Encouraging Independence

Playing can be a very messy business so please dress your child in ‘play clothes’, we provide aprons for children to wear, but accidents can – and do – happen.  We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves.  These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off and putting on outdoor clothes.

Belts, jeans and dungarees can be difficult to manage;  look for clothes that are easier for your child to manage themselves, for example, jogging bottoms are much easier to pull on.  Similarly laces can be very frustrating, so try to buy shoes with Velcro to make it easier for your child to become independent.

Children have a coat-peg and Wellington-boot space for their belongings. Please could you provide:

  • A named splash-suit* and a pair of wellies so that your child can play out in the garden.
  • A named cloth bag with a change of clothes in case of accidents.


Please name all your child’s belongings including ‘Brantfield’ sweat-shirts*, as this helps children and staff identify clothing.

Sweat-shirts and T-shirts are available for purchase from Coniston Corporate .  Sample sizes are available to see and try on at school.  Splash-suits can be ordered at school at the beginning of each term.  Sweat-shirts with the Brantfield logo cost £8.00, T-shirts with our logo cost £4.50 and splash-suits cost £18.75.