Friday, 6 September 2019

Newsletter - September 2019

Hello!
We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for the new school year. We’d like to give a big welcome to all those who are starting with us over the next few weeks; we hope you all have a great time here at Springfield.

Important Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 1st October - Parent Committee AGM, 7pm @ pre-school
Wednesday 9th October - Photo Morning
w/c 21st October - Cake Sale Week
Friday 25th October - End of Term
Monday 4th November - Start of Term
w/c 4th November - Parent Consultation Week
Saturday 30th November - Christmas Fair, 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th December - Christmas Concerts
w/c 16th December - Christmas Fun Week
Friday 20th December - Last day of term

Session Fees
Invoices for all fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 25th October and should be paid by the date stipulated. Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee of £15 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.

Funded Sessions
All children aged 3 & 4 are eligible for the ‘Universal Entitlement’ of 15 hours government funding per week and some children will be eligible for an additional 15 hours per week under the ‘Extended Entitlement’ scheme. All funding starts the term following the child’s third birthday;

Birthday Date     Term Funding will be Received

1/4 – 31/8            Autumn (September)
1/9 – 31/12          Spring (January)
1/1 – 31/3            Summer (April)

We will shortly be sending home an FE1 Funding Form (for those who have not already completed one) which will need completing and returning as quickly as possible to ensure that we can process your claim for a funded place.

Please remember that in order to access the additional 15 hours per week you will need to have registered with the HMRC and received a ‘30 hours’ code. Once you have this code you must ‘re-confirm’ your status with the HMRC every 3 months. To find out more please speak to Jayne or visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

We are also able to access funding for some 2 year olds dependent upon individual circumstances. Please speak to Jayne to find out more information.

Book Bags & Uniform
All children must have a red pre-school book bag and wear either plain red tops or red polo shirts/sweat shirts with our pre-school logo. Should you require any of these please speak to Jayne.

Tapestry
We would like to ask all parents to complete the ‘About Me’ page of their child’s profile. Please remember that parents can complete ‘Observations’ too...this is a great way for your child’s key-person to know a little more about what you and your child get up to outside of pre-school. This can in turn help us to ensure that we provide the best possible activities and resources that are most appropriate to your child.

Tapestry is also a great communication tool between pre-school and parents; staff can use ‘observations’ to let you know what your child is currently achieving and how you can help us to help them achieve their next steps. Parents can discuss their child’s development or anything else that they feel is relevant to their child’s time at pre-school.

Policies & Procedures
Our policies and procedures can be found on our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk these cover everything from safeguarding to absences to dropping off and collecting children to managing illnesses. Should you have any questions or wish to see a paper version of these please speak to Jayne.

Parent Committee AGM - Tuesday 1st October, 7pm
On Tuesday 1st October, at pre-school, at 7.00pm we will be holding our Annual General Meeting where we will be electing our committee for the forthcoming year.

In order for pre-school to open its doors we need to have a parent committee in place. The committee are there to oversee the operation of pre-school, to assist the management team and most importantly organise and run our fundraisers. We need a minimum of 5 committee members and of these there are three named roles - Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Should you wish to know more about being part of the committee please speak to Jayne who will be only too happy to chat and pass on any relevant information.

Without the support of our parents Springfield would not be what it is today. The role of our committee is vital to ensure the continued growth and development of pre-school and is a role very much appreciated by all of us involved with Springfield.

School Photographs – Wednesday 9th October
On Wednesday 9th October we will be visited by Tempest Photography for our annual pre-school photos. They offer a wide range of products from the usual photo packs to canvas wraps, acrylic prints, frames and even digital downloads. Their photographers specialise in visiting early years settings and take a variety of photos so that parents can choose the best for them. Parents will be provided with a small proof photo on the day and an order form. All orders placed will generate a commission of 20% for pre-school so not only do you get some lovely photos that make ideal Christmas presents you are also helping pre-school at the same time.

If your child attends pre-school on a Wednesday they will automatically have their photo taken unless we are advised otherwise.

If your child does not attend pre-school on a Wednesday, or you would like to include a sibling on the photo, please pick a time from the sheet that will be on the main door from 30th September.

Contacting Pre-School
You are able to contact pre-school between 8.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday on 07960 983423. If you need to contact us outside of these hours then please use our email springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk and we will respond as appropriate. Please note that all staff work a variety of hours and may not always be available; please note that Jayne does not work Mondays.

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.

UniformAll children must 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.

Red Book Bags - All children must have a red book bag that should be brought to pre-school each time they attend and placed in your child’s tray.

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.

Absence – Absence due to holiday should be notified in writing in advance. Absence due to illness should be notified by text by 9.15am (morning sessions) or 12.15pm (afternoon sessions).
All absences must be confirmed in writing.

Children’s Bags - Your child must bring a small bag/back-pack with a set of spare clothes (including socks!) in case of toileting accidents or messy/wet play; please ensure that the bag is of a size that your child can carry themselves and is clearly labelled. Back-packs should be placed below your child’s peg on the coat rack.

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 Websiteswww.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-SchoolOur phone number is 07960 983423 (8.30am till 3.30pm) or email us at springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk
You can also check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date information. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Newsletter - July 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
Monday 15th July - Reception Year Leavers Concert (4pm start)
Friday 19th July - LAST DAY
Monday 22nd July - INSET DAY (official last day of term)
Tuesday 3rd September - INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th September - Back to School

Website - www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk
Did you know we have a website? There is lots of useful information for you on there from information about fees and funding to our policies to useful links as well as a ‘Who’s Who’ at pre-school.

Social Media
You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and these can be great ways to keep up to date with what’s happening at pre-school as well as sharing in some of the fun that we have.

Last Week of Term Fun!
During the last week of term we are hoping to have lots of fun and games...weather allowing! We are hoping to have some science based fun as well as a potential ‘water fun day’, so please keep an eye out for texts!

On Tuesday 16th July we are having a ‘Sports Day’ and ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. Everyone is invited to pop along at 1pm with their teddy bear and have a picnic (please bring your packed lunches!). After the picnic we will hold a very relaxed Sports Day!

If your child usually attends on a Tuesday afternoon please provide them with a packed lunch (and teddy bear!). We would also like to invite all the parents of children who usually attend on a Tuesday afternoon to come along and join in the fun...you can of course bring your own teddy and packed lunch too...please arrive by 1pm.

If a Tuesday afternoon is not your child’s ‘usual’ day then please arrive at pre-school by 1pm with your picnic and teddy bears. Parents MUST stay with their child for the duration.

Picnic will be at 1pm and once we’ve all eaten we will have some fun sports games; we might even have some ice lollies as a treat!
We hope lots of you can make it to join in the fun 😃

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Useful Information

Useful Information

Changes From September
Fees - All fees will be charged at the new rate of £4.35 per hour. The contribution towards ‘Essential Supplies’ will remain unchanged and continue to be requested at 50p per session, per week, per half term.

Lunch Time - As from September only those children who attend for a full day will be able to have their lunch at pre-school. Parents will still be required to provide a packed lunch and follow our Lunch Time Policy; there will still be no charge for this.

Claiming a Funded Place for your Child
All children aged 3 & 4 are entitled up to 15 hours of Universal Funding per week, with some children entitled to a further 15 hours of Extended Funding per week (often referred to as ‘30 Hours Funding’). Some two year olds may also be eligible to funding. We advise all parents to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what they are entitled to and how to claim it. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that parents find out this information and action it promptly. Without correct codes, obtained within specified deadlines, parents may find they miss out on their full entitlement.

Parents who already claim the Extended Funding are reminded of the importance of re-confirming their ‘30 Hours Code’ every 3 months as failure to do this will result in funding being withdrawn. Please speak to Jayne should you have any questions.

How to Contact Pre-SchoolOur phone number is 07960 983423 or email us at springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 3 June 2019

Newsletter - June 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
Saturday 22nd June - Find us at Long Eaton Carnival
Saturday 29th June - Summer Fair, 11am - 1pm
Tuesday 2nd July - INSET DAY
Tuesday 2nd July - Open Day, 10am - 2pm
Monday 15th July - Reception Year Leavers Concert
Friday 19th July - LAST DAY
Monday 22nd July - INSET DAY (official last day of term)
Tuesday 3rd September - INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th September - Back to School

Session Fees
Invoices for all fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 22nd July and should be paid by Wednesday 19th June 2019. Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee of £15 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.

Changes From September
Following numerous changes over the last couple of years to the way we receive the government funding, along with the continued high increases to the living wage, we are forced once again to make some changes in September.

Fees - All fees will be charged at a new standard rate of £4.35 per hour. The contribution towards ‘Essential Supplies’ will remain unchanged and continue to be requested at 50p per session, per week, per half term.

Lunch Time - As from September only those children who attend for a full day will be able to have their lunch at pre-school. Parents will still be required to provide a packed lunch and follow our Lunch Time Policy; there will still be no charge for this.

Sessions
Everyone has now been advised of their 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.

Claiming a Funded Place for your Child
If your child turns 3 between 1st April and 31st August then they will become eligible for a government funded place from September. We will shortly be sending home an FE1 Funding Form which will need completing and returning as quickly as possible to ensure that we can process your claim for a funded place.

All children aged 3 & 4 are entitled up to 15 hours of Universal Funding per week, with some children entitled to a further 15 hours of Extended Funding per week (often referred to as ‘30 Hours Funding’). We advise all parents to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what they are entitled to and how to claim it. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that parents find out this information and action it promptly. Without correct codes, obtained within specified deadlines, parents may find they miss out on their full entitlement.

Parents who already claim the Extended Funding are reminded of the importance of re-confirming your ‘30 Hours Code’ every 3 months as failure to do this will result in the funding being withdrawn.

Please speak to Jayne should you have any questions.

Transition to Reception Year
As part of our transition process we will be in contact with all the schools that our children will be moving onto this September. Some schools will choose to visit or will simply speak to us over the phone but some do not. Your child, however, 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 your children about moving onto ‘big school’ - thank you.

Summer Fair
It’s not long now until our Summer Fair and we need your help to make it a success! 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 £15? 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 All help is really appreciated, thank you.

Reception Year Leavers Concert
On Monday 15th July we will have our traditional leavers concert. This is for those children who will be leaving us for Reception Year and a separate note will be coming home soon with more information.

Key-person System
Every child at pre-school has a member of staff assigned to them and we refer to this person as their ‘key-person’. This member of staff is your first point of contact should you have anything to discuss regarding your child’s time at pre-school. This member of staff will be responsible for monitoring your child’s development and keeping you informed about this via Tapestry. Parents can then also use Tapestry to create their own ‘observations’ to let us know what your child has been up to outside of pre-school hours, as well communicate with your child’s key-person. If you are unsure who your child’s key-person is then please speak to Jayne.

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.

UniformAll 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.

Red Book Bags - All children must have a red book bag that should be brought to pre-school each time they attend.

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.

Absence – Absence due to holiday should be notified in writing in advance. Absence due to illness should be notified by text by 9.15am (morning sessions) or 12.15pm (afternoon sessions).
All absences must be confirmed in writing.

Children’s Bags - Your child must bring a small bag/back-pack with a set of spare clothes (including socks!) in case of toileting accidents or messy/wet play; please ensure that the bag is of a size that your child can carry themselves and is clearly labelled.

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 Websiteswww.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
You can also check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date information. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Newsletter - April 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 20th May - Cake Sale Week
Friday 24th May - End of Term
Monday 3rd June - Start of Term
Saturday 29th June - Summer Fair, 11am - 1pm
Tuesday 2nd July - INSET DAY
Tuesday 2nd July - Open Day, 10am - 2pm
Monday 15th July - School Leavers Concert
Friday 19th July - LAST DAY
Monday 22nd July - INSET DAY (official last day of term)
Tuesday 3rd September - INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th September - Back to School

Session Fees
Invoices for fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 24th May and should be paid in full by Wednesday 8th May 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 Places
Parents of those children starting reception year this September will have now received confirmation of their child’s primary school. Please let us know as soon as possible which school your child will be attending so that we can start our transition process.

Planning for September!
We are now starting our planning for September! Letters will be coming home asking parents which sessions they would like for their child in September and it is imperative that these are returned quickly so we can help everyone to get the sessions they would like.

If you’re child turns 3 between 1st April and 31st August then they will be eligible for a government funded place. More details will be in the letter but parents will need to start thinking about the number of hours they require and whether they will be eligible for the Extended Entitlement funding (often referred to as 30 Hours Free Childcare). Parents are advised to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what they are entitled to and how to claim it. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that parents find out this information and action it promptly. Without correct codes, obtained within specified deadlines, parents may find they miss out on their full entitlement. Please read carefully the letter coming home and speak to Jayne should you have any questions.

Changes From September
Following numerous changes over the last couple of years to the way we receive the government funding, along with the continued high increases to the living wage, we are forced once again to make some changes in September.

Fees - All fees will be charged at a new standard rate of £4.35 per hour. The contribution towards ‘Essential Supplies’ will be remain unchanged and continue to be requested at 50p per session, per week, per half term.

Lunch Time - As from September only those children who attend for a full day will be able to have their lunch at pre-school. Parents will still be required to provide a packed lunch and follow our Lunch Time Policy; there will still be no charge for this.

Fashion Show
A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Fashion Show last term, as well as our lovely models! We managed to raise a wonderful £280!

Sponsored Bounce Success
We have been blown away by the generosity of those who took part in our Sponsored Bounce last term; you raised an astounding £877. This has already been put to good use as we have been able to membrane and gravel the garden surrounding our grassed area. Staff have been in over the Easter break to paint all of our wooden structures and fences as well as add to our sensory garden. We have also purchased two new benches as well as a new speaker for inside with plans to purchase one for outside as well so that we can have music wherever we are. If you haven’t yet paid in your sponsor money then please return it to us as quickly as you can - thank you.

Easter Fun Week
We had a great time during the last week of term with lots of fun Easter themed activities; we were joined by Jon from Asda at Long Eaton who judged our Easter headband competition as well as making some Easter nest cakes with us. We had yummy snacks, Easter Egg hunts, face painting, themed crafts, lucky dips and lots more. The raffle was a great success and raised £286 - thank you!

Smarties
We hope everyone enjoyed their packet of Smarties and thank you to everyone who has returned the tubes full of pennies; we have so far counted £81.13! Please remember to return the tubes to pre-school as soon as you can if you haven’t already - thank you!

Dummies!
We know that sometimes getting your child to give up their dummy can be a traumatic experience for both parent and child alike. So, we will be setting up a ‘Dummy Tree and Fairy House’ at pre-school where your child can ‘give their dummy to the fairies’. Children will be able to hang their dummies on the tree and then the next time they visit pre-school the dummy will have disappeared and the fairies will have left them a treat for being so brave. If you’d like to know more then please speak to any of the staff.

Warmer Weather
We hope that the weather will be warming up soon so please remember to send your child to pre-school with a sun hat and sun-cream already applied. Please remember to put your child’s name inside their sun hat too! Because of your payments towards our ‘Essential Supplies’ we do have a supply of child friendly factor 50 sun-cream at pre-school. This means that we can ensure all children are protected whilst they are at pre-school and we can re-apply cream as often as needed throughout the day. If, however, you’d rather we use your own cream please ensure that a supply, clearly marked with your child’s name, is left at pre-school.

Open Day - Tuesday 2nd July - 10am - 2pm
We will be having an Open day on Tuesday 2nd July from 10am till 2pm. This will be open to everyone; including parents of children who will be starting with us in September along with anyone else who is interested in a place for their child at Springfield. It’s a chance to come along and meet the team, experience some of our activities and generally find out a bit more about what Springfield offers your child.

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.

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.

Red Book Bags
- All children must have a red book bag that should be brought to pre-school each time they attend.

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 must bring a small bag/back-pack with a set of spare clothes (including socks!) in case of accidents or messy/wet play; please ensure that the bag is a size that your child can carry themselves and is clearly labelled.

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 Websiteswww.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
You can also check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date information. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Newsletter - March 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 25th March - ‘Parents Evening’ Week
w/c 8th April - Easter Fun Week
Friday 12th April - End of Term
Monday 29th April - Start of Summer Term

Please note that the dates for our Easter break are different to those of Nottinghamshire schools.

Planning for September!
It may only be March but we will be starting our planning for September very soon. Letters will be coming home after Easter asking parents which sessions they would like for their child in September and it is imperative that these are returned quickly so we can help everyone to get the sessions they would like.

If you’re child turns 3 between 1st April and 31st August then they will be eligible for a government funded place. More details will be in the letter but parents will need to start thinking about the number of hours they require and whether they will be eligible for the Extended Entitlement funding (often referred to as 30 Hours Free Childcare). Parents are advised to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what they are entitled to and how to claim it. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that parents find out this information and action it promptly. Without correct codes, obtained within specified deadlines, parents may find they miss out on their full entitlement. Please speak to Jayne should you have any questions.

30 Hours Funded Childcare
If you think you maybe eligible for 30 hours funded childcare and would like to claim for the first time after Easter you MUST apply for your code before 31st March 2019. Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information.

Parents are reminded that when claiming the extended hours they must re-confirm their code every 3 months. Failure to do this will mean that pre-school will be unable to claim the funding on your behalf and parents will then be charged for those hours instead. So for example if you receive your code on the 1st May it must be re-confirmed before 1st August, then again 1st November and again before 1st February.

Changes From September
Following numerous changes over the last couple of years to the way we receive the government funding, along with the continued high increases to the living wage, we are forced once again to make some changes in September.

Fees - All fees will now be charged at a new standard rate of £4.35 per hour. The contribution towards ‘Essential Supplies’ will be remain unchanged and continue to be requested at 50p per session, per week, per half term.

Lunch Time - As from September only those children who attend for a full day will be able to have their lunch at pre-school. Parents will still be required to provide a packed lunch and follow our Lunch Time Policy; there will still be no charge for this.

Sponsored Bounce
We would just like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in our Sponsored Bounce we had great fun and the amount pledged has exceeded our expectations. Please get any money into pre-school as quickly as possible so that we can start spending on our outside area. We have some lovely plans to enhance and brighten up the outside space that we are eager to get on with.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Newsletter - 25th February 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
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
Monday 29th April - Start of Summer Term

Session Fees
Invoices for fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 12th April and should be paid in full by Wednesday 13th March 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.

Please note that appropriate amendments to fees due have been made to this terms invoices due to the unexpected closure of preschool between 9th and 11th January.

Session Availability & Claiming Funding
We will soon be sending home information about session availability and claiming funded places from Easter. Parents are reminded to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to establish what they may be entitled to claim. Any parent wishing to claim the ‘30 Hours Childcare’ must ensure they apply in plenty of time and receive their code before 31st March. Those parents who already have their code must ensure that the code is ‘re-confirmed’ every three months otherwise we will be unable to access the correct funding on your behalf. Any problems or questions please speak to Jayne as soon as possible, thank you.

Cake Sale
Thank you to everyone who baked and bought cakes the last week of term as you helped raise a fantastic £103!

Spring Term Topic
This term our topic will be ‘All About Me’; we will be talking about our bodies and how they work; what we look like and how we can look after ourselves, as well as our families. Many thanks to those who supplied family photos last term; we would still like to display a photo for all our children. So please send in a standard size photo of your family that we can use for our display - thank you.

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 are 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.

Sponsored Bounce Week - w/c 11th March
A separate letter and sponsor form will be coming home explaining all about our Sponsored Bounce Week; this fundraiser will support our continuing outdoor improvements and go towards new items for our sensory garden, paint to refresh and maintain our wooden structures as well as tidying our planted areas.

Risley Fashion House Show - Friday 22nd March
We are once again joining forces with Risley Fashion House to host a charity fashion show here at pre-school on FRIDAY 22ND MARCH. Tickets are now on sale (£3.00) and all proceeds from the event will go straight to pre-school. This is always a fun night, with plenty of bargains, a licensed bar, raffle 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 - w/c 8th April
Keep an eye out for a letter coming home all about our Easter fun week. Lots of fun, games and treats will be had as well as cakes, a raffle and a crafty competition!

‘Parents Evening’ Week - w/c 25th March
A separate note will be coming home about our parents evening week. We will be offering parents the chance to pop in and see their child’s key-person during the hours of 9.30am - 11.00am and 1.00pm - 3.00pm. Prior to this parents will receive a small update via Tapestry regarding their child’s progress at pre-school.

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 information. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.