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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success

Nursery and Reception Starters - September 2020

Welcome to Throston Primary School. On this page you will be able to access all the latest news/guidance ahead of your child starting Nursery or Reception this September. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we have had to adapt our usual transition arrangements. Instead we will keep you posted via this web-page.

In the interim, if you have a question, no matter how big or small, please just e-mail us at: or phone the school office (01429) 288291.


We cannot wait to give your child a 'Flying Start to Success'.


Stay Safe, Mr. Atkinson (Head Teacher).


Update - Friday 28th August

We are so excited to welcome Nursery back from Thursday 3rd September. If you are new to Nursery, I have added your child to our Class Dojo page so I will be able to update you and keep you informed of any updates. Please download the Class Dojo App to your phone and add your child under Nursery. You just need to fill in your child's first name and surname (not a middle name) and I will be able to accept you. 

We are all looking forward to meeting you and your child.

Questions About Starting Nursery or Reception in September 2020

1) When we will find out what class the children will be going into when they start Reception this September?


We will provide class lists once we know about the 11 new children joining us. Once we receive contact details for all 11 new children, our Early Years staff will phone (rather than visit due to COVID-19) to ascertain as much information as possible that will allow us to create balanced classes. With the class lists we will also provide details of teaching staff for 2020/2021.


2) Can forms be completed online and returned via e-mail or do you require them in paper form?


We are happy to receive both electronic and paper based information (whatever is easiest for you). Electronic information should be e-mailed to Just say if you need pdf's in a Microsoft Word format.


3) Due to uncertainty about the current situation can I temporarily delay my child's start to Reception in September, say by a term? What are my options? 


This is something that must be discussed with Mrs. Tate (Early Years Lead) and the head teacher, it is dependent on many factors including when a child is of ʺcompulsory school ageʺ. 


Your child is of ʺcompulsory school ageʺ on the 1st January, 1st April or 1st September following their 5th birthday.


Children becoming 5 years old between 1st September and 31st December are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st January.

Children becoming 5 years old between 1st January and 31st March are of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term after 1st April.

Children becoming 5 years old between 1st April and 31st August are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st September.


4) Can I still defer my child's entry into Reception, when I applied in January I assumed my child would have had another two full terms in Nursery, but due to COVID-19 this has not happened?


Any questions relating to deferments should be directed to Janet Dennis (Primary School Admissions Officer) via (01429) 523765.


5) Sorry if I am repeating any questions. My child is moving from nursery to reception, just curious if there has been any thoughts on their graduation show, if it is likely to happen in September?


Unfortunately, due to social distancing we are unable to have a Early Years/Graduation show this summer. Reception will have a show in the autumn term but this will be linked to Christmas rather than graduation. There is a surprise linked to graduation this term (top secret...of course).

UPDATE - Monday 6th July 2020



Please note for those new to the school and joining Nursery/Reception in September 2020. The school office will soon contact you over your Zoom appointment.

UPDATE - Friday 17th July 2020


By clicking on:


you can read news updates that will help provide information ahead of our reopening in September. 

UPDATE - Monday 22nd June 2020


By clicking on you can now view transition movies for parents and carers of children either joining Nursery or Reception this September. The movies are in place of the face-to-face meetings that would normally be held this term.


This week parents and carers with a child starting Nursery this September will receive a Nursery pack. The pack contains many forms that need to be completed and a summer activity booklet. The pack also includes a letter about the option of a Zoom meeting prior to the summer holidays. The letter can be accessed via the following link:


From Tuesday 14th July 2020 until Thursday 16th July 2020, parents and carers who have a child starting our Reception in September 2020 will be able to collect their Reception starter pack from the main school office. The pack contains a reading book bag, a summer activity booklet and your child’s report. For Nursery children not joining our Reception in September 2020 (or appealing) we will deliver your child’s annual report (and a special surprise).
Parents and carers with children starting Reception in September 2020 who have not been at our Nursery will soon receive a letter offering a virtual meeting with our Early Years lead Mrs. Tate. The letter can be downloaded from:


Please remember you can e-mail if you have any questions about starting Nursery or Reception. The questions and answers will then be displayed on this page.

UPDATE - Thursday 18th June 2020


Mrs. Bloomfield will be offering to arrange a virtual meeting for the parents and carers of Nursery children due to start in the autumn term before the summer holidays. Mrs. Bloomfield will also provide a ‘Starting Nursery’ booklet to be completed over the summer holidays.



Mrs. Bloomfield will continue to support those in Nursery via home learning as best as possible until the summer holidays. Please click on: to see tasks set each week.



In a bid to support our Nursery children moving into Reception, we will be creating a ‘Transition Movie’ and providing transition materials for you and your child to complete.



Mrs. Tate will be offering to arrange a virtual meeting for the parents and carers of children (not from our Nursery) due to start Reception in the autumn term before the summer holidays.