As your child enters Anfield International Kindergarten, we know that you probably have a lot of questions. We want to make sure that you and your child feel at home here so we have come up with a list of the most frequently asked questions about this very important first step into school.
When can I find out which teacher my child will have?
Parents are sent information about the teacher’s name and the name of their child’s classroom via email over the summer break. There is a Meet the Teacher event held in school in August and a parent social event with families and staff in September.
When and where should I drop my child off for school?
We begin morning (8:30am) and afternoon (12:30pm) sessions with an assembly on our playground. The school gate will open 10 minutes earlier. Parents are very welcome to attend our Friday assembly where we share our certificates of the week. The children line up with their teachers beside their class sign and are then escorted into school by the teachers.
What are your pick up procedures?
Parents are asked to wait outside the school gate until their child is dismissed at either 11:30am (AM session) or 3:30pm (PM and FD sessions). Parents will be invited to go to the classroom to collect their child at this time.
What is the procedure for snacks and lunch?
The school provides healthy snacks – chopped fruit (apples, pears, raisins, melon etc) and carbohydrates (biscuits or crackers) twice daily (AM and PM). Parents are required to provide a healthy packed lunch for children attending full day sessions.
Where can I buy school uniforms?
The school uniform is purchased through our Administration Office, our team will be happy to assist parents with this.
What happens if my child gets sick or hurt at school?
Several staff members are first aid trained. If we are concerned about any child who may be exhibiting symptoms of sickness or injury, we contact parents immediately. If it is a small injury (scape, scratch or bruise), we are able to deal with it on campus, but parents are always notified.
I would love to help out around school and in my child’s class. How do I go about volunteering?
We love our parent volunteers here at Anfield! All of our classrooms welcome volunteers at different times throughout the year, there are many ways that you can be involved. Please speak with your child’s teacher to find out how you can help in his or her classroom. Parents are also asked to volunteer for our class field trips each term and for many of our special events.
At what level of reading and maths do you expect students to enter Anfield Kindergarten?
We have no expectations. We believe in the unique child; each child is ready to learn in his or her own unique time. In our classroom, we start off with the basics in phonics and maths and build upon this to create a strong foundation. By the time our students finish Kindergarten, they are ready for our advanced primary school programme.
Why is Mandarin taught versus other languages?
Mandarin is a language taught at Anfield from K1 through to Year 6 in Primary school. Mandarin provides students exposure to a language that is spoken around the world and for some is already their native language. Students in Kindergarten take Mandarin lessons 30 mins daily.
What is the teacher/student ratio?
At Anfield Kindergarten we provide a 1:10 teacher/student ratio for K1-K3 classes. Class sizes will vary depending on space from 12 to 25 students. Our model consists of a Lead Teacher and 1 or 2 Teaching Assistants accordingly. We believe in providing focused support for our young learners as they begin their learning journey.
Is there a Primary School that students can transition to?
Yes, Anfield School is our through-train option for mainstream Primary. The campus is based at Tai Wai and provides a follow-on British National education from Year 1 to Year 6. This complements the EYFS curriculum your child will have started with us in Kindergarten, though the foundational learning of the EYFS will suit transition to any international curriculum.