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Reception Starters 2023

Our Newest Haberdashers!


We are very pleased and excited that you will be joining us in September. The information on this page should help you to better familiarise yourself with the school prior to starting. We have a video message from your teachers, Miss Drobinski and Miss Neco. 


We're really looking forward to seeing you all in September!


If you have any questions please get in touch: hatchamfree@habstrustsouth.org.uk 


You can also take a look at our Twitter feed to see what we've been up to recently:




 Meet your teachers, Miss Neco and Miss Drobinski...



If your child is feeling a little anxious and you would like a short booklet outlining some key features of what to expect when you first enter the school, click here (print it double-sided flipped on short edges).

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 17th May @ 6pm: Parent Information Evening for all new Reception parents  

End of May / Beginning of June: Information about your child's teacher, class name & house colour. 

Beginning of June:  Letter confirming date & time of when Home Visit will take place. 

End of June / Beginning of July  Confirmation of Stay & Play Sessions sent to Parents.

First Week of July: Home Visits (Meet your teacher).

Stay & Play Dates:  TBC - Please only attend the Stay & Play Sessions that you have been asked to attend.

Key Things to Remember

There is a lot of information to take in when your child starts school, but here are a few key things to get you started.

Keeping track of clothes and belongings

All clothes and PE kit should be labelled

The PE kit bag should be labelled on the outside

Things to bring everyday

A water bottle

Your book bag


Please follow the uniform policy link to our uniform page

Hats and scarves (please label these too!) need to be inline with the school uniform - black/grey/navy colours only

Please bring a spare change of clothes (also labelled) in a labelled bag (these clothes stay in school in case of an 'accident') 

Home Learning

Reading books given out by the class teacher should be kept in the book bag everyday.

Home learning activities are sent out on Fridays and need to be handed in on Wednesdays.

Homework should be completed in pencil.


For some extra ideas about how to prepare for school, have a look at the different steps on this tracker.

Important questions you may have

We understand that you might still have questions about your child starting in Reception.


Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. 

Any further questions

If you have any further queries about your child starting at HTGFS in September, please email HFS Reception: hatchamfree@habstrustsouth.org.uk  for general enquiries or Miss Drobinski: m.drobinski@habstrustsouth.org.uk for any Reception specific queries. 


A short video to show you what to expect when you start school...



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