Children aged 2 and 3 years are eligible for a free nasal flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu. If your child has not yet had this vaccine, please contact your GP. For more information on flu, visit www.warringtonpublichealth.org.uk.
As we tell the children, ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases!’, so please remind your child to cover their mouth/nose and wash their hands with soap frequently.
Forgot to order photos from the pre-school photo day? Lost the password? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to order. Please contact Elbowroom Photography.
Did you forget to order Christmas cards? You can still get your order in now, please bring it to Pre-School ASAP.
Both of these companies give a donation to preschool for each order placed, so it’s not to late to get some Christmas Gifts and help Pre-School at the same time!
This term, the children have been learning colours and how to talk with their hands. We have been learning the Rainbow Song and signing the colours. A copy of the song and the signs are on the children’s section of the website if you would like to help them practice at home.
We have been reading Christmas stories too – you can see which ones in the Children’s section, and click on the link to get a copy for yourself if you like. Please note, if you click on the Amazon link, anything you then buy from Amazon (not just the book) will help benefit the Pre-School. If you plan to do any Christmas shopping on Amazon, please click through our Amazon links first!
The Pre-School will be running a tombola at the Gorse Covert Primary School Christmas Shopping Evening on 29th November 2013. We are doing ‘Jolly Jars’ and need donations urgently! If you are unfamiliar with making jolly jars, this website has very helpful instructions and ideas. Basically, you take an empty jar, decorate it, and fill with sweets and/or small toys. Jars can be brought in to Pre-School from now until 25th November. Please contact Emma Wood if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!
Pre-School will have a stall at the Gorse Covert Primary School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December, 12-3pm. We are doing the following this year:
- Reindeer Food
- Snowman Soup
- Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake
- Santa’s Magic Key game
- Santa’s Chimney game
Please help us by donating prizes for the two games; these can be left at Pre-School or given to Emma Wood.
We also need volunteers to work on the stall and help with setup and cleanup. Please fill in the form below if you can help!
Want to learn more about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and how you can support your child’s learning? There is a parent’s guide to the EYFS that you can download here.
All parents/carers are asked to ensure their child has a pair of wellies to keep at preschool for going outside. Also, we ask that all children have a pair of indoor shoes for use at Pre-School. This helps us keep the carpets clean and hygienic in the wet and muddy weather. Thank you for your cooperation.
From next week, Stars will no longer be offered a snack in the middle of the afternoon session. A lot of the food has been going to waste because the children are not hungry, due to having their packed lunches at 12:30. Also, the snack preparation and clean-up takes time away from play and learning; in a 3-hour session, every minute counts!
Water is always freely available, and children will be encouraged to have a drink of milk, juice, or water mid-session.
If you have any questions about this change, please speak to Becky Gregory (Committee Vice Chair) or Mel Black (Pre-School Supervisor).
For a £1 donation to Pre-School, children and staff can come in spooky/scary fancy dress this Thursday, 31st October. (If your child doesn’t do ‘spooky/scary’, any fancy dress is fine!)
One of our parents is organising this year’s fireworks display at the Poacher Pub in Gorse Covert, on Saturday November 2nd. Fireworks will start at 7:30pm. Thirty percent of the money raised on the night will be donated to Pre-School, so please tell your family and friends to come along!
If you are interested in helping on the night, please come along for an information meeting at the Poacher on Tuesday, 29th October at 7:30pm.
Please contact Nicola Kara if you would like more information about this event.
We have a new public Facebook page for the Pre-School, as well as a closed group for parents. Please like our page, and if you are a parent, request to join our group.
The Village Pre-School (Gorse Covert) is a charity run by a group of unpaid parent volunteers, and we employ a group of dedicated, hard-working staff. Most of our income comes from the Free Early Years Entitlement funding, and we get a small amount by charging fees for unfunded Twinkles. Our budget is very tight, so we fundraise to be able to provide new equipment, outings, toys, and educational resources for the children.
There are so many ways you can support us, and some are free and easy for you to do. One of these is EasyFundraising.org.uk. You can earn money for pre-school just by shopping as you would normally. The ‘Find and Remind’ toolbar will help you never to miss an opportunity!
Details of many other ways to ‘Support Us‘ are available on this website.
We have a new area on the website for parent feedback, including an online suggestion box.
Also, we have published the results of the two questionnaires completed at the end of Summer Term 2013:
Following the Annual General Meeting on October 9th and committee meeting on October 16th, the following people are acting as the management committee and charity trustees until the AGM next year:
Chairperson: Sarah Wilson
Company / Committee Secretary: Howard Bold
Joint Committee Secretary: Emma Wood
Treasurer: Natasha Atkinson
Joint Vice Chair: Nicola Burrows
Joint Vice Chair: Becky Gregory
Minutes from the first committee meeting of the year (September 18th) are available here.
Minutes from the AGM and October 16th committee meeting will be available shortly.