Letter to Parents 12 January 2021
Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they will be due to transfer to primary school in September 2021. Places are not issued automatically and an application must be submitted online to Milton Keynes Council, www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The application portal is live and it is imperative that you apply for your child’s place in good time and before the strict deadline of Friday 15 January 2021. We had some families last year who missed the deadline and who wanted but were not allocated a place at TPA.
Please note that children who attend Eaton Mill Nursery are given priority for Reception places at TPA but ONLY if you complete the online application before Friday 15 January 2021. The school currently has a waiting list of 24 children for the current Reception so please complete your application ASAP.
If you need any assistance with the process then please call and speak to one of the ladies in the Atrium.
Hands On Learning
As promised in LTP 77, the ‘Hands on Learning’ documents that we sent out during the first lockdown have now been uploaded on to our website. These documents are filled with fun and educational activities for you to share with your child. For those of you who have already enjoyed the previous versions you will find a brand new one filled with exciting educational activities which covers the 7 areas of learning.
It would be wonderful to see photos of any activities that the children are doing at home or indeed any finished works in relation to baking or arts and crafts.
Please email photos in to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a reply.
Hungry Little Minds
Hungry Little Minds is a Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.
I have attached the link https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk as I think it could be a really useful tool for you. It aims to help parents/carers to understand that they have a massive impact on their children’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things that you can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back. Parents can access tips and activities ranging from 0 – 5 years of age.
We have been asked by parents as to whether or not we could offer some face to face contact with the children via Zoom. As you know most of the nursery staff are currently furloughed but we are looking into the feasibility of this and will let you know in due course.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to those of you who have emailed in with kind words of support. It is very much appreciated and I know that we will all get through this together albeit, for now, at a distance!
Please remember if you would like some support or guidance with education or wellbeing matters, email email@example.com outlining your area of need and we will arrange for the person best suited to your needs to respond.
In the meantime thank you for your support during what has been a very difficult year for us all. Here’s hoping that Spring 2021 brings a successful roll out of the vaccine and some semblance of getting back to normal!
Take care and stay safe.
Chief Operating Officer