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Welcome to Chapel End Infant School and Early Years Centre.

Ready for school

Starting school is an important stage in a child’s life. Supporting children to successfully transition to school helps them start positively on their next learning and development journey. Schools, early years provision and families all have a part to play in helping children successfully transition to school.

To achieve this in Waltham Forest we have created the initiative ‘Starting School Together’. Clink on the link for further details.

A typical day in Reception


Some examples of books about starting school.

  • I am too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child 
  • Starting School by Janet and Allen Ahlberg 
  • Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean and Gareth Adamson 
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds  
  • Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark 
  • Going to School Sticker Book and Starting School Sticker Book – Usborne 
  • Do I have to go to school by Pat Thomas 
  • Alfie and the big boys by Shirley Hughes 
  • Jellybean goes to school by Margaret Roc and Laura Hughes 
  • Biff, chip and Kipper: Starting school by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta 
  • The things I love about School by Trace Moroney
  • From the Oxford Reading Tree First Experience Collection (this has characters that may appear in your child’s school reading books if your school uses this reading scheme) by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta Going to School.
  • I want my Mummy by Tracey Corderoy
  • Lucy and Tom start school by Shirley Hughes My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards


Regular attendance at school contributes effectively to your child’s achievement and well-being. According to the Government and Local Authority guidance on improving attendance, parents no longer have the right to take their children out of school during term time.

School is closed for 13 weeks a year and holidays are expected to be taken during closures. Holidays taken during term times will NOT be authorised. Absences immediately before / after school holidays will also not be authorised.

Up to 5 days leave of absence may be authorised in exceptional circumstances if the child’s attendance is generally good (above 95%). If your child is unwell please inform the school office by 09:30 on the first day of absence.

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