Graduation – Monday 24th July 2017

Monday the 24th July is our last day  and our Graduation for our little leavers going off to big school.  Please remember parents/carers are invited, a little reminder of times:

Morning session – Parents are welcome from 1045 to 1145

Afternoon session – Parents are welcome from 215 to 315

Please check your invite to see what session you have been invited to and remember to bring the tissues.

Any problems please give the Pre-School office a call in the morning on 01189 593 121.

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Topic of the Week – Monday 17th July 2017

The last week of Term
This week is our last week of term and indeed the last week of the academic year. Many of the children will be leaving to go onto Primary School. Key workers will ensure that each of their key children are prepared for the transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Parent Consultations
This week we will be holding parent consultations. Alice has been asking at the door if you would like to book a 20 minute time slot. If you haven’t already booked, and would like to, please speak to Alice or your child’s key worker.

Sports Day
As you are aware our sports day plans had to be adjusted last week. We had planned to hold the activities on the grassed area to the rear of the church and the parents would sit on chairs on the tarmacked carpark. Unfortunately, having so much rain leading up to the event meant that the grass was too wet and would have been dangerous for the children to run on. We could not postpone the event as various other things were planned for the rest of the week and we are holding parent consultations this week, as well as various other meetings with reception teachers about the children transitioning to school. This meant that we were left with two options…Cancel the event completely, meaning the children would miss out on taking part, which would have been a shame as they were all so excited. Or hold the event inside the hall, meaning the children would still be able to take part but that unfortunately meant there just wasn’t enough room to accommodate the parents, as well as have half the hall set up with tables/chairs/resources etc.

All staff were consulted on the matter and the decision was made as team. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused, but we feel that the right decision was made.

Bags2School
Please bring any bags you have managed to fill with clothes back to the Pre-School office by 9am on Monday 17th July 2017. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Graduation Day
Monday 24th July 2017 is our last day of term. We will run two sessions (morning & afternoon as usual). The day will be based on a Hawaiian Beach theme.

Each child should of received a personal invitation. If you have any questions please speak to Louise.

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

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Topic of the week – Monday 3rd July 2017

Topic
We will continue to concentrate on promoting all 7 areas in children’s play.  Key workers will continue with the school transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Sports Day
Our Annual Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 12th July 2017. We will hold one session in the morning and another session in the afternoon.

A separate email will be sent this week.

Parent Consultations
On the last week of term (Monday 17th July-Friday 21st July) we will be holding parent consultations. This is a great opportunity for you to book a time slot to have a chat with your child’s key worker about their progress. A separate timetable will follow shortly, where you can put your child’s name next to the time slot you are available. Key workers will also approach you to make an appointment.

Graduation Day
Monday 24th July 2017
is our last day of term. We will run two sessions (morning & afternoon as usual). The day will be based on a Hawaiian Beach theme.

A separate email will be sent this week.

Weekly Reminders

Apple Tree
The Apple Tree will now be placed at the top of the corridor near the entrance of the church for parents and children to pick an apple.  If you would like to pick a different fruit or vegetable to add to our snack basket please do. A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School.

We are so grateful of your generosity!

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to Pre-School. Children can bring their own sun cream into Pre-School but please be aware that although staff can supervise the children to administer the cream themselves, they are not permitted to administer the sun cream to the children.

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. If you do not let us know that you have arranged for someone else to collect your child or you have or haven’t given them the password, even if this person is someone that we know, unfortunately we can’t let your child go with them until we have confirmed this with the parent!

If you arrange for another person to collect your child on a regular basis, you can always add this person’s details to your child’s file.

Lunch boxes
Again 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! We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

As always if you have any questions please ask a member of the Pre-School team.

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Topic of the week – Monday 26th June 2017

Topic

All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage

There are 7 areas of the EYFS. They are as follows:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Expressive Art and Design
  5. Understanding the World
  6. Maths
  7. Literacy

This last term we will concentrate on promoting all 7 areas in children’s play.

Key workers will ensure that each of their key children who are leaving to go to school is prepared for the transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Sports Day
Our Annual Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 12th July 2017. We will hold one session in the morning and another session in the afternoon. A separate email with information will be sent to you all nearer the time.

Parent Consultations
On the last week of term (Monday 17th July-Friday 21st July) we will be holding parent consultations. This is a great opportunity for you to book a time slot to have a chat with your child’s key worker about their progress. A separate timetable will follow shortly, where you can put your child’s name next to the time slot you are available. Key workers will also approach you to make an appointment.

Graduation Day
Monday 24th July 2017
is our last day of term. We will run two sessions (morning & afternoon as usual). The day will be based on a Hawaiian Beach theme. A separate email with information will be sent to you nearer the time.

Weekly Reminders

Apple Tree
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!

We have placed a tree in the corridor with apples on it. On each apple there is an item that we use weekly 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.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to Pre-School. Children can bring their own sun cream into Pre-School but please be aware that although staff can supervise the children to administer the cream themselves, they are not permitted to administer the sun cream to the children.

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. If you do not let us know that you have arranged for someone else to collect your child or you have or haven’t given them the password, even if this person is someone that we know, unfortunately we can’t let your child go with them until we have confirmed this with the parent!

If you arrange for another person to collect your child on a regular basis, you can always add this person’s details to your child’s file.

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! We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

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

 

 

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Topic of the week – Monday 19th June 2017

Parent Letter Week Commencing Monday 19th June 2017

Topic: All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage

There are 7 areas of the EYFS. They are as follows:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Expressive Art and Design
  5. Understanding the World
  6. Maths
  7. Literacy

We will continue to concentrate on promoting all 7 areas in children’s play.

Key workers will ensure that each of their key children who are leaving to go to school is prepared for the transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Apple Tree
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!

We have placed a tree in the corridor 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.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to Pre-School. Children can bring their own sun cream into Pre-School but please be aware that although staff can supervise the children to administer the cream themselves, they are not permitted to administer the sun cream to the children.

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. If you do not let us know that you have arranged for someone else to collect your child or you have or haven’t given them the password, even if this person is someone that we know, unfortunately we can’t let your child go with them until we have confirmed this with the parent!

If you arrange for another person to collect your child on a regular basis, you can always add this person’s details to your child’s file.

Parentzone
If you have any questions about using Parentzone please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who would be happy to help.

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. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

Work Experience Students
This week we welcome two young ladies from Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary School who will be doing their work experience here with us for the week.

Sports Day
Our annual Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 12th July 2017. We will hold one session in the morning and another session in the afternoon. A separate email with information will be sent to you all nearer the time.

Graduation Day
Monday 24th July 2017 is our last day of term. We will run two sessions (morning & afternoon as usual). The day will be based on a Hawaiian Beach theme. A separate email with information will be sent to you nearer the time.

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

 

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Topic of the Week – Monday 12th June 2017

Topic: All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage

There are 7 areas of the EYFS. They are as follows:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Expressive Art and Design
  5. Understanding the World
  6. Maths
  7. Literacy

This last term we will concentrate on promoting all 7 areas in children’s play.

Key workers will ensure that each of their key children who are leaving to go to school is prepared for the transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Primary School Reception Teacher Visits
We have arranged for some of the reception teachers from the local schools that the children have been allocated a place, to visit the Pre-School in the coming weeks to meet the children and have a chat to staff about their key children. If the teachers can’t make it to the Pre-School in person, we have arranged for the teacher to speak with staff over the telephone. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s key worker.

Apple Tree
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!

We have placed a tree in the corridor 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.

Book Bags
We have purchased some book bags for our school leavers to enable them to take things home such as books and worksheets etc. These bags are not to keep, so please could you return them when you have finished with them. Your child’s key worker will then be able to keep re-sending them home with different things each time for you and your child to complete together.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to Pre-School. Children can bring their own sun cream into Pre-School but please be aware that although staff can supervise the children to administer the cream themselves, they are not permitted to administer the sun cream to the children.

Fidget/Finger Spinners
Please can we request that children don’t bring these into Pre-School. Some brands have small removable parts that are not suitable for our 2 year old children.

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.

Also, could we request that if you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Pre-School, it would be much appreciated. We are in particular need of both boys and girls underwear, socks and soft bottoms such as leggings or thin tracksuit bottoms.

Chewing Gum
We have recently noticed that some children have been coming into pre-school with chewing gum. Please do not bring the children to pre-school with chewing gum as this is a huge choking hazard!

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.

Parentzone
It has been great to see more parents making use of our online app Parentzone. We have also noticed that a lot more parents are starting to upload photos of what the children have been getting up to at home too, which is lovely to see. If you are still unsure of how to use Parentzone to it’s full potential, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who will be happy to sit down with you, show you your child’s Early Learning Journey and talk you through how to make full use of the app.

Parent Helper Rota
Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped in the setting recently. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you can spare a couple of hours one morning or afternoon we would really appreciate your help, even if it’s just popping in to do the washing up.

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. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

Snack
We have introduced marmalade to our snack menu. If your child has an allergy or reaction when eating marmalade please let us know as soon as possible.

Pushchairs in the Colonnade
We have had another request from the church for parents not to leave pushchairs in any of the church corridors, hallways or colonnades. Please can we ask that you take pushchairs, bikes and scooters or any such items home with you after drop off as you may find they have been disposed of upon your return!

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

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Topic of the Week – Tuesday 6th June 2017

Welcome back to another term here at the Pre-School. We hope all the children have had a lovely break.

Topic: All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage

There are 7 areas of the EYFS. They are as follows:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Communication and Language
  4. Expressive Art and Design
  5. Understanding the World
  6. Maths
  7. Literacy

This last term we will concentrate on promoting all 7 areas in children’s play.

Key workers will ensure that each of their key children who are leaving to go to school is prepared for the transition. We will be talking to the children about starting school and encouraging them to talk about any worries they may have. We will provide resources and activities around school, including books, a classroom role play area and trips on the bus or walks to local schools so the children are familiar with the way the school looks.

Primary School Reception Teacher Visits
We have arranged for some of the reception teachers from the local schools that the children have been allocated a place, to visit the Pre-School in the coming weeks to meet the children and have a chat to staff about their key children. If the teachers can’t make it to the Pre-School in person, we have arranged for the teacher to speak with staff over the telephone. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s key worker.

Sponsored Walk
A huge WELL DONE to all of the children who took part in our annual Sponsored Walk on the last Friday of term. Some children took part in the morning walk, some on the afternoon walk, and some children took part in both walks. All children were really well behaved and children and staff all enjoyed the experience.

We would like to congratulate the children on raising an impressive £472.45. We have already ordered 3 new tables for the setting which have arrived over half term, ready to use on the children’s return.

Apple Tree
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!

We have placed a tree in the corridor 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.

Book Bags
We have purchased some book bags for our school leavers to enable them to take things home such as books and worksheets etc. These bags are not to keep, so please could you return them when you have finished with them. Your child’s key worker will then be able to keep re-sending them home with different things each time for you and your child to complete together.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to Pre-School. Children can bring their own sun cream into Pre-School but please be aware that although staff can supervise the children to administer the cream themselves, they are not permitted to administer the sun cream to the children.

Fidget/Finger Spinners
Please can we request that children don’t bring these into Pre-School. Some brands have small removable parts that are not suitable for our 2 year old children.

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.

Also, could we request that if you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Pre-School, it would be much appreciated. We are in particular need of both boys and girls underwear, socks and soft bottoms such as leggings or thin tracksuit bottoms.

Chewing Gum
We have recently noticed that some children have been coming into pre-school with chewing gum. Please do not bring the children to pre-school with chewing gum as this is a huge choking hazard!

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.

Parentzone
It has been great to see more parents making use of our online app Parentzone. We have also noticed that a lot more parents are starting to upload photos of what the children have been getting up to at home too, which is lovely to see. If you are still unsure of how to use Parentzone to it’s full potential, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who will be happy to sit down with you, show you your child’s Early Learning Journey and talk you through how to make full use of the app.

Parent Helper Rota
Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped in the setting recently. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you can spare a couple of hours one morning or afternoon we would really appreciate your help, even if it’s just popping in to do the washing up.

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. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

Snack
We have introduced marmalade to our snack menu. If your child has an allergy or reaction when eating marmalade please let us know as soon as possible.

Pushchairs in the Colonnade
We have had another request from the church for parents not to leave pushchairs in any of the church corridors, hallways or colonnades. Please can we ask that you take pushchairs, bikes and scooters or any such items home with you after drop off as you may find they have been disposed of upon your return!

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

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Thank you

Well done to all who took part in our Annual Sponsored Walk.  You all raised an impressive £472.45.   We have already ordered 3 new tables for the setting that will be used for self select activities and snack time.

Spon Walk

If you would still like to contribute please bring in any monies in on the first day back after the half term break, which is Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Also a huge thank you to all parents who have contributed to our donation box.  Your kind donations are greatly appreciated.

Have a great half term break and see you all on Tuesday 6th June.

English Martyrs Pre-School

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Topic of the Week – Monday 22nd May 2017

Topic: Expressive Art and Design
This term we have been looking at the EYFS area Expressive Art and Design. We have focused on encouraging the children to explore and use media and materials, as well as to be imaginative in their play. For the last week of term we will recap on the whole area of Expressive Art and Design. We will give the children opportunities to express themselves through art including junk modelling, painting, sticking and mark making. We will play music for the children to express themselves through different forms of movement. We will encourage the children to express themselves by using construction resources such as large wooden blocks and foam bricks. Lots of props, dressing up and materials will be made available for the children to be imaginative through role play.

Sponsored Walk
A huge WELL DONE to all of the children who took part in our annual Sponsored Walk on Friday. Some children took part in the morning walk, some on the afternoon walk, and some children took part in both walks. All children were really well behaved and children and staff all enjoyed the experience.

Please could we request that any sponsorship money raised is brought to the Pre-School office by this Friday 26th May 2017. We will then be able to inform you of how much has been raised when we return after half term.

Apple Tree
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!

We have placed a tree in the corridor 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.

Lost
Please keep an eye out for a black hooded top with a pink zip. A child has lost this, but it is named. If found, please hand into the office. Many thanks.

Primary School Reception Teacher Visits
This week we have arranged for both reception teachers from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School to visit the Pre-School to meet the children who will be moving on and to have a meeting with the child’s key worker to discuss the children’s progress.  If you have anything you would like us to mention regarding your child, please speak to your child’s key worker.

Book Bags
We have purchased some book bags for our school leavers to enable them to take things home such as books and worksheets etc. These bags are not to keep, so please could you return them when you have finished with them. Your child’s key worker will then be able to keep re-sending them home with different things each time for you and your child to complete together.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to pre-school.

Fidget/Finger Spinners
Please can we request that children don’t bring these into Pre-School. Some brands have small removable parts that are not suitable for our 2 year old children.

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.

Also, could we request that if you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Pre-School, it would be much appreciated. We are in particular need of both boys and girls underwear, socks and soft bottoms such as leggings or thin tracksuit bottoms.

Chewing Gum
We have recently noticed that some children have been coming into pre-school with chewing gum. Please do not bring the children to pre-school with chewing gum as this is a huge choking hazard!

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.

Parentzone
It has been great to see more parents making use of our online app Parentzone. We have also noticed that a lot more parents are starting to upload photos of what the children have been getting up to at home too, which is lovely to see. If you are still unsure of how to use Parentzone to it’s full potential, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who will be happy to sit down with you, show you your child’s Early Learning Journey and talk you through how to make full use of the app.

Parent Helper Rota
Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped in the setting recently. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you can spare a couple of hours one morning or afternoon we would really appreciate your help, even if it’s just popping in to do the washing up.

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. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

Snack
We have introduced marmalade to our snack menu.  If your child has an allergy or reaction when eating marmalade please let us know as soon as possible.

Pushchairs in the Colonnade
We have had another request from the church for parents not to leave pushchairs in any of the church corridors, hallways or colonnades. Please can we ask that you take pushchairs, bikes and scooters or any such items home with you after drop off as you may find they have been disposed of upon your return!

Half Term
Just to remind you that the last day of term is Friday 26th May 2017.

The Pre-School is closed to children on Monday 5th June 2017 (Inset Day/Open Day for new children starting in September 2017).

The children return to Pre-School on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

We hope you all have a lovely half term break!

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

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Topic of the Week – Monday 15th May 2017

Topic: Expressive Art and Design
This term we are looking at the EYFS area Expressive Art and Design. This week we will continue to focus on encouraging the children to be imaginative. We will make available different opportunities for forms of expression. This will be in the form of using movement to express their feelings, ideas and experiences in response to music. Making up song, dance and rhymes and imitating adults movements during action songs. We will offer lots of opportunities for imaginative role play to build stories around toys, use available resources to create props to support role play, introducing storylines or narratives into their play and playing alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme, to develop and act out a narrative.

Sponsored Walk
The children will be taking part in our annual Sponsored Walk this Friday 19th May 2017. This year we would like to raise money to purchase some new furniture for the children including tables, chairs and drawer trolleys, as we have recently had to throw away some broken ones. The children will be going on two walks. Each walk will be approximately an hour long. The morning session walk will begin at 9:30am and the afternoon session walk will begin at 1pm. We will be taking the children on a planned route around Prospect Park which will include a visit to the duck pond to feed the ducks. Parents are very welcome to come along too. If your child does not normally attend a Friday session, you are more than welcome to bring them along to join us, but we must insist that you accompany your child throughout the walk as staff will need to stay with the Friday session children at all times! We will be issuing each child with a sponsorship form over the coming weeks so please look out for these. In the unfortunate event of inclement weather, the walk will be postponed until further notice.

Apple Tree
We have placed a tree in the corridor 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.  Please remember to put the apple back on the tree.

Book Bags
We have purchased some book bags for our school leavers to enable them to take things home such as books and worksheets etc. These bags are not to keep, so please could you return them when you have finished with them. Your child’s key worker will then be able to keep re-sending them home with different things each time for you and your child to complete together.

Warm Days
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to pre-school.

Fidget/Finger Spinners
Please can we request that children don’t bring these into Pre-School. Some brands have small removable parts that are not suitable for our 2 year old children.

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.

Also, could we request that if you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Pre-School, it would be much appreciated. We are in particular need of both boys and girls underwear, socks and soft bottoms such as leggings or thin tracksuit bottoms.

Chewing Gum
We have recently noticed that some children have been coming into pre-school with chewing gum. Please do not bring the children to pre-school with chewing gum as this is a huge choking hazard!

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.

Parentzone
It has been great to see more parents making use of our online app Parentzone. We have also noticed that a lot more parents are starting to upload photos of what the children have been getting up to at home too, which is lovely to see. If you are still unsure of how to use Parentzone to it’s full potential, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who will be happy to sit down with you, show you your child’s Early Learning Journey and talk you through how to make full use of the app.

Parent Helper Rota
Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped in the setting recently. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you can spare a couple of hours one morning or afternoon we would really appreciate your help, even if it’s just popping in to do the washing up.

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. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.

Snack
We are introducing marmalade to our snack menu. If your child has an allergy or reaction when eating marmalade please let us know as soon as possible.

Pushchairs in the Colonnade
We have had another request from the church for parents not to leave pushchairs in any of the church corridors, hallways or colonnades. Please can we ask that you take pushchairs, bikes and scooters or any such items home with you after drop off as you may find they have been disposed of upon your return!

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

 

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