Monday, 19 July 2021

End of Term Newsletter

 Well, it's only a few days now until this academic year will be at an end. It has been an interesting year and let's hope that everything is slowly getting back to 'normal'.

Open Days
And getting back to 'normal' means that we are able to host some Open Days next week as follows;

Monday 19th July 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 2pm
Tuesday 20th July 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 2pm
Wednesday 21st July 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 2pm

It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible and please let any friends with little ones know about them too. Just drop us an email or text with which day/time you'd prefer so that we can manage numbers.

Important Dates
Our last day of term is WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY. 

Our first day open in September will be MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

Saturday 18th September - Long Eaton Carnival - please pop along and say hello we will be on the main showground.

All useful dates can be found over on our website - http://springfieldpreschool.co.uk/

End of Year Assessments - Tapestry
In the next few days we will be adding our final assessments to Tapestry for the year and each parent/carer will be invited to download their child's learning journal. This not only serves as a record and a reminder of their time with us but for those moving onto 'big school' it maybe useful for your child's next teacher. For anyone whose Tapestry login has expired please get in touch so that you don't miss out.

And don't forget over the Summer break you can still share with us what you are getting up to. It's always great to see what the children have done as this can then help with their return in September.

Just Giving
As our ability to fund raise this past 16 months or so has been severely impacted we thought we would launch our very own Crowdfunder through Just Giving. Fund raising is at the heart of pre-schools like ourselves and enables us to continue to provide a much needed service, with the best possible resources to ensure that all children attending Springfield get the best possible start to their education. If you would like to contribute then please follow the link below and please feel free to share this with family and friends - thank you 🙂

Funding & Codes
All children aged 3 & 4 years of age are eligible for up to 15 hours of government funding per week which pre-school claims on your behalf. All eligible children will shortly be receiving an FE1 Funding Form which must be completed in full, signed and returned to pre-school so that we can process your claim.

Some children may be eligible to claim an additional 15 hours of funding making a grand total of 30 hours per week, parents can find out whether they are eligible by visiting www.childcarechoices.gov.uk If eligible parents will need to apply and once approved will be given a '30 Hours Code'. Once parents have this code, please inform pre-school so that we can complete our necessary checks. Codes MUST be obtained by 31st August 2021 in order that funding can be accessed from September.

Any parents already claiming the additional hours must ensure that they re-confirm their code every three months to ensure funding can be claimed in full.

Funding for Two Year Olds - funding maybe available for some two year olds dependant on circumstances and parents should access www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out more. Parents can also find out more here https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/early-years-childcare/early-learning-free-places/free-places-two/free-childcare-for-two-year-olds.aspx If eligible, parents will be given a code and a start date which should then be given to pre-school. Parents will also need to complete an FE1 Funding Form once eligibility has been confirmed.

Any questions please email.

New School Year
We would like to wish all those children moving onto 'big school' the very best of luck and hope they have an amazing time. Please keep in touch as all the ladies would love to see you in your new school uniform and hear how you are getting on!!

For those children staying with us we can't wait to see what September brings and are looking forward to planning lots of exciting activities for you. Please remember when you return the weather may still be warm so don't forget sun hats and sun cream! (fingers crossed).

Phone - Help!
Our pre-school phone is in desperate need of an upgrade...if anyone has an iPhone they no longer need and would like to donate it to pre-school we would be extremely grateful! (we currently have a 5S so anything more up to date than that would be lovely!) Thank you.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your support this past 16 months or so, it is truly appreciated by everyone involved with Springfield and we cannot thank you enough. It is only with your support that we can continue to flourish and give your little ones the best start possible. Thank You 🙂

We hope everyone has a great Summer, and that the weather is kind...please remember to share what you get up to over on Tapestry as well!

Much love,
'Tha Ladies'

Sunday, 4 July 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 5th July 2021


This will be our last 'What's Happening' of this academic year.

As we move into the last couple of weeks our focus still remains on making sure that those children leaving us for big school are as ready for school as they possibly can be. And for our younger children we will be looking towards September and getting them ready to be our new 'big ones'!

As part of this process we will be reviewing each child's Tapestry learning journal and getting them ready so that parents will be able to download and save them over the course of the next couple of weeks; so keep your eyes open for an invitation from Tapestry to download!


Investigation Play

This week we will be having both sand and water play out for the children to enjoy. We will also be using playdough to stretch our creative skills as well as develop our fine motor skills.


Movement Activities

This week we will be having lots of action sings to keep us moving along.


Children's Choice

And as we enter the last couple of weeks of the year we will be asking the children what they want to play with, and having some of their favourite toys and activities available.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).

Sunday, 27 June 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 28th June 2021

As we reach the last few weeks of our academic year our focus is making sure that those children leaving us for big school are as ready for school as they possibly can be. For our younger children we will be looking towards September and getting them ready to be our new 'big ones'!

Country of the Week

We have visited France, Italy & Spain this term and this week we will be recapping some of what we have learnt. We have learnt how to say 'hello' and 'good morning' as well as counting from 1 to 10.


Sand Play

The sand will be out and hopefully we will be visiting the beach with sea shells and buckets and spades.


Movement Activities

We will continue to practice our skills with bats and balloons as well as playing some movement games like 'What time is it Mr Wolf?' and 'Sleeping Bunnies'.


Science Time

We will be exploring some science activities as well this week. We will be using balloons to demonstrate static electricity, predicting the effect when skittles (sweets) and water meet and then seeing what chemical reaction takes place when vinegar and baking powder are combined!


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 21st June 2021

As we reach the last few weeks of our academic year our focus is making sure that those children leaving us for big school are as ready for school as they possibly can be. For our younger children we will be looking towards September and getting them ready to be our new 'big ones'!

Country of the Week

For the first few weeks of this term we will be talking about different countries, when we would visit them and how we would get there.  This week we will be 'travelling' to Spain. We will be talking about the differences between the language spoken by ourselves and by people living in Spain. 


Baking Activity

Rather than baking this week we will be making our own orange juice by squeezing oranges ourselves!


Messy Play

Not only will the water play be out we will be making some playdough and practising our manipulation skills.


Movement Activities

This week we will be having a boogie as well as practicing our skills with bats and balloons!


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 14th June 2021

Phonics

For those children moving onto Reception Year in September we have started to look at letters and the sounds they make. We follow the Jolly Phonics method of teaching the letter sounds by using objects, actions and songs. While it is important that children know the 'names' of the letters it is crucial that they know the sounds that each letter makes as this is an integral part of learning to read.

Here is a link to the Jolly Phonics website if you'd like to know more about this way of learning https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/

This week we will be consolidating our knowledge so far.

Focus Activity

We will be playing some board games to practice our turn taking skills, our listening skills and our ability to follow and understand instructions.


Country of the Week

For the first few weeks of this term we will be talking about different countries, when we would visit them and how we would get there.  This week we will be looking at Italy. We will be talking about the differences between the language spoken by ourselves and by people living in Italy. 


Baking Activity

This week we will be making min pizza's; a fun activity using mini wraps as our base and then adding some Italian inspired ingredients.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Newsletter - 7th June 2021

Hello,

And welcome to the final term of this academic year.

Important Dates 

Monday 12th July - Wednesday 21st July - Party Week

Wednesday 21st July - last day of pre-school before the Summer holidays

Thursday 22nd July - End of Term & Inset Day (pre-school is closed)


Session Availability & Claiming Funding

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’ for the first time must ensure they apply in plenty of time and receive their code before 31st August. 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. 


Please remember that funding is also available for some two year olds. Please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what you could be claiming, this website covers all aspects of childcare and is worth taking a look at to see what you may be entitled to.


Any problems or questions please speak to Jayne or Julie as soon as possible, thank you.


Early Drop Off - 8.45am

If you would like to take advantage of being able to drop your child off a little earlier at pre-school at 8.45am then the cost is just £2.35 per day. If you are interested please email us to confirm availability.


Warmer Weather...!

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the good weather we had last week continues! Parents are reminded of the need to send their child to pre-school with a sunhat and with sun cream already applied. We have our own supply of sun cream that we can apply to children throughout the day as needed, or parents can send their child with their own sun cream. This must be clearly labelled and will be retained at pre-school for the duration of the Summer term.


Sponsored Bounce 

A big thank you to everyone who has taken part in our sponsored bounce, all the children did an amazing job! Please remember to get all sponsor monies into pre-school by Friday 11th June - Cash or bank transfer - thank you 🙂


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 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 or Julie 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/email 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 at least two sets 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 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 (Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 3.00pm) 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.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 7th June 2021

Phonics

For those children moving onto Reception Year in September we have started to look at letters and the sounds they make. We follow the Jolly Phonics method of teaching the letter sounds by using objects, actions and songs. While it is important that children know the 'names' of the letters it is crucial that they know the sounds that each letter makes as this is an integral part of learning to read.

Here is a link to the Jolly Phonics website if you'd like to know more about this way of learning https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/

This week we will be looking at K & L as well as recapping all the letters learnt so far from A to J.

Focus Activity

For the first few weeks of this term we will be talking about different countries, when we would viist them and how we would get there.  We will start this week with France. We will be talking about the differences between the language spoken by ourselves and by people living in France. We may even have some French inspired snacks!


Messy Play

We will be trying out all sorts of different activities this week from cornflour to shaving foam and we will be incorporating our mark making skills.


Baking Activity

This week we will be making cheesy bites.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).