Thursday, 12 April 2018

Newsletter - April 2018

Here's our first newsletter of the Summer term;

Important Dates for your DiaryTuesday 24th April - INSET DAY
Tuesday 8th May - INSET DAY CANCELLED
Friday 25th May - End of Term
Monday 4th June - Start of Term
Tuesday 5th June - Committee AGM, 7.30pm @ pre-school
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
Invoices for session fees, lunch club and snack have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 25th May and should be paid by Wednesday 25th April 2018. 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 soon be receiving 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!
It may only be April but we will be starting our planning for September anytime soon. 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
Last September the introduction of the government’s new ‘30 Hours Free Childcare’ forced Springfield to make some changes to the way in which we offered our sessions and the fees that we charged. Having now completed two full terms under these new guidelines we have evaluated the impact and feel that it is necessary to make some changes which will take effect from September 2018.

Opening Hours - Our opening hours will change to 9.15am to 3.15pm. Parents will be able to choose from either a 9.15am to 12.15pm session, a 12.15pm - 3.15pm session or a full day from 9.15am - 3.15pm. Parents who choose half days will also be able to decide whether their child has their lunch at pre-school. Parents will still need to provide a packed lunch and all children who attend for a full day MUST bring a packed lunch.

Fees - There will no longer be a charge for ‘lunch club’. All fees will now 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).

Easter Fair Success
Many thanks to everyone who helped organise and supported our Easter Fair which raised £430 for pre-school. Events like these are vital to the existence of pre-school, these extra funds help ensure that we can continue to provide exciting and stimulating activities and resources for your children.

Backpacks
All children should bring a backpack/small bag to pre-school with a change of clothes just in case of accidents or getting overly messy! However, can parents please ensure that bags DO NOT contain any food items or any medicines including creams of any kind. We cannot take the risk that a child accidently gets into another child’s bag and is exposed to medicines or foods that they may be allergic to. If your child needs access to medicine/cream then please speak to Jayne so that the necessary paperwork can be completed and the medicine stored safely. This applies to ALL creams and medicines.

Any food or medicine items found in bags will be removed and handed back to parents at the end of the day. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Pre-School Committee AGM - Tuesday 5th June @ 7.30pmAs we move towards the end of one academic year we start our planning for September and part of that forward planning is to ensure that we have an elected committee in place. So on Tuesday 5th June, at pre-school, at 7.30pm we will hold our Annual General Meeting where we will elect the committee.

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.

Fundraising!
Springfield Pre-school is a registered charity that aims to offer high quality, and affordable, care and education for all. Fundraising, therefore, is a vital part of pre-school life and helps provide a multitude of resources and activities. The costs involved in running our pre-school are wide and varied; everything from the obvious wages and rent to perhaps the less obvious basics like washing up liquid, toilet roll and then everything else in between!

Despite receiving government funding for children aged 3 and over, plus the modest fees that we charge for other children, we find ourselves struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes when we fundraise we may have a specific item in mind; for example following our recent cake sale we were able to purchase a model human torso to support our ‘All About Me’ topic. But a lot of the time the fundraising is simply there to keep pre-school open and operational.

We try to run a variety of events that parents can then choose from and support at whatever level they can. But we are always on the lookout for new and fun ways to raise money and welcome any and all ideas! So if you think you’d like to get involved in helping us raise this much needed cash please chat to Jayne or come along to our AGM on 5th June, we would truly appreciate your involvement.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Snow Day

Just to let everyone know that pre-school will be CLOSED today THURSDAY 1ST MARCH because of the heavy snow overnight and still falling this morning.

This decision has been made with the safety of our children, parents and staff in mind. We will review as the day goes on and let parents know as soon as we can about tomorrow.

We will post updates on our Facebook page, via Twitter, here on the wesbite and via text.

Thanks for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

UPDATE

Due to the continued snowy weather, strong winds and potential for treacherous conditions we have decided that pre-school will remain CLOSED on FRIDAY 2ND MARCH.

This decision has been made with the safety of all in mind. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our parents for their continued patience and understanding.

Parents wishing to get in touch can do so via email springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Latest Newsletter

Important Dates for your Diary
Thursday 1st March - World Book Day
w/c 19th March - Non-uniform week - Bring an Easter Egg
Thursday 22nd March - Easter Eggstravaganza
Friday 23rd March - End of Term
Monday 9th April - Start of Term
Tuesday 24th April - INSET DAY - NEW DATE
Tuesday 8th May - INSET DAY CANCELLED
Wednesday 4th July - INSET DAY - NEW DATE

Session Fees
Invoices for session fees, lunch club and snack will be issued on Monday 26th February; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 23rd March and should be paid by Wednesday 7th March 2018. 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.

We will also be sending home the appropriate FE1 Funding Forms for those children who are eligible for funding very soon. These forms MUST be completed, signed and returned as soon as possible; we only have a very short amount of time to get all the information processed to ensure that the correct amount of funding can be accessed on your behalf. If you are eligible for the 30 Hours ‘Free’ Childcare please ensure that your code has been re-confirmed as invalid codes will result in the Extended Entitlement aspect of the funding being withdrawn. Any problems or questions please speak to Jayne as soon as possible, thank you.

Term Dates & Inset Days
Please be aware that we follow Derbyshire County Council term dates and as such the dates for our Easter break and the end of year finish dates are different to those for Nottinghamshire County Council.

Upcoming Events
World Book Day - On Thursday 1st March we will be celebrating World Book Day and invite all children who attend that day to come dressed as their favourite book character!
Easter Eggstravaganza - on Thursday 22nd March between 4pm & 5.30pm we will have our annual Easter fundraiser. We will have an Easter Bonnet Competition where all children are invited to make their own bonnet, with prizes for the top three. There will be an Easter Egg tombola, lucky dip, cakes, hot dogs, Easter Egg Hunt and crafts. To help stock our Easter Egg Tombola we will have a non-uniform week starting Monday 19th March where in exchange for wearing their favourite outfits we ask for a donation of an Easter egg (or other Easter themed goodies!).

Spring Term TopicWe shall be continuing our topic of ‘All About Me’, and as we are having such a great time and learning so much this topic will now run until the end of the school year! Jon from ASDA, Long Eaton will once again be visiting us and this time we shall be planting some herbs. A big thank you goes out to Jon and ASDA who continue to provide all the resources and time for these activities free of charge.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for more topic information as we will try to keep parents as informed as possible. We will also be using our text service to let you know of any significant activities.

Toys at Pre-School
Whilst we are more than happy for children to bring their own toys from home to pre-school we would ask that these be kept to a size that will fit inside their drawer. Please be aware that digital cameras are not allowed at pre-school as we need to abide by safeguarding legislation as well as the the privacy wishes of parents. We would also request, from a safety point of view, that toys with very small (or multiple) parts be kept at home. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the safe return of toys, and those brought into pre-school are done so at the parents own risk.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Spring Term Newsletter - 8th January 2018

Hello, 

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

Important Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 16th January - Committee Meeting, 7.30pm @ Pre-School
w/c 12th February - Cake Sale Week
Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th February - Parent Evenings
Friday 16th February - End of Term
Monday 26th February - Start of Term
Thursday 22nd March - Easter Fair
Friday 23rd March - End of Term

Session Fees
Invoices for session fees, lunch club and snack have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 16th February and should be paid by Wednesday 24th January 2018. 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 2013 and 31st August 2014 they will be due to start Primary School in the academic year September 2018 – August 2019. 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 15th January 2018. If anyone has any questions please speak to Jayne.

Term Dates & Inset Days
Please be aware that we follow Derbyshire County Council term dates and as such the dates for our Easter breaks are different to those for Nottinghamshire County Council.

Please note that we have cancelled our next Inset Day of Wednesday 31st January and this will be re-scheduled for another Wednesday later in the school year; as soon as we have a date we will let you know.

Parent QuestionnairesThank you to those parents who returned questionnaires before Christmas. Gathering parent feedback is essential to the running of pre-school as such we would request that any remaining questionnaires be returned by FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY so that we can review and respond as soon as possible - thank you.

Upcoming Events
Committee Meeting – Our first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday 16th January at 7.30pm, and held at pre-school. Everyone is welcome to come along and get involved. This is your chance to have a say in how pre-school is run as well as help with the ever important fundraisers.
Cake Sale Week (w/c 12th February) – we will be having a cake sale all week (or until we run out of cakes!) so please bring in your donations from Monday 12th February. Cakes will be on sale at the end of each session – thank you.
Parent Evenings – these will be happening during the last week of this term and a separate note will be coming home very soon.

Christmas Fair Success & Co-op Community Fund
A big, big thank you to everyone who helped make our Christmas Fair a huge success; we raised an amazing £1213! WOW!

We were also privileged to have been chosen by Sandiacre Co-op as one of their local causes as part of their Community Fund campaign which resulted in us receiving a cheque for £2957.81. We were blown away by the amount raised and would like to thank all those co-op members who simply by shopping at the co-op helped contribute towards this amount.

We are currently assessing how best to use this money but suffice to say it will be well spent on resources to ensure that all our children have the best time possible while with us.

Want to know more about what we do at Pre-school?
If you’ve ever wondered what we actually get up to at pre-school then please take a look at our ‘Curriculum Information’ area which is on the blue cupboard doors (adjacent to Jayne’s desk) where we have lots of information for you to look at. This covers everything from which staff are doing specific roles, our session routines as well as detailing the activities and resources that we have out each week and how that relates to any given topic.

We also have details of each days snack offerings displayed on the Parents Information board; just above the children’s drawers. We also have our ‘Team Springfield’ display where you can find out about all of our staff - just look behind Jayne!!

Spring Term Topic
This term our topic will be ‘All About Me’. We will be talking about our bodies, what makes us ‘us’ and working out what our senses are.

For our first week of term we are asking children to bring something in for ‘Show &; Tell’; perhaps a favourite new toy. This gives children chance to develop their communication & language skills as well as their self esteem and confidence; which all helps with the personal, social & emotional development aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

We would also like all children to please bring in a photo of their family; the photo needs to be no bigger than A5 size, it will then be laminated and used for our display. Photos will be returned later in the school year but please note they will have been laminated!

Over this term we hope to be having visits from local police and ambulance services so that the children can learn more about ‘people who help us’. We also have Jon from ASDA, Long Eaton visiting over the next few months to carry out some fantastic activities with the children ranging from various food tasting to growing herbs and tomatoes. ASDA will be providing all the resources for these activities and we are really looking forward to working with Jon and his colleagues.

We will end the first half of this term by celebrating Chinese New Year, which is the Year of the Dog. And when we return after the half term break we will be looking at ‘how’ our bodies work and what’s on our inside!

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for more topic information as we will try to keep parents as informed as possible. We will also be using our text service to let you know of any significant activities.

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.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year

Well it's almost time to start the new term; we re-open our doors on Monday 8th January.  We are looking forward to seeing everybody, as well as a few new faces!

We have lots of exciting activities planned around this terms topic of 'All About Me' and are really looking forward to a busy term.

We would just like to say a big thank you for everyones support last term; we had an amazing Christmas Fair raising £1213 and were very fortunate to receive £2957.81 from the Co-op in Sandiacre through their Community Fund campaign.

Our thanks goes out to the following businesses that showed their support;

Daves Landscaping
Jaysons
Vanda Vase
Bowleys Butchers
Paradise Island Golf
Snowdome
Restore Your Looks
Collyers Nursery
Harvester, Pride Park
KH Hair
Simply Hair & Beauty
Mackney Photography
Thai Legend
Deborah Williams Hairdressing
Roll With It
Sandiacre Fish Bar
Denz
Derby County FC
Farm Foods
Starbucks
The Entertainer
Highfields Happy Hens
Selfitness Personal Training Session
Nottinghamshire County Cricket
Hair Kandi
NG9 Butchers
Nottingham Tennis Centre
Lidl, Sandiacre
Nail perfection by Natalie - £5 voucher
Ink Pot Crafts
National Ice Centre
Buoinissima
Two for Tea
Grade Barbers
Diddly Doo's
Simply Flowers
Marks & Spencer, Chilwell
Co-op, Sandiacre
Asda, Long Eaton

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Busy Autumn Term

We have a very busy term at the moment with lots of exciting things happening!

We are just launching our 'Make a Christmas Cracker' competition with some fab prizes to be won. Each entry costs just £1 and we hope to see lots of bright and colourful creations! Crackers should be with us by Friday 1st December so the winners can be announced at our Christmas Fair.

We will be planning our Christmas Concert very soon so we need your reply slips and ticket orders back by Wednesday 22nd November.

Thursday 23rd November is an Inset Day so pre-school will be closed while the staff will be very busy preparing for the coming Christmas season.

We need your session requirements for January back by Friday 24th November so we can try and fit everyone in!

The week starting Monday 27th November is non-uniform week in exchange for a donation of a bottle of something for our bottle tombola; can be anything you like - wine, perfume anything you like as long as it's in a bottle!

On Tuesday 28th November we have a visit from Wild Science who will be bringing along some animals for some festive fun! This will be taking place at 4.00pm and costs £6.50 per child; we have a handful of places still available.

Friday 1st December we have our annual Christmas Fair. This will take place from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. There will be lots of fun for all the family; we will have tombolas, cakes, hot dogs, face painting, chocolate, crafts, lucky dip and of course Santa will be in his Grotto!! Entry will be £2 for adults (children free) with a complimentary glass of something festive! We are still furiously planning this event and if anyone can help with the organising, manning a stall or sourcing raffle prizes please let Jayne know as soon as you can (either email springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk or 07960 983423)

If you would like a letter from Santa for your child then information will be coming home shortly and we will need your requests back by Wednesday 6th December. Letters are personalised, come with reindeer food and cost £2.50 each.

We then have our Christmas Concerts on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th December at 4.15pm both days. Some children have been asked to attend both concerts while our youngest and newest children have been asked to just attend one of the days. Children will need to be at pre-school for 4.00pm so that we can get everyone into costume. Our committee will be on hand with hot drinks and treats while you're waiting for the concert to start. We will be videoing the concert for parents to buy and therefore we will be requesting no photography during the performances.

And to finish the term our final week, starting 18th December, will be our 'Christmas Party Fun Week'. We will have lots of games, DVD time, face painting, party food and special gift bags from Santa for all the children. There will be a small cost of £3.50 per child to help us do all of this. Oh and of course we expect to see lots of festive attire too!

Phew! I said it was a busy term!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Autumn Term Update

Well we are now well into the Autumn Term. All our new starters are doing really well and settling into pre-school life.

We'd like to remind parents to keep in touch with their child's development by checking Tapestry on a regular basis. Parents can also create their own 'Observations' which is a great way of letting us know what your child is achieving away from pre-school.

This Wednesday, 11th October, is school photo morning; this is a fun day with some fantastic photos produced by Tempest Photographers. A great momento of your child's time at pre-school as well as a fantastic Christmas present idea. All profits go straight to pre-school.

We then have our first cake sale of the new school year the week commencing 14th October; all donations are gratefully received and cakes will be on sale each day until we run out!

After our half term break we will be hosting Parent Evenings on the 7th & 9th November, our Christmas Fair will be Friday 1st December, Christmas Concerts are 13th & 14th December followed by Chrtistmas Fun Week the last week of term. It's all go!!

Plus we hope to have another special event to announce really soon.