Author Archives: Mary Hughes

Second hand uniform sales

We have many second hand uniform items available that parents have donated when their children finished Pre-school.  Some are nearly new, some have seen better days but all have the Pre-school logo and will save your children’s regular clothing from the paint, mud etc!

As part of our fundraising we offer to sell these at 3 items for £10.  Please see to a staff member or email to order.  We can send an invoice if you don’t have cash on the day.

In particular we have a lot of age 3-4 items – jumpers, polo shirts and fleeces.


STARS PARENTS – School admissions 2018

Although it seems too soon to be thinking about it, you should have received in your child’s book bag information about applying for Primary School!  Online admissions are now open:

Gorse Covert Primary School has an open day on 22 November:

“Come and visit Gorse Covert Primary School to find out a bit more about us. School is open for parents to visit at 10am, 2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm. Please contact the school on 01925 825070 to let us know you are coming or for further information.
10am and 2pm will be a tour of the school and a chance to see the school ‘in action’.
4pm will be an opportunity to bring your child if you wish and to meet and talk to class teachers. 6.30pm is for those parents who are unable to come during the day and to find out a bit more about the school.
There are additional sessions to visit school at 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 21st November. If you are unable to make any of these times, please contact the school and we will endeavour to make alternate arrangements.”

We will post information about other open days as we find it out!

New Term!

Term starts on 5 September and we’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

Welcome back to all our children and a special big welcome to our new starters!

Please see below our September 2017 Newsletter for all the information you need for the new term!

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The big clean up!

Our building work has now been completed so on Friday a team of volunteer staff, parents, Committee members (and children!) spent the day working hard cleaning up and tidying Pre-school’s outdoor area!

There was gardening, jetwashing, sweeping, toy cleaning and lots of hard work!

We think the new area looks fab!

Thank you so much to all those who gave their time to help make our Pre-school ready for the new school year!


We currently have some places available from September 2017 in both our morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning sessions are for children aged 2.5yrs plus and afternoon sessions are for children in the year before they start school.

Please get in touch if you are looking for childcare!

You will probably be aware that the Government is offering parents who meet certain criteria 30 hours of free childcare per week for 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

We unfortunately can’t provide the full 30 hours childcare due to the nature of our sessional provision….BUT did you know that you can use up to 15 of your 30 hrs free childcare per week with us?

So, although we can’t provide your full 30 hours, we can help by splitting your 30 hours between us and another carer (e.g. another nursery or childminder).

We want to make sure that you know we are here if you’re looking for additional childcare to top up to 30 hours!

If you are interested in your child joining our Pre-school or if you have any questions then please contact and we can get in touch with you, or fill in the form on admissions page here

Class of 2017

Last Friday our Stars graduated from Pre-school.

The parents, carers and grandparents all gathered in Pre-school and the afternoon began with a slideshow of pictures of the children from their two years in Pre-school – there was barely a dry eye in the place!

Next, the children came into Pre-school wearing their gorgeous red graduation robes, they looked fantastic!

There was then a performance about the letters of the alphabet from the children followed by some fabulous singing.

Finally, it was time to graduate the children and the each staff member presented certificates and gifts to their key children, there were plenty of hugs too.

Then it was all over…..and time for photographs!

Well done Class of 2017 we shall miss you! #offtobigschool




We received our certificate for coming runners up in this year’s Birchwood Carnival parade!

Well done to everyone who participated!

Holiday dates for next year

We are almost at the end of the school year! We will be very sad to say goodbye to our current Stars but are sure they will all do amazingly well at Big School!

For our Twinkles/Sparkles, here are the term dates for the next school year:

Autumn Term:
Open: Tuesday 5 September 2017
Close: Friday 20 October 2017
Open: Monday 30 October 2017
Close: Thursday 21 December 2017

Spring Term:
Open: Thursday 4 January 2018
Close: Friday 16 February 2018
Open: Monday 26 February 2018
Close: Thursday 29 March 2018

Summer Term:
Open: Wednesday 11 April 2018
Close: Friday 25 May 2018
Open: Monday 11 June 2018
Close Thursday 19 July 2018

Our summer trip to Knowsley Safari Park!

On Tuesday 27 June it was our Pre-school summer trip to Knowsley Safari Park!

We were all very excited to go and see the animals!


We met at 9am to wait for our coaches.  It took a while to find everybody a seat, but finally we were off!

It didn’t take too long to get to Knowsley and luckily by the time we were arrived, the rain had almost stopped (at last!).

A quick toilet break (just in case!) and then we started our Safari Drive!

We were a bit worried that the animals might be hiding from the rain but thankfully they all came out to say hello!

We saw lions and baboons and zebras, camels and deer, rhinos, bison and wildebeests – and many many more!

Some of the animals came very close to our coaches and even crossed the road in front of us!  We didn’t go into the baboon enclosure in case the coach got wrecked, but we saw lots of cars being jumped over by the naughty baboons!










After the safari drive it was time to get off the coaches (and the rain had even stopped!) and we went to have a quick look round and get some lunch.  The peacocks were out trying to get our sandwiches!  Some of us got to have a quick look at the giraffes and elephants! Then it was time for the sea lions.

The show was fantastic – even if one of the naughty sea lions called Arthur didn’t want to behave!  The others were showing off their skills, performing and balancing balls on their noses! They were amazing!

After this it was time to see the birds of prey– we saw vultures, a hawk, an owl, a raven and some storks – they flew right over our heads! We had to duck!!

Our final part of the day was a classroom session – We got taught all about some minibeasts and got to meet some – the brave children got to stroke giant snails, stick insects and cockroaches!

Some of us even managed a quick trip to the gift shop to spend our parents’ pennies! But then all too soon it was time to get back on the coach again!

We arrived back at Pre-school by 3pm after having had (despite the weather!) a lovely day out! Thank you Knowsley!



Stars Birthday Assembly – Monday 11 July (for May/June/July/August birthdays)

If your child had/has their 4th birthday in May, June, July or August 2017 then you are invited to attend a Birthday Assembly at Gorse Covert Primary on Monday 11th July at 2:45pm.

(In case you don’t know, this is a short meeting in the community room at the School with the Reception children and our Stars where parents and children sing happy birthday and have a chat about what they got for their birthday!)

Stars “Transition” Parents Evening

On Wednesday 5 July Stars parents are invited to come into Pre-school between 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

You will not be allocated a time slot for this, just drop in between these times.

Parents are invited to come in to sign off their child’s Transition documents so that these can be forwarded to school – We look forward to seeing you all!



Pre-school closed on Tuesday 27 June for our trip

Next Tuesday (27 June) Pre-school will be closed as it’s our trip to Knowsley Safari Park.

If your child is not attending the trip, then they will not be able to come to Pre-school that day – we will have no staff there to open up.

For those attending, the coach will leave at 9:00am (from outside Preschool).

We are looking forward to a fabulous day out!

Knowlsey Safari Park

New homes for chicks

We would like to say a huge thank you to Walton Gardens and Mel at Cat Rescue North West who have re-homed some of our chicks! It was a great experience for the children waiting for the eggs to hatch and then watching the chicks grow.