All posts by Rachel Bargewell

Severe weather!

Dear Parents/Carers,
Looking at weather forecasts ahead and possibly in the coming weeks, we thought it might be a good idea to remind you that if the weather turns very bad we will obviously strive to remain open.  However, if the weather is very severe and we have concerns about children/staff safety travelling to or from pre-school, we may have to make the decision to close.
Additionally, during such times, if Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School is closed due to severe weather, then we too will also be closed.    Please be assured, that we will update our website and contact families at the earliest opportunity should we have to make the decision to close pre-school. 
Could we take this opportunity to remind you that children are given the choice to play outside even in the snow, therefore, please could you send lots of warm clothes especially coats, gloves and hats along with a spare change of clothes in case they get wet whilst playing in the garden.
Thank you for your help!

This Week

We have had a fun packed week at pre-school.  We have been looking at the Sense – Taste. The children helped prepare snack and try the different tastes of fruits, from sweet juicy apples to sour lemons! Getting them to think about their likes and dislikes and practising their cutting skills, safely.

We have again been enjoying the dry sunny weather and spent time at the woodland area. Kath organised lots of activities to keep us active and busy! The children engaged in painting with mud where they had the freedom to make marks while exploring their environment.

Wednesday we had a visit from the dental nurse Esther, showing us how we keep our teeth healthy in a fun way! We listened to the foods that are better for our teeth with the help from Hector, Esther’s dog puppet. She also taught us a song to explain the best way to brush our teeth.  The children were able to dress up as dentists, patients and nurses to familiarise them with a visit to the dentist.

We are looking forward to another fun packed week ahead! P.E will be back at the hall on Monday.  🙂


A polite notice

On request from the primary school

Could parents/carers please wait for the double gates near the Dining Hall to be unlocked at 3.00pm before coming onto the playground to collect their children from Pre-School.

The pedestrian gate should only be used by parents/carers collecting from Nursery and Pre-School at lunchtime.  Just to add, if you do need to collect  children early for appointments etc then it’s fine for you to access the pedestrian gate.

Many thanks.

Woodland Morning

This week we enjoyed our first woodland morning of the new year. We were blessed with sunny and dry weather too! The children explored their surroundings and were excellent at keeping to the flagged areas.

A group of children decided to try out fishing using bows and sat for an extended amount of time, chatting together about whether they may catch a fish 🙂

Creating and thinking critically ‘children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things’ (DfE 2012)  

Outdoor Space

Today we made use of the outdoor space by adding large cardboard boxes. The children readily explored as part of open-ended outdoor play. The boxes became beds, tents, ships and even hiding places from the Gruffalo! We watched some lovely collaborative play, working together and sharing ideas.

Welcome Back!

Dear all,

We started the spring term by  welcoming some new families to Pre-school. We are looking forward to getting to know them throughout the term and the children have already enjoyed their first session along with their new friends!

This term our theme is “The Senses” This week and next, the interest table has been set up to explore the sense of Touch. The children have been looking and thinking about different textures from various objects.


End of Term

It was difficult to choose one photo from our Christmas party this morning, as there were so many lovely moments captured! A lovely end to a busy term!

We said goodbye to Chloe and wish her the very best for the future. I am very much looking forward to taking on the role as leader from January. We have an amazing team of staff, children and their families, I am confident that we can continue the good work at Debenham Roundabout Preschool, where we will continue to focus on learning through play and carefully monitor each child’s individual needs.

From all of us at Preschool we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you on Thursday 3rd January 🙂

Rachel x