Sunday, 23 January 2022

What's Happening at Pre-School w/c 24th January 2022

Our topic for the next few weeks will be all things Winter, and this week it will be all about wintery weather.

Focus Activity

This week we will be getting the board games out to practice our turn taking and learning how to follow the rules of the games.

Creative

For our creative endeavours we will be making wintery weather pictures and our older children will be practicing their scissor control to make snowflakes.

Story Time

Each week we will be focusing on one story and using props to act it out, this week it will be 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.

Baking

Some children will be making our 'winter rocky road'!

Please remember that we have an Inset afternoon on Wednesday 26th January and pre-school will be closed from 12.15pm - 3.15pm.


Also Thursday 27th January is our 'Parents to Pre-School Day'. Those parents who have children that attend on a Thursday will have received an email inviting them to attend. If this applies to you and you would like to attend please email to let us know.


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

Sunday, 16 January 2022

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 17th January 2022


Our topic for the next few weeks will be all things Winter.

Focus Activity

We will be playing Kim's Game, a game that involves good observation skills and memory recall. We will also be practicing our pencil control.

Music & Singing

We have some new wintery themed songs to sing as well as having fun with some 'sound CD's' to practice our listening skills.

Creative

To complement our theme of Winter we will be making snowmen. Some of our children will also get the chance to make their own creations while junk modelling.

Story Time

Each week we will be focusing on one story and using props to act it out, this week it will be The Gruffalo.

Baking

Some children will be making some 'winter rocky road'!

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

Friday, 14 January 2022

Newsletter - January 2022

We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Important Dates

Wednesday 26th January - Inset Afternoon - pre-school will be closed for the afternoon only
Thursday 27th January - Parents to Pre-School Day
Friday 18th February - End of Term
Monday 28th February - Start of Term
Friday 8th April - End of Term
Monday 25th April - Start of Term
Monday 2nd May - Bank Holiday Monday - pre-school is closed
Tuesday 3rd May - Inset Day CANCELLED
Friday 27th May - End of Term
Monday 6th June - Start of Term
Monday 20th June - Pre-school is closed in lieu of Queens Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Friday 22nd July - End of Term
Please note Inset Days maybe subject to change and we will endeavour to provide parents with as much notice as possible.

Primary School Applications - DEADLINE 15TH JANUARY 2022

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 it will soon be time to start applying for their infant or primary school place as they will be starting their Reception Year in September 2022!

 

Both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils operate an online application process and applications can be made from 8th November 2021 up until midnight of 15th January 2022.

Parents will then be notified of their allocated school on 19th April 2022.

If you live in Derbyshire – 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/school-places/apply-for-a-school-place.aspx

If you live in Nottinghamshire –

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place

Dropping Off & Collection

We would ask that any parent wishing to speak to a member of staff at either 'drop-off' or 'collection' please wait until all children have been admitted into the building. This ensures that all children are inside safely and that the member of staff on duty can give you their full attention. Parents are also able to email ahead with any specifics relating to their child.

Please remember to let us know if someone else is collecting your child as we can only release your child to a confirmed adult. Please let us know either via text or email. Thank you.

Is Your Child Well Enough to Attend?
If your child is not well please keep them at home, this will not only help them get better quicker but will also save you having to collect them during the day. Pre-School is a very busy and noisy environment and children who are not 100% will not benefit from being with us.
What about covid?
And please remember that if your child is displaying any signs of covid they should remain at home and we would recommend that they are tested. Children can then attend if they test negative and are well enough. If a child displays signs of covid whilst they are at pre-school we will call parents and expect that children are picked up immediately.
If your child tests positive for covid they can now end their self-isolation after seven days, if they receive negative lateral flow test results on days 6 and 7 of self-isolation.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and your child does not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to pre-school from day 7.
Anyone who is unable, or chooses not to take lateral flow tests, will need to complete a full 10-day period of self-isolation.
What if someone at home, or a close contact, tests positive for covid?
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend pre-school while waiting for the PCR result. 
As the information and guidance around covid can change quite quickly we will endeavour to keep our parents as up to date as possible.
Parents to Pre-School Day 
It was so nice to see so many of our parents at our Open Days back in July and we now have a plan to enable parents to visit pre-school on select days throughout the school year. We currently have the following dates in the diary;
Thursday 27th January
Friday 25th March
Monday 16th May
Tuesday 28th June
Each day parents will be able to visit between 10am and 11am and 1pm and 2pm and get chance to see what your child gets up to at pre-school as well as chat with your child's key-person. This will be limited to the parents of children who attend pre-school on the specific day and prior to the event parents will receive an invitation by email. So please keep an eye out for your invitation.
Inset Days
Please note that we have cancelled the inset day scheduled for Tuesday 3rd May 2022.
We have an Inset Afternoon scheduled for Wednesday 26th January and we will be closed from 12.15pm - 3.15pm.
Committee Needed
Our committee are a vital part of pre-school and we are in need of new members. As a registered charity we cannot legally operate without a designated committee and so parental involvement is vital to our operation. If you would like to know more then please get in touch or speak with Jayne, Julie or Nikki (Albie's mum & Chairperson).

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/appointments 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 on the outside. 

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 Websites – www.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 For information regarding Ofsted and their role within Early Years please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-for-parents-about-ofsteds-role-in-regulating-childcare you can also contact them on 0300 123 1231 or email enquiries@ofsted.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, 5 December 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 6th December 2021

We are now well and truly into all things festive at pre-school. We will be practicing our songs for our concert on the 15th and all our craft activities will be Christmassy themed.

Focus Activity

We are continuing with our maths focus of weight & length as well as incorporating some number work.


Baking

This week we will be making some Christmas trees!!!


Phonics

We will be continuing with our phonics programme and this week we move onto K & L.


Investigation

To continue with the Christmas theme we will be making snow and playing with ice-cubes as we explore different temperatures and different states (solid, liquid) 


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

Sunday, 14 November 2021

What's Happening at Pre-School - w/c 15th November 2021

 Our topic for the next few weeks will be all things Autumn as we talk about the seasons and the changes that we see and feel around us.

Focus Activity

This week it will be all things physical!

Sounds

We will be using sound CD's to listen to and identify different sounds.

Phonics

We will be continuing with our phonics programme and this week we move onto E & F.

On Tuesday we will be visited by Jon from Asda Long Eaton and he will be making simple instruments with the children. 

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

Monday, 1 November 2021

Newsletter - 1st November 2021

Hello!

We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break 🙂


Important Dates

w/c 1st November - Halloween Fun Week 
Wednesday 15th December - Christmas Concert @ 3.30pm approx. more details to follow
Tuesday 21st December - Christmas Party - 3.15pm - 4.30pm - invite to follow soon
Tuesday 21st December - Last Day of Term
Thursday 6th January - Start of Term


Halloween Fun Week

All this week we will be having lots of Halloween themed fun; special treats at snack time, face painting, tattoos, messy play, pumpkins and more. Your contribution to this week is greatly appreciated so if you have not yet paid please remember it's just 50p per session and payment should be sent by bank transfer - thank you 🧛‍♂️🕸🕷


Session Fees

All invoices for November have been issued and should be paid by 3rd November.  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

We will be emailing all parents shortly 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.


New Date for Diary - Queens Platinum Jubilee

2022 will be the Queens Platinum Jubilee and as such an extra bank holiday has been scheduled for Friday 3rd June. As this day falls within our summer half term break we have been advised by Derbyshire County Council that an alternate date can be picked during the summer term. We will therefore be closed on Monday 20th June 2022.


Primary School Applications

If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 it will soon be time to start applying for their infant or primary school place as they will be starting their Reception Year in September 2022!

 

Both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils operate an online application process and applications can be made from 8th November 2021 up until midnight of 15th January 2022.


Parents will then be notified of their allocated school on 19th April 2022.


If you live in Derbyshire – 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/school-places/apply-for-a-school-place.aspx


If you live in Nottinghamshire –

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place


Christmas Party
We will be holding a Christmas Party on Tuesday 21st December between 3.15pm and 4.30pm - please keep an eye out for a separate email about this!

Christmas Concert
We are hoping to hold a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 15th December at 3.30pm. A separate email will be sent soon with more details and to ascertain how many children will be able to take part. 

Christmas Fundraising
We are just beginning to look at our Christmas fundraising activities for this year. We will be holding a raffle that will be held 'virtually' as this was a great success last year. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help out by donating prizes for our raffle then please get in touch. We already have a couple of great prizes lined up but are on the look out for a few more!

We also have a Just Giving page that has been set-up to help with our fundraising which anyone can donate to. The past eighteen months or so have really impacted our ability to fundraise and without the support of family and friends each year we would not be able to function as we do. So please share this link to help boost our fundraising efforts; all support is truly appreciated by all of us at pre-school. 


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/appointments 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 on the outside. 


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 Websites – www.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 For information regarding Ofsted and their role within Early Years please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-for-parents-about-ofsteds-role-in-regulating-childcare you can also contact them on 0300 123 1231 or email enquiries@ofsted.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.