Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Newsletter - November 2019

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 25th November - Non-Uniform Week - ‘bring-a-bottle’
Saturday 30th November - Christmas Fair, 11am - 1pm
Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th December - Christmas Concerts - more details to follow
w/c 16th December - Christmas Fun Week - more details to follow
Friday 20th December - Last day of term
Monday 6th January - Start of Spring Term

Session Fees
Invoices for all fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term ending 20th December and should be paid by the date stipulated. 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
Letters will be coming home 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.

Cake Sale Success
Thank you to everyone who baked and bought during last term’s cake sale; you raised a fantastic £72!

Primary School Applications
If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 it is now time to start applying for their infant or primary school place as they will be starting their Reception Year in September 2020!

Both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils operate an online application process and applications can be made from 4th November for those living in Nottinghamshire and the 11th November for those living in Derbyshire, up until midnight of 15th January 2020 for both counties.

If you live in Derbyshire –

If you live in Nottinghamshire –

Christmas Fair – Saturday 30th December - 11am - 1pm
Plans are now under way for our first major fundraiser of the school year; this is always a lovely festive event with Santa in his grotto and lots of lovely things to do. But in order to make it a success we need lots of helpers; so if you can help out in anyway or have any ideas for a stall or know a local company who’d like to donate a prize for our raffle then please speak to either Jayne, Julie or any of our committee.

Non-Uniform Week- w/c 25th November
To help support our Christmas Fair we will be having a non-uniform week starting 25th November and all we ask in return is the donation of a bottle of something for our bottle tombola; wine, beer, perfume – anything you like as long as it’s in a bottle!! Thank you!

Premises Update
As you know, St John Ambulance, who own the building we occupy, have now served us notice to vacate as they wish to dispose of it. We have managed to gain a small extension to their original notice period and now have use of the building until February half term.

We are now actively working to secure a new building within Sandiacre. Everyone is working hard to ensure that our new premises will meet all our needs and as soon as we can provide more details for parents we will do so. We are hoping that by the end of November we can share that information with you.

Please speak to Jayne or Julie should you have any questions regarding this matter.

Inset Days
Please note that the following Inset Days have now been cancelled - Monday 6th January 2020 & Monday 11th May 2020.

We also have a new inset day to add to your diaries of Monday 24th February 2020.

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 (between 8.30am and 3.30pm) or you can email us at; springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk and check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk for up-to-date information. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Opening Hours – Please ensure that children are dropped off and collected promptly for all sessions;

Morning Session 9.15am – 12.15pm Afternoon Session 12.15pm – 3.15pm

Late arrivals can be upsetting for other children, especially those new to pre-school and still in the early stages of settling in; likewise late collection can also cause unnecessary upset. Please let us know if you are running late so that we can let your child know what is happening. Unadvised late collection of a child will incur a charge of £15.00.

End of Session Collection - If your child is to be collected by another person please remember to let a member of staff know as we are unable to release your child without prior notification.

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. If items are found unlabelled we will write names on with a black marker pen.

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. Thank you.

Absence – Absence due to holiday should be notified in writing 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 a set 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. Back-packs should be placed below your child’s peg on the coat rack.

Red Book Bags – All children must have a red pre-school book bag which should be placed in your child’s drawer each session they attend. Book bags are available at just £3.00 each, please see Jayne.

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 should you require any items.

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 - All pre-school operating policies and procedures are available for parents to read at anytime and are located near the children’s drawers. Key policies are also available on our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk

Useful Websiteswww.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