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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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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