We welcome children from the age of two years on a case by case basis. Most children will start their journey at FRS Kindergarten as Chicks (two year olds) or Cygnets (three year olds), but dependant on availability of spaces, children are also welcome to join our pre-reception class, the Swans class in the year prior to starting Primary School. There is no expectation that your child will be toilet trained when they start and we will support you through this process when your child is ready. We will discuss this with you during the settling-in process.
A non-refundable deposit of £250 will secure the place for members. The £250 deposit will be deducted from the last term’s fees. Non-members and siblings pay £250 registration fee and will be informed if their child has a place at the kindergarten prior to the April term before the academic year in that their child is due to start, siblings will receive priority. The £250 registration fee will then be set as a non-refundable deposit once places have been confirmed, however if we are unable to offer a place at this time, a full refund of the £250 registration fee will be made. A term’s notice is required if you intend to remove your child from the Kindergarten either prior to starting or during the time your child is on role. If sufficient notice is not given, a term’s fees must be paid.
Our Admissions policy, which is available to view, outlines how places are allocated once we are full. At this time, priority is given to members of Finchley Reform Synagogue in order of registration.
In order to ensure that children settle as smoothly as possible, we ask that parents bring their child to visit 4-6 times in the term preceding their start date. The Headteacher will arrange a mutually convenient time for these visits. A Home Visit will also be arranged either prior to your child’s start date or shortly after they have started, in order to support your child’s transition to Kindergarten.
We encourage parents to stay and settle their child in the first few days to ease the separation process, and ask that parents make themselves available to collect their child early during this time if they become distressed.
The Kindergarten recognises the special needs of children and their families in the community and will consider what part it can play in meeting these needs.
Newsletters are regularly distributed as are full details of the topics we will be following. The Head teacher attends a termly coffee morning for parents. Parents can also contact her either by phone or at the Kindergarten to arrange a meeting to discuss any issues relating to their child. A notice board situated in the foyer is used for daily notices and timetables.