A huge welcome to everyone who is new to Pre-school and also to the families returning, we hope you’ve all had a lovely summer, and the children who left Pre-school to start Primary School are having great fun!
We have a few things to tell you about in this newsletter, but most importantly, if you ever have any questions, queries, issues or just need a chat please contact any member of staff you feel comfortable talking to.
Annual General Meeting
Please see the attached letter from our chairperson Victoria Pugh. From a staff members point of view it is vital that Pre-school has a committee as without one we cannot operate. The committee is a great resource for Pre-school staff as they provide direct input from a parent’s point of view and they bring skills, experience and knowledge from different walks of life. The committee also raises vital funds which allow us to keep fees affordable in comparison to other private nurseries. The committee and staff meet once every half term to discuss Pre-school and upcoming events, if you are interested to hear more please come along to the AGM or speak to a member of committee or staff.
We would also like to add our thanks to all the committee members who are leaving us this year, you have all contributed so much that we are so grateful for. You’ve all help make Pre-school fabulous and a great place to work! We also hope all your children have a great time at school!
We are pleased to announce that Hayley has permanently joined the keyworker team this term. As a keyworker she will be making assessments, providing reports and updating Tapestry learning journal for her key children. This has meant we have had to swap the keyworker of some children, please see notices or speak to a member of staff to find out who your family’s keyworker is. For children starting Pre-school their keyworker will be decided once they have settled and formed attachments with staff, we are lucky to have such a close team of keyworkers and staff that we can share this responsibility and work together with all children.
We would encourage all families to make use of Tapestry; it is our secure online learning journal that your keyworker updates regularly with pictures and information about what your child has been achieving and exploring at Pre-school. You nominate people you would like to have access to this service and we provide them with a link and password for your child’s journal. You can also add entries from home to share information so staff see the whole child’s development and experiences and support the assessments they make.
The hot lunches we purchase from school have increased in price; each meal now costs £2.15 with effect from 1st September. These meals can be ordered daily as an alternative to packed lunches.
We have a huge amount of lost and unclaimed clothing at Pre-school it is on the shelf just through the door; please check if any items are yours. Please can we request that all jumpers, coats and shoes are named or initialed so we can return them?
We are looking to purchase uniform that will be available to purchase. The navy blue t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies and cardigans will have the logo embroidered on and save spoiling other clothes! They will be available in sizes 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 or other by arrangement. The costs are:
T-shirts – £7
Sweatshirts – £9
Cardigans – £10
Hoodies – £11
Please let a member of staff know by 14th September if you would like to place an order. The cost can be added to your bill and will take approximately a week to arrive.
We keep spare clothing at Pre-school for those inevitable accidents or for when they just get too painty or wet! We just ask for these clothes to be washed and returned for future use. We currently have a shortage of girl’s trousers and skirts so please can everyone check if they have any of them at home and return them please. Thank you!
Over this academic year the staff are hoping to make and build a collection of story and nursery rhyme sacks for Pre-school and to create a lending library for the children to borrow and share with you at home. If you are interested in helping at all, either making the drawstring bags or donating items that fit a story they would be gratefully received, please speak to a member of staff.
If you need extra sessions or to swap please speak to a member of staff and we will do our very best to accommodate your requests.
Upcoming events at Pre-school
- Annual General Meeting – 7pm 21st September 2015 at Pre-school
- Half term – we close 3.15pm Friday 23rd October and reopen 9am 2nd November
- Christmas holiday – we close at 3.15pm on Friday 18th December and reopen on Monday 4th January
Things we need:
- Junk modeling items – small boxes, tubs, pots, scraps of material etc
- Smooth pebbles/stones – for activities and construction area
- Planks of wood – for the large construction area outside, the children love building bridges with the crates and planks and we are running short
Many thanks Dani, Jodie, Helena, Hayley, Diane and Jane