Newsletter September 2015
Welcome to a new term, we hope you had a lovely summer. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again and also getting to know the new children and their families who are joining us this term. We are also delighted to let you know that we have a new member of staff, Simone, who has joined our team.
As usual, the staff has been using their observations on children’s interests to direct the ‘themes’ we will be talking about this term. We have noticed that some children needed some support recognising colours, so each week our ‘interest table’ will feature a colour. We will be talking about and noticing colours whilst we read books, play both indoors and outdoors and also have our snack! We have found that some children really enjoy showing items from home at our ‘show and tell time’; sometimes they find it very exciting if it matches a particular idea we are focussing on! Therefore, we have listed below what colours we will be talking about each week, if you wanted to help your child find something to bring in.
Weeks 1 and 2 – Friday 4th September – Red
Week 3 – Monday 14th September – Blue
Week 4 – Monday 21st September – Green
Week 5 – Monday 28th September – Yellow
Week 6 – Monday 5th October – Pink
Week 7 – Monday 12th October – White
Week 8 – Monday 19th October – Black
We also found that lots of children are particularly enjoying all sorts of construction type toys, so our themed corner will be focussing on different types of resources that we can build with. Throughout the term we will be including different types of equipment, things to measure with, chalk boards, white boards and lots of small pads of paper to encourage children to start ‘writing’.
We would like to thank you for all the positive comments we received in last term’s questionnaires. We cannot express how much we value your comments, thoughts and suggestions. We had some very interesting ideas about how we could spend the additional funding that we receive from the government; we are looking into these and will keep you all informed. As a pre-school, we would like to develop our communication with parents, the more information that we share together will enable us to plan better and support your child’s learning. This term, we have a new parent board above the lunchbox shelves. We hope to use this to share articles and information that we think you might find interesting.
We would like to remind you all that we a nut free zone, this includes foods such as peanut butter, cereal bars, biscuits or chocolate bars that contain nuts. We would ask you to be extra careful about this please when preparing children’s packed lunch, as we have a child within our setting with multiple food allergies.
We have arranged a visit from Tempest Photography to take individual pictures of the children, these are always very popular Christmas presents! She will be with us from 8.50am on Thursday 8th October 2015, everyone is welcome so do pop in early in the session if you would like to have your child’s photograph taken, siblings are also welcome too!
We will be holding parents evening at the end of term, when your child’s key worker will invite you to share the Learning Journey with them. However, please be assured that you are able to look through the Learning Journey and talk to us at any time, you don’t have to wait until parents evening, we are here to listen. Alternatively, you are very welcome to drop us an email or leave a message on the answer machine if we are closed, we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
The committee will be holding their AGM on Monday 5th October, everyone is invited to come along! We hope to see lots of new faces joining on our next committee, there are different opportunities for you to become involved with the group, if you are interested, please do ask us.
Finally, if there are any aspects of your child’s care and education that you would like to discuss, then please do come and talk to us.
With best wishes from us all,
Pip, Kath, Jo, Beccy, Jane and Simone
Important dates for your diary!
Autumn term 2015: Friday 4th September 2015 to Thursday 17 December 2015
Monday 5th October at 7.30pm – AGM (held at pre-school)
Thursday 8th October -8.50am onwards – Tempest Photography session
Half term: Friday 23 October 2015 to Friday 30 October 2015 (please note both Fridays are included in the half term break!)
Friday 18th December – Christmas Party!
Spring term 2016: Tuesday 5th January 2016 to Thursday 24 March 2016
Half term: Monday 15 February 2016 to Friday 19 February 2016
Summer term 2016: Monday 11 April 2016 to Thursday 21 July 2016
Half term: Friday 27 May 2016 to Friday 3 June 2016 (please note both Fridays are included in the half term break!