Summer 2021 News Extra

Term Dates
Finish Friday 28th May
Restart – Monday June 7th
Break up for summer Friday 16th July

Pre-School will restart on Wednesday 8th September

School Transition Visits
Next term sees some of our children leave and move on to school. As part of this preparation they will be invited to their new school for a series of visits. If you haven’t already let us know when your child is going could you drop us a line so we are aware and can plan for this.
If your child is in school for a morning and then returning to pre-school they will need to have their clothes changed prior to arriving at the setting and must not bring anything with them from the school.

Leavers Celebrations
On Tuesday 13th July we will be holding a party in the afternoon for our children leaving to go to school in September. This will be a Pirates & Princesses party and the children can come dressed up for this. Hopefully we will be at The Hideaway for this and will round it off with a sing song for parents who may want to join us. Children who are not leaving but attend on a Tuesday afternoon will be able to take part these celebrations.
Wet weather contingencies will be planned if needed. We will send out more information nearer the time.

Forest School
There is NO Forest School session on Wednesday 23rd June This will instead be a session in pre-school.

Planning Ahead
Can you have a think about sessions for September and if you want to make changes or increase hours. Please put this in writing and send it in ASAP and help us to make plans going forwards.

Wish List
Thank You to those who donated items from our wish list. These items help to relieve some of the costs we are facing in the light of loss of income from the impact of Covid-19.

Amazon Smile has raised £8.75
Easyfundraising has raised in excess of £165
Thank You to everyone who uses these apps and helps raise money for pre-school. Every little helps!!!!

We still have all our safety practices in place and will do till the end of the year. Thank You to everyone who is helping to keep our children, families and staff safe by following our guidance and additional risk assessments.

Spare Clothes
If your child has come home in any of the pre-school’s spare clothing could you return it ASAP as we are getting short of items including pants and joggers/leggings.

Well Done to Keeley & Kayleigh who have recently completed their Paedeatric First Aid training.

Thank You for Your Support

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Fees Policy Covid-19 Lockdown 2021

This policy is an Addendum to the existing Fees policy.

This policy is necessary as the Government has decided that pre-school should remain open for all children during the current lockdown. We appreciate that our families have different needs and priorities so some may decide they do not wish/need their children to attend at this time. However pre-school still has ongoing running costs such as rent, insurance, utilities etc that have to be paid in order for pre-school to remain sustainable in the future.

If the child is not attending during this period of time but parents wish to retain the place the following applies:

1.    The parent must notify Ridings Pre-School immediately if they decide their child will not be attending during the lockdown period.

2.    Where the child’s hours are fully funded from Derbyshire County Council

    • Derbyshire County Council are presently continuing to pay the funding for these children, the parent needs to confirm they wish to retain the place for the child to return to in the future.

3.    Where the child’s hours are part paid for by the parent and part funded from Derbyshire County Council

    • If the parent wishes to retain the hours for which they pay fees a retainer charge of £5 per week is payable to secure these hours. If the parent wishes to do this they must notify pre-school of this otherwise we cannot guarantee these hours will be available when the child returns.
    • The portion of fees funded by Derbyshire County Council will continue to be paid in the same way.

4.    Where the child’s hours are fully paid for by the parent

    • If a parent wishes retain the place and the hours the child normally attends pre-school a retainer charge of £5 per week is payable to secure these hours. If the parent wishes to do this they must notify pre-school otherwise we cannot guarantee these hours will be available.

5.    The parent should notify pre-school of the date the child will be returning at least a week before the date of return.

If you no longer require a place at pre-school please inform us in writing ASAP.

Where the half term fees invoice has been paid, the parent can request either a refund of the balance due to them or carry this over to the next half terms’ invoice.

Where a parent wishes to make a donation in addition to the retainer charged this is possible and the parent should discuss this with the pre-school manager as we may be able to claim Gift Aid on this amount.

This policy will come into effect from February 12th 2021

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Covid 19 Updates & Procedures

These are the updated procedures from the 3rd February 2021

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“Its Christmas”

Good morning We have now entered into the Glitter Season at pre-school and are starting to sparkle & shine. The tree is up and the baubles are rearranged by the children several times a day, its driving Jayne nuts!!!

Christmas cards – this year we are not going to put out our Christmas post box for children to exchange cards, but if your child does want to send them to special friends within pre-school please leave them on the Tuff Spot (black name card table) outside and if you see one there addressed to your child please take it for them.

Children’s Concert – this will take place at pre-school on Thursday 17th December at 11.30am. It will go out ‘live’ on facebook for you to watch. If your child is not in on this morning and you would like them to be part of this seasonal celebration please speak with Jane to arrange for them to come in for an hour at 11am. We need this information asap as our choreographer and set designers will need to make sure they have a part with the correct props for their appearance!!!!

Christmas Party – is on Wednesday 16th December from 11.30 – 1.00. The children will do their Forest School session as normal and will follow a Christmas trail back to pre-school where we will have set up the party for them. We will have dancing and games, lunch and a call from Santa, (hopefully live from the North Pole) ‘Ho Ho Ho’. Then he can tell us where he has left a sack of presents for all the children who are here.
If your child is not usually in on this day and would like to join us at 11.30 – 1.00 there will be a charge of £7.10 and if they would usually finish at 12 and would like to stay for the party till 1.00 it will be £4.75.
We are providing lunch. No need to bring a lunch box on this day.

As we aren’t able to have a Fair or Market this year our Christmas Fund Raiser will be a bag of Handmade goodies produced by your child. These will include some edible goodies as well as a keepsake for you to put out at Christmas each year. The charge for these bags will be a minimum of £4 to wards the cost of putting them together along with a bit for funds.
Some of the items have been donated & collected by staff & local residents. Thank You for your support.

The Smartie Tube fund raiser brought in £142.88. Thank You to everyone who managed to fill their tubes and make these donations to us. Thank You to Libby for labelling each tube for us.

Forest School Sessions at The Hideaway will continue throughout the winter so please send your child dressed in layers of clothing that will keep them snug during their time outdoors. As someone once said ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, its the wrong clothes we wear for the weather’. The children are doing so incredibly well with getting themselves dressed in speedy time now and have all gone down as one group today. Well done to everyone for helping your little ones to dress and undress themselves.

Don’t forget to visit Jenny Smedley’s online Usbourne book fair on facebook tomorrow 3/12/20 at 8pm to pick up some Christmas gifts. You will find details of this advertised on the pre-school’s facebook page.

Have a Super Christmas wherever you are and whoever you are able to be with and we look forward to catching up with you in 2021.

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Term Dates 2020 / 2021

7/9/20 – 23/10/20

2/11/20 – 18/12/20

4/1/21 – 12/2/21

22/2/21 –1/4/21

19/4/21 – 28/5/21 + 3/5/21 Bank Holiday

7/6/21 – 16/7/21

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Annual General Meeting 2020

Dear Parents

Please don’t scroll on by…..

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Ridings Pre-School will be held on Monday October 19th 2020.
As a registered charity we are required to hold our AGM in the autumn term to look at:

·         what the setting has achieved in the last year

·         the pre-school financial statement

·         look forwards to the next 12 months.

In-line with Government guidelines we have made changes to how the meeting will take place and unfortunately we cannot invite you all to attend this year.
In order to stay within the ‘rule of 6’ the meeting will take place with the 3 officers and the manager present. We will follow the agenda as in previous years and will be electing a committee to stand and support the pre-school for the next 12 months.
If you have any questions appropriate to this meeting that you want raised please email them into pre-school by 12 noon on Friday 16th October. Any questions will be discussed at the meeting and responded to in the minutes and to the person who raised it.
If you would like to volunteer to join this committee to support the pre-school please speak with Jane asap. Committee persons are required to undertake an enhanced DBS & EY2 as a suitability check.
The following people have presently offered to join the group:

Chair – Barbara Garwood
Treasurer – Merryn MacPherson
Secretary – (Catherine McNeil)
Kathryn Vincent
Ella Whitehead
Clare Radmore
Jane Cooper – Nominated Person for Ofsted
Jo Tennett

Custodian Trustees (not part of the committee)
Paul Cooper
Gill Fletcher

You will find the minutes from last years meeting on the double black doors in the playground along with more information about being part of the committee.

Thank You for your ongoing support
Jane & Rebecca

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Update Early May 20

Good morning

Thought I would write to you all with a brief catch up on how things are going at present.

Preschool Rainbow

Jo & Jane’s Rainbow Handywork  

I hope that you are keeping safe and well and are coping with this continued Lockdown for you and your family. Whilst it does feel like being been in an endless dark tunnel it appears that there may be a slight glimmer of light beginning to break through, but that should be treated with great caution so as not to put it out again in our haste to return to ‘normal’. What will ‘normal’ feel like for us all?

When we are able to re-open Pre-School there will inevitably need to be additional measures maintained so we can continue to protect children, families and staff from any resurgence of this Covid-19 disease. I will contact you at that point to confirm what these additional measures will be. In spite of this we will look forward to welcoming you and your children back so we can support each other to re-build lives and plan for children’s futures wherever this may be.

It has been really lovely to see photos on facebook of what you have all been up to and how you have been spending time playing and learning at home. Please keep posting.

On my next visit to the Pre-School I may take some photos of the setting that will help children to be reminded of the rooms and equipment that is still there waiting for their return. It is a really eery place without the voices and laughter of children.

Tomorrow night would have been our planned Parents Evening where you could have met to chat with your child’s key person about your child’s progress and shared ways to support learning at home. If we go back to work before the summer we will plan another date to do this with you.

All the staff have been furloughed apart from myself so that I can keep things ticking over. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are getting on. Drop me an email as I’m working from home and am in touch with my colleagues who are eager to hear what you are up to.

Take Care & Keep Safe

Jane x

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Hello there

Pre-School finally closed on Friday 27th March until further notice. We would love to think we will be back before the summer even if only for a short while.
As soon as we have a date for re-opening I will inform you by email and facebook.

While we find ourselves living through strange times I hope you are all adapting to being together as a family and finding things to do that occupy and engage you all. I know my garden is looking much neater and I’ve eventually started to repaint an old shed.

Please don’t let the situation get you down and if you need any inspiration for things to do with the tiddlers then take a peek at our facebook page for ideas that we are posting each day at present ( we will take a break from this over the Easter hols). You can also use it to share with the staff team and other families what you have been up to  with your children. We have all really enjoyed seeing the pictures of children, please keep this up for us.

The staff team appear to be coping well and are in regular touch with each other including a video call on Friday evenings with a quiz theme this week – think that could be mayhem!!! They have been very busy writing reports on children and catching up on some online training as well as carrying out virtual audits of resources and some research on practices.

Looking ahead to September and 2021, I would like you to think about sessions you want to book for your child. Send these to me in an email please. This may seem a long way ahead but I feel we need to continue to plan for the future.

Children who are moving on to school – Could you let me know which school they have been offered a place at once you have received this notification for the Local Authority.

Please look after one another


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Critical Worker Update

Guidance from the Local Authority.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the link below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

We have had a very small number of parents inform us that they are classed as critical workers. Therefore we will be looking at keeping the pre-school open to support these families until the Easter break on Tuesday and Thursday only between 9.00am and 3.00pm.  Please be aware that the number of children coming in is going to be very small, possibly between 2 & 5 children so pre-school will be very different for them.

If you are a critical worker and require childcare on these sessions you must contact pre-school by email to confirm which days you need.  These sessions are NOT open to others who are NOT critical workers.

We can only offer this while we have staff who remain healthy and can continue to work.
Most of our staff are now working from home or are on reduced hours.


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