Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Newsletter - 29th January 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 11th February - Cake Sale Week
Friday 15th February - End of Term
Monday 25th February - Start of Term
Wednesday 6th March - Visit by Boogie Beat
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
w/c 11th March - Sponsored Bounce Week
Friday 22nd March - Risley Fashion House Show
w/c 25th March - ‘Parents Evening’ Week
w/c 8th April - Easter Fun Week
Friday 12th April - End of Term

Closure Days
We would just like to thank everyone, once again, for their patience and understanding when we had to close at the beginning of this term. As the weather gets colder and unpredictable we run the risk of ‘snow days’. We always try to avoid closing at all costs and any decisions that we do take to close are always made as a last resort. We will always endeavour to let parents know of any closures as soon as possible and we do this via our text service and our Facebook page.

For those who pay fees we will always make the appropriate adjustments at the next invoicing point. For those children in receipt of government funding we are obliged through our agreement with Derbyshire County Council to offer alternate sessions for those missed. This is however an extremely difficult task due to the limited number of free spaces we currently have (we only have a handful of afternoon free spaces). Should anyone in receipt of government funding wish to take alternate sessions in lieu of those missed please speak to Jayne and we will do our best!

Cake Sale Week
The week of the 11th February is our first cake sale of 2019 so dust off those baking tins and get busy! Please bring in your donations (homemade or shop bought) from Monday 11th February. Cakes will be on sale at the end of each session until we run out!

Sponsored Bounce Week
After the half term break we will be organising a sponsored bounce! More details will follow but this fundraiser will help us to complete our improvements to our outdoor space.

Boogie Beat
On Wednesday 6th March in the afternoon we will be visited by Emma from Boogie Beat. This is a music and movement activity class that is based around traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes with a lively and active dance twist! We’re looking forward to meeting Emma and potentially running more of these activities.

World Book Day
We will once again be celebrating World Book Day which this year is being held on Thursday 7th March. All children who attend on that Thursday will be invited to come dressed as their favourite story character. All children will receive a World Book Day book token which can be swapped for one of the especially created book day books or for £1 off a book purchase.

Risley Fashion House Show
We are once again joining forces with Risley Fashion House to host a charity fashion show here at pre-school on FRIDAY 22ND MARCH (please note this is a change to the previously advertised date). Tickets will go on sale after half term and all proceeds from the event will go straight to pre-school. This is always a fun night, with plenty of bargains and a chance to see some familiar faces strut their stuff on the catwalk. Any volunteers who’d like to model please speak to Jayne (the more the merrier!).

Easter Fun Week
During the last week of our Spring term (w/c 8th April) we shall be having some Easter fun and fundraising! We will be asking for £3.50 per child and every child will get chance to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt, have a go at the Lucky Dip and Hook-a-Duck, have their face painted, join in with some Easter crafts as well as some special treats at snack time. Children will also be able to wear their favourite outfits. We will also have a small raffle with special Easter hampers to be won.

‘Parents Evening’ Week
Following feedback from our last parents evening we have decided to try a different approach in March. As parents will be very much aware Tapestry is a great way of keeping informed about your child’s time at pre-school; what they are up to, what they are achieving, how they are developing and what they are working towards. Tapestry is also a great communication tool between parents and their child’s key-person. Parents are encouraged to use this to discuss any areas of their child’s development; simply ‘create an observation’ and our staff will get back to any questions as quickly as they can. It is only through communication and working together that we can achieve the best possible outcomes for your child. Parents are also reminded that they can ask to speak to their child’s key-person at any time.

With all this in mind we have decided that during the week starting 25th March between the hours of 9.30am - 11.00am and 1.00pm - 3.00pm we will be giving parents the chance to see their child’s key-person should they wish to do so. This will be done by appointment and parents will be given 10 minute slots. More details will follow after the half term break.

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 or email us at; and remember to check out our Facebook page.

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