Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Spring Term Newsletter - 8th January 2018


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

Important Dates for your Diary

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

Session Fees
Invoices for session fees, lunch club and snack have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 16th February and should be paid by Wednesday 24th January 2018. Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee and continuous failure to pay fees could result in the removal of your child’s place from pre-school. Please speak to Jayne regarding any payment issues so that this can be avoided – many thanks.

Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they will be due to start Primary School in the academic year September 2018 – August 2019. Applications for your child's place at Primary School need to be made through Derbyshire County Council (for those living in Derbyshire) and Nottinghamshire County Council (for those living in Nottinghamshire) by midnight on 15th January 2018. If anyone has any questions please speak to Jayne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 or email us at; springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk and check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Busy Autumn Term

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phew! I said it was a busy term!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Autumn Term Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Summer Fair Success

On Friday 7th July we held our annual Summer Fair; we had lots of fun stalls, hot dogs and even Captain America Minion came to visit! After a great couple of hours we managed to raise £1050! WOW!

A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in organising and running the event as well as to everyone who came along and spent their hard earned pennies and made it such a great success. THANK YOU ALL!

We would also like to thank all those businesses that supported the event and donated supplies for our stalls and prizes for our raffle...so in no particular order...

Lidl - Sandiacre
Morrisons - Ilkeston
Co-op - Sandiacre
Asda - Long Eaton
Long Eaton DJ's
M&S - Chilwell
Warm for Life
KH Hair - Long Eaton
Paradise Island Golf
Bowleys butchers
Heartland NG9 Butchers
Vanda Vase - Stapleford
Simply Flowers - Sandiacre
Grade barbers - Sandiacre
63 Barbers - Stapleford
Bramcote leisure
Roll with It - Sandiacre
Jaysons - Sandiacre
Sandiacre fish bar
Shirley's Boutique
Deborah Williams

Costa - Long Eaton
Nando's - Nottingham, Showcase
Two for Tea
Buttermilk Cafe
Thai Legend
Risley Park Pub
PartyLite Candles

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Summer Term Update

Well it looks like Summer has arrived with some lovely sunshine but boy is it warm!

Please remember to send your child to pre-school with sun-cream applied and with a sun hat too. We will re-apply sun-cream throughout the day as circumstances dictate. It is also advisable to send your child with a bottle of water (with name clearly on please) on days when it is very hot!

Our Summer Fair is only a few weeks away and we hope that lots of you can join us on Friday 7th July from 4pm to 6pm. Entry will be £2 per adult with a complimentary drink and children will be free. We will have lots of stalls and fund things to do and all money raised from this event will go direct to pre-school.  We are in need of donations for our raffle as well as helpers on the day so if you are able to help out with the fair in anyway please let Jayne know either on 07960 983423 or email springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk Thank you!

We will have our Leavers Concert on Monday 17th July and invites have now been issued to all those taking part. Our concert will be having a Disney theme and parents are requested to help out by providing suitably themed costumes! Any questions please see Jayne, Jaime or Katie.

As we approach the end of the academic year we will also be generating children's learning journals via Tapestry. So please keep an eye on your email towards the end of July for more information.

Any questions please get in touch with Jayne - thanks!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Summer Term Fun

Well we are now into the last term of our academic year and there is lots happening!

On Wednesday 14th June we will be having our Open Day & Sports Day event; starting at 10.00am we will open our doors for anyone (existing and new parents) to pop along, meet the staff and find out a little bit more about what Springfield Pre-School can offer you and your child. At 1.00pm we will stop for a picnic lunch before having some athletic fun with our Sports Day at 2.00pm.

Friday 7th July, from 4.00pm till 6.00pm sees our annual Summer Fair. There will be hot dogs, cakes, raffle, tombolas, crafts and much, much more. Entry will be just £2 for adults with a complimentary drink of something sparkly! (children are free). All proceeds from this event go direct to pre-school; providing much needed funds to ensure that we can continue to provide high quality resources, activities and education for your children.

On Monday 17th July we will have our Disney themed Leavers Concert; a chance to get together with all those children moving onto big school and celebrate their time with us. This could be a rather emotional event...tears are expected!

Parents will also be given full access to their child's online learning journal towards the end of this term which they will be able to download and keep. More details will come home closer to the time.

We also hope to meet our new September starters throughout the next few weeks as we get ready to welcome them to Springfield.

Wow! It's going to be a busy term! :)