Parents or Carers should have received a reminder SMS message about the Knowsley Safari Trip on Wednesday 8th July.
Please meet on the school playing field near the black gate for 9:00.
We have two coaches, one for Stars and guests, one for Twinkles and guests. Please make sure you get on the correct coach; there will be a member of staff checking against our lists. We are nearly at full capacity, so if there is an odd number in your group, please try to coordinate with each other when choosing your seats.
Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch! We also suggest a hat, suncream, and a waterproof coat/umbrella in case of rain.
Suggested schedule for the day*:
9:00 – Coach boarding
10:00 – Arrive at Knowsley,
10:30 Safari Drive
11:30 – Walk around exhibits
12:00 – Safari School Session (Stars) / Lunch (Twinkles)
12:30 – Safari School Session (Twinkles) / Lunch (Stars)
1:30 – Sea Lion Show
2:00 – Return to coaches
3:05 – Arrive back at School
*Once the Safari Drive is done, you are free to make your own way around if you wish, but please note that the Sea Lion show and the Safari School sessions are included in the ticket price and you must be there at those times to take advantage.
Please don’t be late returning to the coaches, as several parents will need to be back in time to pick up older children from the primary school.
We hope you all have a great day!
Please see the link below for advice during hot weather. Please ensure your child has sun cream applied each day before they arrive at pre-school and have a sun hat with them. We have drinking water available at all times and encourage children to drink more during hot weather.
Public Health England –
Advice about effects of heat on young children
Public Health England has published an advice leaflet for early years settings about
the effects of heat on young children.
This can be viewed via the following link:
The Information and Childcare Team Date: 30
As some of you have seen on the sessions for September the morning session says pick up is 11:30 this is wrong. Morning pick up is still 11:45.
Thank you for your Co-operation
17th June 2015
Dear Parents / Carers
Starting next week 22nd June 2015 the way in which you drop off your child will be changing to mirror the afternoon sessions, and follows how the pick up procedure works.
This will help your child with the transition to afternoons in September and to help with the congestion in the hall way when dropping off.A member of staff will open the door at 8:45. We ask that you then say good bye to your Child at the door and encourage your Child to enter the building by themselves. A member of staff will be on hand to help with hanging up coats.
Members of staff are always available if you need to talk, we ask if you wait until the Children are in the building then come in to speak to the staff.
As always there will be a member of staff on the gate when you collect your child 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, their main priority is the safety of the Children and making sure each Child leaves the building with the correct person.
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
****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!
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!
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.
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.
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 for both Stars and Twinkles this Summer Term:
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Letter Home to Stars families:
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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.
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.
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.
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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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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