As your child enters Anfield International Kindergarten and Nursery, 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 the classroom that their child will be joining via email. There is also a Meet the Teacher event held in school in August.
When and where should I drop my child off for school?
We begin morning (8:30am) and afternoon (12:30pm) sessions with an assembly in our gathering area. Parents are very welcome (and encouraged) to attend our assembly. The children line up with their teachers under the sign which depicts their class name. After assembly the parents say goodbye to their children and the children are escorted into school by the teachers.
What are your afternoon pick up procedures?
Parents are invited into school to wait outside the relevant classroom until their child is dismissed at either 11:30am (AM session) or 3:30pm (PM and FD sessions)
What is the procedure for snacks and lunch?
The school provides healthy snacks – a fruit (apples, pears, raisins, melon etc) and carbohydrates (biscuits or crackers) twice daily. Parents are required to provide a packed lunch for children attending full day sessions.
Where can I buy school uniforms?
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 (scapes, scratches or bruises), 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, and 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.
At what level of reading and maths do you expect students to enter Anfield Kindergarten and Nursery?
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 Nursery through to Year 6 in the primary school. Mandarin provides students exposure to a language that is spoken around the world and for some is already their native language. Students take Mandarin lessons daily.
What is the teacher/student ratio?
While we cap our classrooms at 20 students, our two-teacher model provides a ratio of one teacher to ten students. Our two teacher model consists of a Lead Teacher and a Teaching Assistant. The Teacher Assistant is a partner in the classroom. They individualise the learning styles and needs of students so that the Lead Teacher can primarily focus on the content of the curriculum. The Lead Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing the curriculum.
Is there a Primary School that students can transition to?
Yes, Anfield School is our through-train option for Primary. The campus is based at Tai Wai and provides a follow-on British education from Year 1 to Year 6, which complements the EYFS curriculum your child will have started with at Kindergarten.