Tractor Visit

On Thursday we welcomed a big tractor into the school playground, kindly brought in by Farmer Tom Styles.

The children were able to get up close and appreciate the enormity of the tractor! Farmer Tom talked about what it was used for and how the machinery worked. The children were able to climb up into the cab and have a look around – very exciting!

We feel very lucky to have people who give up a bit of their time to talk to us about our community and where we live. This can only promote a better understanding and appreciation among the children of the issues concerning the countryside, agriculture, the environment, where food comes from and food production.

A big thank you!

We had an enormously successful Duck Race this year! We raised a whopping £1135 which will go towards funding some exciting activities for the children in the next year. 

The pre-school staff and committee would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and friends who joined us on Sunday and especially to all the local businesses (listed below) who helped make the day such a success by generously donating prizes. 

Hog and Hen farm shop 
Simply stylish 
Hollow trees farm
River green cafe 
Palfrey and Hall 
Stonham barns 
Ruby & the Angel 
Vanilla bake house
Jo Cobley
We would also like to say a huge thank you to the local firefighters and Family Styles for providing additional entertainment with the fire engine and tractor experiences!

Vacancy – Committee Treasurer

We are seeking a new member to the committee to take on the role of treasurer. We are a committee led pre-school and a registered charity.

The role of treasurer includes counting money, paying invoices, collecting fees, banking funds and even counting ducks! All of the committee are very willing to support and guide a new treasurer. We meet approximately once a half term.

The Preschool is a fantastic resource for the village and locality, but as a charity it only remains open if we have a committee of volunteers to run it.

If there is anyone with a desire to be part of the committee, know anybody who would be interested, have a numbers head on them or wish to enquire further please get in touch with Sarah Phaup via the pre-school (contact details below) or 01728 861769

Important reminder about grapes

Just a reminder to chop up grapes and cherry tomatoes if adding them to your child’s lunch box.

There have been recent reports about the dangers of feeding children under 5 whole grapes (and cherry tomatoes) Grapes are the third most common cause of death in children under 5.  This is due to children choking on whole grapes.

Parents, carers and health professionals need to be aware and cut the grapes in half before given to children.  This is practised at pre school and we do cut grapes if we see them in lunch boxes.  However, we would rather they came already cut for your child’s safety and so we can continue to supervise all children during lunch sessions without leaving the table to cut fruit in the kitchen.

Thank you 🙂


Letter bags

Have fun with your child, exploring these preschool take home letter bags.

We have letter bags at pre school which your child can take home to borrow for the week.  The bag contains activities to encourage your child’s interest and ability in learning letter sounds.

You will find objects in the bag that begin with a specific letter sound. There will also be a book that you can look at with your child and maybe think of other items around the home which begin with the chosen letter.

Please speak to your child’s key person/member of staff if you would like to know more.

Our first Sports Day practice!

We can announce that Sports Day will be taking place on Wednesday 18th July 2018 between 2.00 – 3.00pm on the school field.  All the children are invited to come and join in for this fun filled event!

This morning, as it was such a beautiful day we had PE out on the school field and we started practising some of the races – which went very well!   We had lots of eager participants who listened to the ‘rules’ and seemed to enjoy taking part.  As we took in turns to take part in the races, we were really proud of the onlookers, who cheered all their friends on towards the finish line!

On behalf of the children’s centre

The Children’s Centre is collecting wool on behalf of the local WI who are using remnants of wool to to knit items to help promote breastfeeding awareness.  If you have any odd balls of wool that you no longer want – please bring them to pre-school and we will pas them on!  Thank you

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Many Thanks


Annual Flying Duck Race this Sunday!

We are holding our Annual Flying Duck Race on Sunday from 2.00pm onwards. This is a wonderful event with lots of entertainment for all the family, we’ll have fun stalls and games for everyone to enjoy, as well as the main event of ‘flinging the ducks’!
You have the opportunity to win exciting prizes generously donated from local businesses, if your duck flies the furthest from our giant catapult! We’ve got a £25 voucher from the COOP, family passes for fun days out, fresh milk from Palfrey & Hall and much more up for grabs!
Even if you’re not able to attend on the day, you can buy as many ducks as you’d like for £1 each before the event, available at many local shops, at the COOP on Saturday morning, as well as on the day at the school.
We’ll also be running our very popular refreshments stall and would like parents to donate biscuits, buns or whole cakes to furnish the table on the day. Please bring any donations to pre-school at 1:30 before we kick off at 2pm.  Alternatively, if you are unable to come along on the day and you’d like to contribute something, please drop off items to pre-school on the Friday afternoon.
We’d like to thank you for your help and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
With kind regards, The Committee