EGGS-tremely Grateful!

A huge THANK YOU  to the Faulds family for all of their help in enabling us to have the eggs and watch them hatch at Pre school!

It has been a great success and I will treasure the lovely reaction from the children as they were able to see first hand the chicks hatching and growing.

We will miss the chicks but we know that they have now moved to a loving home where they can roam around and spread their wings!

Thank you again for your expertise and providing the resources – An amazing EGGS -perience!



Stay and Play

We have had a busy but fun week with the Stay and Play sessions. We also held a toddler Stay and Play where we welcomed Liz and the toddler group to preschool on Tuesday morning. Parents/carers and children engaged in lots of  Easter activities; Making bunny ears, Easter baskets, chocolate crispy nests and a colour matching egg hunt.

Most importantly we hope that you enjoyed spending time with your child, seeing first hand some the activities your child accesses while at the setting. Providing them with lots of learning opportunities while exploring and playing.

Thank you very much to the parents/carers and to Liz for joining us. We hope to have more Stay and Play sessions again soon. 🙂


The children have been enjoying watching the chicks hatch and grow.  We have six chicks now and they are doing very well, eating and drinking a lot! Thank you to the Faulds family who are kindly looking after them over the weekend to return on Monday.

There will be no PE session at the hall this week as we have our Stay and Play sessions. We look forward to seeing you at Stay and Play and hopefully it will give you an insight to how the children learn and have fun through play while at preschool, following the Early Years Foundation Statutory Framework.

A special visit

Just want to say a big thank you to Peter Wilson from the Debenham Veterinary Practice who kindly visited us today with his very excellent assistant, sharing lots of interesting facts about animals and the amazing things that vets do to help them. They also brought a friendly dog with them called Ida. (I hope that is the correct spelling!?)

The children had the opportunity to listen to Ida’s heart using a stethoscope. They learnt that vets look after all kinds of animals and were shown some of the clothing they wear to perform operations – scrubs, face masks, hats and gloves.  This was great to support and extend their learning from the vets’ theme corner the children have been engaging with during this term.

We are so lucky to have lots of amazing people in Debenham who are willing to share experiences and talk to the children about their local community. Thank you! 🙂


Fizzy colour explosions!

Just adding another photo of one of the activities from our science week! We look forward to showing you more on Monday when you can join us for parents evening.

Just a quick reminder – If you are unable to make it on the night, please see your child’s  key person and we can arrange a convenient time for you to talk about your child’s learning journey before or after sessions.

Science week

This week we have been celebrating science week! This has given lots of opportunities to experiment and investigate!

We have been planting cress seeds and talked about growth and changes over time. We have also made some amazing bubble pictures with paint.

The children have investigated the properties of different substances by discovering what happens when we mix, paints, liquids and substances together.  On Thursday we made ‘magic milk’ adding dish soap to milk and drops of food colouring to watch the colours rapidly disperse in a dish – making the colours dance.

The children were also busy making ‘wave discovery bottles’ adding oil and blue food colouring to water with sparkles and shells. Today we finished the week making fizzy colour explosions, using vinegar food colouring and bicarbonate of soda. Watching the colours fizz together when adding vinegar using pipettes.

We hope the children had as much fun as we did! Hopefully they will share their experiences with you and chat about it at home 🙂


Guess the name of this delightful dinosaur!

Generously donated by Kelly Hammond and Mrs Connors, this beautiful dinosaur can’t wait to meet you! It will be at preschool on Monday the 11th March and at Debenham Parent and Toddlers over the next 2 weeks so you can take a closer look before guessing its name! Guess the name for £1 to win the dinosaur! We’ll draw the winning name at the Stay and Play session on 26th March

We will be splitting the funds raised with Debenham Parent and Toddler group!

Many thanks from the  committee and staff 🙂

30 Hours Free Childcare – applications for summer term

30 Hours Free Childcare – applications for summer term

Parents please apply now so you get your code in good time. HMRC sometimes need more information from the parent to check whether they are eligible, so parents should allow time for this to ensure a valid code is received well ahead of the termly deadline (31 March 2019).

If you have a valid code for your child for the summer term and it is the first time they will be eligible, please could you bring the code to pre-school before the 31st March so that we can confirm their eligibility. If the code is not checked before the deadline of March 31st your child will not be eligible until the Autumn Term. Anna will also need a parental consent form filled out to be able to check new codes so please ask for one when you bring in your code.

Reconfirmation  Parents who already have a 30 Hour code please reconfirm their eligibility.

In the Summer Term we shall be doing our funding forms slightly differently.  If your child’s hours will not change at all from the previous term, we will only require you to sign the summer term section of the previous forms that we have at pre-school. However, if your child’s hours are changing for the summer term then we shall need a new form to be filled out.

Once sessions are confirmed, forms will be generated for those parents who need them and handed out at the beginning of term. Anna will just be chasing the rest of you for signatures once we return for the Summer Term!

If you have any queries pleased ask,

Many thanks,