Start & End of Day Routines
Start and end of school day routines
Please note that the playground is unsupervised by Alma Park staff until just before 8:50 a.m. at the start of the school day and around 3:20 p.m. at the end of the day.
Parents/carers sending their children to school when the grounds are unsupervised do so at their own risk.
Children are welcome to use the grounds and playground equipment sensibly but only if they are supervised by a parent/carer. Sadly children (juniors) who make their own way to and from school are unsupervised so they cannot use the equipment.
Children are welcome to park bicycles and scooters under or near the shelters but do so at their own risk. Bicycles and scooters must be pushed when they are in the playground.
Tesco car park is available to families who drive to school. Please avoid parking on the pavements around school. These are busy spaces for our families to walk along – parked cars reduce the space for pedestrians which could be hazardous.
Please do not use the staff car park. Spaces are limited and we must maintain clear access for mini-buses and emergency services.
We will let children into classes before 8:50 a.m. when the weather is particularly poor e.g. torrential rain. However parents/carers should time their journey to minimise the amount of time out in the wet.
Infant children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times until Alma Park staff take over; this will be when the class teachers lead their children into the school building.
Just after 8:45 a.m. – Nursery and reception children make their way around to be near their entrances.
Y1 and Y2 children start to line up when class teachers or Teaching Assistants (TAs) come out of the building.
Just before 8:50 a.m. – Nursery and reception doors are opened. Y1 and Y2 teachers/TAs begin to lead their classes into the building.
Goodbye hugs and kisses are encouraged – we adults need them! Please grab these loving opportunities as your child goes to line up, or whilst you stand alongside your child in the line.
Please ensure your child is in the correct line – parents/carers should wait and watch their child being led into the building before leaving the playground.
Up until 8:55 a.m. – a TA will stay outside in the infant playground to collect any children who miss their class going in. Responsible adults must ensure their child goes up to and greets this member of staff.
After 8:55 a.m. (all children and staff are indoors) – responsible adults must take their child into the entrance hall where Alma Park staff register late arrivals.
Reading Mornings (Mondays) – adults are invited to follow their child’s line into class to share books and read together.
Parents in the building at the start of the school day
We always want Alma Park to be a happy open place where we have good relations with our families. It is essential that parents/carers feel they can approach any member of staff to talk about their child. However am also keen to encourage our children to be independent and self-reliant.
Consequently from Y1 onwards I expect children to be able to come into the school building and make their way to class without parent/carer support - unless it is reading morning.
I ask parents/carers to say their goodbyes in the playground and resist the temptation to follow children into school and to class. Urgent messages should be delivered to Anne Smyth and Lisa Rodger in the school office they will pass them on to class teachers.
All staff should be available in the playground at the end of the day. Parents/cares are encouraged to use this time for informal chats with class teachers.
I hope all of the above is clear, but if it is not please feel free to ask your child’s teacher/TA.
Keeping the school secure
Keeping the school secure and the children safe
Concerns about children’s safety have heightened our awareness regarding issues of school security. Every parent/carer needs to feel reassured that their child is safe in school. We all need to share in this responsibility. Doors and entrances are locked after the initial registration period. Locked gates with buzzers ensure visitors must enter by contacting the school. Visitors or late arrivals are asked to use the main entrance and report to the school office.
The best help parents/carers can give is to ensure that locked doors stay locked, and are asked to leave school through the main door, which is near the office.
The children’s safety depends on everyone keeping the building secure and keeping an eye on the school during the evening and at weekends.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.