Not the best of weather today for a Bank Holiday so I hope you are able to keep your tiddlers entertained with activities.
There are a few pieces of news that I wanted to email out to you so we are ready for the summer term starting back on 3rd June until 19th July.
Firstly I will start with mentioning the Activity Morning at The Hideaway. What a glorious morning we had with the weather, the company and the brilliant activities for you and your children. We had in excess of 90 bodies that formed crocodile trail down to The Hideaway which was an incredible response from our families. The morning organised by Fiona and Louise with the support of the staff team was able to showcase some of the activities the children participate in during their outdoor learning sessions and we hope you find creepy crawlies using your Bug House very soon. Let us know if you have any thoughts on this session please.
Thank You to Carly Fitzhugh who brought Arthur the lamb to see the children and also for the tomato plants and hanging basket she donated. Meeting and feeding the lamb was a wonderful experience for the children (and staff). Carly gave us all lots of information on her work as a farmer and how she looks after her animals.
Each year the committee has to review fees and charges for sessions and consumables at the Pre-School. This year there will be an increase to fees from September and an increase for consumables from the start of the Summer term. This small increase of 10p for consumables will make a contribution towards both the children’s snack as well as stationary and craft supplies. Each year we have an increase in the cost of resources for the children’s craft work and the printing of photos etc. for their Learning Journeys so have needed to make this increase to support these costs. If you have any issues with making this additional contribution please speak with a member of the Pre-School’s Committee, Jane or Jo. Thank You.
The Leavers Concert this year has been organised for Thursday July 18th at 2.45pm. We are planning to hold this down at The Hideaway (weather permitting). This will give us more space for everyone who wants to come along and join us. If we are able to use the Hideaway it will mean that All families can join us if they chose to do so. You will need to bring your own deck chair or blanket to sit on. More information will follow nearer the time.
There will also be a Leavers Party on Tuesday 16th July from 3 -4pm. More details to follow but please put this date in your diary if your child leaves this summer to move on to School.
The Spring Fayre held at Pre-School on 19th May has raised a whoppping £350.00. Thank You to Fiona and the Fund Raising Team for all your hard work and to other parents and staff who helped out. Thank You to all those who came along and gave their support it really is appreciated. With some of the money we have been able to purchase some new sun parasols and a new base.
Hopefully as we return for the summer term the sun will come out and the weather warm up. If it does please remember to bring a sun hat for your child. We would recommend that you apply a once-a-day sun cream before bringing your child otherwise if you need us to reapply cream at lunch time you must complete a form for us to do this. Please note sun cream must not be left in changing bags or children’s drawers. All sun hats should be left in your child’s drawer so they are are able to access it easily when they want to go outside.
Do you have membership with the Co-Op and have a blue loyalty card? If so you could help the pre-school each time you shop for Co-Op products as long as you’ve registered your card with them and chose Ridings Pre-School as your community charity. So far this year we have received over £500 from this charity. We have another 5 months of eligibility for this scheme so please join up and help us today. Thank You.
May 21st saw a group of 6 children and 2 staff join the Coffee Club at the Queens Head for an Inter-generational Session. I have to say this was an amazing morning and the children and older generation at the club were fantastic. We have received an email from Daphne, who complimented the children on their behaviour and confidence. We look forward to a continuing our work with these ladies and building relationships that we can learn from and bring our communities together.
Over the summer we are hoping to have some maintenance work completed at Pre-School including, hopefully, a spot of decorating. During this break we are having a hand drier fitted in the bathroom in an attempt to cut down on our wonderful ‘Andrex’ children’s use of paper towels like little Labrador puppies we see in these adverts.
Tempest photographers will be in Pre-School on the morning of 6th June to take portraits of the children. If your child is not in on this session but you would like their photo taking have a word with Fiona or Jo who can book them in for you. Likewise if you have siblings who you would like including.
Lastly I would like to update you on changes within the staff team – 2 new members of staff, Lynsey and Fiona joined the team recently and are working closely with your children. Emma is unfortunately still off sick and we send her lots of love for a speedy recovery and hope she is back with us very soon, though it probably wont be until September. X