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Your Kindergarten Questions Answered

16 December 2019 | Tagged: Junior School

At The High School of Glasgow Kindergarten we are committed to providing high quality Early Learning and Childcare that meets the needs and demands of both children and families, offering flexible, affordable and accessible provision where possible. 

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What is the difference between Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2?

Within The High School of Glasgow, Kindergarten 1 refers to three year old children, in their first year of Kindergarten, and Kindergarten 2 refers to pre-school children who may or may not be in their second year of Kindergarten.

At what age can children start? 

As of August 2020 we will accept children from their 3rd birthday, however all start dates need to be discussed and agreed with the Principal Teacher. Please note, childcare funding start dates may differ dependent on your local authority.

What time does Kindergarten run? 

Core Kindergarten hours are 8.45am - 3.05pm, however we do offer an additional wraparound care service from 7.45am until 6pm. 

Do Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 children play together? 

Yes.

All our Kindergarten children follow the Early Level of Curriculum for Excellence which has been designed for children in the pre-school years and into Junior 1, perhaps later for some. We place importance and value on recognising each child as an individual, focusing on their age and stage of learning, alongside ensuring we provide developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences to nurture and enhance their previous knowledge and skills.

We have plans in place to give pre-schoolers some unique experiences such as Kindergarten forest learning, specialist teachers in Drama, PE and Music, attendance at Junior School assemblies and a transition to Junior 1 programme.

How much is it to attend? 

Our Kindergarten is in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council. As funded partners in August 2020 we will deliver 1140 funded hours during our core hours of 8.45am - 3.05pm in accordance with the Scottish Government Blueprint for 2020. Outwith the 1140 funded hours we offer additional paid for hours including wraparound care service.

How does East Dunbartonshire Funding work? 

Only once children have been offered a place in either Kindergarten 1 or Kindergarten 2 for August 2020, parents may then apply for their funded hours from East Dunbartonshire Council. Applicants should do this via the Council’s online application form which is open from 7th January 2020 and closes on the 29th February 2020. Applicants who live outwith East Dunbartonshire Council may also apply for funding via this same online process. On confirmation of funding being allocated for a child’s place in Kindergarten, this will be in place for the full period that children attend Kindergarten, whether this be 1 or 2 years.

Do children need to attend Kindergarten every day? 

For those families who do not wish full day provision (6 hours 20 minutes), they may access morning or afternoon sessions only or, if preferred, a combination of sessions across the week. There is no requirement to access the full 1140 hours if not desired. We do however require that, across a week, parents select a minimum of four sessions for Kindergarten 1 and five sessions for Kindergarten 2. This is to ensure continuity of care for children within our setting.

Is food included within the funding? 

All children who access 1140 hours funding provision will be entitled to a funded meal or healthy snack provided during their session or day.

Do children automatically get in to The High School of Glasgow Junior 1?

We would expect that most children will be able to transition to Junior 1. Transition to Junior 1 would be in close consultation with parents to ensure we are able to get it right for each child in our care. Our specialist Early Years' team will work closely with parents over their child's time in Kindergarten and through the continual assessment and monitoring, discussions will take place to ensure that parents are aware of their child's progress and if we have any concerns about their transition.

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For August 2020 applicants, observed play sessions will be taking place in January 2020. To secure your space please send in your application form by early January. Application forms can be found here. 

If you have any other questions about attending our Kindergarten, please get in touch with our admissions team on admissions@hsog.co.uk

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