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Newsletter 14th October 2016

Friday 14th October 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Important safety notice – Small items being brought into pre-school.  Recently we have found money and small toys within the pre-school room that have been brought in by children from home.  I am sure you will agree this poses a potential choking hazard.  Therefore can we please ask that no small toys, coins or similar objects are brought into pre-school, these should stay at home to ensure the safety of all the children.  We continually risk assess our provision to ensure it is safe and this is a factor that is an obvious cause for concern.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this.

Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 12th October   Our Annual General Meeting was held Wednesday this week with a great turnout of parents and family attending.  It was lovely to see so many people joining us and wanting to play an active part in the pre-school.  Without your support the pre-school could not run so we really appreciate your input and the time you are able to give to the pre-school. The new committee is made up of;

Chair: Lynne Mahony.     Secretary: Amy Howell    Treasurer: Caren Varney.     General members: Clive House, Jo Grimes, Lucy Burridge, Michelle Higgs, Mike House, Nicci Rolfe

Courtney the Ladybird (cuddly soft toy).  Just a little update on how Courtney the Ladybird is getting along.  The children have really enjoyed taking Courtney home it has been lovely hearing about the adventures they have had.  Each child will get the opportunity to take Courtney the Ladybird home throughout the year.

Empty kitchen roll cardboard tubes.  Over the next few weeks we will be making rockets with the children, therefore if you have any empty kitchen roll cardboard tubes at home we would be able to make use of these, thank you.

Healthy snacks and packed lunches.  Please can we remind parents that we, as a pre-school, promote healthy snacks and packed lunches to support children to be healthy.  Therefore can we please ask that parents provide only fruit, vegetables or crackers and cheese for snack times please.  Also, a reminder about not to bring in nuts or nut based products into pre-school please to ensure all children are safe from potential allergic reactions.  Thank you for your continued support in this matter.

Available sessions.  We currently have a few sessions available should you wish your child to attend any of these sessions on a permanent basis.  The sessions available are Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning sessions.  Please speak with Jo or Claire if you are interested in any of these sessions.  Thank you.

National Burns Awareness Day – 19th October 2016.  Children are very inquisitive and like to explore new things.  Therefore it is always necessary to stay one step ahead of them and to think about how to keep them safe as they become more mobile and able.  Therefore to support families we are raising awareness of National Burns Awareness Day (Children’s Burns Trust) on 19th October 2016.  Around this time of year the fun of bonfire night and fireworks also raises extra safety concerns.  Through raising this awareness it can be possible for children to still enjoy the fun whilst being safe.  We have also linked this into being safe within the home and reminding parents of additional safety measures that are likely to be needed.  The following webpage links provide further information regarding safety in the home should you wish to read them for further guidance and information. also includes advice on firework safety  Child Accident Prevention Trust

During pre-school next week (from 17th October 2016) we will be talking with the children about being safe around household objects such as hair straighteners, irons, hot drinks and hot water.

Halloween (week commencing 31st October).  Our first week back (31st October 2016) after the half term break will be Halloween.  Therefore we welcome the children to dress up in their Halloween costumes if they wish.  However due to recent events in the news and discussions with some parents could we please ask that children do not wear masks or face paint.  This is to ensure all the children are able to come to pre-school and enjoy themselves without feeling a little frightened not knowing who is under the mask.  Should your child not wish to dress up then that is absolutely okay and we do have dressing up at pre-school should they wish to wear one of these.

Diwali – The Hindu Festival of Light (week commencing 31st October).  During this week we will explore light and dark and providing activities relating to Diwali.

What we have been doing at pre-school this week.  This week the children have been exploring the leaves that have fallen from the trees, exploring autumn colours and mixing colours to make new colours.  They have enjoyed going on a bug hunt where they found snails, spiders and woodlouse which they have enjoyed talking about and learning to handle them gently.  Please check out our Facebook page and website for photos which show what the children have been up to this week.

Date for your diary

  • National Burns Awareness Day – 19th October 2016
  • Last day of term – Friday 21st October
  • First day of term 2 – Monday 31st October
  • Diwali week commencing 31st October to 3rd November
  • Halloween week commencing 31st October to 3rd November
  • Concept photography – Tuesday 8th November (morning session only) further details to follow
  • Christmas Show – Friday 9th December 2016 morning (further details to follow
  • Christmas Party – Tuesday 13th December 12.00 to 1.45pm (further details to follow)
  • Last day of term 2 – Tuesday 13th December

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