ds4 starts primary school in september.Weve had a letter to say hes been accepted from the school and we will have a home visit from his teacher before he starts. My neighbours have said this is the first year it has every happened. Is this so they can assess our homelife etc dont really like the thought of them coming to our home and making judgements.
Our school have always done this. It's not about passing judgement on your home at all, just a chance to meet the parents and child in a relaxed atmosphere and have a chat about starting school. Really, there's nothing sinister and it's a good opportunity to ask any questions you want. When our teachers came they took a photo of DD and then on her first day at school the photos were stuck up over their coatpegs.
Quite a new thing at my DDs school too. When DD1 started 4 years ago we didn't have this. My DD2 is a late August baby, so because she will have just turned 4 when she starts her new teacher is also visiting her at her nursery too, so she can have a chat to her key worker. This has made me feel so much better with her starting school 2 weeks after she turns 4
My DH is a Reception teacher and is just doing these visits at the moment. The first time his school has done them. It is recommended by the government. It is just so the teacher can meet the kids in advance and see if they or the parents have any particular needs or worries. The idea is to visit them in their usual setting, so either pre-school, nursery or at home.
DD's school go to visit children in their nursery settings wherever they can, else they consider home visits if nursery/preschool is not an option. We had time for one to one chats with the teachers n the day visits.
Nothing to do with checking up on addresses EYFS asks for parents to contribute by providing information about their child and home visits is one way of sharing information and meeting a child in a place they feel secure.