Sunday, 28 February 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 1st March 2021

 What’s Happening at Pre-School - w/c 1st March 2021

Topic
This half term we will be talking about healthy eating and our bodies. We will look at different parts of our bodies and how they work. This week we will continue to talk about how important our brain is and how it helps us to do things. We will also be talking about vitamins and how they make us big and strong.

We will continue with our 'PE' time each session to demonstrate how movement and exercise help us to be strong and healthy, and how our muscles work.

We will also be focusing on pencil control over this half term. Looking at drawing lines and circles, writing names and using colours for purpose.

Story
Last week we read 'Handa's Surprise' and made masks of all the different animals in the story. This week we will be using the masks to act out the story as well as tasting all the various fruits in the story. Using props when story telling helps children to relay a story and understand how the story flows. It also helps children's own self confidence by taking on roles to act out the story.

Jon from Asda is providing us with all the fruits from the story so the children will be able to touch and taste each of them, some of which they may have not tried before. We will be talking about the shape, texture, smell and taste of the fruits.


Shapes of the Week

We will now be looking at 3D shapes along with our knowledge of 2D shapes. This week it will be Square & Cube, as well as re-capping on last weeks circle and sphere.


We will be talking about the properties of each shape; what makes them special? How many sides do they have? Where can we see them in the world around us?


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 22nd February 2021

What’s Happening at Pre-School - w/c 22nd February 2021

Topic
This half term we will be talking about healthy eating and our bodies. We will look at different parts of our bodies and how they work. This week we will be focusing on our brains as well as talking about what we eat at breakfast time.

We will also be focusing on pencil control over this half term. Looking at drawing lines and circles, writing names and using colours for purpose.

Story
Over the next couple of weeks we will be reading 'Handa's Surprise' and this week we will be making masks of all the different animals in the story.


Shapes of the Week

We will now be looking at 3D shapes along with our knowledge of 2D shapes. This week it will be Sphere & Circle


We will be talking about the properties of each shape; what makes them special? How many sides do they have? Where can we see them in the world around us?


Focus Activity

This week we will be looking at colours and mixing them together. We will be working out how we can make colours go lighter and darker.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).

Newsletter - 23rd February 2021

Hello,

And welcome to the second half of the Spring term.

Important Dates 
w/c 29th March - Easter Fun Week
Thursday 1st April - Last day of Term
Monday 19th April - Start of Term
Tuesday 4th May - Inset Day (pre-school is closed)
w/c 24th May - Sponsored Bounce
Friday 28th May - End of Term
Monday 7th June - Start of Term
Thursday 22nd July - End of Term & Inset Day

Session Fees
All invoices for March have been issued and should be paid by 3rd March.  Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee of £15 and continuous failure to pay fees will result in the removal of your child’s place from pre-school.  

Please speak to Jayne or Julie regarding any payment issues so that we can avoid any problems. 

Increase to Fees
With effect from 1st April our fees will be increasing to £4.75 an hour.

Session Availability & Claiming Funding
We will soon be sending out an email with information about session availability and claiming funded places from Easter. Parents are reminded to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to establish what they may be entitled to claim. Any parent wishing to claim the ‘30 Hours Childcare’ for the first time must ensure they apply in plenty of time and receive their code before 31st March. Those parents who already have their code must ensure that the code is ‘re-confirmed’ every three months otherwise we will be unable to access the correct funding on your behalf. 

For those parents with children eligible for funding for the first time we will also be sending home an FE1 Funding form which should be completed and returned to pre-school as quickly as you can.

Please remember that funding is also available for some two year olds. Please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to find out what you could be claiming, this website covers all aspects of childcare and is worth taking a look at to see what you may be entitled to.

Any problems or questions please speak to Jayne or Julie as soon as possible, thank you.

Early Drop Off - 8.45am
In light of this week's announcements around lockdown and the re-opening of schools from March 8th we need to establish whether parents would like to take advantage of being able to drop their children off a little earlier at pre-school at 8.45am. The cost of this will be £2.35 per day. If you would like your child to start at 8.45am please email to confirm which days and should there be enough interest we will let you know when it can re-start. Any questions please just shout!

Easter Fun Week
We will be having some Easter themed fun during the last week of this term (w/c 29th March) so please keep an eye out for more information very soon! We will be having a raffle and are looking for prize donations; do you know of anyone who would like to make a donation? Perhaps a local business that could support us? Perhaps a local bakery or cafe could donate a cake? Or local hairdressers/nails/beauty could donate vouchers? If you can help out in any way then please get in touch.

We will also be having an Easter Bonnet competition and all the children are asked to make their own Easter Bonnet; we have prizes donated by Jon at Asda Long Eaton for the top three!

So please keep an eye out for more information in the next week or so.

General Reminders......

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 as we have a number of children that have the same style bag and the lack of a name can cause confusion for both child and staff alike!  If items are found unlabelled we will write names on with a black marker pen.

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.

Red Book Bags - All children must have a red book bag that should be brought to pre-school each time they attend.

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. 

Absence – Absence due to holiday should be notified in writing/email 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 at least two sets 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. 

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 – pre-school operating policies & procedures are 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 

How to Contact Pre-School
Our phone number is 07960 983423 (Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 3.00pm) or email us at springfieldpreschool@hotmail.co.uk 

You can also check our website www.springfieldpreschool.co.uk and Facebook page for up-to-date information. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 1st February 2021

Shapes of the Week

This week we will be consolidating our shape knowledge; we have looked at Star, Circle, Triangle, Square, Rectangle, Oval & Heart


We will be talking about the properties of each shape; what makes them special? How many sides do they have? Where can we see them in the world around us?


Numbers of the Week

This week we are looking at numbers 9 & 10


Over the previous weeks this term we have looked at numbers 1 to 8. 


Does your child recognise these numbers? Can they recite up to 10, and maybe beyond? Are they able to count objects and match to the correct number?


Focus Activity

This week we will be getting creative and practising our scissor control.


We will be encouraging children to hold their scissors correctly and improve their control. Can they snip at the paper? Can they cut through paper with purpose. Can they follow a line to cut out a shape? 


Messy Play

As we didn’t get much chance to get messy last week we will continue this week with our cornflour and shaving foam activities.


We will be playing with cornflour by mixing it with water to create a non-Newtonian fluid; something that has both wet and dry properties. This is great for fine motor control and experimenting making marks, drawing in it and even letter formation.


Then we will be playing in shaving foam; this is a great sensory experience with children able to talk about how it feels and what it smells like.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).


Sunday, 24 January 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - 25th January 2021

What’s Happening at Pre-School - w/c 25th January 2021

Shapes of the Week

This week we are looking at Oval & Love Heart.


We will be talking about the properties of each shape; what makes them special? How many sides do they have?


Over previous weeks this term we have already looked at Star, Circle, Triangle, Square & Rectangle.


Numbers of the Week

This week we are looking at numbers 7 & 8


Over the previous weeks this term we have looked at numbers 1 to 6. 


Does your child recognise these numbers? Can they recite from 1 to 8, and maybe beyond? Are they able to count objects and match to the correct number?


Focus Activity

This week we will be getting creative and making pictures by sticking with different shapes.


We will be talking about the shapes we are using, their properties and where we can see those shapes in the world around us. We will be using shapes to create our own pictures by using them for a specific purpose.


The activity will help children develop their fine motor control and their ability to spend time focused on an activity.


Messy Play

We will be having two different activities this week. We will be playing with cornflour by mixing it with water to create a non-Newtonian fluid; something that has both wet and dry properties. This is great for fine motor control and experimenting making marks, drawing in it and even letter formation.


Then we will be playing in shaving foam; this is a great sensory experience with children able to talk about how it feels and what it smells like.


Colours

We work with children all the time to encourage their colour recognition and this week we will be using our multi-coloured parachute and a ball to help with this as well as having lots of fun. This also helps children with their gross motor control as well as their ability to take turns.


We hope this information is of use but please get in touch if you have any questions (please use Tapestry).


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Newsletter - 19th January 2021

Here is our latest newsletter.

Important Dates - please note some of these may have changed

Friday 12th February - Last Day of Term

Monday 22nd February - Start of Term

w/c 29th March - Easter Fun Week

Thursday 1st April - Last day of Term

Monday 19th April - Start of Term

w/c 24th May - Sponsored Bounce

Friday 28th May - End of Term

Monday 7th June - Start of Term

Thursday 22nd July - End of Term & Inset Day


Session Fees

All invoices for February will be issued shortly and should be paid by 3rd February.  Late payment of fees will automatically incur a penalty fee of £15 and continuous failure to pay fees will result in the removal of your child’s place from pre-school.  Please see our Policies & Procedures page for our updated Fees policies for further clarification. 


Please speak to Jayne or Julie regarding any payment issues so that we can avoid any problems. 


Early Drop Off - 8.45am

Due to the current lockdown and a lack of need for our 'Early Drop Off' service at the moment we have decided to suspend it until further notice. We will review the situation as national and local circumstances change and will advise as and when this can be reinstated.


Absence from Pre-School

For those parents who have decided not to send their children to pre-school for the time being please remember that you will need to provide a week's notice should you wish them to return. Should you wish your child to return then please drop us an email and we will arrange a suitable date.


If your child is absent due to illness, then please remember to let us know by either text or email. All absences must be confirmed in writing.


What do we do at pre-school? 

Each week we will be letting parents know what topic we will be covering along with our shape and numbers of the week. We will be posting this information on Tapestry, our website, our Facebook page and via email. Should you need any more information regarding the weeks topic then please use Tapestry to chat with your child's key-person who will be only too happy to help and advise.


And please remember to use Tapestry to let us know what your child has been getting up to outside of pre-school.


Contacting Pre-School

Please remember that you can contact pre-school on 07960 983423 between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Outside of these hours please use our email.

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Important - Inset Day

In line with the recently announced government recommendation for schools and education we have decided to take the last day of this Autumn term as an Inset Day.

FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER WILL BE AN INSET DAY AND PRE-SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED

Apologies for the short notice.