Ridings Pre-School – Newsletter Autumn (2) 2014

Term Dates

3rd November —— 19th December

5th January ——— 6th February

16th February —— 27th March

13th April ———— 22nd May

1st June ————-17th July

Pre-School will be closed on May 4th as this is a Bank Holiday

This half term we are spending time working on numbers and shapes with your children and hope that you can support this work at home. If you would like any ideas on how to do this please speak with your child’s key person who will gladly help you. We are also looking at cultural events at this time of year including Bonfire Night and Divali and Christmas.

Dates for your Diary

Children’s Christmas Party Wednesday 17th December – further details to follow

Children’s Christmas Concert – Thursday 18th December 2.45pm. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time.

New Parents Committee

At the pre-school’s AGM held in October a new committee of parents and staff were elected to support the aims and objectives of the pre-school for the next year.

Chairperson – Kasia Bieda; Secretary – Caroline Read; Treasurer – Jennie Malbon; Committee Members – Stevie Anne Massie, Becky Hanser, Lauren Preece, Nicola McGuire, Nicola Russell, Amanda Hill, Jo Tennett, Sarah Gallacher, Jane Cooper

This group will be meeting each month to plan strategies to take the pre-school forwards over the forthcoming months. This will include planning some fund raising events that we hope you will support in any way you can. I am sure that we would all like to Thank this group of people for putting their names forward to take on this role and look forward to the year ahead.

We have also had a number of parents make offers of help to the pre-school who were not able to commit to joining the committee – Thank You

Moving onto School

Applications can be made to Derbyshire County Council from next week for a place at primary school for your child to start in September 2015. You can look on the Derbyshire County Council website for more details on how to do this.

Book Share

This has been so successful that we are looking to put in some new books to add more choice for the children. If you have any unwanted age appropriate books at home that you no longer have use for please think about donating them to pre-school for this purpose.

Chatter Bags

There are 5 bags regularly in use for parents to take home and share with their child. We are looking to increase this range so please let us know if there are any books you would like to see offered in this range.

Names, Names, Names

Can we please remind you to write your child’s name in all their outdoor clothing so that we can help your child find their own clothes and encourage them as they develop their skills in dressing independently.

Please try and remember to sign your child in when they arrive at pre-school and use this book to pass on messages about change of collection time. If you are not aware of this procedure please ask a member of staff who will point you in the right direction.

Halloween Fund Raiser

Thank you for your speedy return of the pumpkin and ghost pots to pre-school.

New Staff

We have 2 new practitioners joining the staff team this month – Kimberly and Laura are both mums of young children and have experience of working with young children in different settings. We look forward to them getting to know the children and joining in their play and activities. Please introduce yourself to them as you see them around the setting.

Tempest Photographers

These are in pre-school on Friday 14th November between 11.30 and 1.30pm. We shall be having photos taken of the children in during the morning session unless you advise us differently. Between 12.30 and 1.30 you are welcome to bring your children and any siblings along if they are not in on this day to have a portrait taken of them looking beautiful. These pictures make super Christmas gifts for family and friends. If you want to come in during this hour please speak with Jane to arrange a time slot.

Session Availability

Please book sessions asap for next year (Jan 2015) as some days are now full.

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