Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Newsletter - January 2020

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

Important Dates for your Diary
w/c 20th January - ‘Bring your parents to pre-school’ week
w/c 27th January - Sponsored Bounce week
w/c 10th February - Cake Sale Week
Friday 14th February - Last day of term
Monday 24th February - Inset Day
Tuesday 25th February - Start of Term - at Sandiacre Scout Hut

Session Fees
Invoices for fees have been issued; all invoices are issued for the term up to the 15th February and should be paid in full by Wednesday 22nd January 2020. 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 2015 and 31st August 2016 they will be due to start Primary School in the academic year September 2019 – August 2020. Applications for your child's place at Primary School need to be made through Derbyshire County Council (for those living in Derbyshire) https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/school-places/apply-for-a-school-place.aspx
and Nottinghamshire County Council (for those living in Nottinghamshire) https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place
Applications to be completed by midnight on 15th January 2020. If anyone has any questions please speak to Jayne or Julie.

We would like to remind parents that mobile phones should not be used on the premises at drop-off and pick-up; this includes the taking of photographs.

Premises Update
This term is going to be a very busy one as we make preparations for our move to Sandiacre Scout Hut. We are aiming for the move to take place over the February half term break with us re-opening in the new building from Tuesday 25th February. We will keep you as up-to-date as possible with any developments.

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. 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 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 or Julie 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

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