Learning Plan: This term we will be learning about space, the earth, the moon, and the planets. Our Spring Term 2014 Plan has ideas of things you can do at home to support your child’s learning. Please look at our For Children page to see what books we’ll be reading this month!
Items Needed: For some of our projects this month, we need tubes of various sizes, such as kitchen roll or Pringles-style containers. If you have any at home, please send them in as soon as possible.
Advance Notice of Parents’ Evenings: Twinkles Parents’ Evening will be on Tuesday 18th March and Stars Parents’ Evening will be on Tuesday 25th March. Time slots will be sent out shortly.
Easter Competitions: We are having two Easter competitions this year during the week of 31st March. Twinkles will be making Easter bonnets at home, and Stars will be decorating a hard-boiled egg at home. Each competition has a £1 entry fee, and there will be prizes for the best bonnet and best egg!
As a condition of receiving the Free Early Years Education grant from Warrington Borough Council, we need to see proof of address and proof of age for every child attending preschool.
Therefore, we need you send in the following documents as soon as possible:
All Children: Parents/guardian need to bring in a recent utility bill or council tax bill for the current year.
Twinkles only: Please bring in proof of your child’s date of birth (passport, birth certificate).
Can you please send this/these in with your child as soon as possible? Thank you!
We are sad to announce that after five and a half years, Pre-School Assistant Ysabel is leaving Pre-School. Her last day will be Friday, 14th February.
Ysabel is leaving so that she can focus on her childminding business and teaching. Fortunately she will stay on at Pre-School as ‘bank’ staff, so we hope to see her in that role soon. If Ysabel is currently your child’s key worker, the staff will let you know who your new key worker is as soon as possible.
We would like to thank Ysabel for her years of service, and we hope everyone will join the Staff and Management Committee in wishing her all the best for her future endeavours.
Our next Bag2School collection is a little over a month away, on 12th March 2014. This is our first fundraiser of the spring term, and our third collection since we joined the scheme.
Bag2School accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:*
- Men’s, Ladies and Children’s clothing
- Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
- Scarves and ties
- Soft toys
To learn more about the scheme, please visit the Bag2School website.
When it gets closer to the date, bags will be sent home with the children. Thank you for your support!
*Please note, this post has been amended to reflect the latest information about what items are collected. This has changed since our last Bag2School collection and no longer includes bedding or curtains as before.
Our topics for this half term are Goldilocks and Around the World. Please see the document below for further information and suggested activities to do at home with your child.
January-February 2014 Planning
The previous post on Spring Term Planning and Holiday Homework had an error (now corrected) . Please do not send in objects or toys from home for the letter of the week, as they are too easily lost in preschool. Thanks for your cooperation!
When we return from the holiday, we will be introducing the letter of the week. We will start with Aa and then each week change it to follow the alphabet, a, b, c, and so on. Each week at home we would also like you to discuss the letter with your child, introducing the letter by its name and its sound. Can you find objects in the house which sound like the letter?
Correction: The previous version of this post mentioned bringing in objects starting with the week’s letter. However, children should not bring in objects or toys from home, as they are too easily lost at preschool. Thanks for your cooperation.
We will also be discussing the Christmas celebration, so please talk to your child about this. If you do not celebrate Christmas, please talk about another festival you celebrate so your child can share this with us.
We would like each child to bring in a photo of them with their favourite toy they got at Christmas or a photo of them with their family. We will ask your child to share this with their friends at group time. It might be helpful to put this on an A4 sheet of paper with some discussion points for us (e.g. names of people in the picture, who the present was from, what they did at Christmas).
Twinkles will also be receiving a ‘rhyme of the week’, which is a fun rhyme to learn at home and picture to colour.
Stars will continue to take home ‘Chatter bags’. If you have not received one yet you will get a turn shortly. As supplies are limited, we ask you keep it for 1-2 nights then bring it back so someone else can have a turn.
Remember, Pre-School is always looking for raffle/tombola prizes for fundraisers, and we also have our very own Ebay Charity Shop where we can sell your donated new or used goods.
If you’re already an Ebay seller, you can also donate a percentage of your sales to Pre-School. Email fundraising [at] thevillagepreschool.org.uk for more information.
Thanks as always for all your support!
Gorse Covert Primary School will be closing on Thursday 19th December at 2:15pm. If you are collecting an older child and wish to collect your preschooler at the same time, please let us know in advance of the day, so we can minimize disruption and confusion. If you are collecting early, please be at preschool for 2:20pm. Children are, of course, welcome to stay till 3:30pm as normal.
The Stars will be doing their Nativity on Wednesday 18th December. The Management Committee have arranged for it to be filmed with two cameras, and our very own production team will edit, put titles in, and present it in a case with a group photo.
We hope this will allow parents to relax and enjoy the show, rather than anxiously trying to film and photograph every minute. DVDs will cost £2.50 per copy, which covers our materials and gives a small contribution to Pre-School. Please send cash in an envelope clearly marked ‘Nativity DVD’ and your child’s name.
We are aiming to have the DVDs ready for the children to take home with them on Thursday, but if for some reason that isn’t possible, we will make sure it gets delivered to your home address in time to share it with your family at Christmas.
Due to the Orange mobile mast just outside of Gorse Covert being switched off on 3rd December, we have struggled to get any indoor signal. We are switching mobile networks on Tuesday 17th December, so please be advised you may have difficulty reaching us on that day past about 10:30am. As soon as the mobile is back up and running we will text the primary parent/carer to let you know.
The following was sent home in a letter on Friday 13th December, and is republished here just in case you didn’t receive a copy:
As you will know The Village Pre-school is a charity based organisation and we are always looking at ways to improve how we run sessions to ensure the future of our Pre-school. We have had some fantastic results with our fundraising recently which can be seen on the website or Facebook page and we are always grateful of the fantastic support we get from our parents.
One new initiative, which will support the viable running of Pre School, is to ask for a contribution towards the children’s morning snack. We are requesting that £1 per week is provided per child to give a suitable snack service. We always aim to give the children a healthy and varied snack and every day is different. Over a four week period we provide a variety of fresh fruit, breadsticks, crudities and dips, baguette, ham and cheese, toast, pancakes and crumpets all served with a choice of milk, water or fruit juice.
The snack money will be collected at the door by a member of staff on the morning of your child’s first session each week and will commence the first week of the new term in January.
We continue to thank you for your support and hope that you appreciate the changes are made to enable us to provide an excellent local Pre- school service.
The Village Pre-School Management Committee
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Jolly Jars tombola and visited our stall at the Christmas Fayre today! We raised £40 with the Jolly Jars and are hoping to do another tombola at the Birchwood Centre with the remaining jars.
At the Christmas Fayre today, we raised £178! We still have some Reindeer Food and Snowman Soup for purchase, so if you missed out, please bring a pound per item when you come to Pre-School for the Christmas Craft days this week.
Emma’s fantastic Christmas cake was won by a very happy 6-year-old who guessed the weight closest to the actual weight of 7lbs 1oz (3.2 kg).
Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the stall, to Kate and Becky for donating their profits from their craft stall, and special thanks to Emma for all her hard work and enthusiasm in organising everything.
Children aged 2 and 3 years are eligible for a free nasal flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu. If your child has not yet had this vaccine, please contact your GP. For more information on flu, visit www.warringtonpublichealth.org.uk.
As we tell the children, ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases!’, so please remind your child to cover their mouth/nose and wash their hands with soap frequently.