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New Starters Reception Information

Preschool to Reception 

We hope that Hartford Infant and Preschool is your first choice and would love to welcome your child into our Reception class in September 2024. If you would like a tour of the school to see our classrooms and facilities and to meet some of the staff, please contact the school [ or 01480 398046]. We will do our best to facilitate a convenient time. At the bottom of this page is a video tour, that hopefully will give you a flavour of the school. 

As part of our induction for new starters into Reception September 2024 we will compile a list of dates that are important to support transition. This will be updated in April 2024. 

Primary Applications for September 2024

If your child/ren was born between 1.9.2019 and 31.8.2020 and are due to start Primary School in September 2024, applications can be made via the Admissions website from the September 2023. The closing date is the 15th January 2024. The deadline for the applications is in January and parents/carers will be notified in April on the success of their application. More information is available on how to apply and Admissions Guide for 2024-25 guide is on their website.

Children will come to Hartford Infant and Preschool from a variety of pre-school providers (including for some their homes). Each child is unique, and we believe that our universal transition programme can be adjusted to suit the needs of all children within the school day. Each year, we evaluate our practice and then adjust accordingly.

Stay and Play for New Reception Starters

Each year we offer Stay and Play sessions outside on our front playground. These sessions usually begin in June and are on a Friday. We will update our school website and send out notifications through our Facebook Page (

All preschool children and their adults are invited to attend the hour session. During this time the children immerse themselves in play, speak to a variety of adults and have refreshments. Parents and staff, while we play with the children, partake in a wide variety of activities and ask and answer any questions about school.

Change Over Day for New Reception Starters

Our annual Change Over Day usually takes place on Wednesday 3rd July.  This will be organised into 2 sessions. 9.00am -10.00am or 10.15am-11.15am. We will update this information in June 2024.

Tour of the School

You are welcome to book a tour of teh school, alternatively please see the video made a few years ago which shows the layout of the school.

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