In order to best meet the needs of the different ages of children who attend The First Steps we operate a staggered start and end to the school day.
A summary of the school hours is shown in the table below:
|Start Time||End Time||ECA Start Time||ECA Finish Time|
|Rising 2s, Nursery and K1 (Early Years)||9:00am||1:30pm||1:30pm||2:30pm|
|K2 (Early Years)||8:30am||2:30pm||2:30pm||3:30pm|
|Year 1 and Year 2 (Primary)||8:30am||8:30am||2:30pm||3:30pm|
A typical day at The First Steps begins with K2 and Primary aged children arriving between 8:15am and 8:30am. Children can be dropped off at the gates or brought into the school grounds by their parent/carer where they will be met by members of The First Steps staff who will be on duty.
At 8:30am the school bell will ring for K2 and Primary aged children and they will line up to be escorted to their classroom by their class teacher.
Children in Rising 2s, Nursery and K1 can arrive from 8.15am and should be escorted to the garden area by their parents/carer where they will be greeted by the staff on duty. Children can play in the garden under the careful supervision of our duty staff until the bell rings at 9:00am.
We encourage all parents/carers to join their children and other parents in the garden upon arrival. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet and chat with other parents.
Children benefit from 60 minutes of playtime for both morning snack/play and for lunch/play.
Parents/carers are encouraged to arrive promptly at the end of the school day and wait for their children in the garden alongside others.
The school day for children in Rising 2s, Nursery and K1 finishes at 1:30pm. For K2 and Primary, the school day finishes at 2:30pm.
All children from Nursery upwards may take part in a wide range of after-school activities (ECAs).