Scarlet Fever – Advice from Public Health England

Another case of Scarlet Fever in a pre-school child was diagnosed today, and we are aware that a few other children are unwell.  All parents and carers have received the following documents by email and they are reproduced here for your convenience.

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Scarlet Fever

We have recently had a case of Scarlet Fever in preschool.  This is an infectious illness where symptoms typically develop 2-4 days after exposure.  Treatment with antibiotics is recommended to prevent complications, which can be serious.

Symptoms for Scarlet Fever include (from

  • Sore throat and high temperature (fever) are the typical first symptoms.
  • A bright red (scarlet) rash then soon develops. The rash starts as small red spots, usually on the neck and upper chest. It may feel like fine sandpaper when you touch it. It soon spreads to many other parts of the body. The face may become quite flushed. The rash goes white (blanches) if you press on it. The areas of skin around the eyes, lips and nose are usually spared from this rash.
  • The tongue may become pale but coated with red spots (strawberry tongue). After a few days the whole tongue may look red.
  • Other common symptoms include headaches, being sick (vomiting), being off food and feeling generally unwell.

If your child has Scarlet Fever, you should keep them away from preschool and other people until they have been on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours.

Please see for further information about Scarlet Fever.

Christmas Performances & Parties

Just a reminder, if your child is a Star, you should have received an invitation for the Christmas Performance on December 18th.  Please note that space is limited and there are two performances – check your invitation for the time you’ve been allocated.  If your child is not normally in on a Thursday, please bring them to Pre-School at 1pm.

The Christmas party for the Twinkles is on Thursday December 18th starting at 8:45.  If your Twinkle does not normally attend on Thursday, please bring them at 8:45.  Please note this is the last session of the year for Twinkles; there will be no Twinkles session on Friday the 19th.

The Stars Christmas Party is on Friday December 19th starting at the earlier time of 9:30am and finishing at 12:30pm.  All Stars are welcome whether they normally attend on Friday or not, but please arrive at 9:30 and collect promptly at 12:30pm.

Donation Received from Birchwood Lions

Many thanks to the Birchwood Lions for their generous donation of £200 towards the Pre-School’s outdoor area! We are very pleased to have their support.  The Lions will be having a used book sale to benefit Pre-School early next year, more details to be announced shortly.  If you have any books to donate, please get them ready!

Elf Hunt Prize Draw Winners Announced

All winners in last weeks’ Elf Hunt prize draw have been notified and in most cases the prizes have been collected.  Please visit the Elf Hunt page to see the complete list of prizes, sponsors, and winners.  There are links to some of our sponsors websites so you can see the variety of businesses that have supported the Elf Hunt!

Our Winter Raffle continues until 31st January 2015, please ask at preschool if you need more tickets to buy or sell on.  We are working on getting them available for online purchase.  Top prizes are a pair of Take That tickets and a pop up afternoon tea for 6.

Sharing Information in the Early Years

Our page For Parents has a new document, Sharing Information In the Early Years, which explains how and why we share information with Warrington Borough Council.  All parents should have a quick read of the information; any questions, please speak to the Pre-School Supervisor.

Elf Hunt this Saturday 6th December!

Many thanks to all our elves who have been working hard getting ready for the Elf Hunt this Saturday 6th December at Risley Moss!  We can still use more volunteers on the day, so if interested please contact Emma and let her know when you’re available.

If you’ve not made a jolly jar or two, now is the time – please have your jars to preschool by Friday so we can use them in a tombola at the Elf Hunt.  They’re fun for kids to help make, and were a huge success last year.

We had a test run of our Knock the Elf off the Shelf game at the Gorse Covert Primary School Christmas Fayre this past Saturday, and we made over £150 with the game and sales of snowman soup, reindeer food and magic Santa keys. Thanks if you came by the stall, and if you missed us, we’re doing all of these activities and more at the Elf Hunt!

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

Learning at Home – Nov/Dec 2014

We’ve posted some new ‘home links’ on the For Children page.  These are things you can do with your child to carry on the learning they’ve started at pre-school.  There is separate information for Stars and Twinkles.  If your child is doing something particularly special at home, tell us with one of the Home Links Forms!

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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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