Picking children up at home-time
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank the vast majority of parents/carers who always pick their children up on time.
The impact on a child not being picked up from school on time cannot be underestimated. The child that has been left behind will feel an increasing level of anxiety and distress the longer that they are unsure of where their parents/carers are - clearly this is not a good thing to happen to any child.
The impact on the school of having a child left behind at the end of the day is also great as it requires the children being supervised by other staff. This means that those staff will not be able to undertake their own duties and when this occurs there is an additional staffing cost to the school.
Unfortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of occasions where children are being picked up late.
We are fully aware that there are valid reasons or emergencies where the parents/carers have been delayed and, when the school is informed in advance of this, we will always take an understanding view.
However, some parents/carers appear to be unwilling to acknowledge the impact that this has on both their children and the school and seem to think that the school can offer a free, out of hours, childcare service.
It is because of these few who regularly pick up their children late with no prior contact being made to the school that we are forced to take the following action:
Children who are not picked up at 3.15pm will be taken to Mrs Rowson, our Parent Support Advisor, where they will be supervised.
In line with the school’s safeguarding policy, if a child remains uncollected by 4.15pm safeguarding procedures may be started and a referral made to social services and the police. Further attempts to contact parents/carers to advise them of this will be made by school staff.
Picking children up from After-School Clubs
Unfortunately, there has been a big increase of occasions when children are not collected on time from the after school clubs. Of course, most parents do arrive on time but it is probably still helpful to remind everyone of our finish times. To confirm: all our after school clubs start at 3.15pm and finish at 4.15pm. We will always do our best in the exceptional case of an emergency or for example, an accident or serious illness.
Late collection of children requires members of staff to stay, even with only one child. This delays the end of day duties and makes staff unreasonably late. Experience shows that late collection is often not good for the children, some get anxious and upset and this can be very unsettling for them.
Please note, we reserve the right to withdraw the use of after school clubs for those children whose parents/carers are continually late picking them up.
Please accept our apologies if this letter does not directly relate to you. However, we do hope that you understand we must address the problem by letting all parents/carers know this is part of trying to find a solution to this problem.
Thank you for your continued partnership in safeguarding the children and supporting their learning and wellbeing.
G Dransfield and J Brock
Co Acting Headteachers