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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,


Ducklings update!

The duck eggs have been warming in the incubator for eight days now and today we were able to take a peek inside of the developing embryo. This is called ‘Candling’ – Shining a bright light source behind the egg to show details through the shell.

A positive find! We could see that the eggs were progressing by the veins spreading and growing inside the shell and the start of the air cell at one end of the egg. We will continue to follow and share their progress throughout the coming days!

Spring Term

We look forward to welcoming you back to the second half of the Spring Term on Monday 24th of February. We have been busy preparing the role play area and turning it into a ‘Farm Shop’, based on the children’s interests and next steps. This will provide the children with lots of mathematics and writing opportunities as well as developing communication and language.

We are also very excited to be having some duck eggs at Preschool this term after the success of hatching chickens last year! We will be following their progress and reporting of any developments! On Monday we will be having a visit from one of the hens which was hatched at Preschool!

We will be continuing with PE on Monday and Woodland Mornings on Tuesday at the primary school. We will also be making regular visits to the Library during the term.

Please remember to bring in plenty of warm clothes and spares as we continue with the changeable and cold weather. Thank you 🙂

This Week

We are continuing our learning of shapes with Hearts this week to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Some of our activities include, making suncatchers, blowing paint with straws, matching numbers and making heart shaped biscuits.

By acknowledging Valentine’s Day it gives us the opportunity to talk about kindness, time, respect and thoughtfulness to each other, not just at this time but throughout the year. We will be reading the story ‘Love Monster & The Perfect Present’ By Rachel Bright. “A heart warming, remember-the -most-important-things-in -life story”

Just a quick reminder that Monday 10th February is Parents Evening to discuss your child’s progress.

Bad Weather!

Hi all,

Looking at the current weather forecast 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!

Dentist Visit

We will be welcoming Esther at preschool tomorrow (Wednesday 29th January) who will be talking to the children about oral health and helping to inform the children on what to expect when visiting the dentist 🙂

All about shapes!

Dear all,

We have been focusing on shapes this term, this week our shape was STARS. The children enjoyed lots of star themed activities, which was also incorporated in our Chinese New Year celebrations! The children made red flags to represent China and added yellow stars, comparing size and shape and copying a pattern.

Some of the older children explored Chinese numbers and made marks using their fingers in paint by studying pictures of Chinese numerals and copying them. The younger children also had a go at exploring mark making using their fingers and hands in paint!

We say thank you to Ewan who has been with us this week to gain work experience. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to come back! This is all credit to the children who have made Ewan feel very welcome during his time with us – well done!

For the week ahead we will be having our PE session on Monday at the school hall. Our shape of the week is now TRIANGLES which is a change to the order set in the newsletter. Some of our triangle activities include making bunting to display, paper boat making and blowing through straws to move the boats on water. All this and more as we learn through play!

This Week

Just to let you know that due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be able to go over to the main school for our PE session on Monday. However we will keep active by moving to music and engaging in action songs! On our interest table we will be focussing on star shapes this week. Incorporating Chinese New Year, linking this by looking at the Chinese flag which also contains star shapes. We have lots of Chinese New Year themed activities planned throughout the week including dragons, shakers, Chinese writing and noodles!

We welcome a student from Suffolk One College, Ewan who will be with us this week. He is working towards his level 2 in Health & Social Care and is hoping to gain experience in working with people of all ages. I am sure we will keep him busy!

The Doctor role play is proving to be very popular with all of the children, myself and the staff have this week endured a broken tummy, a teeth check, hot temperatures, a broken leg and being hungry! Thankfully we received very good care at preschool!

We look forward to another fun week!