Newsletter – 1st half Spring Term 2023
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break, and we welcome you back for the Spring term. We would like to offer a very warm welcome to Evan, Benjamin, Jesse and Ronnie who will all be joining us this term.
To start us off this term, we will be learning about healthy eating and good oral and dental health. This will be incorporated into our everyday activities, and will include games, craft activities, songs and preparing healthy snacks.
With all the illnesses that were around at the end of last term, we would just like to remind you that our health policy states that children should not attend pre-school if they have been given paracetamol-based medication, such as Calpol, that morning. A child requiring medication is possibly not well enough to cope with the pre-school day once the effects have worn off, and the medicine can mask a high temperature which can increase the risk of spreading infection. We appreciate your understanding with this matter.
Please could we request that if you need to contact us regarding your child’s session times, to report an absence or with any other queries specific to your child, please use the work phone number (07530 893773) or e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not use the parents Whatsapp group, or contact members of staff directly for this purpose. This will ensure that information is recorded and shared appropriately in order to safeguard your children – many thanks for your support with this.
Some general reminders:
Pre-school Committee – please be reminded that we are a committee-led pre-school, and are always keen to welcome new members. We rely on the involvement of parent volunteers to support us with fundraising activities, and to fill the key roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. If you would like to find out more about how you could help, please speak to us for more information. Our next meeting will be held at pre-school on Weds 25th Jan at 8pm if you would like to come along, just let us know!
Snack time – please ensure your child brings a healthy snack for any morning sessions they attend. This should consist of a portion of fruit or veg, either fresh or dried fruit and can be accompanied by plain crackers or breadsticks if you feel they need anything extra, but please do not supply sweet or chocolate biscuits. Their snack should be labelled with their name, and will be placed in their trays for them to access at snack time. The children will be offered a choice of milk or water to drink. If you have any special dietary requirements or requests, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Spare clothing – each child should have a clearly labelled bag which can be left at pre-school, containing spare clothes should they need them. We often have messy activities on offer, so spare clothing is essential! Please could we also request that your child brings appropriate clothing for the weather, as the children have freeflow access to our outside area.
Lunchboxes – if your child is staying for lunch, please provide a packed lunch containing at least one portion of fruit or veg. We will encourage children to eat healthier items first, and are then happy for them to have crisps, chocolate biscuits or a small cake. You are welcome to provide a drink of juice for your child to have with their lunch if you wish, but we will always provide water for any children without one.
Nut-free pre-school – please be reminded that we are a ‘nut-free’ pre-school, so please do not provide any snack or lunch items containing nuts. Please check ingredients if unsure. This is to keep any children with allergies safe whilst in our care at pre-school - thank you for your support with this.
Please make a note of the 'dates for your diary' below,
Becky, Katie, Kelly and Siobhán.
Dates for your diary:
Monday 13th February – Friday 17th February 2023
Monday 3rd April – Friday 14th April 2023