Happy New Year – we hope you all had a lovely Christmas! We would like to start by saying a big thank you to everyone for coming and supporting our Christmas show and raffle, and also thank you for all your kind gifts and cards. This term we welcome Harriet Mark and Toby, who have just joined us. We are also fortunate to have two students on placements with us this term – Megan will be with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Sophie on Thursdays and Fridays, and we are sure they will be a great addition to the team!
Our new topic will be related to winter weather, including looking at the artic and some polar animals. We will try to incorporate this theme into all areas of learning.
Last week we became aware that there is some confusion around end of session times. Just to clarify, Friday's session remains as last term, so if you are paying for your child to stay until 12:15, there is no change. We apologise for any confusion regarding this – please speak to us if it is still unclear.
With the recent cold and wet weather, please could you ensure that children have appropriate, clearly labelled clothing at pre-school, such as raincoats, wellies, hats etc., as we will try to get outside as much as possible. Our visits to the primary school will continue to take place on Wednesday mornings, where we will have story time in the library. Later on this term, we hope to start our visits to the reception classroom on alternate Wednesdays.
Some general reminders:
Snack time – please provide your child with a fruit or vegetable portion (this can include dried fruit), which can be placed in the bowl provided in the entrance hall before the session starts. We will prepare everything provided, and the children will then be able to choose what they would like to eat for their snack, giving them an opportunity to try new things with their friends! They will be offered a choice of milk or water with their snack. If your child attends any afternoon sessions, we will provide a biscuit and a drink before home time. Please speak to us if you have any concerns or if your child has any special dietary requirements.
Lunchboxes – we promote a healthy diet at preschool, so please try to provide at least one portion of either fruit or vegetables in your child's lunch, and they will be encouraged to eat this before moving onto items such as crisps or biscuits. If you could cut up fruit or veg that would be very helpful, particularly grapes which are a potential choking hazard. Please do not supply sweets or fizzy drinks in lunchboxes as they will be returned home. We are happy for you to supply a squash or fruit juice drink for your child to have with their lunch, but we will always make sure that water is supplied at lunchtime for any children without a drink.
In line with other settings, we are a nut-free pre-school, so please check labels if you are unsure whether anything contains nuts.
Uniform – this is optional, but if you are considering this, pre-school uniform (including the new hoodies), is available to order via our website - please take a look!
Becky, Katie, Diane and Siobhan.
Dates for your diary:
Half-term: Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 2018
Easter holiday: Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April 2018