Weekly Pre-School Update – Monday 2nd October 2017

We are pleased to say that all new children have now started and have settled in really well!

Drop off & Pick up
Thank you all for using the back entrance to drop off and pick up the children. We think this has been working well.

Your support is greatly appreciated and if you have any feedback please speak to a member of the team of email admin@emps.org.uk

Safety
We would just like to remind parents of the importance of safety in the carpark and of the children’s safety whilst waiting to be dropped off. We have had reports that some children are running freely and unsupervised around the rear carpark area whilst waiting to be dropped off. Please can parents ensure that their children are supervised at all times. We have also had reports that some cars are coming around to the rear parking area at a fast pace. Please can we ask that you take care whilst driving around to the rear carpark.

Family Board
Thank you to those of you who have brought in or emailed family photos. The board will be in the setting as from this week. Any photos that haven’t been brought in can always be added to the board as and when.

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.

Baseline Assessments
Some Baseline Assessments have been completed last week. The remainder will be completed this week. Thank you to those of you who brought back your highlighted forms. These forms were used/will be used alongside staff’s knowledge of the children so far to complete the assessments. If you have any questions please speak to your child’s key worker.

Apple Tree
We have placed a tree in the setting next to the office 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.

A HUGE thank you to those of you who have taken an apple and donated an item!! 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.

We would just like to make parents aware that children have access to the garden at all times during the session and can choose to go outside whenever they wish, even if it’s raining.

The only time we would close the garden is in the case inclement weather such as excessive rain, high winds, thunder storms and snow storms 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 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 childs 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.

English Martyrs Pre-School Team
01189 593 121
admin@emps.org.uk

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