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Thinking of coming to Pre-school?

Children can start Pre-school at any point of the year after their second birthday.

We can normally offer flexible sessions to accommodate your family’s individual needs and our fees are kept affordable, this is a link to the BBC report on the benefits of attending Pre-school.

If you would like to have a chat please ring us on 683042 and we will be more than happy to talk through what we can offer!

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Registering for school

The closing date for Reception school admissions is 15th January 2016. Any children born between the following Dates of birth 01/09/2011 – 31/08/2012 need to apply for Entry to Reception 2016

TIMETABLE OF DATES
2 November 2015: E-admissions portal opens.
Information, Handbooks and application forms available at:
www.northumberland.gov.uk/primaryadmissions.
Paper forms available on request from: School Admissions
Team, Wellbeing and Community Health Services Group,
Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth,
Northumberland NE61 2EF.
15 January 2016: Closing Date for Applications: E-admission portal closes
15 April 2016: Parents notified of the outcome of their applications for
school places
30 April 2016: Last date for offers to be accepted by parents.

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November newsletter

Welcome to our new starters, and welcome back everyone else! We hope you all enjoyed the first half term of the school year; we did lots of exciting things and had lots of fun, thank you for being part of it!

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.

Christmas fair

Raising funds for Allendale Pre-school to buy a new wooden dolls house, castle and small world resources and Clic Sergeant for children battling cancer

Saturday 22nd November 10am-2pm Allendale Village Hall

Photographer Diane Makepeace – To book a photo slot – family or individual please ring Pre-school on 683 042

Refreshments available all day!

Other stalls to include – Christmas gifts and decorations,

Aloe Products, Phoenix cards, Shabby Chic, Little North Star, Your Place, Margaret Young, Jodie Nichol Paper Cuts, Christmas crafts and more!

Raffle with great prizes! We will be issuing books of tickets to each family so they can be sold before the day; these will need returning by Friday 21st November. A bottle of champagne will be given to the family that sells the most tickets! Each families name will be added to the help rota at Pre-school so please check the time you’ve been allotted and if you have any problems please speak to a member of the committee or staff.

Pre-school relies on the fundraising from events to enable us to keep our fees low so please help out however you can! Donating raffle prizes, selling tickets, helping and visiting on the day are all fabulous ways to support us. Thank you

Christingle – Sunday 29th November

Every year the children from Pre-school are invited to take part in the Christingle Service at St Cuthbert’s Church. We sing twinkle twinkle to everyone, so will be practicing soon! If you would like your child/ren to take part please let a member of staff know you will be attending and bring your child/ren to the front of the church for 2.45pm. Sadly we are only allocated seats for the children and staff so make sure you get there early if you want a seat. Then at the end of the service please collect your child/ren from the front.

 

Clothing

Please can we request that all children have wellies, coat, mittens, hat etc with them at their sessions? We have a very limited number of spare wellies and always like to be out and about and don’t want to ruin any shoes! Please ensure your child’s name or initials are put in everything. Thank you

Sickness

If your child is unwell please ring Pre-school to check if our policies include any exclusion times for the illness, for example: sickness or diarrhea – children must not return until 48hrs has passed from the last incident. We can administer prescription medicines such as antibiotics once a form has been completed by the parent or carer, however we cannot administer calpol or nurofen, if your child requires such medicines they may be happier at home although we realise this is not always possible. We hope you understand the need for such policies and procedures – if you have any questions please speak to a member of staff or read our policies that are available on our website or in the foyer at Pre-school. Please remember to let us know if your child is absent, thank you.

Sessions

Our flexibility of sessions appears to be working well and we hope it has been beneficial to your family. If you ever need extra sessions or to swap please ring, email or pop in and we will try to help – most of our morning sessions are getting busy so we always need to check our ratios before we can give you an answer.

Sessions for after Christmas – we review everyone’s sessions termly as that is when the funding is allocated, nothing is set in stone so if you need to change sessions please get in touch and we will do all we can to accommodate your needs. The deadline for letting us know what sessions you would like from January to Easter is Monday 7th December to allow time for staffing to be organised.

If your child is 3 years old before 1st January 2016 they are eligible for 15 hours per week of funded childcare and education. If your child is under 3 please checkout Northumberland County Council’s website and search for two year old funding, it is always worth checking your eligibility. Any hours that are not funded (either because you’ve used more than 15hrs or your child is not eligible for funding) will be charged at our normal rate of £3.50 per hour for three and four year olds and £4.50 per hour for 2 year olds.

As each family has different requirements please speak to a member of staff if you would like any pricing worked out for you before you decide.

Tapestry

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.

 

 

Many thanks Dani, Jodie, Helena, Hayley, Diane and Jane

 

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September newsletter

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!

Keyworker

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.

Tapestry

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.

Lunches

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.

Lost property

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?

Uniform

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.

Borrowed clothing

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!

Lending library

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.

Sessions

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

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Many thanks Dani, Jodie, Helena, Hayley, Diane and Jane

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Annual General Meeting

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Annual General Meeting

 

I hope you have all had a lovely summer and your little ones have been excited about starting or returning to Preschool.

This year the AGM will take place at 7pm on Monday 21st September in Preschool and I would like to invite you to join us and discuss the achievements of Preschool over the last year and share any ideas you have for going forward. As always we are looking for new committee members to help with the fund raising that allows Preschool to function. This year we are saying goodbye to numerous long term committee members and have some excellent new ones standing in the wings ready to take over the roles of chair and treasurer.

 

I hope to see you on the 21st

Yours faithfully

 

Victoria Pugh

Chairperson

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End of the school year!

Well, as it is the first day of the summer holidays I thought I’d just share a few thank you’s. Firstly thank you to all the families that have been to Allendale Pre-school over the past year, it has been fabulous to spend time with you all, getting to know the children as individuals and you, the parents and carers as partners. Thank you to the staff, you have all worked so hard to make preschool a great place!! As always your dedication to preschool has been never ending! And thank you to the committee, who without we wouldn’t be able to exist, all your fundraising, time spent at meetings and supporting staff has been invaluable. I am truly grateful for all you do as volunteers and friends. Lastly, thank you to the community for the continued support! 

Have a good summer everyone and we will see you in September and we hope the children going to Primary school have a wonderful time!