Weekly update for Monday 18th September 2017

Welcome back to a new week here at the Pre-School. We are so pleased that our older children returning from last year have settled back into the routine very well.

We would like to give a huge welcome to our new children and their families who have also all settled in so well.

This week we are still visiting new children at their homes before they start with us.

Family Board
We would like to make a board with photos of all our children with their families. There will also be a map of the world and flags from all the countries that our families originate from. This will be a great way to promote communication and language to the children, as many of them will love to talk about their families and home life.

Please could you provide us with a photo of your child with their loved ones for the board?

Baseline Assessments
Once all the new children have started, key workers will be completing ‘Baseline Assessments’. We would like parents to be involved with this process, as you know your child very well already. We will be handing out a document called ‘What to expect, when?’ We would like parents to highlight in yellow high-lighter, the areas that you know your child is already capable of doing. If you are unsure of how to complete this, or if you have any questions, please speak to a member of the team who will be happy to help.

Apple Tree
We have an tree in the setting with apples on it. On each apple there is an item that we regularly use for the children from food we offer at snack time to cleaning products we use. Please could we ask that if you are able to, that you pick an apple from the tree and purchase the item on the apple along with your own shopping to bring into Pre-School as a donation. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.

Cooler Days
As the weather gradually gets colder, please provide your child with suitable clothing e.g. a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves, scarf, wellies etc.

Spare Clothes
Please could we remind you to make sure you bring spare clothes for your child every session. This can be put in a backpack or bag and hung on your child’s peg. Sometimes children get wet/dirty after playing outside or they may spill water on themselves or have an accident so we would like them to have spare clothes at all times to change into, just in case.

Can we also request that if you have borrowed any spare clothes belonging to the Pre-School that you wash and return them as these are often needed for other children.

Absences
If your child is absent from Pre-School, please can we request that you call as soon as possible on 01189 593 121 that day to inform us of the absence and the reason why. We do monitor absences closely.

Collection
Please let us know either in person or by telephone if you have arranged for someone else to collect your child other than yourselves or a familiar person. Ideally we would also like to be introduced to the person beforehand, but understand this may not always be possible. The person will also be asked for your child’s password; if they don’t know the password, we will not release your child to them.

Lunch boxes
Please could we ask that if you put grapes in your child’s lunch box, please can you chop them into smaller pieces or even in half? We are concerned that some of the children may struggle with the bigger whole grapes and this is a potential choking hazard.

Please could we also request that your child’s lunch contains no peanut or nut products such as peanut butter.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team.

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