4Children (with support of the Department for Education) have produced a new booklet for parents giving guidance on children’s development and the Early Years Foundation Stage. This booklet will help you understand what to expect and when, and has helpful tips on what you can do to help and encourage your child at different stages.
As most parents will be aware Gorse Covert Primary School shuts early on Thursday 2nd April at 2:15 for the Easter Holidays. If you are wanting to collect your Child early from the afternoon Pre-School session on this day please be at the Pre-School gate for 2:20pm.
We will require you to inform a member of staff before 2nd April so we can make arrangements for your child to be ready for collection with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the session.
We have had a case of impetigo at Pre-School recently. Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that is common in pre-school children. The most common kind of impetigo (non-bullous) causes sores around the nose and mouth, which burst and then form a yellow-brown crust.
If your child has impetigo, they should be kept off Pre-School until any sores have dried and healed or until they have had 48 hours of antibiotic treatment, as recommended by Public Health England. Treatment with antibiotic cream (for mild cases) or antibiotic tablets (for more severe cases) is recommended to shorten the length of illness avoid spreading the infection. Please see the NHS choices website for more information.
Pre-School will be putting on another event at Risley Moss, and we need volunteers! The Egg Hunt will be on Saturday April 4th (Easter weekend) from 10am-4pm. One of our past pre-school parents is coordinating the volunteers, so please use this link to read more and sign up.
We are aware that several children have been affected by a vomiting bug recently. Please note, any child who has diarrhoea or vomited must not attend pre-school until it has been 48 hours since the LAST episode. Our policy on managing infectious illnesses is available by clicking this link. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Birchwood Lions will be holding a book sale to benefit The Village Pre-School on Friday February 27th and Saturday February 28th. It will be in the Birchwood Shopping Centre, approximately 10am-3pm each day.
If you have any books you can donate to the sale, particularly children’s books, please bring them to Pre-School as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday February 24th. If you want to drop off books on the weekend or during the half term holiday, please bring to our registered office, 10 Darnaway Close in Gorse Covert.
Many thanks to the Lions for putting on the sale!
Following on from our very successful Elf Hunt in December 2014, we are pleased to announce that we will be doing a similar Easter-themed event. Please save the date on your calendars, it will be Saturday 4th April 2015 at Risley Moss. More details to follow.
Two letters have gone out this week about the Free Early Years Education grant and the new Early Years Pupil Premium. There may be urgent action required, so please make sure you have read these letters. If you did not receive a copy, they are posted here for your convenience.
We’ve recently had children in pre-school with infective conjunctivitis and threadworms. Please read up on the signs and symptoms of these conditions using the links, and seek treatment straight away if you think your child has either of these conditions. Staff may ask that you keep your child away from pre-school until they’ve been treated.
To help prevent the spread of infectious conditions, we ask that you please encourage and model good hand hygiene for your child and keep their nails trimmed short. There is a helpful video on the NHS Wash Hands website that demonstrates proper handwashing technique, please watch it with your child and have a go!
The Woodlands Sure Start offers advice, support, play sessions, and many other services to families with young children. If you can’t see the document on this page, try refreshing the page, or please download the PDF using the link at the bottom.
Once again this year we will be collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. From now until 5th May 2015, you can earn vouchers at all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering groceries online. We will then exchange these vouchers for new equipment/educational resources for the children. Vouchers should be turned in to preschool as early as possible. Let’s get collecting!
All winners in our Winter Raffle have now been contacted. Please see our Winter Raffle page for a list of prizes and names of winners. We are very pleased to have raised over £400 for Pre-School, many thanks to everyone who sold tickets, bought tickets and donated prizes!
We are very pleased to announce that the Pre-School has received a donation of £630 from Quintessa, a scientific and mathematical consultancy with offices in Birchwood. This donation will go towards much-needed educational resources for the children to enjoy. To read more about Quintessa and their charitable giving, please visit their website at www.quintessa.org.
A child’s Peppa Pig hat has gone missing recently, could all parents please check it hasn’t accidentally ended up in your home? If you do find it, please return to preschool as soon as possible.