All posts by Rachel Bargewell

A fond Farewell to kath!

As we break for the half term we would like to take this moment to acknowledge Kath, our deputy manager who will be leaving on Friday after twenty years at Roundabout Preschool.

Kath has been an exceptional staff member dedicated to promoting learning and providing support for many children and their families. Working over and above her role, Kath always had Preschool’s interests at heart.

She will be missed by all the staff and committee as she moves to be close to family and enjoy the quieter life of retirement.

While it pains us to bid Kath farewell as she starts a new phase of  her life, we sincerely wish her all the best in her future adventures.

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  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 🙂

Nursery Rhymes

This term we are focusing on Nursery Rhymes. There are so many to learn and share together and it will coincide nicely with World Nursery Rhyme week coming up in November. 

Nursery Rhymes give a fantastic opportunity to cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and can be adapted for different ages and stages in development and learning.

They are important for language acquisition and help speech development. Discriminating between sounds and developing an ear for the music of words. This is the first stage of phonics phase 1, without having the best foundation of learning and knowledge of phase 1 children will struggle with phase 2 phonics and beyond in literacy. So as an Early Years setting we believe it is vital to ensure children have the best opportunities to provide the best foundation for their future learning.

Today the children engaged with different nursery rhymes around the setting; 5 Little ducks in the water tray. Old Mac Donald’s Farm with animals and tractors on the grassy cable drum. ‘Baking’ cakes in the kitchen role play and choosing songs from the song board at circle time. In the photo you can see some of the children made their own music by collecting items to make sounds. To hear the children burst into song at any time throughout the session is fantastic! We all listened to Baa Baa… at the lunch table today – because a child exclaimed “I want to sing to you all now!” 🙂

Welcome Back!

We are so exited to be open again and welcoming the children back to preschool.  They have done so well in settling back and playing with their friends!

The children  have been enjoying lots of time outside, exploring their surroundings and getting to know their peers.  They have been engaging in nursery rhymes and stories – joining in by using actions and repeated phrases.

School Ready

At this time we would be enjoying events together such as sports day and a trip to the zoo, and stay and play sessions with families and their children. These are just some of the things we do to celebrate at the end of term all the achievements we have had the pleasure to observe together at preschool over the term.

The end of term is a time to reflect and celebrate how the children have grown, not just in height but grown in confidence, resilience and independence – all key attributes to have an increased chance of settling well into school life, when the time comes.

Is my child ready to start school? 

This is something which parents ask themselves and must be more of a concern during this time when we are unable to plan transition visits and prepare children to move from one setting to the other.

We are very lucky to be on the primary school grounds where children can get familiar with a school environment , whether it is attending PE sessions in the school hall or joining together for school events.  So our transitioning really begins when children start here at preschool, even without children realising it!

It is important to remember that all children develop at their own pace and as long as children are supported in their work towards self-care and self-regulation that is the very best that can be done. The rest will come in time.

Good social and emotional skills will ensure that children have a solid foundation  on which to build their skills, giving them the best possible chance for being ready for school when the time comes.

 You have been preparing your child at home over these months by providing positive interactions and play. Lots of happy memories made during the lockdown with children and their families is so much more valuable to them.

I would suggest that over the coming weeks  you could arrange for your children to meet up with their preschool peers over the summer so they can socialise and play together something which they have missed out on due to the restrictions and preschool closure.

We will also be sending out a ‘More about me’ letter where you and your child can fill in together and I can pass it onto their new teacher.

In the meantime please keep logging onto Tapestry for information and suggested fun activities and also on our Facebook page. Both links are available on our website.

Each and every child who has come through the doors at preschool is valued and we have every faith that they will do well in their new adventures!

From all of us at preschool!  🙂



Last year we took part in a great event Pyjamarama! To promote and celebrate bedtime reading. Sadly we will not be able to take part by wearing our pj’s to the library this year, but you can take part online at home! Debenham library will be posting a book reading on Friday afternoon on their Facebook page as part of their regular Bookspots sessions. For more information please click on the link 

Happy Easter!

Hello all,

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from all of us at Preschool! Please continue to log in to your Tapestry account to try some of the preschool activities. You will find these on the ‘Announcements for Parents’ including some Easter craft ideas.

Although our doors are temporarily closed we are here for you. Get in touch by email, Tapestry or phone. If you are a key worker who needs childcare let us know, we may not be able to provide childcare at this time but we can offer help any way we can.

Suffolk County Council have launched a helpline for parents which will assist you if your usual school is not open or has been unable to make alternate arrangements for pupils.

Parents who are classed as a key worker or have a child that is classed as vulnerable can call the helpline. Suffolk County Council will then liaise with schools and parents to find a suitable alternative provision as close to the pupil’s current school as possible.

The helpline number is 01473 263985.

Debenham Roundabout Preschool closed

Our preschool is now closed except for childcare provision for children of key workers and other groups who do not have any other arrangements.

Sending you all very best wishes during this uncertain time. During this period of closure, if you need help or support please do get in touch via the preschool email address and we will do all we can to help you.
Rachel, Kath, Beccy, Jane, Simone, Anna and Carmen 🙂

Preschool is Open

Debenham Roundabout Preschool remains open. The Prime Minister has confirmed that the government is not closing educational settings, for now. We should only close if we are advised to do so. We will continue to adhere to the guidance from Public Health England.

Anyone with a new persistent cough and/OR a temperature, should be at home isolating with their whole family for 14 days. We will be sending children with these symptoms, and their siblings home for 14 days.

Following guidelines we will be cancelling all events in order to aid ‘social distancing’. This means there will be no Stay & Play sessions next week. We ask parents to be mindful of social distancing when picking up and dropping off children.

With absences of children and staff needing to self isolate this could become increasingly challenging for the preschool to remain open. I ask that you keep looking to the official website for guidance on closures and the Debenham Roundabout Pre-school Facebook page. We will also keep you updated via email.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this very uncertain time.

Kindest regards,