Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Newsletter - 29th January 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 11th February - Cake Sale Week
Friday 15th February - End of Term
Monday 25th February - Start of Term
Wednesday 6th March - Visit by Boogie Beat
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
w/c 11th March - Sponsored Bounce Week
Friday 22nd March - Risley Fashion House Show
w/c 25th March - ‘Parents Evening’ Week
w/c 8th April - Easter Fun Week
Friday 12th April - End of Term

Closure Days
We would just like to thank everyone, once again, for their patience and understanding when we had to close at the beginning of this term. As the weather gets colder and unpredictable we run the risk of ‘snow days’. We always try to avoid closing at all costs and any decisions that we do take to close are always made as a last resort. We will always endeavour to let parents know of any closures as soon as possible and we do this via our text service and our Facebook page.

For those who pay fees we will always make the appropriate adjustments at the next invoicing point. For those children in receipt of government funding we are obliged through our agreement with Derbyshire County Council to offer alternate sessions for those missed. This is however an extremely difficult task due to the limited number of free spaces we currently have (we only have a handful of afternoon free spaces). Should anyone in receipt of government funding wish to take alternate sessions in lieu of those missed please speak to Jayne and we will do our best!

Cake Sale Week
The week of the 11th February is our first cake sale of 2019 so dust off those baking tins and get busy! Please bring in your donations (homemade or shop bought) from Monday 11th February. Cakes will be on sale at the end of each session until we run out!

Sponsored Bounce Week
After the half term break we will be organising a sponsored bounce! More details will follow but this fundraiser will help us to complete our improvements to our outdoor space.

Boogie Beat
On Wednesday 6th March in the afternoon we will be visited by Emma from Boogie Beat. This is a music and movement activity class that is based around traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes with a lively and active dance twist! We’re looking forward to meeting Emma and potentially running more of these activities.

World Book Day
We will once again be celebrating World Book Day which this year is being held on Thursday 7th March. All children who attend on that Thursday will be invited to come dressed as their favourite story character. All children will receive a World Book Day book token which can be swapped for one of the especially created book day books or for £1 off a book purchase.

Risley Fashion House Show
We are once again joining forces with Risley Fashion House to host a charity fashion show here at pre-school on FRIDAY 22ND MARCH (please note this is a change to the previously advertised date). Tickets will go on sale after half term and all proceeds from the event will go straight to pre-school. This is always a fun night, with plenty of bargains and a chance to see some familiar faces strut their stuff on the catwalk. Any volunteers who’d like to model please speak to Jayne (the more the merrier!).

Easter Fun Week
During the last week of our Spring term (w/c 8th April) we shall be having some Easter fun and fundraising! We will be asking for £3.50 per child and every child will get chance to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt, have a go at the Lucky Dip and Hook-a-Duck, have their face painted, join in with some Easter crafts as well as some special treats at snack time. Children will also be able to wear their favourite outfits. We will also have a small raffle with special Easter hampers to be won.

‘Parents Evening’ Week
Following feedback from our last parents evening we have decided to try a different approach in March. As parents will be very much aware Tapestry is a great way of keeping informed about your child’s time at pre-school; what they are up to, what they are achieving, how they are developing and what they are working towards. Tapestry is also a great communication tool between parents and their child’s key-person. Parents are encouraged to use this to discuss any areas of their child’s development; simply ‘create an observation’ and our staff will get back to any questions as quickly as they can. It is only through communication and working together that we can achieve the best possible outcomes for your child. Parents are also reminded that they can ask to speak to their child’s key-person at any time.

With all this in mind we have decided that during the week starting 25th March between the hours of 9.30am - 11.00am and 1.00pm - 3.00pm we will be giving parents the chance to see their child’s key-person should they wish to do so. This will be done by appointment and parents will be given 10 minute slots. More details will follow after the half term break.

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 or email us at; springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk and remember to check out our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Newsletter - January 2019

Welcome back we hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 11th February - Cake Sale Week
Friday 15th February - End of Term
Monday 25th February - Start of Term
Friday 22nd March - Risley Fashion House Show
Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th March - Parent Evenings
Friday 5th April - Spring Fair
Friday 12th April - End of Term

Session Fees
Invoices for fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 15th February and should be paid in full by Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee and continuous failure to pay fees could result in the removal of your child’s place from pre-school. Please speak to Jayne regarding any payment issues so that this can be avoided – many thanks.

Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 they will be due to start Primary School in the academic year September 2019 – August 2020. Applications for your child's place at Primary School need to be made through Derbyshire County Council (for those living in Derbyshire) and Nottinghamshire County Council (for those living in Nottinghamshire) by midnight on 14th January 2019. If anyone has any questions please speak to Jayne.

Christmas Fair Success
A big, big thank you to everyone who helped make our Christmas Fair a huge success; we raised an amazing £1063! WOW!

Spring Term Topics
We start our new term with the topic of ‘Winter Wonderland’ where we will be looking at different countries, animals and environments. We will then finish by celebrating Chinese New Year. During the week starting 21st January we will be having a ‘Show & Tell’ activity and invite all children to bring in a small item from home to talk about. Please ensure whatever item they bring in it will fit in their tray!

Independent Skills
Learning to be independent is a vital part of any child’s development and especially so for those who will be starting primary school . In order to help your children can parents please make sure that clothing is practical, suitable for the weather (remember we go outside in ALL weathers) and easy for your child to handle. So please think about fastenings that your child can manage by themselves, perhaps use mittens rather than gloves that they can put on easily. Being able to get dressed and undressed by themselves is a key skill and one that we will be focusing on here at pre-school.

Red Book Bags
Please remember to bring your child’s book bag to school every day, this ensures that all items can get home safely including newsletters as well as your child’s work. If you need a book bag please see Jayne, they are just £3 each - thank you.

Lunchtime
For those children who stay for their lunch can parents please ensure that their packed lunch is sent in a separate lunch bag, that is clearly labelled on the outside with their name. Please ensure that all bags are kept clean and that plastic/carrier bags are avoided at all cost. Thank you.

Beginning & End of Sessions
Please make sure that all children are dropped off and collected on time. Late arrivals can be upsetting for some children as well as disruptive to the running of our sessions. Likewise children who are collected late can become upset unduly. Please be aware that the gate to the property will be locked as soon as possible after the beginning of a session to ensure the safety of all, therefore if parents are late they will need to knock on the window to the right of the gate to gain entry; please be patient as it may take us a while to get to the gate. We thank you for your co-operation with this. Please remember that late collection will incur a charge of £15.

End of Session Collection - If your child is to be collected by another person please remember to let us know as we are unable to release your child without prior notification.

Safeguarding & Social Media
Following a review of our Safeguarding policies and procedures parents are reminded that staff are not allowed to ‘follow’ or be ‘friends’ with parents on social media platforms unless individuals are friends/relatives prior to their child attending pre-school. We appreciate your understanding with regard to this matter.

General Reminders......
Name Labels - Please ensure that all of your child’s possessions are clearly labelled with their full name. All bags, including lunch bags, should be labelled on the outside as we have a number of children that have the same style bag and the lack of a name can cause confusion for both child and staff alike! If items are found unlabelled we will write names on with a black marker pen.

Clothing – It is imperative that children are sent to school in appropriate clothing. Children should be sent prepared for the weather with appropriate outdoor clothing as we always try to get outside – whatever the weather! Footwear should enable children to climb and move with confidence; ill-fitting shoes can spoil their fun when pursuing outdoor activities as well as cause unnecessary accidents. Indoor clothes should enable a child to be as independent as possible, especially when using the toilet when time may be short! So please avoid using tricky belts or dungarees that could hinder a child’s attempts to get to the toilet on time. Thank you.

Absence – Any absences from pre-school should be notified in writing in advance if known i.e. holidays, or by 9.15am (morning sessions) or 12.15pm (afternoon sessions) in the case of sickness.
All absences must be confirmed in writing.

Children’s Bags - Your child should bring a small bag with a set of spare clothes; please ensure that the bag is of a size that your child can carry themselves and is clearly labelled.

Uniform – All children are required to wear a red top or jumper whilst at pre-school. Tops with the pre-school logo are available at reasonable prices, please see Jayne should you require any items.

Changes - Please remember to let us know of any changes relevant to your child and their circumstances. We need to know if your contact details have changed, of any allergies or medical conditions and any other circumstances which may affect your child during their time with us.

Policies & Procedures – pre-school operating policies & procedures are available for all parents to read at any time and are located near the children’s drawers. Key policies are also available on our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk

Useful Websites – www.foundationyears.org.uk has been developed specifically for parents of children aged 0 – 5 and provides lots of useful information and advice. For information relating to funding, child benefit and more please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 or email us at; springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk and check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date inform
ation.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Newsletter - November 2018

Important Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 20th & Thursday 22nd November - Parent Evenings
Wednesday 28th November - Inset Day - pre-school is closed
w/c 3rd December - Non-Uniform Week - ‘bring-a-bottle’
Saturday 8th December - Christmas Fair, 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th December - Christmas Concerts - more information to follow
Thursday 20th December - Last day of term
Friday 21st December - Inset Day - pre-school is closed
Monday 7th January - Start of Spring Term

Session Fees
Invoices for session fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 21st December and should be paid by Wednesday 21st November.

Session Requirements
Letters will be coming home regarding session requirements for after Christmas; it is imperative that parents respond promptly so that we can accommodate requests for changes and increases to sessions. Some children will become eligible for their government funded hours (their ‘free’ place) for the first time and the appropriate paperwork will be issued prior to the end of this term. All parents are advised to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what they may be entitled to and how to access it. Any questions please speak to Jayne.

Essential Supplies
We would like to inform all our parents that we will be changing how we calculate our ‘Essential Supplies’ contribution with effect from January 2019. These will now be calculated at a rate of 50p per session, per week, per half term. So for example a child attending three sessions per week for the first Spring half term of 6 weeks would be calculated as follows; 
3 sessions per week x 50p x 6 weeks = £9 for the half term. 
This contribution helps us to provide all sorts of things that keep pre-school operational; everything from baby wipes to art supplies to cleaning supplies.
Historically pre-school has been funded through government funding received for all children aged three and over, by modest fees and lots of fundraising. Over the years we have seen our expenses increase but the government funding has stagnated. Simply put we can not survive as a pre-school by relying on the government funding and so find ourselves having to ask our parents to help out more and more. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly and is one that has been made to ensure that we can continue to operate to the highest standards possible.

Student Placement
We always try to work with our local colleges and support students who are undertaking their childcare qualifications. This year we have a young girl by the name of Lucy who is joining us on Wednesdays and Fridays and will be with us until early June.

Inset Day
Please be advised that we have added in an Inset Day on Wednesday 28th November and therefore pre-school will be closed. Please note that as a result the scheduled Inset Day for Wednesday 20th March 2019 has been cancelled.

Cake Sale Success
Thank you to everyone who baked and bought during last term’s cake sale; you raised a fantastic £99!

Christmas Fair – Saturday 8th December - 2pm - 4pm
Please note that the date for the fair has CHANGED and it is now SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2PM - 4PM
Plans are now under way for our first major fundraiser of the school year; this is always a lovely festive event with Santa in his grotto and lots of lovely things to do. But in order to make it a success we need lots of helpers; so if you can help out in anyway or have any ideas for a stall or know a local company who’d like to donate a prize for our raffle then please speak to either Jayne or any of our committee (Helen - Maisie’s mum or Nikki - Charlie’s mum).

Non-Uniform Week- w/c 3rd December
To help support our Christmas Fair we will be having a non-uniform week starting 3rd December and all we ask in return is the donation of a bottle of something for our bottle tombola; wine, beer, perfume – anything you like as long as it’s in a bottle!! Thank you!

Have you seen our new grass?!
So a big thank you has to go out firstly to Tesco and everyone who voted for us in their Bags of Help scheme, as well as everyone who has contributed to any of our recent fundraisers because we have now been able to re-vamp our grass. Whilst the Summer this year was lovely with plenty of sunshine and very hot, our grass didn’t fair very well and by the end of June had turned to dust!
So in stepped ‘Artificial Lawns 4 U’ (www.artificiallawns4u.com) who over half term have transformed our weed patch into a lovely, bright and inviting grass area by installing artificial grass. This means we will be able to use this area all year round and it will look good all year too...no more mowing for the ladies! The company were great, gave us a really good deal, were able to fit in around our school holidays and have done a fantastic job. We can’t wait to get out and play on it :)

Up-to-date Information
Please remember to let us know if there are any changes to your circumstances as this could be vital to your child’s well being whilst at pre-school. For example changes in family circumstances, developmental concerns, moving house, contact details (it is vital that we have your correct phone number) or anything else which you feel may be of importance. Parents can either speak direct to a member of staff, use Tapestry or drop us an email.

Policies & Procedures
In order for pre-school to operate effectively and within the legislation laid down by the Early Years Foundation Stage we have a set of policies and procedures to follow. These are available within pre-school for parents to read and we are now in the process of uploading them to this website. Any questions please speak to Jayne.

Coats & Bags
Could we please ask parents to help us by placing their child’s bag/back-pack on the bottom of the coat rack underneath their child’s peg; this ensures there is enough space for their coat on the peg itself. Red book bags should be placed in your child’s drawer. Many thanks for helping with this.

Family Photos
We have a fab display taking shape (see the door to the back room) but we are missing some of you! So please get your family photos into us as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. Thank you!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

What is the EYFS?

As with any workplace there is a lot of jargon that gets used and even in the 'Early Years' sector we can be guilty too. You may have heard the phrase 'E Y F S' get used...but what is this?

This actually stands for 'Early Years Foundation Stage' and is the curriculum that all children follow from birth until the end of their Reception year.

This is a guide to ensure that all children make progress and achieve their potential. But what does it all mean...well rather than waffle on here we'd like to direct parents to a great website called Foundation Years that has lots of useful information for parents from babies all the way to Reception year.

There is a great document that explains all about the Early Years Foundation Stage that we think parents will benefit from reading so just click here.

If parents would like to know more or would like a paper copy of this information then please just speak to any of our staff.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

A Guide to Fees & Funding

A Guide to Pre-School Fees and Government Funding

Pre-School Fees
  • Fees will be calculated at a rate of £4.15 per hour. 
  • Fees for 3 year olds will only apply to any hours taken outside of their allowed government funding. 
  • For those parents who need to pay fees an invoice will be placed in your child’s drawer during the first week of each half term. 
  • We request that fees are paid in full by the stipulated date. 
  • Fees are payable when a child is absent from pre-school. 
  • Fees are payable for ‘Inset Days’. 
  • There will be no charge for bank holidays or special circumstances when activities dictate the need for sessions to be cancelled. 
  • Payment is accepted in cash or via bank transfer. 
  • Receipts will be issued for all cash payments received. 
  • Reminders will be issued if fees have not been paid by the stipulated date, requesting payment in full within 7 days. 
  • If payment is not received following the issue of the reminder an administration charge of £15.00 will be incurred. 
  • Late payment of fees will be subject to an administration charge of £15.00. 
  • Springfield pre-school reserves the right to withdraw a child’s place if payment of fees are not made or if there are extended periods of absence without prior notification and agreement.
Derbyshire County Council Funding
  • Derbyshire County Council provides funding for all 3 & 4 year olds, as well as some 2 year olds (dependent on meeting certain criteria). 
  • This funding is provided up to a maximum of 30 hours per week per 38-week school year. This is split between Universal Funding of 15 hours per week which is available for all 3 & 4 year olds and Extended Funding; this is an additional 15 hours per week dependant on certain criteria being met. 
  • Parents are advised to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to determine what they are entitled to and how to claim those entitlements. 
  • Your child will become eligible for funding the term following their 3rd birthday as follows; 
           Birthday Date     Term Funding will be Received
           1/4 – 31/8           Autumn (September)
           1/9 – 31/12         Spring (January)
           1/1 – 31/3           Summer (After Easter)
  • Parents eligible for the Extended Entitlement will need a ‘30 Hours Code’ before funding can be claimed. 
  • ‘30 Hours Codes’ must be obtained prior to the start of the terms quoted above. Failure to do this will result in parents being invoiced for any hours attended over the Universal Funding of 15 hours. 
  • All ‘30 Hours Codes’ must be re-confirmed every 3 months via the HMRC, failure to do this will result in the Extended Entitlement funding being withdrawn. 
  • As your child becomes eligible for funding pre-school will ask you to complete an FE1 form. This form provides details about the funding, how to claim it and what you are entitled to claim. 
  • Parents will need to provide their child’s birth certificate/passport/red NHS health record book before funding can be claimed. 
  • Funding is not claimed for days when pre-school is closed. 
  • If your child attends another setting you are able to ‘split’ the funding between a maximum of three settings (limited to two settings per day). 
  • Each term parents will be asked to consider the number of hours their child attends so that any amendments can be forwarded to Derbyshire County Council to ensure that the funding issued is correct. 
  • At this time parents will be asked to sign the FE1 form again as confirmation of their wish to claim funding. 
  • Each term has a ‘Headcount Date’ as decided by Derbyshire County Council. This is the date that children must be registered with us in order to receive funding. 
  • Funding cannot be guaranteed for any changes to the number of hours that a child attends that are made after ‘Headcount Date’ and could result in parents paying the appropriate fees. 
  • Children who attend for more than their funded entitlement will need to pay for the extra hours attended at a rate of £4.15 per hour. 
  • Children who claim all their funded entitlement at another setting will be required to pay £4.15 per hour attended. 
Lunch Period
  • Any child attending for a full day must provide a packed lunch. 
  • Children attending for half days have the option to have lunch at pre-school. This must be decided in advance and a packed lunch must be provided. 
Essential Supplies Contribution
  • A contribution towards the provision of essential supplies such as snack, craft supplies, wipes, tissues etc are requested at £5 per half term for children attending 9 hours or less per week, £10 per half term for children attending 18 hours or less per week and £15 for children attending for more than 18 hours per week. 
Drop-In Fees
  • ‘Drop-In’ hours are those that are taken over and above a child’s regular hours, and usually at short notice. 
  • Parents are advised to speak to the Early Years Manager if ‘drop-in’ hours are required giving as much notice as possible. 
  • ‘Drop-In’ hours are paid for at the time and will incur the normal hourly rate. 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding anything to do with fees or funding then please speak to our Early Years Manager who will be only too happy to help.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Summer Fair Success

We had a lovely time at our Summer Fair on Friday and thanks to everyone who supported the event we managed to raise a fabulous £882!

A big thank you to the committee and staff who worked tirelessly organising the event, thank you to all those parents who donated items and to everyone who came along and spent their hard earned cash.

We would also like to thank the following businesses who supported by way of raffle prizes and supplies;

Asda, Long Eaton
Lidl, Sandiacre
Warm for Life
Co-op, Sandiacre
Morrisons, Ilkeston
The Vanda Vase
Halfords
Pure Destinations
KH Hair
B-Yoo-Tee
Rush Hair
Sutherland & Barnet
NET
TrentBarton
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Derby County Football Club
Trent Bridge
Two for Tea
Jade & Ella Nail Spa
Buonissima
Springfield Hall
Gusto cafe
Simply Hair & Beauty
Marcos, Kegworth
Marks & Spencer
Colourworks
Highfields Happy Hens
Cyrils Nut Hut
Highfields Park Mini Golf
McDonalds, Chilwell
Skinderella
Pasha Barbers
Tropic Skincare
Diddly Doo's

THANK YOU ALL :)

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Summer term part two...

Well there's lots happening this term, especially as we get ready to say goodbye to all those moving onto 'big school' and nursery.

Some dates for your diaries;

Friday 29th June - Summer Fair, 4pm - 6pm
Wednesday 4th July - INSET DAY
Monday 16th July - Leavers Concert
Friday 20th July - End of Term

Session Fees
Just a reminder that all fees should be paid in full by Wednesdya 20th June please. Any problems please speak to Jayne as soon as possible.

Changes From September
Please remember that we have some changes happening in September;
Opening Hours - Our opening hours will change to 9.15am to 3.15pm. Mornings will be 9.15am - 12.15pm and afternoons will be 12.15pm - 3.15pm.
Fees - All fees will be charged at a standard rate of £4.15 per hour. The contribution towards ‘Essential Supplies’ will be requested as follows; £5.00 (up to 3 sessions per week), £10.00 (up to 6 sessions per week), £15.00 (more than 6 sessions per week).

Sessions
Everyone has now been advised of the allocated sessions for September. Places are now starting to fill up so should you require any changes or extra sessions please speak to Jayne as soon as possible.

Help when you shop!
Do you shop online at Amazon?
If you do then please visit www.smile.amazon.co.uk and choose Springfield Pre-School as your chosen charity. Then everytime you shop via this link Amazon will donate 0.5% to pre-school at no cost to you!
Tesco(Long Eaton & Chilwell) & Waitrose (Wollaton)
Both these supermarkets have their own community support schemes; when you shop remember to pick up your tokens and then simply vote for us on your way out! The more votes we get the more money we get! The money raised from these schemes will go towards our ‘Let’s Get Active’ project to install some fitness equipment onto our grassed area along with ensuring that we have the best small world and role play resources. We’d also like to be able to install some outdoor musical instruments as well as some willow fencing; so lots of exciting plans if we get the money!!

Toilet-time!
Please be mindful of the clothes that you send your little ones in to pre-school especially in regards to using the toilet! Items like dungarees or tricky belts can be somewhat difficult to manage when time is of the essence!

Drinks at Pre-School
We have water available for the children at all times during the day but should you wish to bring a drink in for your child then can you please make sure that it is water only. This does not apply to drinks for those children who stay for lunch; but please make sure these are of the non-fizzy variety. Thank you.


Toys at Pre-School
If your child wants to bring a toy with them to pre-school then please make sure it is of a size that will fit in their tray. Small toys can be a great talking point between friends but please remember we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages. Please also remember that those children approaching school age will likely not be allowed to take anything into school and so parents may wish to instill a ‘no toys at school approach’ with them now to get them ready for school.

Transition to School
As part of our transition process we have invited all the schools that our children will be moving onto this September to come and visit us. Some schools will choose to visit or speak to us on the phone but some unfortunately do not. Your child should be invited to visit their new school at some point this term so please remember to let us know as this will help us as we speak with you children about ‘big school’ - thank you.

Fundraising
At the end of April we applied to Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grant Scheme and we have been awarded £1000! This money will be used to get some much needed new flooring for pre-school, but this money alone is not enough. Our focus for this years Summer Fair will be to raise as much money as possible so that we can go ahead with our new flooring plans over the Summer holidays. But we need your help to raise the money; we estimate that we need at least another £1000...perhaps even more! So let’s make this the best Summer Fair EVER! If you can help out in anyway please let Jayne know who will put you in touch with our committee. Do you have any contacts for raffle prizes? Do you know anyone who’d like to have a stall for a donation of £10? Can you promote the event for us? Do you have any ideas for stalls? Please either speak to Jayne or drop us an email springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk your help is really appreciated, thank you.

Instagram
We now have an Instagram account, so please follow us at ‘springfieldpreschoolsandiacre’.

Leavers
All those children who are leaving us will take part in a special concert on Monday 16th July; notes have been sent home and keep your eyes open for more information closer to the date. We are also organising some souvenirs in the form of tea towels and t-shirts with the children's own artwork. Once again a separate note has been sent home and orders should be returned to pre-school by Wednesday 20th June.

Phew! We said it was a busy term!