Sunday, 26 September 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 27th September 2021

 Focus Activity

This week we will continue to work on our maths development and look at all things numbers from recognition to counting.


Physical Play

As well as having an 'exercise class' each session we will also be getting bouncy on our trampoline. We will also be playing with balloons and bats and the bubbles might also make an appearance.


Messy Play

This week it will be a staple of any pre-school...playdough!


Creative

To help with our work on numbers we will be doing some number printing this week, we will use different objects to print with to match to different numbers.


Baking Activity

Over the next few weeks we will be doing some food activities. Each week we will be making something different and each week a few children will have the chance to get involved. Every child will get chance to take part in at least one of our upcoming activities. 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

Sunday, 19 September 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 20th September 2021

Focus Activity

This week we will continue to work on our pencil control and our colours. We will be having lots of creative activities to expand our colour knowledge and our older children will be figuring out how to make colours go darker and lighter by adding black or white.


We will also start working on our maths development and look at all things numbers from recognition to counting.


Physical Play

To carry on with our colour recognition we will be dancing with coloured ribbons as well as having an 'exercise class' each session. We will also be playing 'What time is it Mr Wolf?' by using number cards to identify the time and the number of steps needed.


Messy Play

We will be adding different colours to shaving foam and cornflour this week.


Creative

There will be lots of sticking activities this week as we continue to explore colours.


Sunday, 12 September 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 13th September 2021

Welcome to the first of this academic years, weekly 'what's happening at pre-school' newsletter.

These short newsletters are intended to give you an idea of some of the things that we will be getting up to at pre-school. 

We are still helping all our children settle back into pre-school life as well as welcoming more new starters.

Focus Activity

This week we will be working on our pencil control and our colours. We will be having lots of creative activities to expand our colour knowledge and our older children will be figuring out how to make colours go darker and lighter by adding black or white.


Physical Play

This week we will have tunnels to crawl through and our movement activity will be Thai Chi. We will also be playing with skittles and quoits as we bring in colour recognition into our physical play.


And don't forget that on Saturday 18th September you will find the team at Long Eaton Carnival with a stall on the main showground, so please pop along and say hello.


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

Monday, 6 September 2021

Newsletter - 6th September 2021

We hope everyone has had a lovely summer and welcome to our first newsletter of the academic year.

Important Dates 

Saturday 18th September - Long Eaton Carnival, West Park

Wednesday 6th October - Photo Morning

Friday 22nd October - Last Day of Term

Monday 1st November - Start of Term

Saturday 27th November - Christmas Fair

Monday 29th November - Inset Day (pre-school will be closed)

Wednesday 22nd December - Last Day of Term

Thursday 23rd December - Inset Day (pre-school will be closed)

Monday 10th January - Start of Term


What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 6th September
This coming week at pre-school we will be concentrating on getting your little ones back into their pre-school routine, catching up with friends and hopefully making some new ones too. In subsequent weeks we will issue a weekly email letting you know a little more about what each week holds in store; the activities, letters, shapes, colours, special events etc. We will also make this information available on our website, Facebook page and via your Tapestry account.


Session Availability & Claiming Funding & Invoices - If parents wish to change or amend any of their child's sessions then please get in touch via email and we will try to accommodate your requests.


In order to claim the childcare funding on your behalf parents are required to complete an FE1 Funding Form. If this applies to you a paper form will be sent home and should be completed and returned as soon as possible.


Parents are reminded that www.childcarechoices.gov.uk is an invaluable site and may help parents with their childcare costs or simply confirm which funding they may be eligible to.


A reminder that invoices are issued monthly via email and should be paid in full by the date stipulated, failure to pay promptly may result in your child's place at pre-school being withdrawn.


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.


Uniform - Anyone requiring uniform please email your requirements by Friday 10th September so that an order can be placed. Polo shirts are £5.50, sweat shirts are £6.50 (available in ages 2/3, 3/4 & 5/6). Book bags are available at £3.50.


Long Eaton Carnival - Saturday 18th September - Some of the team will be at this year's Long Eaton Carnival with lots of fun and games for your little ones so please pop along to the main showground to say hello! We are in need of a couple of gazebos for the day (pop-up variety preferable) - is anyone able to loan us one for the day? Also, if anyone would like to help the team man the stall then please let us know!


Letting us know.... - It is always really important to let us know what's happening in your child's life; changes to their routine, potty training updates, needing to take medicine while at pre-school, changes to the adults dropping off or collecting, upcoming events/appointments etc. The best way to get that information to us is by email. We do not always have the time or manpower (or memory power) to take in this information at 'dropping-off' time and we do not want to do you a disservice by not giving you the attention that you deserve. So please ANY information that you wish to let us know about just drop it down in an email or even a text and then if we do need to chat with you we will make sure that someone can do just that and give you the time that you deserve.


Policies & Procedures - Please remember that all our policies and procedures are available via our website. These are in the process of being updated and parents are advised to be familiar with them.


'Suggestions Box' - It is important to us that we take into account the views of all our parents and whilst we do not have a 'physical' suggestion box we would encourage you to drop us an email with any ideas, suggestions or simply anything you think we need to know about. 


Tapestry - Our online learning journal, Tapestry, is a fabulous way for parents to be connected with their child's time at pre-school. Not only can you find out about what we get up to while at pre-school but you can also create your own 'observations' to let us know what you have been doing out of pre-school. It is through this two-way communication that we can learn more about your child and make sure that they achieve the best possible outcomes during their time with us. Please take the time to update your child's 'About Me' page and keep an eye out for our weekly 'What's Happening at Pre-School' notification.


Absences - Please remember that all planned absences (holidays, appointments) must be notified to pre-school in advance and must be in writing (email is the best way). If your child is ill please let us know by 9.00am by text or email. We ask that parents read both our 'Absence' and 'Poorly Children' policies. Where we have not been notified about an absence we will attempt to contact parents to establish the reason to ensure the safety and well-being of the child. Please note that if contact has not been made within three working days, children’s services will be contacted for advice and a possible referral.


Privacy Notice - Our Privacy Notice has been updated and we request that parents should read the following https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v6Z6DlLvSTofrGn5R1GyQWCDU9hTJ0YFeV6Sn2IMofM/edit?usp=sharing


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.

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).