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Attendance information for parents carers

Welcome to the School Attendance pages for parent/carers

Here you will find general information for parents/carers about school attendance and punctuality. Follow the links on the side of this page for further information, documents you can download and contact details for further advice. For specific advice and information about your child’s own school please ask at the school.

Off to a good start every day

One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure they attend school regularly and on time. This starts from the very first time your child attends an education setting e.g. nursery or foundation stage.

Having a good morning routine is vital for us all to get a good start to the day when we have things to do. It is especially important for young children to start good habits which will last throughout childhood and beyond.

Starting good attendance and punctuality habits early will help your child’s social development. Making and keeping friendships is easier if your child is there on time, every day.


Be organised. Try planning and preparing equipment needed - the night before if possible- e.g. PE kit, school bag, packed lunch.

Give you and your child plenty of time to get up, have breakfast and make the journey to school: it gets everyone’s day off to a better, calmer start. 

Good attendance and punctuality ensures your child doesn’t miss out on learning, school activities and all the educational opportunities they are entitled to.

  • Is your child always on time? Take a look at our video showing how important it is to make sure your child arrives on time.
  • Download our leaflet ‘get your child to school on time'
  • Do you need support to improve attendance or punctuality? Can you speak to someone in school? Would you like to speak to someone else in confidence? 
  • Do you want more information about attendance and punctuality? Ask us a question.


Contact us

For more information please contact the Prevention and Early Intervention team on 0114 2053158.

  • Modified: Oct 3, 2016 3:16:05 PM