Summer Newsletter April 2013

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Term Dates

15th April ———— 24th May

3rd June ————– 23rd July

Please note there is NO pre-school on May 6th as this is a Bank Holiday. Could you make a note of all these dates in your diary and also pass them on to other carers who have responsibility for bringing or collecting your child.

Theme for this Term = Springtime including Growth & New life. Any resources to support this will be welcome.

Dates for your Diary

End of term concert – July 23rd at 3pm. More details to follow in next terms newsletter.

Visit from Health Visiting Services – May 21st 9.00am. Parents can come and chat with Alison on any aspect of your child’s development or any concerns you may have.

Places for September

Don’t forget to book your child’s sessions for next year. Let Jane have these in writing asap as I am starting to look at these over the next few weeks. Remember that as your child becomes eligible for Government funding, the term after their 3rd birthday, you need to have reserved the sessions you will require. The Government funds children for 15 hours each week and you just pay for any additional hours used at the chargeable rate at the time.

Children moving to School

Many pre-school children are moving onto full time school in September on a new journey through education and further learning. Could you please let us know which school your child is going to so that we can work with these schools during the process of transition that hopefully makes your child’s journey and experience at this time more enjoyable.

Summertime

As the weather improves and the sunshine appears we would again ask that you send your child to pre-school dressed appropriately for the weather. Children without sunhats on sunny days will not be able to play outside due to the risks and effects of the sun. If your child attends full days and you want us to re-apply sun cream you will need to complete a medication form. We would however recommend that wherever possible you select a sun cream that gives cover for more than 6 hours to avoid this process

Outdoor Learning

Over the next term we shall be continuing the outdoor learning activities that you are telling us your children are enjoying and benefitting from.

Research has shown that outdoor spaces offer opportunities for children to be more creative, inquiring and socially skilled as they can persue their own lines of interest and talk together. During these outings practitioners support children as they gain confidence in taking manageable risks in their play and continue to develop their understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges. In this outdoor environment practitioners plan a range of activities that will encourage children’s interest and curiosity. Through these activities we are hoping that your children have the chance to engage with the environment and experience its natural features that enhance their learning.

Weekly outings take place in the local vicinity of the pre-school and parents are informed by staff using a purple note.

Paddock visits take place on a monthly basis and parents are informed on a yellow slip that requires signatures and returning to pre-school in order that your child can be included in this activity. The paddock that we take the children to is situated on The Ridings and is home to a number of animals including ponies, alpacas, chickens and ducks. Whilst the children will see these animals as they walk through the paddock they will kept within a fenced area during the period of the children’s visit. The land owner has made a lovely area for the children to use and we have brought a number of resources to ensure children’s welfare as well as their activities are catered for appropriately. The photo board in the playroom shows children at activities during the most recent visit.

If you would like more information on these visits please speak with Jane or Jo.

Rewind on Ratios

The Pre-school Learning alliance, of whom we are a member, are organising a petition against the Government’s recent announcement of changes to our working child to adult ratios. Under Government proposals this would mean fewer staff employed to look after the youngest of our children.

The Pre-School Learning alliance has announced that their official Government e-petition for parents against childcare ratios changes is now LIVE on the e-petition website –www. Rewindratios.com

‘This Rewind on Ratios campaign gives parents a voice – and it is parents that we believe the Government is most likely to listen to’ Pre-School Learning Alliance

We hope that you will join us in supporting the Alliance’s Rewind on Ratios campaign and ask colleagues, family and friends to sign the e-petition over the next few weeks. As the e-petition site does not permit petitions in the name of the organisations, the petition is in the name of Neil Leitch, Alliance Chief Executive.

 

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