period of time within the first 1-3 weeks in September. This is a morning or afternoon session. This allows the children to settle into their new class and to get to know their teacher, before starting full time. We endeavor to continue with this approach in September, however this will be down to the government’s decisions on schools re-opening and the guidelines of what this will look like.

Transition with your child’s current nursery

If nurseries/schools are able to re-open before the summer holidays then your child’s class teacher may be able to meet with some of the staff who work with your child currently. However, if this is not possible, we will contact them to get any information electronically.

Visits to school

To help with the transition into school, usually we would invite you and your child into school for ‘stay and play’ sessions. These sessions would give both you and your child a chance to see the school and the environment and to meet the nursery teacher, as well as some of the other staff in school. As you can appreciate, this is not something we can organise at this time. However, we look forward to hearing the government’s decisions on social distancing in schools, to allow us to go ahead with these sessions when it is safe to do so.

Home visits

At Brentnall, we complete a home visit for every child starting at our school. This is a lovely opportunity for your child to meet their class teacher in an environment that is comfortable to them. It also gives your child’s teacher the opportunity to get to know you and your child before you join us in school. Again, we still hope to be able to continue to do this, therefore as soon as it is safe to do so you will be contacted to arrange a visit. This may be in September, rather than during the Summer term.

Contacting school

While school is closed we would still like to keep in touch with you electronically. To do this please send an email to with your child’s full name and date of birth. This will ensure we have the correct email address linked to you and your child.

Accepting your place

Please log on to the portal you used to apply for the place to accept your place at Brentnall.

Data forms

Enclosed is the school data form for you to complete. This must be completed before your child starts school. When school is open, we would appreciate you dropping the forms off at the school office. Alternatively, you can send all completed forms back to school in the post. The school postal address is at the top of this letter. Please DO NOT bring the form to school while we are still closed as there will be nobody available in the office to take it from you.

We appreciate this is an uncertain time for you as parents and would like to stress that ensuring your child has a positive start at Brentnall is our top priority. We look forward to meeting you when it is safe to do so.

Kind regards,

Mr. Thompson


Starting Nursery

Please click here to read a letter from our Reception team.

Please click here for information on starting Nursery, including information on ordering school uniform.

Please click here for a video of the nursery classroom.

Please click here for a video of the nursery sand and water area.

Please click here for another video of the Early Years outdoor area.

Please click here to see some helpful tips on how to support your child to prepare for starting school.

Please click here for information on how we will observe children in class.

Additional Information

  • The BBC have a fantastic website called Tiny Happy People which provides information on how to help your child’s communication skills through simple interaction and play – click here to visit their website.
  • The BBC also have an excellent website page containing information about starting Primary School – click here to view
  • click here for some tips and advice from the NDNA about your child starting school
  • For more information on how to support your child with toilet training at home – click here
  • The Government have a campaign called Hungry Little Minds – click here to view