Sunday, 14 November 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 15th November 2021

 Our topic for the next few weeks will be all things Autumn as we talk about the seasons and the changes that we see and feel around us.

Focus Activity

This week it will be all things physical!

Sounds

We will be using sound CD's to listen to and identify different sounds.

Phonics

We will be continuing with our phonics programme and this week we move onto E & F.

On Tuesday we will be visited by Jon from Asda Long Eaton and he will be making simple instruments with the children. 

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

Monday, 1 November 2021

Newsletter - 1st November 2021

Hello!

We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break 🙂


Important Dates

w/c 1st November - Halloween Fun Week 
Wednesday 15th December - Christmas Concert @ 3.30pm approx. more details to follow
Tuesday 21st December - Christmas Party - 3.15pm - 4.30pm - invite to follow soon
Tuesday 21st December - Last Day of Term
Thursday 6th January - Start of Term


Halloween Fun Week

All this week we will be having lots of Halloween themed fun; special treats at snack time, face painting, tattoos, messy play, pumpkins and more. Your contribution to this week is greatly appreciated so if you have not yet paid please remember it's just 50p per session and payment should be sent by bank transfer - thank you 🧛‍♂️🕸🕷


Session Fees

All invoices for November have been issued and should be paid by 3rd November.  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 or Julie regarding any payment issues so that this can be avoided – many thanks.


Session Requirements

We will be emailing all parents shortly 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 funding forms 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 or Julie.


New Date for Diary - Queens Platinum Jubilee

2022 will be the Queens Platinum Jubilee and as such an extra bank holiday has been scheduled for Friday 3rd June. As this day falls within our summer half term break we have been advised by Derbyshire County Council that an alternate date can be picked during the summer term. We will therefore be closed on Monday 20th June 2022.


Primary School Applications

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 it will soon be time to start applying for their infant or primary school place as they will be starting their Reception Year in September 2022!

 

Both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils operate an online application process and applications can be made from 8th November 2021 up until midnight of 15th January 2022.


Parents will then be notified of their allocated school on 19th April 2022.


If you live in Derbyshire – 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/school-places/apply-for-a-school-place.aspx


If you live in Nottinghamshire –

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place


Christmas Party
We will be holding a Christmas Party on Tuesday 21st December between 3.15pm and 4.30pm - please keep an eye out for a separate email about this!

Christmas Concert
We are hoping to hold a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 15th December at 3.30pm. A separate email will be sent soon with more details and to ascertain how many children will be able to take part. 

Christmas Fundraising
We are just beginning to look at our Christmas fundraising activities for this year. We will be holding a raffle that will be held 'virtually' as this was a great success last year. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help out by donating prizes for our raffle then please get in touch. We already have a couple of great prizes lined up but are on the look out for a few more!

We also have a Just Giving page that has been set-up to help with our fundraising which anyone can donate to. The past eighteen months or so have really impacted our ability to fundraise and without the support of family and friends each year we would not be able to function as we do. So please share this link to help boost our fundraising efforts; all support is truly appreciated by all of us 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.


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/appointments 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 on the outside. 


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 For information regarding Ofsted and their role within Early Years please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-for-parents-about-ofsteds-role-in-regulating-childcare you can also contact them on 0300 123 1231 or email enquiries@ofsted.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, 31 October 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 1st November 2021


We start this term with our Halloween spooky week! A reminder that there is a small charge of 50p per session (half day) that your child attends; this helps us provide some extra activities along with some treats for snack time - thank you for your support.


Our topic will be all things Autumn as we talk about the seasons and the changes that we see and feel around us.


Focus Activity

We will be getting all techy this week as we try out different tasks and games on our tablets as well as controlling our 'Bee-Bots'.


Physical Play

This week will be all about holding fixed positions; controlling our balance!


Phonics

For our older children we will be starting to learn all about phonics; this is the sound that individual letters make which in turn will help children with early reading when they start Reception year. This week we will be learning A & B.


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

Saturday, 16 October 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 18th October 2021


Focus Activity

This week we will be looking at the effect of light and shadows and will try to make our own shadow pictures.


Physical Play

This week we will be exercising in our 'baby gym' sessions!!


Baking Activity

This week we shall be making our own bread cobs.


We are also looking forward to seeing Jon from Asda, Long Eaton this week who will be bringing along lots of different foods for us to taste; trying different foods and hopefully some distinctive flavours!


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

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Newsletter - 14th October 2021

Hello!

We have lots of information in this newsletter so get your diaries out!

Important Dates
Friday 22nd October - End of Term
Monday 1st November - Start of Term
w/c 1st November - Halloween Fun Week - see separate email
Wednesday 15th December - Christmas Concert @ 3.30pm approx. more details to follow
Tuesday 21st December - Christmas Party - 3.15pm - 4.30pm - invite to follow in November
Tuesday 21st December - Last Day of Term
Thursday 6th January - Start of Term

Important Change of Term Dates
Please note that we have changed the dates for the end of the Autumn term and the start of the Spring term. This will bring us into line with the schools that are local to us. 

Tuesday 21st December - End of Autumn Term

Thursday 6th January - Start of Spring Term

No Dogs Please
Can we please remind parents/carers that we do not allow dogs within the pre-school grounds. All dogs should be kept on a lead and beyond the gate. Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Just Giving
Did you know we have a 'Just Giving' page? This was set-up a few months ago to help us raise much needed funds. The last eighteen months or so have had a massive impact on our ability to fundraise as we have not able to host our usual Summer and Christmas Fairs. We would all be extremely grateful for any donations and please feel free to share this link with family and friends.

Christmas Festivities
We are busy planning for all things Christmas! So be sure to make note of the dates for our Christmas Concert - Wednesday 15th December and our Christmas Party on Tuesday 21st December. Both events will be held at the end of the pre-school day but we will send more details after the half term break.

We will also be holding a Christmas Raffle 'virtually' as this worked really well last year and more details about how to buy tickets will be sent home after the half term break. We already have some fantastic prizes lined up but if you, or anyone you know, would like to donate something then please get in touch.

Parents to Pre-School Day 
It was so nice to see so many of our parents at our Open Days back in July and we now have a plan to enable parents to visit pre-school on select days throughout the school year. We currently have the following dates in the diary;

Wednesday 10th November
Thursday 27th January
Friday 25th March
Monday 16th May
Tuesday 28th June

Each day parents will be able to visit between 10am and 11am and 1pm and 2pm and get chance to see what your child gets up to at pre-school as well as chat with your child's key-person. This will be limited to the parents of children who attend pre-school on the specific day and prior to the event parents will receive an invitation by email. So please keep an eye out for your invitation.

Many thanks for reading 🙂
'The Ladies'

Sunday, 10 October 2021

What’s Happening at Pre-School - w/c 11th October 2021


Focus Activity

This week we will continue to work on our maths development focusing on our shapes and measuring.


Physical Play

Every day we always try to get in a little exercise class with the children and this week we will be getting the children to move in different ways by asking them to 'move like....'!!


Creative

To support our maths focus we will be creating pictures using shapes as well as using rollers and other medium to create our own patterns.


Baking Activity

This week we shall be making some vegetable muffins.


And don't forget Wednesday is an INSET DAY and pre-school will be CLOSED!


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