Ridings Pre-School – Newsletter Summer (1) 2017

Term Dates April 24th ————– May 26th June 5th —————  July 18th (Tuesday) There is no pre-school on Monday 1st May as this is a Bank Holiday. Please make a note of all these dates on your calendar and pass them onto others who bring or collect your children.

Theme for this Term – Over the next 5 weeks we shall be introducing the children to aspects of science and caring for their world. We shall look at how to separate rubbish for recycling and what happens to it. The children will use magnets and create potions and mixtures that change and react in different ways when other things are added. This is a new theme for us so we are learning as we go along. At home you could include your children in recycling rubbish or garden waste and what happens when it goes to the tip. Do you know what items at hoe are made from recycled materials?

September Sessions and into 2018 – Please let me know in writing ASAP your session requirements for the next year at pre-school. Please consider if you are looking to make an increase due to them becoming eligible for Government Funding. We shall be offering the new Wrap Around sessions from September so please book your child in if you would like a place on any day. The cost of the Breakfast Club is £4-50 and Tea Time Club is £6-50 with only a limited number of places are available at each session.

30 Hours Funding – We have more information on this and how you can apply for eligibility. This will follow as a letter in your child’s tray.

Parents Evening – Is on May 9th at pre-school. Time slots for meeting with your child’s key person are displayed in the kitchen. Please come along and share in your child’s progress at pre-school. Key persons are always eager to talk about how your child is doing at pre-school and learn from you their interests outside the setting.

School Leavers – Please let us know where your child is going to school when they move into full time education in September. We can then include them in our transition plans.

Lunch Boxes – As part of our preparation for school, children who are moving up will be managing their own lunch boxes this term. Please consider this when packing them, avoiding plastic bags and cling film. Children will be supported and guided by lunch club staff whilst being allowed greater independence at this time.

Sports Event – This will take place at pre-school on Wednesday 24th May. Children may want to come dressed suitably for joining in lots of physical activities. Hopefully the weather will be good and we will spend most of the morning outside so please send sun hats etc.

Sun Cream – We will only apply sun cream when we have up to date written permission to do so. You need to speak with Jo or Jane for the relevant form to complete or update. You must supply children’s sun cream that is in date and is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Where possible please apply cream before coming to pre-school or use an All Day cream that does not need to be reapplied. Sun cream should not be left in trays, book wallets or changing bags as it is classed as a medicine and poses a danger to young children if swallowed or where children have allergies to products.

Leavers Concert- This is on Wednesday 12th July at 2.45pm. It will be held in pre-school and all children and parents of children who are leaving to go to school are invited to join in. If your child does not attend on Wednesday afternoons and you would like them to participate please speak with Jane about how to book them in.

Emails – Please be aware that if you communicate with pre-school via email it may not be picked up immediately so if your message is important please telephone.

50 Years Celebration – We are holding a Garden Party at The Paddock on The Ridings to celebrate this anniversary on July 9th between 2&4pm. Everyone is very welcome to come and join in the fun and games and toast the future of the pre-school. Keep an eye out for further information and ways that you can make this day a success.

Sainsburys are giving out the Active Kids Vouchers again so if you shop there please donate your vouchers to pre-school as they help us to replenish a lot of outdoor resources such as bean bags, balls, hoops etc. The box for depositing these is in the playroom. This comes to an end next week so please remember to bring them in for us.

Laundry Rota – Many Thanks to all of you who have put their name on the rota to take the laundry. This really helps us out. There are still some spaces left for anyone who hasn’t yet had the opportunity to put themselves forwards

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