News Update – Sept

Good Morning
Just a few of messages to pass on to you all

  • The new gate security pad is now fitted and in use. The code at present remains the same as previous though just the numbers & Enter – No letters. On leaving the setting you need to release the gate lock using the green push button on the wall above the bins. Please Do Not let anyone else in as requested in the previous Newsletter.
  • The Laundry Rota is out on the black double doors. Please help out by signing up to take the washing. This is a bag of rags and tea towels that needs NO ironing. If each child’s family helps out they will only need to do it once a year. However if its left to just a few they have to take it once a term. Please help us in this small way. Thank You
  • If your child is going to be absent from Pre-School through sickness or holidays please inform us straight away. Holiday absences are required in writing or on an Absence form that can be obtained from Pre-School.
  • Next week sees the Outdoor Learning Sessions begin. These will now take place each Wednesday morning except for a couple before and after Christmas and the last week in July. You will need to bring your child’s waterproofs and wellies in a clearly named bag and leave this in the marked area in the toilet area each week.
  • Over the next 2 or 3 weeks the staff and children will be talking about Harvest and the foods that are grown and produced for us to eat. If your child would like to bring in an item of fruit or vegetable that they like we can talk about and share this at snack time.

Looking ahead we have planned the Children’s Christmas Party for Thursday 19th December and their Concert for Wednesday 18th December. More details to follow but please put these dates in your diary.

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Welcome back to a new term at Ridings Pre-School.

Its been lovely to see how much children have grown and developed over the summer months.

Term Dates for the coming year:-
Sept 4th —— Oct 25th
Nov 4th ——- Dec 20th
Jan 6th ——– Feb 14th
Feb 24th ——- April 3rd
April 20th —— May 22nd
June 1st —— July 21st

Please note that Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday and Pre-School will be closed.

Over the summer the management team have looked at our visions for the next 12 months at Pre-School and one of these is to teach the children about becoming more environmentally friendly and how to recycle products. One way of doing this is through the children’s lunch clubs, so you will notice that we are sending home any packaging etc. that cannot be recycled. We will talk with the children about these products and the symbols to look for to identify recyclable products. Can you please support this at home by considering what you send to Pre-School and help us to reduce the amount of plastic waste we dispose of.
At some point in the near future Fiona P is going to start a composting system so we will place all small fruit & veg leftovers into this, though probably not banana skins as these take years to break down.
We also have a new bin that separates recyclable waste etc. so will be introducing the children to doing this as well.
We will be introducing more ideas going forwards.

The new security system on the gate is still to be fitted, so we will let you know when this happens if there are any changes for you to know about.

You may have noticed that the rooms have undergone a thorough clean and decoration over the summer break. Thank You to Mr & Mrs Uche for the cleaning donation and to past parent Rory who organised the decorators for us. The staff team have worked incredibly hard to try and get the setting back in a functional state in time for the children’s return though there are still some jobs to be completed that we will get round to in the next few weeks.

Safeguarding your children is of paramount importance to us but to be able to do this we all need to work together and one way we can do this is by not allowing strangers or unknown people onto the premises. Therefore we must ask that you DO NOT open the gate to any adult that does not have the gate code or is not familiar to you without speaking to a member of the staff team. It is essential that you All and any others who bring or collect on your behalf support us with this.
Outdoor Learning is now going to take place every Wednesday morning for all 3 & 4 year olds from 18th September. There will be a letter and permission form in your child’s tray that you need to complete and return. There are some changes to the kit list for children’s clothing that you need to be aware of. If you have any questions regarding outdoor learning please speak with Jo or Jane at Pre-School.

Labels, Labels, Labels. Can we remind you how important it is that you label your child’s clothing and bags clearly. Lunch bags and changing bags should be labelled on the outside to make them clearly identifiable.

Items Wanted
We are looking for the following items, if you have them could you please speak with Jane or Jo asap:-

  • A smart phone or i phone with a working battery and charger. It needs to be either an EE phone or unlocked.
  • A pallet in good condition.

Thank You

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Summer News 2019

Hello All
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

Thank You

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Summer Update 2019

Term Dates
April 29th —— May 24th
June 3rd ——- July 19th
May 6th is a Bank holiday and Pre-school is closed.

Lots going on this term so make a note of all these events so you don’t miss out.

Parents Evening is on Tuesday May 14th from 6 -7.30pm. Please book an appointment using the paperwork on the cupboard in the kitchen. Come along and share in your child’s progress and achievements.

School Leavers – Please let us know asap which school your child is moving onto in September so that we can contact these schools to organise some transition opportunities. It is important to remember that this move is huge for young children and we need to work with each other to prepare them for this change and September is a long way off for these little ones.

Lunch Club – As part of our preparation for moving onto school we are giving the school leavers their own lunch box to manage at lunch club. Can you therefore consider how they can open/close and wrap/unwrap their food. Do not send cling film or plastic bags as these are a hazard to children. We continue to encourage healthy eating and ask that you don’t send sweeties, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks and do send foods that your child likes to eat.

Our Activity Morning takes place on Thursday May 23rd. You have been invited to join us for the morning to take part in lots of fun, learning activities down at The Hideaway. Please complete and return the form if you would like to come along.

Tempest Photographers are coming along on June 6th to take photographs of your children. All children here during this session will be included unless you advise us otherwise. If your child is not in but you would like them to have a photo taken please speak with Jo to organise this. In the past these photographers have taken some beautiful prints of the children that make excellent keepsakes and gifts.

Our Book Bags have shown increased use over the last term and feedback has been positive from those families who have used them. Fiona will be putting some more together for you to choose from so keep a look out for these. If you have any suggestions on topics that would be useful please let us know.

Outdoor Learning Sessions for this term are:
1st May
15th May
5th June
19th June
3rd July
17th July
Please remember to bring your child along equipped with the necessary clothing as requested.

Leavers Concert takes place on July 18th at 2-45pm and all children leaving to move onto school will be able to join us for this memorable event. You will be able to request tickets nearer the time.

The Summer Fair will be on Sunday May 19th. There will be a letter requesting help and support in your child’s tray by the end of the week. Money raised form this will go towards the purchase of a new water play trough as the present one is showing stresses of use after 10 years…….

The outdoor security gate had to be repaired again at a cost of £60. Can I ask again that you DO NOT allow children to open this gate and that you are careful not to force the handle back too far. The committee are looking to replace this lock with a new security system.

September Sessions are filling up fast so if you have plans to add or swap any please speak with Jane asap to arrange this. I plan for the whole year (through to July 2020) so if you can think ahead for this period you wont miss out.

Did any of you read the recent publication on young children’s use of technological devices and guidance for the time limits recommended? Let us know if you have any thoughts on this. At pre-school children have limited access to an ipad and individuals are monitored daily for their usage.

Thank You

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Its Christmas


candle celebration christmas christmas decoration

Some of you may be aware that the Methodist church in Borrowash is hosting a Christmas Tree Festival this week. The children at Ridings have made decorations for our tree that is included in this festival and is available for you to visit and view whilst it is open. The opening times can be found in the DE72 magazine or by visiting the church itself. They are also holding a Craft Fayre on the 8th and there is a carol service on Sunday to celebrate the end of this week at the church to which all are invited. Please go along as the trees are beautiful.

Children’s Christmas Party – Please return your slips and any necessary payment by this Friday at the latest.

Children’s Christmas Concert – All the children are invited to join in this celebration where they will sing their well-rehearsed Christmas songs for you. If your child does not normally attend on this day but you wish for them to be included you must speak with Jane or Jo to confirm arrangements for bringing them in as we will need all the children here to be ready to sing to you at 2.45pm.

Prior to the concert the fund raising team are holding their Christmas Market in the playground. You will be able to purchase a personalised gift made by your child at this event so please come along and show your support.

Christmas Hamper – Please let us have your donations for this by Friday 7th December.

Thank You for your continued support

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Team at Ridings Pre-School

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News Update Dec 18

The bags of recyclable clothing etc. was collected on Friday and we received a cheque for £52 for these. Thank You to all who supported this.

This years Christmas Party and Concert take place on December 12th & 13th respectively. Please return the slips found in your child’s tray to let us know if they will be joining in these activities. All the children are invited to both events but we need to know if you want them to join us so we can make the necessary arrangements and let you know times etc. As we are having Santa and a clown to the party it would be helpful if you could let us know if they may be worried by these characters in costume so we ensure support is provided adequately.

The ‘Christmas Market‘ takes place prior to the concert at pre-school. You will find a note in your child’s tray that asks how you can lend your support to this event. All support is massively appreciated by the pre-school.
The Hamper donation poster is now available in the playroom for you to choose an item and donate this towards our Hamper Raffle this year. This is usually a very popular fund raiser and tickets will be available form 10th December and the winning ticket will be drawn at the concert.

Outstanding Fees – All fees are now due so if yours are still outstanding could you make sure they are paid asap or speak to Jane if you have a problem with these.

Thank You to all those who have offered to take the laundry bag for us this term. There will be a new rota up for the new year for you all to take a turn at doing this task for us.

From the New Year we shall be starting the Outdoor Learning sessions again. We are trying to do this in a slightly different way and Jo will be letting you know soon how these changes are going to work for us all.

Thank You

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Pre-School Poppies to the Memorial

This afternoon , 14 children from the setting, along with 5 staff walked to the village war memorial where they placed the poppies they had made in the flower beds close to the memorial. Thank you to Mike Wallis , Parish Councillor  for his  support in enabling the children’s commemoration to the fallen.

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