Letter to Parents 16 July 2021
Dear Parents / Carers
End of Year
What a year! I would just like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to you all for your continued support during what has been, let’s face it, a shocking time. However, we have all made the best of it and the children have been fantastic in keeping us all going.
School Readiness Programme
The reintroduction on the School Readiness Programme for all children starting TPA in September 2021 has been a great success. Since returning after the June holiday, the children who are joining TPA have spent their time in the Reception classrooms with teachers and teachings assistants from TPA and nursery staff. Over the last six weeks the new TPA children who stayed for lunch transitioned from eating their lunch in the classrooms to now eating in Eat’n’Hall dining room in preparation for September. They took to it ‘like ducks to water’ and are well prepared for their first day at TPA.
We have 64 children leaving the Nursery to go up to ‘big school’. We are sad to say goodbye to so many wonderful children and families, however the majority are moving locally in to TPA and we know that they will be in the best hands.
Of those 64, I’d like to give a special mention to 4 children who will be leaving us to go to other schools in Milton Keynes; some of whom have been with us since they were babies. Yes, we once had a baby room! You have all been superstars and I have no doubt that you will flourish in your new schools. Don’t forget us and if you ever feel like checking in then please feel free to email us, anytime!
We wish you all the best and for those moving to TPA, don’t forget to say hi when you see us moving around the Academy.
What A Team!
I am sure that you will all join me in saying a huge ‘thank you’ to the Nursery team. Our staff have all been working exceptionally hard during a very difficult time. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the children have a safe and secure environment and above all a fun time. With all of this in place, the learning comes naturally and it has been wonderful to see the children grow and develop over the past year.
So ‘well done team’ – your dedication and efforts are very much appreciated.
You should, by now, have received your child’s summer term report. If you child has not attended nursery yesterday or today, then their report has been posted out to you this evening.
This is a new look report from those previously generated through Tapestry and this is in readiness for some changes brought in by the government effective from September. Please let us know what you think.
Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, they will be due to transfer to primary school in September 2022. Places are not issued automatically, and an application must be submitted online to Milton Keynes Council at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schooladmissions
As soon as the application portal goes live in September, we will let you know as it is imperative that you apply for your child’s place in good time and before the strict deadline. We have had some families this year who missed the deadline and were not allocated their first-choice place at TPA.
We are currently taking bookings at the Nursery for children who are eligible to join us. If you have a child aged two or over and you would like them to join our Nursery, or your child already attends and you wish to increase their sessions, please email email@example.com for more details.
Please note that spaces get booked up very quickly and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
Sadly, today we say goodbye to Martina and Shefa. Martina joined us in January 2018 to work in our baby room. Shefa joined us in March 2017 and has worked across both the Hedgehogs and Squirrels rooms and more latterly in the school readiness room to assist with the transition from nursery to school. Both are moving in different directions and I am sure that you will all join me in wishing them well in their future endeavours.
Last Day Of Learning Block 1
The last day of Learning Block 1 is today. We will close for the summer break and we re-open on Monday 6 September.
Finally, I hope that you and your family have a fantastic summer and have a well-deserved rest.
Take care and stay safe.
Chief Operating Officer