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Cotgrave Candleby

Lane School

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Dear Parents/Carers

It is with great pleasure we write to you to welcome you and your child to the Candleby Lane School Family. We are writing to inform you of some of the activities we have planned to support you and your child as they transition into school.

Due to the current lock down and partial school closure, all of our current plans for transition are all provisional as this will all depend on when school reopens.  We are awaiting guidance from the Government and as soon as we know any more information we will let you know.

We enclose a new starter pack and ask that you complete and return the paperwork by Tuesday 16th June at the latest. If your child is not already in our Nursery, we will also need to see their birth certificate, which can be shown once the school reopens.

Mini taster sessions

We are hoping to offer transition visits for all the children beginning 29th June.  If your child attends our Foundation 1 unit they will already have access to visit F2 throughout the term once the school reopens. If your child attends another setting, we would like to offer them transition visits on the 29th June, 6th July and 1:00-3:00pm. On Monday 13th July all new children will attend an induction morning with their class teacher starting at 8.50 and collected at 11.30am. During this week you will also be able to book and stay for lunch to sample the school hot dinners with your child.

Parent meet, tea and cake

Monday 13th July, during this time we would also like to offer a tea and cake session between 9.00 – 10.00am for you to meet other parents whose children will be starting school. There will also be some key staff members in school available to answer any further questions you may have.

Parent Information Evening

Our new parents meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th July. This will be an opportunity for you to find out more about our school and for us to talk you through the structure of Foundation 2.  You are invited to join us from 5:30pm to have tea, coffee and cakes and speak to staff about any queries you have about lunch times and to see a range of what we serve. There will then be an information talk starting at 5:45pm.

On Thursday 23rd July at 10:00-11:00am and 5:30-6:30pm we will also be offering all parents a ‘Readiness for School’ workshop.


Starting school

We want your child to start school feeling happy and secure with your class teacher and have thought very carefully about this. To support children’s transition into school this year we will be completing home visits between the 2nd and 4th September. Children will then begin school full time on the 7th September.

Before and after school care

Our external provider ‘Kidsclub’ offers childcare before/after school and during the holidays. Please find the leaflet enclosed. For children in both F1 and F2 they are based in the F1 unit before and after school and taken to their classrooms during school time.

School uniform

We have enclosed a current price list for the school uniform. Uniform will be available from the school when school reopens. For further guidance on our school uniform policy more information can be located on our school website.


Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly'



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office ( or email Natalie Willcock. We would also encourage all parents to access our school website and click on key information – Early Years. Here you will find further information to support you and also offer ideas to help your child transition into school.

We look forward to meeting you.


Yours sincerely




Caroline Armstrong and The Foundation Team

Head Teacher


Natalie Willcock, Early Years Phase Leader                            Emma Bond, Foundation 2 Class Teacher                                     











Complete the form to request dates for transition activities.

Please complete if your child has any medical/dietary requirements.