Thursday, 3 December 2009

Christmas Fayre Success

Many thanks to everyone who supported our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th November.

It was a very busy couple of hours with lots of fun activities, plenty of stalls and of course Santa was in his Grotto!

We managed to raise £650 which will go direct to pre-school to help us buy much needed new equipment for our playroom.


Primary School Admissions

It is now time to apply for primary school places for those children born between 1.09.2005 & 31.08.2006.

Deadline for applications in Derbyshire is Friday 11th December.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Don't forget.... week is non-uniform week!!

Everyone can come to pre-school in their favourite outfits or fancy dress and all we ask is that parents bring in a bottle for our Christmas Fayre Bottle Tombola.  It can be a bottle of anything - wine, beer, shampoo, perfume, tomato sauce - absolutely anything you like as long as it's in a bottle!!

Thank you!

.....also remember to bring in any items for our tombola and raffle.....

.....and sold raffle ticket stubbs need to be returned as soon as possible....

.....and childrens competition entries for wrap a present should also be brought into pre-school....

.....and on Friday (or on Saturday) don't forget to bring in your lovely cake donations!!

Thanks again!!!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 28th November between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.  There will be lots of fun things to do as well as a visit from Santa!

Leading up to the fayre we will be needing donations for our tombola, raffle, bottle tombola and cake stalls - so please bring any and all donations into pre-school.

During the week commencing 23rd November we will be having a non-uniform week!  The children are invited to come to pre-school in their favourite clothes or fancy dress costumes in exchange for their parents bringing in a bottle!  It can be a bottle of anything you like - wine, beer, shampoo, tomato sauce! Anything, as long as it's in a bottle!!

Inset Day

We will be taking an Inset Day on Monday 23rd November, please make a note in your diaries!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Committee Members Needed

We are in desperate need of parents to be involved with our pre-school committee, the Springfield Action Team.

According to our constitution, and our registered charity status, we need a parent committee to be fully in place for pre-school to be able to operate and function legally.

Our committee needs to consist of at least 5 named people.  Our current Chairperson and Fund Raising Officer stepped down from their roles at our AGM on 1st October but we failed to get any volunteers to take over their roles.  Both have agreed to stay on in their current positions but only until Christmas. 

So we desperately need people to fill these positions sooner rather than later, otherwise we would be breaking the terms of our constitution and would be forced to close our doors.  All committee positions are open to job shares - the more the merrier!

If anyone feels they could help out in any way please speak to Jayne at your earliest convenience - thank you!

Committee Planning Meeting

Springfield Action Team (our parent committee) will be meeting on Wednesday 21st October at Little Drivers in Stapleford at 3.30pm to discuss upcoming fund raising events, in particular the Christmas Fayre. 

All parents are invited, all willing volunteers needed!

Important Dates

A few dates for your diary as we start one of the busiest times of the year...

Tuesday 17th November - Photographer to visit pre-school, photos make lovely Christmas presents and raise money for pre-school at the same time.

Saturday 28th November - Christmas Fayre - to be held at pre-school between 2.30pm & 4.30pm, lots of festive fun for all the family.

Tuesday 15th December (afternoon) and Wednesday 16th December (morning) will see performances of our Christmas Concert.

Friday 18th December - Children's Christmas Party - to be held at pre-school between 10.30am & 12.30pm, lots of fun and games and the perfect way to end a very busy term!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Committee AGM

Our first committee meeting of the new school year is also our AGM. 

This will be held on Thursday 1st October at the Risley Park pub at 7.30pm.  Everyone is welcome, this is your chance as a parent to have a say in how your child's pre-school operates.

Our AGM sees the election of the main roles of our committee - chairperson, secretary, treasurer, fund raising officer.  Anyone interested in taking an active role in our committee should speak to our existing chairperson, Carla, or to Jayne.

Our constitution stipulates the requirement for our pre-school to have a parent committee and without a committee we would simply not be able to function.  It is vitally important therefore that as many parents as possible get involved and help to keep our pre-school going from strength to strength.

We hope to see lots of you there!


Have you noticed our fantastic new toilets!!

Over the summer we have completely re-vamped our toilets.  We now have 3 toilets as well as extra hand basins, wider access and a dedicated changing table and area.

Many thanks to local builder Eric Hopewell for completing the work.

Many thanks must also go out to Stapleford & Sandiacre Rotary Club for donating £1000 and to Stapleford & Sandiacre Ladies Darts League for donating £100.  This along with funding from Derbyshire County Council and the fantastic fund raising efforts from our own events organised by our committee and supported by our parents has enabled this project to be completed.

Thank you all.

New School Year

Welcome back to pre-school after the Summer holidays.

Wow! it's the end of our second week already!

We have lots of new starters and we hope you are all enjoying your first few days at pre-school.  All our sessions are now nearly full so if anyone needs extra sessions or wants to change sessions then please speak to Jayne as soon as possible.

There's going to be lots happening so keep checking our website for updates.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Change to Opening Hours

Please be aware that our opening hours are changing with effect from September 2009.

Morning sessions will open at 9.15am and close at 11.45am

Lunch Club will open at 11.45am and close at 12.15pm

Afternoon sessions will open at 12.15pm and close at 2.45pm

Summer Fayre Success

Many thanks to everyone involved with this years Summer Fayre held on Saturday 11th July, the weather stayed dry and we managed to raise a fantastic £450.

A big thank you to our committee for all their hard work in making this event happen and a big thank you to all our parents and families who came along and supported us on the day.

Monday, 18 May 2009

A Big Thank You

We would just like to say a big thank you to the Stapleford and Sandiacre District Ladies Darts League who have donated £100 to pre-school to help us in our efforts to refurbish and improve our toilets.

Thank you ladies, it is much appreciated by us all.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Committee Meeting

Our next committee meeting is on Monday 18th May at 7.30pm at the Risley Park Pub.

We will be discussing the forthcoming Summer Fayre as well as other fundraising ideas and also looking to recruit new committee members.

We look forward to seeing as many of our parents there as possible.

If you would like to help out but are unable to make the meeting please speak to Jayne or our chairperson, Carla.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Weather Warning!!!

Wow! Look at the glorious weather we're having!  Can parents please remember to send their children to pre-school with hats and sun cream already applied!  If you would like us to apply sun cream during the day then please send in a labelled supply for your child - thank you!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Topics this term...

Pre-School re-opens on Monday 20th April and for the first 3 weeks we will be looking at all types of mini beasts - ones that fly, ones that crawl and ones that are slimy!!!  We will then have 2 weeks of pets and their families.

We would encourage the children to bring in any show and tell items that link with our topic and we would especially like photos of the children and their pets that we could use for a display.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Easter Fayre Success

Many thanks to everyone for another successful Easter Fayre, we had lots of fun and a fantastic £650!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Easter Fayre

The countdown is now on for our annual Easter Fayre which will be held on Saturday 28th March at pre-school from 11.30am till 1.30pm.

There will be the usual array of stalls including cakes, face painting and a BBQ.

All children are asked to get creative and make their own Easter Bonnet which they will be able to show off in our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade. Prizes for all children taking part with special prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

We are now looking for donations to our raffle and tombola so have a rummage and see if you have anything to spare.

If you can help out either on the day or prior to then please speak to Jayne or our Chairperson, Carla.


We have had a number of cases of sickness and diarrheoa at pre-school and would like to remind parents that children should be kept off pre-school for 48 hours following their last bout of illness.

We have also had one reported case of chickenpox in pre-school.

Monday, 23 February 2009

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Thanks to some great feedback from our recent parent questionnaire, we've added the facility to subscribe to e-mail updates.

To do this, simply enter your e-mail address in the box on the top right of our blog and follow the instructions.

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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Trash for Cash Success!

Many thanks to Diane Daley for nominating Springfield as her chosen charity when she took part in the TV program 'Trash for Cash'.  Filming of her house sale took place this week and proceeds have now been counted - she has raised £374 for us!!  Wow!!

We are going to use the money to buy some new trikes and bikes for our outdoor play.

We will let you know when the program will be aired.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Cake Sale Success

Many thanks to all who baked cakes and those that bought them! We managed to raise £40 - thank you!

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Cake Sale - Tuesday 10th February

This Tuesday we will be having a cake sale to raise funds for our Easter craft activities. The sale will have a Valentine's theme and parents are requested to bring their cakes into pre-school either Monday or first thing Tuesday.

Cake sale will take place at 11.45am and is open to everyone! Many thanks for all your support.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Bad Weather Stops Play!

Due to the severe weather today, Thursday 5th February 2009, pre-school will be closed.

Update - Pre-school will continue to remain closed for the rest of Thursday 5th February 2009, we hope to be open as normal on Friday. We hope everyone is having lots of fun in the snow!!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

New Year, New Term

Well the new term is now well under way and we'd like to welcome all our new starters - we hope you have lots of fun at Springfield Pre-School.

We have been looking at our favourite story books this term and have made some lovely creations that are displayed around our playroom.

We are now looking at different countries around the world starting with America and then China, France and India.