*NEW DATE!* All Pre-School Summer Trip

****NEW DATE**** Our trip to Knowsley Safari Park is booked for Wednesday 8th July!  All children are invited and will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Younger siblings are welcome, details on the prices and schedule for the day will follow shortly.  We had a brilliant time doing this two years ago, it’s a lovely day out and a chance to meet other parents.  BOTH coaches will be air-conditioned this time!!

Pre-School will be closed for the day as the staff will accompany us on the trip. Please save the date and make any necessary arrangements for annual leave.  We will leave and arrive back in time to accommodate those with children in primary school.  More information to follow!

Final Call for Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

If you have any Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers to donate, please get them in to pre-school no later than Friday, 22nd May. Thank you!

All Pre-School Summer Trip – Save the Date!

Our trip to Knowsley Safari Park is booked for Monday the 29th of June!  All children are invited and will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.  Younger siblings are welcome, details on the prices and schedule for the day will follow shortly.  We had a brilliant time doing this two years ago, it’s a lovely day out and a chance to meet other parents.  BOTH coaches will be air-conditioned this time!!

Please save the date and make any necessary arrangements for annual leave.  We will leave and arrive back in time to accommodate those with children in primary school.

Open Evening for Parents of Twinkles

On Tuesday the 16th of June, we will be having an open evening for current Twinkles parents and next year’s new parents.  This should be a really fun evening, child-free, refreshments provided.  Please put it in your diary, more details to follow.

TVP Stars to be published poets!

We’re very pleased to announced that all 28 of our Stars have had their poems accepted for publication in the anthology ‘My First Poem – Cheshire’.  Stars’ parents should have had a permission slip home; please return these as soon as possible!  If you didn’t receive one, please speak to the preschool staff.

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Home Learning and Letter for Stars

Home learning for both Stars and Twinkles this Summer Term: 

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Letter Home to Stars families:

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Places Available for September 2015

We have places available for new starters in next year’s Twinkles group (birthday falls between 01/09/2012-31/08/2013. If you know anyone who may be interested, please share this information with them and ask them to get in touch by filing in the Waiting List Registration Form on our Admissions page.

We also have a place available in next year’s Stars group (birthday falls between 01/09/2011-31/08/2012). Please use the registration form linked to above.

Fundraising News – April 2015

The Egg Hunt, held on 4th April, was an amazing success!  The final profit after all expenses was approximately £1,866, which will go towards our project of completely revamping the children’s outdoor area.

The Birchwood Lions held a Book Sale for us at the end of February and raised £1,190.  Many thanks to Jean and Ken and the Lions for all of their support!

There is a little over a week left to collect Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers (ends 5th May).  If you have any Active Kids vouchers, please send them into preschool as soon as possible after this date.

Primary School Places

All children in the Stars group should have found out about their primary school place by now.  If you are intending to appeal for a different school, please speak to Supervisor Mel Black, as she may be able to advise on how best to go about this.

We are also aware some parents will be considering keeping their child at preschool rather than sending them to Reception.  Please note this must be formally requested as there are space and funding considerations.  Children can only received 4 year old funding in the terms before the term in which they turn 5, and there are strict cutoff dates. Again, please speak to Mel if you would like more information.

Updated guidance on your child’s development

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.

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Children’s Easter Competitions

Please see below for information on the Easter competitions that will be taking place on Thursday 2nd April.  There are different competitions for the Twinkles (younger children) and Stars (older children):

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Stars Early Collection at Easter Break (2nd April)

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.

Exclusion Time for Impetigo

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.

Volunteers Needed for Egg Hunt

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.

Exclusion time after D&V

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.