Pre-School Committee Elections

The Pre-School’s Annual General Meeting is on September 24th at 7:30pm in the Gorse Covert Primary School Community Room.  We need to have a certain percentage of members (families of preschool children) represented, or the meeting and elections cannot take place, and preschool would have to close.  Please make sure to RSVP using the form below!

Standing down this year:

  • Nicola Kara
  • Nicola Burrows
  • Lynne Courtenay
  • Kim Kara
  • Howard Bold

Standing for election:

  • Rachel Runcieman
  • Melanie Pollard
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Becky Gregory
  • Emma Wood
  • Sian Pritchard
  • Bryan Evans
  • Jenny Thomas
  • Natasha Atkinson

Our Articles require that at least 60% are parents of a child at preschool.  Once elected, Committee members decide amongst themselves who will take the Officer roles of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

Annual General Meeting



Photo Day 30th September

We’ve booked John Hunt photography to take individual portraits of the children on Tuesday 30th September.  These would make excellent Christmas gifts for grandparents!  More information to follow nearer the date.

AGM on 24th September, Volunteers Needed!

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 7:30PM in the Village Room at Gorse Covert Primary School (enter through the main school reception). Our AGM is the most important meeting in the Pre-school’s calendar; all parents should make every effort to attend. There will be wine, soft drinks and snacks for refreshments.

To elect the new Committee we must have a minimum number of parents present; if we do not have sufficient numbers the AGM cannot proceed. If we do not hold our AGM and elect the new Committee we would be forced to close Pre-school.

Please let us know as soon as possible if we can expect you at the AGM:

Annual General Meeting



If you would like to stand for election to the Committee, please notify us in writing no later than 10th September 2013. The Committee section of the website has a form for this and also further information on the trustee role. If you would like more information on becoming a trustee, please contact Sarah Wilson, Chairperson.

Blue Planet Trip 17th July 2014

This letter went out in the children’s bags last week and is republished here:

11th July 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium is next week on Thursday 17th July! Below you’ll find all the details, but please ask if you have any further questions.

Parents/Carers and children attending the trip should arrive at preschool at 9:00am. If your child is not being accompanied by a parent/carer, they will need to be collected from pre-school at 3:00pm.

Suggested Timetable
9:00 – Arrive at preschool, board coaches
9:15 – Leave for Blue Planet
10:00 – Arrive and explore
11:25 – Lunch
12:00 – Otter feed
12:15 – Starfish Pool
1:15 – Ray Feed
1:30 — Aqua Theatre Show (30 min)
2:00 – Return to coaches
3:00 – Arrive back at preschool, children to go home with parents/carers

We will have two coaches, 1 generously donated by Springfields. Stars and Twinkles will be on separate coaches, please check you board the correct one so we can make sure everyone is there before setting off. A photographer from the Warrington Guardian is coming to take a photo on the morning. If you do not want to appear in the photo, please let us know.

The coach seats are fitted with lap belts (not shoulder belts). You are welcome to bring carseats, but the coach company advises that you may not be able to secure them to the seats. There is no storage underneath the coach, but folding pushchairs can be brought on to the coach and stored in the empty seats.

Everyone attending should bring a packed lunch. We have been allocated an early slot for lunch so that we can all fit in together. We suggest that you bring extra water for yourself and your child.

Sun Protection
There are some outside exhibits and a play area, so please ensure that your child is wearing suncream and has a sun hat.

We hope you all have a wonderful day!

The Village Pre-School Management Committee

Sponsored Sea Creature Find!

Continuing this terms theme of ‘The Sea’, we are having a sponsored Sea Creature Find! This will take place during the week of 23rd June. Your child will be bringing home a sponsor form this week; please return these by no later than Friday 20th June. Monies raised will go towards our trip to Blue Planet in July.

Emergency Closure and Rescheduled Stars Class Photo

The Pre-School had to close following the morning session due to having no water supply. We are assured this should be fixed by afternoon tomorrow. As a precaution, we are closing for the entire day as we cannot guarantee it will be be ready for the start of the afternoon session. All parents and carers should have received a text informing them of the closure. If you are not receiving texts, please make sure we have your correct mobile number.

Stars were due to have their class photo today. This has been rescheduled for Friday 20th June. If your child does not normally attend on Friday, please bring them in for 12:30pm.

End of Year Dates for Diaries

As the end of the year approaches, here are several dates to put in your diaries:

9th June (Monday) – Stars Class Photograph. If your child does not usually attend on this day, please bring them along for the group photo at 12:30.

16th June (Monday) – Stars final Parents Evening 7:30pm-8:30pm. You will be able to take home your child’s learning journey and we will need you to complete their transition document. There will be no timed appointments on this occasion.

17th July – All Pre-school trip to Blue Planet Aquarium. Pre-school will be closed (letter to follow).

22nd July – Stars’ Leavers Performances 1:30pm and 2:30pm. All Stars will be taking part. Due to space constraints we cannot have all the parents in at the same time, so please watch for an invitation with your allocated time. If your child is not in on this day and will not be attending, please let a member of staff know.

23rd July – Leavers’ Party and Graduation. All Stars are invited to the party starting at 12:30pm. Please have lunch at home on this day prior to attending. Parents are invited to return at 1:45pm for Graduation. If your child is not in on this day and will not be attending, please let a member of staff know.

23rd July – Pre-School Closes for Summer. Parents and carers are welcome to collect Stars straight after Graduation, which should end no later than 2:15pm.

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Stars: PE kit needed after half term

Following the half term break, can all stars please bring a PE kit (shorts, tshirt and pumps) to keep at pre-school. We will be starting PE activities as part of “getting ready for school”.

Sun Cream and Hats

The weather is getting warmer, so we need to remind all parents and carers to please apply suncream to your child before they come to preschool, and send in a sun hat. Our garden has no shade and even on a cloudy day it is still possible to get a sunburn.

Beach Party Invitations

Parents/carers should have received a letter home inviting one adult to our beach party, either on Monday 19th May or Friday 23rd May. Tickets are £5 for adults (only 1 adult permitted per child). The ticket price covers food and activities. Please send monies in to Pre-School by Monday 12th May.

Books Home for Stars

The following letter went home last week for Stars, and is republished here in case you missed it:

Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of our “Getting ready for school” we are going to be sending home “Library books” with your Child.

Each Child will be able to choose a library book with their keyworker and take the book home to share with you, please then return the book to Pre-school so they can choose another. (We have limited resources so if a book is not returned we will be unable to send home another book with your child.)

We will change your child’s book once a week, please ensure it is in their book bag.

Please spend time with your child looking at and discussing the Pictures ask questions “what’s happening?” “How do they feel?” “Who are the main characters?” talk with your child about how the book is structured, look at the words, do they recognise any letters?.

We are not teaching your Child to read words but are preparing your child for this by encouraging them to look at and enjoy books.


The staff @ the Village Pre-school

PJs/Onesie Day Tuesday 29th April

We are having a PJs/Onesie day on Tuesday 29th April.  Children can wear their pajamas or a onesie for a forfeit of a small gift or pocket money toy.  These will be used as prizes for our stall at the Gorse Covert Primary School Fayre on 10th May.


Changes to Collection after Morning Session (Twinkles)

The following went out as a letter before the holiday explaining the new collection procedure for Twinkles (morning sessions).  It is reproduced here in case anyone missed it:

Dear Parents / Carers

When we return after the Easter holidays the way in which you collect your child will be changing to mirror the afternoon sessions.  This will help your child with the transition to afternoons in September and to help with the congestion in the hall way at home time.

A member of staff will come out and open up the gate. We ask that you then line up on the ramp and the doors will open at 11:45. A member of staff will present your child to you, with coats on and ready for home.

Please be reassured we will not allow your child to go with siblings under the age of 18, with someone who is not on your collection list or if you are not stood on the ramp outside the door, as your child’s health and safety is a priority.

The morning drop off will stay the same so please come into Pre-School and members of staff are always available if you need to talk.

As always there will be a member of staff on the gate if you have anything to discuss or we have messages to pass on, Please do not engage in conversation with the member of staff on the door. If you need to speak to a member of staff privately and confidentially please wait until the end and then come into preschool.

Please see a member of staff if you have any concerns regarding the above.
Your continued support is appreciated.


On Behalf of the Village Pre-School (Gorse Covert) Staff