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.

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!