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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

New Starters 2020 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.

Coronoavirus Update : Our priority is to provide you with the help and guidance you need, in readiness for your child’s first day at our school, however, due to the Covid19 restrictions currently in place we are going to have to approach transition in a different way. Therefore all events listed below have been postponed until further notice and may have to be changed significantly once further details are available from the Dept of Education.

Communications will be via Parentmail and through this page and we will endeavour to bring you updated information as soon as possible.

Calendar of Events

1.....New Parents Information Evening

During June each year an evening is arranged for parents to meet the Early Years teachers, Headteacher and members of POPS and the Governing Body. The evening is intended for parents/guardians only.

At this meeting we will be sharing information about what your child will need to start school, as well as gathering information from parents to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for our youngest pupils. Please click on the video presentation below for our 'Virtual Guide for Parents 2020'

16th June 2020

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         

Usually during late June, 20 new starters at a time, are invited to share a wide variety of activities in the classroom becoming familiar with their new surroundings and staff.

4.....Welcome Afternoon for ALL Children       

Welcome afternoon for all new Reception children is held at the end of June.

5.....Class Letters sent home      

Following the welcome afternoon, letters will be sent out to say which class your child will be in, who their teacher will be and when your home visit will take place.

6.....Transition Morning for ALL children   (July 10th)

This transfer morning occurs across the whole school when all of our children move to spend time in their new classes. Essentially it is a time for the children and staff to get to know each other. Children will also become more familiar with the environment.

7.....Home Visits during early Sept

This will be a chance for you and your child to meet school staff in familiar surroundings.

8.....Staggered Entry    (Sept 10th/11th)

Parley First School has previously carried out a staggered entry into the Reception classes, where 10 children in each class will attend on each of the 3 sessions. 

9.....Full-time Entry  (Sept 14th)

ALL children will attend school all day from this date.

10....Curriculum Information Evening   (Oct 2020)




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/Lunch Arrangements


School Uniform


     New Starter Checklist

  •    Forms to Office   
  •    Named Uniform/Clothing  
  •    Outdoor Coat  
  •    PE Kit in suitable bag  
  •    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!

Essential Information

We are really looking forward to meeting your children and we are sure that they will enjoy their time here.  You will have received a number of essential forms in your welcome pack. Below are links to these forms, should you require more copies or your details change.

Pupil Information Form *

Medical Information Form *

Inhaler/Asthma Form *

Home School Partnership Agreement *


  • 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 bookbag, as these are checked daily.
  • Mid-morning snack should be a small piece of fruit or vegetable only as we are a Healthy School.
  • 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.