TOYS IN SCHOOL GUIDELINES
Guidelines for Children,
Staff and Parent/Carers
actively encouraged (except in certain circumstances) children at Middle
School are allowed to bring into school a small toy.
Our rationale for
allowing personal toys in school is as follows:
∙ Some children
need a transitional object that helps them cope with coming to school.
This is often a cuddly toy that ‘smells’ of home or is a reminder of home
and can help
keep a child calm or soothe the child if they are easily distressed.
∙ Some children
struggle with the high level of social interaction required within a school
and find having a favourite toy or game from home helps them make friends
and interact with
others through their toy or game. These toys are often hand held
electronic games or action
figures or dressing up dolls.
∙ Hand held
electronic games such as Nintendo DS are allowed in school and children are
to hand the game in to the school office for safe keeping. The use of
this type of toy is monitored
by staff. Children are allowed to play with their hand held electronic
toy during playtimes only
and Golden Time if the class teacher has given permission.
∙ Bringing a toy
from home helps children develop certain skills such as taking responsibility
personal items, sharing, making decisions about the safe keeping of the
toy and respecting others
∙ Allowing toys
in school supports Middle Street’s stance on avoiding the use of unnecessary,
pointless rules and its positive child-centred ethos.
As a guideline,
any toy brought into school should be small enough to fit into the child’s class
There are quiet
areas in the playground and in school for children to access at Playtimes to
read or play with their toy.
Toys from home
can only be played with during Playtimes or Golden Time. However there are
sometimes exceptions to this rule depending on the needs of the child.
monitor the types of toys brought into school and their use. If it becomes clear
that any toy is causing a problem or is inappropriate for school, that toy will
no longer be permitted in school.
and figures are not freely allowed in school. The reason for this is based on
past experience and due to the children’s distress when the items are swapped
and then requested back and the time involved for the adults concerned
(including parents/carers) in sorting out the issues. This type of toy can only
be brought into school for Golden Time on a Friday when their use can be
monitored. However the teacher reserves the right to ban any collectable toys or
any other toy if they are causing long term difficulties amongst the children.
discouraged from bringing into school toys that are precious or valuable.
asked, if they do bring in such toys to hand them into the office for safe
keeping. Children are responsible for ensuring their toys are stored safely.
Children should not hang bags containing toys on their pegs. The school does not
have the resources to be responsible for the safe keeping of any toys if they
have not been handed into the office.
allowed to bring mobile phones into school but all phones should be handed into
the office for safe keeping. Children are not permitted to text or use their
phone to telephone at anytime during the school day. Any necessary phone calls
during the day should be done via the school office.
It is the parent/carers
responsibility to make the final decision as to whether they wish their child to
bring a toy or game into school. The staff at Middle Street will support their
This is an
important life learning point for children accepting family rules and decisions
without fuss or disagreement. They also have to learn to understand and accept
that what's fair in one family maybe completely different to what’s considered
fair in another.