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Parley First School

Children First, Always

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

New Starters 2022 Information


Starting school is a milestone, not only for your child but also for you. You may be excited or perhaps a little concerned about your child taking these first steps towards independence. At Parley First School, we aim to build a good relationship between home and school so that everybody involved can ensure your child gets the very best out of their school experience.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office should you require any further information or use the New Starter Contact Form below to send a message directly to the Reception team.


Message about uniform from Teresa Medcraft

"School uniform orders can be placed directly with Teresa at QDOS ( Teresa will liaise with parents directly and advise when orders are ready to be collected from her house or school.  There may be an opportunity to purchase uniform during the transition afternoon sessions.

Alternatively, there will be an opportunity to collect any pre-paid orders at the school gates on designated dates. Exchanges for sizes can also be made at this point, but only for pre-paid orders. 


Message about PE

Due to Covid-19, we are hoping to start indoor PE again in the foreseeable future. 

They will need – blue Parley T-shirt, navy joggers/navy shorts, navy hoodie/zip up top and trainers. They will have PE twice a week and we will let you know the days once this has been organised with the rest of the school. The children will be expected to wear their kit to school on the appropriate days of the week, as we will be unable to change them at this stage.

Calendar of Events

1 - New Parents Information Evening

Thursday 9th June 7pm

This will be an opportunity for you to meet the Early Years teachers and the Headteacher face to face. We will be sharing information about what your child will need to start school. The powerpoint will also be available online if you are unable to attend. 

2 - Pre-School Liaison         

Pre-school liaison takes place during the summer term, with our Reception staff visiting or telephoning all our feeder settings.


3 - Transition Afternoon Sessions  (Sign up for sessions during the New Parents information Evening)

21st June or 22nd June or 23rd June 1.15 – 2.30pm - 10 children per class


30th June 1.15-2.30 - all children

On these visits, the New Starters are invited to come and share a variety of activities in the classrooms so that they can become familiar with the surroundings and Reception staff. 

The children will not need to bring anything with them at this stage and do not need to wear school uniform.

You will need to bring your child through the playground (left hand side) to the wooden gate, where members of staff will be ready to collect them.

Our School Uniform Provider will be on site from 1.30pm each transition afternoon in the Jubilee Room for all uniform purchases.


4 - Class Letters

Tuesday 5th July

Letters will be sent out to say which class your child will be in and who their class teacher will be.


5 - Home Visits

We look forward to visiting you and your child in their familiar surroundings. 

An appointment will be made for you on the 5th, 6th or 7th September.


6 - Staggered Entry

8th, 9th or 12th September 8.45 – 11.30am - 10 children at a time in each class - Children MUST bring a snack for morning break on their day

13th, 14th or 15th September 8.45 – 2.30pm - 10 children at a time in each class - Children MUST bring a snack and a packed lunch on their day

16th September 8.45 – 11.30am - Children MUST bring a snack for morning break 

Parley First school carries out a staggered entry into the Reception classes, where 10 children from each class will attend on each of the sessions. You will receive details of which session will be applicable for your child when you are informed about which class your child will be in.

Your child will need to wear the school uniform for these sessions. They will also need to bring a named water bottle and a small snack (fruit or vegetables only) in a named pot. 

You will need to bring your child through the playground (left hand side) to the wooden gate, where members of staff will be ready to collect them.


7 - Full Time Entry

Monday 19th September 2022 8.30am – 3.00pm

All children will attend full time from this date.

Remember to order a hot lunch from Chartwells if you would like them to have one.  Online booking deadline for the first full week of school will be Sunday 4th September 2022 . Click here.


New Starter Contact Form

If you cannot find the information you require or you have a question, please let us know. (Please note : Your personal information will not appear on the website)










The School Day

8.30am - 8.40am ......     Drop Off
3.00pm          .......        Pickup

Breakfast/Afterschool Club

Lunch Arrangements

School Uniform


     New Starter Checklist

  •    Complete Online Entry Forms 
  •    Named Uniform/Clothing  
  •    Outdoor Coat  
  •    PE Kit
  •    Book Bag    
  •    Named Drinks Bottle  
  •    Named Snack Pot   
  •    Pair of Wellies   
  •    Wet Weather Pack  
  •    Book Breakfast Club  
  •    Order Hot School Meals 
  •    Register for School Milk  

      Please ensure ALL items are named.

School Glossary

For all those things you hear but are not quite sure what they are!


  • Please ensure any shoes/trainers have velcro fastenings.
  • Girls should have a spare pair of socks in their PE bag especially if they wear tights.
  • Please DO NOT provide your child with a rucksack. There is insufficient room in our cloakroom.
  • Please ensure that your child's water bottle is leakproof and that it contains water only.
  • If your child is to be collected by someone other than yourself, please write a note and put it inside your child's learning log, as these are checked daily or advise a member of staff on the gate at drop off.
  • Mid-morning snack should be a small piece of fruit or vegetable only as we are a Healthy School. We are a 'Nut Free' School due to multiple medical conditions of children and staff.
  • Please DO NOT send your child into school with any toys/teddies.
  • If your child is going to have Hot School Lunch, please practise using a knife and a fork with them.


POPS is Parley First School's Parent and Teacher Association. All parents, staff and the Governing Body are members. 

POPS supports the school in a variety of ways. To find out more, visit our POPS Page.