Nursery to Reception Transition

One of our key roles is to ensure that all our children enjoy a smooth transition from Nursery to Reception.

School-Ready and Confident

From your child’s first day at Nursery they will be supported on a gentle journey preparing them for starting school.

In Caterpillars our focus on the prime areas of learning embeds the vital skills children need to enable them to learn. Learning to respect others and our environment, listen to others, show kindness and courtesy whilst being part of a team. We all help to tidy up, we raise our hands when we have something to say in circle time and we clear our own cup and plate from the table. We learn to line up by the door and move sensibly inside to keep each other safe.

By the time the children are in Butterflies they have developed these essential life skills, which are key when starting school.

In the Butterfly Class the day is broken up with specialist teaching and is run very much like a Reception Class. Staying for lunch and the afternoon helps prepare the children for a full school day.

Our staff take pride in the fact that the children leaving King’s House Nursery are ready to face their next stage schools with confidence.

King’s House School

From September 2024 all children in the nursery will be automatically offered a place in Reception at King’s House School, as we move to full co-education.

There is a close relationship between the Nursery and Junior Department staff at King’s House, supporting the transition between Nursery and School. During the summer term the children attend several transition events in preparation for September. Butterflies have their Music and PE specialist teaching lessons in the Junior Department on a Monday morning to help them become familiar with the playground and classrooms, and JD boys often visit the Nursery to read to the younger children

This is also helped by the children participating in whole school events such as assemblies, nativities, the Summer Concert and Sports Day at King’s House School Sports Ground. Familiarity with the main school means that starting ‘big school’ is an easier process.