Swalwell Primary School

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Early Years Children return to school after lockdown - Mar 12, 2021

Swalwell Primary School’s response to helping  

Early Years Children return to school after lockdown.  


Dear Parents/Carers of Early Years, 


I hope this letter finds you well at the end of our first week open to all pupils.


To help our youngest children settle into school life, we have a higher staffing ratio than normal in the setting. We currently have 2 teachers and 3 teaching assistants throughout the day with additional specialist staff who support some of our pupils.  


As a result of this, we have decided to fully open our new room – ‘The Jungle Room’ on a morning. Previously, this room has only been in use for shorter periods of the day. By fully opening this room (some of you may remember it as the community room!) it means the children have more space to explore and learn. Some children will therefore work in the main classroom (the current space) and some in the Jungle Room. Both rooms open up into our Early Years Garden and new library/games room.  


Children will still see all of the staff throughout the day and access all areas of the Early years’ curriculum. Children will continue to enter and leave the building as we do now.  


In doing this, it means we can tailor learning to best develop the children and meet their physical, social and emotional needs.  


As a school, we want to ensure we do everything we can to help get children ready for the next stage in their learning, enabling them to reach their potential, despite National lockdowns. By having smaller groups and more space we believe this is the best way to achieve this.  


If you wish to speak with a member of the early years team, or myself about this, feel free to get in touch. 


Take care. Stay Safe. 


Mrs Rachel Hocking 


Swalwell Primary School