Pyjamarama event!

On Thursday 6th June  Preschool  are set for a morning full of fun as Debenham Library invites the community to join together and celebrate ‘Pyjamarama’, BookTrust’s inaugural celebration aimed at getting more children reading.

The local library will be distributing a number of  free books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ 

As part of Pyjamarama week, BookTrust is working with Debenham Library  and other community partners to ensure as many children as possible have their very own story to read before bed. Over 1 in 4 children in the UK aged between 0 and 5 are not read to regularly. This means over 1.4 million children are missing out on the vital benefits of regular reading in the early years – it’s our job to make sure every child has an equal opportunity to have a bedtime story.

To help, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity is giving out over 450,000 free copies of the picture book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) at libraries, children’s centres and foodbanks across the UK who are getting involved with Pyjamarama themed events happening throughout the week starting 3 June 2019.

We will be dressing up in our pyjamas and taking our teddies with us as we share bedtime stories and rhymes while snuggling up in blankets, to encourage children and their families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime and to share the magic of books.

Children who normally attend on the morning can come in their pyjamas (with a teddy if they wish) and bring a change of clothes if they are staying all day. We will walk over to the library at 10am. Children who do not normally attend on Thursday sessions are very welcome to come to the library but will need to be accompanied  with parents/carers as we need to adhere to the correct adult: child ratios.

Please let us know if you wish to attend so the library has an idea of numbers. We look forward to seeing you there!






We had another enormously successful Duck Race this year! We raised a whopping £1280 which will go towards funding  to enable us to move towards the Early Years Online Learning Journal Tapestry,  to record all the learning and fun of children’s early years education 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.

Ruby and the Angel
Simply Stylish
Henry Abbott Hardware
Palfrey & Hall
East of England COOP (£10 voucher and allowing us to sell outside on the Saturday)
The Filling Station
Colchester Zoo
Kenton Hall
Cabbages and King’s Café
Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary
Stephen Anderson Hairdressers
Meraki hairdressers
EJR ceramics
Kristina Boulton
With help for selling:
Webster’s newsagents
Vanilla Bakehouse
We would also like to say a huge thank you to the local firefighters and Family Styles for joining us and providing additional entertainment with the fire engine and tractor experiences! 🙂

Mini Beast week

We have been busy exploring and investigating mini beasts all this week. The children have been finding lots of interesting things in our garden, displaying fascination and curiosity about them.  One child commented on the spiral shape they could see on a snail shell and was able to recreate this when we made snail shaped biscuits in our cooking activity.

We looked at the caterpillars and how they are developing into their chrysalises. We are also learning about metamorphosis of a frog, the children watched a short time lapse video of a tadpole changing to a frog. One of our families kindly gave us some tadpoles to have at Preschool so we can look first hand at the different stages they make.

It has been a good opportunity to incorporate mathematics in our play too, for example, counting legs of spiders, sorting insects into bugs that fly/have wings and counting spots when making paperplate ladybirds.

Duck Race

 What is the duck race?!
The Duck Race is Roundabout preschool’s biggest annual fundraiser. Everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to sharing a really fun afternoon with you! We have a range of stalls for the children to play at, including a decorate a duck competition, hook a duck, lucky dip and much more! This year for the first time, we are giving every preschool child a voucher which will entitle them to one free go on one stall. We hope you come along and join in the fun! 
The main event is when we fling the ducks!
Ahead of the day we have ducks ‘on sale’ at preschool and also around the village. This means that people pay £1 to put their name against a duck. The ducks are then all flung from a giant catapult and the furthest ducks win a prize.
This year we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs including vouchers for Palfrey & Hall, The Filling Station, Ruby & The Angel, Simply Stylish to name a few.
You can buy as many ducks as you like to increase your chances of winning!
We will also have a raffle on the day with more brilliant prizes, refreshments on offer as well as a burger van for those who are a bit hungrier!
We really appreciate your support at this event and use the money raised to pay for the summer trip for the children. This year we will also use the funds to begin the transfer to online learning journeys using Tapestry.
It is a real community affair!
We are lucky to have the local fire service helping us on the day to fling the ducks as well as bringing along the fire engine! We also have a tractor visiting which the children can sit in. A number of other groups in the village also run stalls on the day, including Rainbows, Guides and Debenham Parent and Toddler group. This makes the Duck Race an essential event, not only to show your support for the Debenham community but to find out more about what is available for your children locally.
The committee and preschool staff look forward to seeing you there and sharing an exciting afternoon with you and your families!



We had a special delivery of Caterpillars at Preschool. One of our families kindly brought them for us.

The children were able to study the caterpillars and noticed that they are already moving and eating a lot! We will be monitoring them each day and are looking forward to observing the transformation!