Time to make Jolly Jars!

After the big success last year, we will be running our ‘Jolly Jars’ tombola again.  This time we plan to do it at our Elf Hunt on 6th December.  We hope that all the preschool families can send in at least one Jolly Jar (but do make more if you want!).  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 4th December. Please contact Emma Wood if you have any questions.  Thanks for your help!

Here’s what it looked like last year! jollyjars2013

Christmas Craft Day 4th December – booking essential!

Our Christmas Craft day this year will be on Thursday 4th December.  This is a special fundraising event where parents can come and make Christmas crafts with their child.  Due to space limitations, only one parent per child may attend.

If you would like to participate in Christmas Craft day, please send £5 in an envelope clearly labelled with ‘Christmas Craft Day’ and your child’s name by no later than Friday 21st November.

On the day, parents of Twinkles should arrive at 10:30am; parents of Stars should arrive at 1:30pm. Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions about the day.


Easyfundraising 3rd Quarter Results

We’ve finished our first full year of using Easyfundraising to raise money for preschool, and made £51.45 between July-September, our best quarterly total so far.  Our total for our first full year stands at approximately £180.

We’re very pleased to see that we are well on our way to smashing those records this year–In just the past 6 weeks we’ve racked up an estimated £96!

If you haven’t signed up yet and you’re planning on doing any shopping online before Christmas, now is the time.  You can earn money for the preschool just by shopping as normal, and it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Thanks to our top 5 EasyFundraising Supporters:

  • 1st Emma W. £81.11
  • 2nd Sarah W. £58.48
  • 3rd Roy A. £49.72
  • 4th Colin M. £19.72
  • 5th Steve R. £15.66
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We’re going on an Elf Hunt

Plans are in motion for our Elf Hunt in Risley Moss on Saturday 6th December. This is shaping up to be an amazing event, but it will take a lot of us to plan and run it on the day!  If you want to be involved in the planning, please request to join the Elf Hunt Street Team on Facebook.  To volunteer on the day, please fill in the form below: 


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Christmas Fayre Volunteers Needed

Our stall at the Gorse Covert Primary School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 29th November will need volunteers to help run it.  The Fayre is on from 12-3pm.  If you can help out for an hour or two, please let us know by filling in the form below. 



Free Nasal Flu vaccine for 2-4 year olds

Warrington Borough Council is supporting the NHS Flu campaign, and would like Early Years settings to promote the following information to parents:

  • Flu is highly infectious, and spreads very easily in closed communities
  • Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children, as they suffer the same symptoms as adults (fever, chills and aching muscles).
  • The nasal vaccine is a quick, effective and painless way to get your child vaccinated, without need for injections.
  • It is offered free to all children aged 2-4 years old at your GP surgery.
  • It will protect your child from flu, and reduce the chance of flu spreading to others, especially those at higher risk of catching it (e.g. grandparents, people with long-term health conditions, pregnant women)

Parents’ Evening Fundraising Collections

Have you been decluttering before the holiday season?  If you have anything to donate to our various collections, please bring your items to parents evening on Wednesday 22nd October.  Members of the committee will be there to receive them.  Not sure what to bring?  See the flyer below about our current fundraising collections.  Also have a look at our ebay Charity Shop to see what others have donated, new items being added soon!

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AGM 2014 Minutes

The Annual General Meeting Minutes from 24th September 2014 are now available (click the link for PDF).  We had a reasonably good turnout in the end, with 57% of preschool children being represented by one or both parents.

Some were understandably concerned that pre-school could be closed if we did not have a minimum number of parents attending the AGM.  This is a very real possibility – if there is no committee, there are no charity trustees or company directors, and importantly, no one responsible for employing the staff or paying wages.  Our staff, as dedicated as they are, will not work for free.

We are required to give 3 clear weeks notice of the date of the AGM.  The September meeting was advertised on the website, and the date given at new parents evenings back in July 2014.  For 2015, it will most likely be during the last week of September or first week of October.

Places Available for Stars

A few places have opened up to join our Stars group, which are the children who will start Reception in September 2015.  If you know any parents whose child is the right age and might like to join the Pre-School, please refer them to our website’s admissions page or ask them to contact Pre-School directly.

Chicken Pox & Hand Foot and Mouth

Chicken Pox is still going around at pre-school. Children with chicken pox need to be kept off until all are kept off until all vesicles (blisters) are crusted over.  This is normally 5-6 days after the rash begins.

We have also had a case of Hand Foot and Mouth, which is a highly contagious viral illness. Children will usually develop blisters on the palms of the hands, bottoms of the feet, and inside the mouth.  However, the blisters will not necessarily appear in all of these places or be restricted to the hands, feet and mouth. Our policy is that children must be kept off Pre-School until blisters have gone.

Please contact Pre-school if you need to speak to a member of staff.

Christmas Cards Fundraiser

The children have been very busy doing the artwork for their Christmas cards, to ensure we have proofs ready as soon as possible.

Each card has the child’s artwork reproduced on the front, and the child’s name printed on the back.  The cards are A6 size and envelopes are supplied.  Our friends at Northern Print are once again donating a percentage of each pack sold, so it’s a chance to help preschool as well.

If you like to be very organised about these things, please don’t buy your cards yet until you see these!

Food Allergens

A new law is coming into force in December 2014 requiring Food Businesses to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in any food they sell or provide.

At Pre-School we try our utmost to avoid allergenic foods.  We do not have food products that contain nuts or peanuts, and we do not use fish products.

Please look at the poster from the Food Standards Agency and inform a member of staff if your child has an allergy to any of the 14 major food allergens.