Children learn best when they are nurtured. Here at Hartford Infant School, we believe that we ‘bring out the best’ in the children by supporting them not only academically but also with their wellbeing.
We help children settle into their new class from their very first day. This includes a transition package that begins for those children entering our reception classes during the term before they start school. [Please see the transition pages for key events and dates]. Those children that start with us mid-year, will be provided with a buddy within their class to support them as they settle into the new school routines. At the start of each new school year the class teacher will meet with you to discuss your child. We believe that you are the first educators of your children and know them the best. Children’s needs change overtime so we want to ensure that we know your child well.
From time to time a child may need a reasonable adjustment made to support within the school day. We welcome parents and carers to discuss any worries or concerns with us and together we aim to create a solution to support a child’s daily routine within the confinements of a mainstream school. Please contact us via the school office.
We have a Nurture Room for children whom the school has identified as needing extra support with their social, emotional and mental health [SEMH]. Children are offered a bespoke package when attending this group based on staff observations, assessments and communication with parents/carers.
Each child has a Forest School session in the afternoon on a weekly basis, although much of the content is cross curricular the overarching themes in Forest School are of developing confidence, resilience, independence and creativeness [see our Forest School page].
Your child will have a piece of fresh fruit each day provided by the DfE and we always encourage the children to eat this and to drink from their water bottles.
At lunchtime all children who are under the age of seven are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal. Our healthy meals are cooked on site and provided by Hertfordshire Catering Limited [see our School Lunches page]. All children are encouraged to order and eat a hot meal daily. Our Mid-Day Supervisors are supportive and nurturing in their approach to ensure that lunchtimes are a positive experience for all children. We often run a lunchtime group for those children who need a little extra support to ensure this period in the day is more structured.
After lunchtime, we have a daily Peer to Peer massage session in each class. We use the MISA Massage in Schools Programme which is well established within many schools. This is an inclusive programme of positive touch and clothed peer massage for children from 4 to 12 years old. Children wear their uniform and give massages to each other on the back, head and arms. Studies have shown that when children give massage to each other they are calmer, concentrate better and have increased confidence.
Each year, our PE Co-ordinator organises a Healthy Week which encompasses sports day and a range of activities that support children’s physical and mental wellbeing. There are often yoga sessions, and ample opportunities to talk and discuss emotions. We share strategies with the children on how to cope with our range of emotions. This includes the use of our Conflict Resolution Script. [see our Behaviour Policy for more information].
Each half term we celebrate the children’s extra-curricular activities outside of school through our Healthy Selfie assembly and board. The children are invited to bring in their medal, certificates or pictures of themselves engaging with all activities that support their wellbeing both physically and mentally.
Many of our extra-curricular clubs focus on calm activities such as tiddlywinks, yoga, sewing and Lego all of which we believe are helpful in children’s happiness.
Finally, there is nothing more important than your child’s safety. Our child protection policies and procedures underpin our practice. We are constantly reflecting on what we could do better, always making sure that the wellbeing and protection of our young children is integral to what we do here.
Medicines in school
Most children from time to time will need to take medication due to childhood illnesses
For children receiving a short term course of prescribed medicine, parent/carers will be invited to come into school during the day to administer this treatment. Alternatively parents/carers can administer the medication just before school begins and/or as soon as possible when children leave school. School staff will not administer short term prescribed medication.
For children with long-term medical needs the school will meet with the parent/carers, health professionals and, where appropriate, other agencies before the child begins school.
Parent/carers will complete a request for the school to administer medication. The Headteacher will then complete a form giving agreement for the medication to be administered. The school will not give medicine to any child unless the parent/carers complete the form and the Headteacher has agreed that school staff can administer the medication.
All medication must be in a container clearly labelled with the child’s name, date of birth and medication name.
The school will not dispose of medicines; parent/carers will be asked to do so. Medication will be sent home at the end of each school year and not stored in school.
Where manufacturers’ instructions require that medication is stored in a temperature controlled environment this will be stored in the school’s refrigerator.
Parent/carers must not send any medicines, including those bought over the counter e.g. lip salves or cough sweets, into school.
The school records details each and every time a child takes medication during the school day, and restricts the number of people permitted to administer/supervise the process. All medication is locked securely away in the school office.
When the weather is warm, parent/carers are asked to put long lasting sun cream on to children before they come to school. Sun cream must not be sent into school. In exceptional circumstances eg medical reasons, the school will make alternative arrangements.
You will find a copy of our full medicine policy in the panel on the side of this page
A medicine permission form is available in the panel on the side of this page.
Bringing out the Best in Everyone