English Martyrs Pre-School Subscribers

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Dates for your Diary

A little reminder of important dates for the Summer Term.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018-Prospect Park Trains Visit
We will be taking the children over to the miniature railway at Prospect Park for some rides on the trains. The morning session will be 10:15-11:15am. The afternoon session will be 1-2pm. Parents are welcome to come along too. If your child doesn’t normally attend a Tuesday session, you’re more than welcome to bring them along but parents must stay with their child. You can meet us at the trains or at the Pre-School before we leave.

Wednesday 13th June 2018 – Annual Sponsored Walk

Monday 2nd July 2018 – Rags 2 Riches
We will be raising money by collecting reusable clothes. Please help by donating unwanted reusable clothes and accessories. We will be providing bags nearer the time and the collection date is Monday 2nd July 2018.

Start saving those unwanted clothes now!

Monday 23rd July 2018 – Millers Ark Farm Animal visit
More details closer to the time

Tuesday 24th July – Graduation and Last day
More details closer to 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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One to One Pre-School Support Assistant

English Martyrs Pre-School is a committee run Pre-School caring for children aged 2 to 5 years. We are open Monday to Friday, 38 weeks of year (term time only). We are a registered Charity and are also registered with OFSTED and Early Years.

We are currently looking to appoint a term time only:

Temporary Pre-School Support Assistant
Starting Tuesday 10th April 2017

Hours of work
between 11 to 14 hours per week
Term time only

You will be providing safe support to a named child under the direction of the Pre-school Manager and SEN to provide safe, high quality education and care for a young child.

If you would like to apply you must have the following:

  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check which confirms suitability to work with children.
  • 1 years’ experience of working with young children who have special educational needs.
  • Experience of using Makaton and visual prompts

‘English Martyrs Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS checks and two independent references’

If you would like to apply please call Rebecca Williams on
01189 593 121 or email admin@emps.org.uk and request an application pack.

Closing date: 2nd April 2018

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1st March 2018 – Pre-School closed

Unfortunately, due to the weather and staff not being able to get to the Pre-School this morning, we have had to close.

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Ofsted Inspection

Following our recent Ofsted Inspection on Monday 6th November 2017, we are thrilled to announce that English Martyrs Pre-School has retained a ‘Good’ judgement. We are all over the moon with the inspectors rating and really pleased with her comments and feedback.

Our report has been published, so please take the time to check it out!

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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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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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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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