We hope you had an enjoyable half term.
The topic woven into our planning for this half term will be Animals/Spring and also Easter.
We shall be discovering all sorts of exciting things about different animals and how living creatures need to be treated with care and respect. We will be looking at new life and changes in the environment as the weather starts to get warmer (hopefully!).
Pre-school group children will be practising forming the letters in their name when making Easter and Mother’s Day cards. One way to help children to develop their handwriting skills and to form letters correctly is to encourage activities involving their large gross motor movements e.g. making anticlockwise circles in the air using ribbons and retracing vertical lines in the air. Younger children will continue to have activities set to develop the muscles in their hands in preparation to hold a pencil correctly e.g. manipulating play dough. We have lots of other fun activities planned including an Easter egg hunt, our Easter concert and a spring walk along the canal.
We are hoping to have a visit from an Animal Welfare Officer who will bring in some of her animals and talk to the children about the importance of looking after them. If anyone knows of anyone else that helps animals or people, who could come in and talk to the children, please see Sally or Karen.
Thursday 7th March is World book day. We thought we would take this opportunity to raise some money for some new books by asking your children to come to Pre-school in their favourite dressing up clothes and would ask for a small donation for this. This will be ongoing all next week commencing Monday 4th March and if children would like to participate, please can they bring either £1:00 per session or £2.50 for as many sessions as they want to dress up in the week. Also next week we shall be talking about our favourite books, if children would like to, they are welcome to bring in their favourite book to show the rest of their group.
Also next week as you may have noticed on the easel outside, it is “Cupcake week”. This will also be a fundraiser for the Pre-school so don’t forget to treat all the mums for Mother’s Day! Cupcakes will be on sale all week each one costing a £1:00. You can also pre-order boxed cupcakes for collection on Friday 8th March – further information and an order form will be sent to you shortly. If you are able to donate some ingredients, please put your name on the sheet on the easel. Kathy Baines will then kindly make and decorate the cupcakes. Last year we raised £200.
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members of staff, Claire and Justine to the Pre-school. Justine will support Rose with the step up group on a Thursday and Friday and Claire will be in the Pre-school room on Tuesdays as a support assistant.
And a few reminders....
- As noted in the questionnaire feedback letter children no longer need to change into indoor shoes. If the weather is wet we would request that children bring named wellingtons to Pre-school for outdoor play.
- If your child is in nappies could you please ensure that as well as having a nappy in their bag, that they also have some baby wipes, nappy sacks and also a change of clothes.
- We are collecting both Sainsbury’s and Tesco vouchers again this year. Post boxes are in the foyer to post vouchers in. The more we collect the more equipment we can get for Pre-school.
- We have a new supply of uniform in all sizes. Kindly speak to one of the staff if you need anything.
Please note that we are, with the help of some parent volunteers, in the process of improving and updating the pre-school website. So keep checking for information on upcoming news and events, as well as some new photos showing what the children have been doing at Pre-school.
Finally we attach a ‘dates for your diary’ sheet detailing our events for the forthcoming half term.
Thank you for your continued support.
Lapworth Pre-school Staff
28th February 2013
We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. The first few weeks of this term will be spent helping the children to settle in and to get to know one another and the pre-school routines.
All the Pre-school staff would like to thank all the mums who kindly took home and cleaned various pre-school items at the end of last term.
We would also like to thank everyone who took part in our sponsored bike ride last July. We raised a fantastic amount of nearly £400.00 which has enabled us to buy some great resources for the Pre-school.
Another big fund raiser for the Pre-school is the Lapworth Scarecrow Festival which is being held this weekend. Through the money raised last year, we can now shortly start work on the land to the side of the Pre-school in Yew Tree Close which will be a new soft surface playground for the children. We need to raise lots more to add more activities to the playground so please try and come along and support this event.
We follow a framework called the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) which early years professionals use to describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. Please look for more details about the EYFS on the Parent’s notice board in the foyer or you can access more information on the EYFS website www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents.
We shall be having an Information Evening on Tuesday 16th October at 7.30 – 8.30 pm, for all parents to come along and find out what their child does at pre-school and have the opportunity to chat to staff.
The Preschool plan activities around the children’s ‘next steps’ in their development by taking into account their individual interests more than planning round a particular topic. We do however; have a loose topic woven into some of our planned activities, and for this half term it will be Settling in and Autumn. Planning for all three groups is displayed on the Parent’s Notice Board.
During November, all parents will receive a Progress Summary which will outline your child’s development/learning and how we will help to move them on to their next steps. There will be a section for parents to contribute to this summary.
From this September the EYFS has outlined that Progress Checks are compulsory for 2 year olds and 5 year olds. It is useful to share the Progress Check we provide for 2 year olds with your child’s health visitor. Therefore, if your child has not had their 2 year old Health Visitor check, kindly advise your child’s key worker so we can arrange for our Progress check to be done beforehand. Key workers will require at least two week’s notice to collate their observations and prepare the report. The check should also take into account parent’s comments about their child so please keep your key worker updated with any relevant details/progress that you notice at home. If your child has already had their 2 year old Health Visitor check they will still get our 2 year progress check in November.
As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, each child has their own Learning Journey folder which we welcome you to contribute to. (You will be given more details about this at our information meeting). If your child is new to the pre-school, please find attached a consent form for the Pre-school to collect observations on your child.
One way of contributing is by taking one of our paper celebration leaves by the entrance door and note on it anything your child has achieved or maybe for being kind and helpful e.g. helped to tidy up. These are lovely to show the group at circle time and then your child puts their leaf on the celebration tree in the foyer.
The children are now being introduced to their name mats. These will be used so the children can register their own arrival and for various activities during the day. Parents may like to help children in the Pre-school Group to collect their mat from the foyer area before entering the class room.
Some children at the pre-school do have allergies to food containing nuts and we would therefore request that any food brought into pre-school e.g. packed lunches, birthday cake etc., must be nut free.
If your child does attend another nursery/child minder straight from their session at Pre-school, please inform a member of staff as for continuity of care, it is useful to set up a diary communication system between the two settings. This would just be used to record any significant information/incidents that we feel should be passed on.
We would just like to highlight an important issue to parents. We are aware that some parents have indicated that they would not like photographs of their children to be displayed outside the Pre-school and the staff are very aware of your wishes regarding taking photographs and displaying them. However we would just like to remind everyone that at events where parents are present, we cannot guarantee that your child will not appear on a photograph taken by someone else. WE STRONGLY REQUEST HOWEVER TO ALL PARENTS THAT PHOTOGRAPHS CONTAINING OTHER CHILDREN OR THE PRE-SCHOOL STAFF DO NOT GET PUT ONTO ANY INTERNET SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK . Please see Karen or Sally should you wish to discuss the matter further – thank you.
There are a few spaces in our morning club which runs from 8.45 am until your child normally starts their session and our lunch club which runs from 12.00 – 1.00pm for children not entitled to the nursery education grant. Kindly see Sally and Karen if this you are interested in a place for either of these clubs.
If you have any forms/payments to return to the Pre-school, kindly post these in the indoor letter box next to the disabled toilet door.
Please do not hesitate to ask any member of staff if you have any questions. We want to make sure that your child is happy and having fun playing and learning. You should have already received a letter confirming your child’s key worker. This person will be your point of contact if you have any problems or queries concerning your child or pre-school. Sally and Karen, the managers can also be approached at any time.
Lapworth Pre-school Staff – 10th September 2012