Our Makaton song of the week this week is Goldilocks.  Simone has been busy setting up the table with props to support the song. Please find actions and words below to learn with your child. Have fun! 🙂


Our first visit to the woods this term!

We had our first venture to the woods this term and what fun we had!   The weather was absolutely glorious and as the sun shone, we had had the opportunity to talk about our shadows as we walked across the field.
The children seemed to take the small change to our normal routine in their stride which the grown ups were pleased with especially as this was the first time many of them had experienced our woodland play.
As usual, once we were in the woods we gathered together in the willow circle to talk about the ‘rules’ and how to keep ourselves safe whilst we played, we were very impressed with how quickly everyone learnt how to move safely and hold the sticks carefully.
A new addition to our weekly exploration to the woods is a hand washing station!  Kath fashioned some soap filled tights and hung them from a tree where we could all practice washing our hands!

Preschool Leader Update

Dear Parents and Carers

As you are aware, Pip has notified the committee of her wish to step down as pre-school Leader at the end of this half term. Pip has been the Leader of Roundabout Preschool for many years and will be very much missed by the children, staff and the preschool committee.

I am happy to inform you that Chloe Brinkley has been appointed as our new pre-school Leader. Chloe will be working with Pip and the team during this half term, allowing her to start to settle into the role while Pip is still with us. She will start her role after the half term holiday.

I hope you join with us in wishing the best of luck to Chloe in her new role, and to Pip in her new adventures outside of the pre-school.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Phaup

Chair, on behalf of the pre-school committee

Messy Play

September is a time where the children are adjusting to the new term either returning after a long break or starting Pre-school for the very first time.  We carefully plan activities with this in mind. A great example of this is the messy play activity – making Gloop!

Messy Play is an ideal activity to help build the children’s social skills as well as to develop their own confidence in approaching unfamiliar situations. It enables us to get to know the children in a relaxed environment and helps them to get to know staff and their peers while having fun!

By providing children with ‘messy’ activities and supporting them in their explorations, we help them explore their feelings about different materials; their likes and dislikes and to build confidence to express their own ideas and feelings.


Monday 24th September 2018 (from 8.50am) Tempest

Just a reminder for Monday – Photography in session for individual (and siblings) photos. All are welcome to attend, however, if your child is not normally in for this session please stay with them so we can maintain the correct ratios. If you think you would like to come along, please let us know so we have an approximate idea of numbers – thank you!

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

During the first week back we have enjoyed singing and signing  Dingle Dangle Scarecrow with Makaton signs/actions. Kath made a lovely display using the children’s drawings and items from home so the children could interact and recall the song in their play at the interest table.

We have had some technical issues with uploading the Makaton actions for you – but hopefully you can now view by clicking on the image below and join in and practice with your child at home. Have fun!

Annual General Meeting

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wrote to many of you last school year to explain how Debenham Roundabout pre-school is a committee run charity that needs the support of parents in order to exist. On Thursday 11th October we will be holding our Annual General Meeting, where over wine and nibbles we review the past year and look forward to the upcoming school year. The AGM is also where many committee members stand down and new committee members come on board.

As mentioned in my last letter, we have been very lucky over the past few years to have a number of wonderful volunteers who have been mainstays of the committee but who now, due to their children moving on from pre-school, have decided it’s time to leave. Not only does this leave a hard gap to fill, it puts the existence of our pre-school at risk. The committee are also trustees of the pre-school charity, so if we don’t have enough members on our committee, the pre-school will be forced to close.

 We are very lucky in Debenham to have such an outstanding pre-school with excellent, experienced staff. If the pre-school were to disappear it would be a huge loss, not only to those involved but to those of you looking to educate your children and the community as a whole.

This is where you come in!

If you are interested in joining, please fill out the form ( AGM nominations 2018-2019) and hand it in to the pre-school by Friday 28th September or if you would prefer, you could contact me directly (see details below). The form gives you the opportunity to nominate yourself as a parent representative, or if you would like a more active role you could also nominate yourself for Chair,  Secretary, or Treasurer.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, please don’t let that put you off from nominating yourself. You don’t have to be there for your nomination to be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (01728) 861748 or email; or contact a member of staff in pre-school or email the pre-school on

Remember, please don’t leave it to somebody else. Even if you can volunteer just a small amount of time to support your pre-school, this would be an enormous help.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Phaup

Chair, on behalf of the pre-school committee