Welcome back to pre-school!
We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday. May the staff take this opportunity to thank you for the very thoughtful cards and generous gifts we were given at the end of last term.
After our lovely (and relaxing!) break, we are all very much looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
We hope you are aware that as a team we are committed to providing learning opportunities for the children that are based on their specific interests and abilities. Therefore, this term, we have transformed our ‘themed area’ into the ‘Roundabout Shop’. We have observed that several of the children are keen on writing and in particular, making lists. We have used some of our ‘Early Years Pupil Premium’ funding to purchase some new pretend food to support this area.
Last term, we found that several of the children enjoyed bringing things in to show the group for our daily ‘circle time’ sessions. This is a really valuable way to support childrens’ communication skills (both talking and listening) whilst also building their self-confidence. The staff are always thrilled to share these experiences with children and we would encourage you to support your child if they are keen to bring something in to show us. A leaf or small empty cardboard box can be very exciting and can offer a learning opportunity. There is a special drawstring bag on each child’s peg where they can put their ‘special’ items to avoid them getting lost!
Our ‘Interest table’ will be focussing on the theme All About Me! Each week, one member of staff will bring in items from home that will help us to learn a little more about them. We hope this will demonstrate to children that we are all different and that we have different families, interests, likes and dislikes. We feel it is important to encourage children to understand that we should welcome and value these similarities or differences and show respect for our friends, families and the wider community.
On Monday 11th January 2016 we have invited Rachel Baker from Imps Creativity to our pre-school for what promises to be a very exciting morning of play and exploration! Using some of the Pupil Premium funding we have arranged a tailor made, fun and practical session for the morning and we are inviting all parents and children to this session. Rachel will be sharing some excellent activities and ideas to support children’s development whilst offering lots of fun at the same time! Please be advised that if your child is not normally here for the session, we would ask that you stay with your child so that we keep our staff / child ratios safe. Please could you confirm if you would like to join the session so we have an approximate idea of numbers.
We would like to remind you that we do play out in the garden every day, could we ask that your child comes to pre-school with suitable outdoor clothing according to the weather, wellies, waterproof coats, gloves etc! If they arrive in wellies, please could they have some other shoes to wear inside, as the floor can get very muddy and slippery.
Finally, listed below are some important dates for your diary, a date for parents evening will be confirmed in the next few weeks. We would like to stress that your child’s Learning Journey is available for you to read through at any time, you do not have to wait until parents evening. Additionally, if you have any queries then please do come and talk to us. If you are unable to come into pre-school please call us, if we cannot come to the telephone do leave a message on the answer machine and we will call you back as soon as possible. If you would prefer, we can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With kindest regards from us all.
Pip, Kath, Jo, Beccy, Jane and Simone
Important dates for your diary
Tuesday 5 January 2016 – Beginning of term
Monday 11 January 2015 – Imps creativity fun session! (9.00 – 12.00) (open to all parents and children. Please let us know if you would like to come!)
Friday 15 January 2016 – Deadline for Reception 2016/2017 applications
Wednesday 20 January 2016 (am) – Community Dental Nurse to visit pre-school
Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February – Half term holiday
March – date TBC – Parents evening
Thursday 24 March 2016 – End of termTerm 2016
Monday 11 April 2016 – Beginning of Summer term
Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June 2016 – Half term holiday: (please note, both Fridays are included in the half term break)
Thursday 21 July 2016 – End of term
Monday 5 September 2016 – Start of Autumn term