Welcome to Nursery, September 2020

Welcome to Lingfield Primary School.  We are so looking forward to meeting our September 2020 nursery children. 

During this unprecedented time, please rest assured that we are still here to answer any of your questions and make your child’s transition into school life at Lingfield as smooth as possible.

We have some transition information for you to read through before your child joins us in September to make the process as seamless as possible.


Welcome letter from our Headteacher

Welcome social story

A Nursery day



You should have received an email with your Nursery Visit time, Cohort and starting timetable.  If you have not received this, please email Sharon Dowds on sdowds@lingfield.surrey.sch.uk, or call 01342 832626 during term time.


Make sure you don’t miss out on any school communications by having the school app on your phone.  Please click here to view instructions on how to download.


This is our online payment system which will be used throughout your child's time at our school.  You will shortly receive an email with details of how to register an account for your child.  Please click here for a how to guide.

The following consent forms are available for you to complete, please visit the Events option:

  • E-Safety
  • Parent Handbook & Charter
  • Photo consent 1
  • Photo consent 2
  • Photo consent 3
  • School dog
  • Sharing photos and filming
  • Tapestry

Please ensure you check out as if you were making a payment.


Please click here to access the table for the staggered start times in September 2020.  You have also been sent an email with individual times to attend the nursery on the visits day.  If you have not received this email, please contact Sharon Dowds on 01342 832626 or email sdowds@lingfield.surrey.sch.uk


Tapestry is an easy-to-use, secure online learning journal which enables staff and families to capture, share and celebrate each child's individual achievements and milestones. Learning and progress is documented through photos and videos and an ongoing dialogue between home and school. 


Uniform reflects a pride in the school and respect of the school rules. When your child starts in nursery they will need the following items of uniform:

  • White embroidered polo shirt *
  • Navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan *
  • Clothes, for example jogging bottoms, that are easy for your child to pull up and down themselves for easy independent toileting
  • Safe, sensible black shoes
  • Grey, black or white plain socks or tights
  • Book bag *

* You can order your child's uniform through SIMS Pay. 

Once the order has been made up, you will receive an email or phone call from us with an appointment time to collect the uniform.  If you do have to change sizes then any returns will be quarantined for 72 hours.  Uniform will not be able to collected during the school holidays (22nd July until 2nd September) but we will endeavour to do it as soon as possible when we return.

Please find below some general information about the school or if you have any questions about your child starting in September, please contact Mrs Sharon Dowds, Admissions or telephone 01342 832626.


Parents must ensure that they contact Mrs Nicki Dervishi (School Attendance Officer) by 9.15am on the first day of absence and every subsequent day their child is absent by calling the school office 01342 832626 or emailing absence@lingfield.surrey.sch.uk


At this current time we are unsure when our Breakfast and After School Club will be re-opening but for further details and to express and interest, please click here for Breakfast Club and here for After School FUN Club.


For any information changes please email info@lingfield.surrey.sch.uk


We try and cook once a week with the children so we ask for a voluntary donation of £5 towards ingredients at the start of each term via SIMS Pay, under Fees and Subs.


School milk is an important part of a child’s diet. Milk provides a number of health benefits.  All children who are under 5 years old or are registered as pupil premium are eligible for free milk. If you are not entitled to free milk you can pay for your child to have it at school.  Please visit www.coolmilk.com to register your child to receive free milk or wish to pay.


Each term you will be required to complete and sign a Declaration Form so that we can receive funding for your child’s nursery place.  If your child is attending more than 15 hours, you will also need to complete a 30 hour declaration form as well.  If you have any queries about this, please contact Mrs Sharon Dowds.


Please ensure all clothing/shoes and bags are clearly labelled as it is easier to find if the item becomes lost.


Where possible the need for medicines to be administered at school should be avoided, however, we understand that there are times this is unavoidable.  You will need to complete and sign a ‘Medication Request’ form (medication forms).  This will need to be given to a member of staff with the original container as dispensed by a Pharmacist and be clearly labelled. Parents must bring in any equipment required to administer the medicine e.g. medicine spoons, oral syringes.

Non-prescription medications, including cough sweets, are not to be brought into school.

If your child has an Inhaler, please complete and sign an ‘Inhaler Request’ form and give to a member of staff in its original container as dispensed by a Pharmacist, with the label on.  Please also bring in their Asthma Treatment Plan so that we can keep a copy at school. This inhaler, along with a spacer, can be left at school for your child to use.


Option 1:

Monday                8.50am – 3.00pm

Tuesday                8.50am – 3.00pm

Wednesday          8.50am – 11.45am

Option 2:

Wednesday         12.00pm – 3.00pm

Thursday               8.50am – 3.00pm

Friday                    8.50am – 3.00pm

Option 3:

Monday to Friday  8.45am – 3.00pm

Additional hours are available for those families eligible for 30 hours funding or at an additional cost, subject to availability and Government guidelines.


If your child is still in nappies or pull ups, we would encourage you to start potty training over the summer holidays.  Here are some helpful training tips to assist you and your child during the toilet training stage.

Most children begin to show signs of readiness between 18 and 24 months, although some may be ready earlier or later than that. Boys often start later and sometimes take longer to learn to use the potty than girls.

As well as using age as a readiness indicator, look for other signs that your child may be ready to start heading for the potty, such as the ability to:

  • follow simple instructions
  • understand words about the toileting process
  • control the muscles responsible for elimination
  • verbally express a need to go
  • keep a nappy dry for 2 hours or more
  • get to the potty, sit on it, and then get off the potty
  • pull down nappy, disposable training pants, or underpants
  • show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants


Our school meals are provided by Radish Catering. Each dish is prepared on site using fresh, local produce. Our home cooked meals meet the required national nutritional standards.  We will ask your menu choices once your child has started with us, however if you have any queries about meals, please contact Mrs Nikki Dow by email or call 01342 832626.

Meals cost £2.30 per day and payment can be made in advance via SIMS Pay. 

If your child is staying all day on Wednesday, please bring a packed lunch as there are no hot meals available that day.


Starting nursery is a very exciting time for you and your child. As a team, we will endeavour to make this as special and enjoyable as possible.  Whilst dropping off your child, members of the team are always on hand should you need a brief chat or help settling your child.

When your child starts school it is natural for them to have some fears and anxieties about saying goodbye.  Helping your child get past their fears will go a long way towards encouraging healthy separations. 

  • Treat departures in a matter of fact way.  Say “I love you and I will see you after nursery”, give them a hug, kiss and leave.  It will send them a message that you feel comfortable with their key person and that they can be comfortable too.
  • If you apologise for leaving it can convey the message that you are doing something for which you want your child’s forgiveness.  It is better to say a positive goodbye.
  • If you ask your child’s permission to depart it gives your child more power than they need or can use.  Tell them you are leaving now and you will see them at the end of nursery.
  • It is best to say goodbye rather than slipping away.  Although disappearing may help avoid a scene today it may jeopardise your child’s trust in you and the nursery staff, causing difficult goodbyes in the future.
  • Try and be patient if your child acts out when you are reunited.  The longer you are gone, the harder it is for your child to hold themselves together.  Once reunited they will feel safe enough to let out a day’s worth of emotions all at once.  Acknowledge their feelings and tell them they have been missed.


These can be found by clicking here.


These are the things your child will need to bring to Nursery with them most days:

  • Named school uniform
  • Named water bottle/lunchbox
  • Named book bag (to their work home in)
  • Shoes (named) that your child can manage by themselves (e.g. Velcro – no laces)
  • Sunhat (named) for sunny days
  • Sun cream already applied on sunny days
  • Warm coat (named) for colder days)
  • Warm hat and gloves (named) for cooler days
  • Spare clothes (named) in case of accidents
  • A packed lunch EVERY Wednesday if your child is attending all day on a Wednesday

These things will make it easy for your child to be independent

  • Clothes that are easy for your child to pullup and down themselves for easy independent toileting
  • If you are sending your daughter in tights, please practise taking them off and on
  • We will be doing PE lessons and we ask children to remove their shoes and socks/tights – we will encourage children to do this independently so you may wish to practise with your child
  • Toys from home should not come into school.  This avoids them getting lost which may upset your child.  We understanding that at first your child may want to bring a comforter to help them settle.
  • If your child is still in nappies or pull ups we would encourage you to start potty training over the summer holidays
  • If your child starts Nursery in nappies or pull ups we ask that you supply spare nappies, wipes, nappy sacks.