Newsletter – January 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been a busy start to the term so far. We welcomed eight new families to our setting we hope that they have all settled in and are enjoying their time with us. We would appreciate you reading this newsletter and referring to it over the coming weeks, lots of exciting events to keep us entertained.

Christmas Fundraising Concert Update Thank you, we raised a fantastic £485.70 we are hoping to order some new resources shortly – we will keep you updated.

Song/Rhyme Sheet Please continue to help your child/children to learn these songs and rhymes at home, we regularly sing the songs in Pre-school but the extra practice at home will support your child’s language skills whilst having fun too.

Chinese New Year Friday 19th – 21st February When we return after half term we will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a range of activities including food tasting, if your child has any allergies that we are not aware of please let us know as soon as possible. If you have any Chinese items that we could borrow for this event please speak to Laura, Shelley or Georgina.

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March Celebrate World Book Day ~ we invite the children who attend that day to dress up as their favourite book character (sensible footwear please). We will be focusing on a favourite story that day with activities to support Communication/Language and Literacy development in all rooms. Don’t forget our Home Library located in the foyer ~ please feel free to borrow the books.

Easter Concert – Wednesday 28th March arrive 10.15am for a 10.30am start More news to follow after half term, but please note there will be no morning preschool sessions, breakfast club or lunch club that day.

Collection of children To ensure that the end of our sessions can be completed without too much disruption please could parents/carers arrive promptly and refrain from standing too close to the main hall double doors. Children can become distracted if they see their family members and this can then unsettle other children. Our song and story time is an important time for the children to come together.

Dental Hygiene We will be talking to the children over the next two terms about good dental hygiene if you require any support or would like information about local dentists please speak to a member of staff.

Play Room For those children who attend morning sessions in the play room please ensure children arrive promptly for 9.00 am so that our registration activities can be carried out with minimal interruption.

Nappies, Pull Ups, Wipes etc. (if applicable) Please can you ensure that your child has adequate quantities of items in their bag for each session, Due to rising costs we are unable to provide toileting items free of charge.

Children who are poorly If your child is feeling unwell please keep them at home, if they have needed Calpol or equivalent before they are due to come to Preschool we ask that your child does not attend until they are better. If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea please keep them off for at least 48 hours after they last had any symptoms in line with our policies.
Reminders and Information

Moving on If your child/children will be leaving us to go on to Nursery or School at the end of term we would appreciate you letting us know as soon as you can so that transfer documentation can be completed.

WOW Board and Home News (located in foyer) Help us to celebrate your child’s successes and share your home news. We always welcome your involvement in your Childs time at Pre School and these initiatives are an opportunity for you to let us know of those special achievements or events. Completed stars and home news slips will be added to your child’s profile folder for them to keep.

Fees We would appreciate prompt payment of outstanding fees, if you have any queries or concerns please speak to Laura or Shelley.

Lunch Club Please provide a balanced healthy lunch for your child please consider portion sizes we have noticed that some children are struggling to cope with the size and choice of items in their lunchbox if you need any advice please speak to a member of staff.

Bags, coats, hats etc. All items should be clearly labelled with your child’s name, please check bags regularly to ensure that spare clothes, pull-ups, wipes etc. are enclosed. No sweets, small toys, food items or medications of any kind should be included as these could be a danger to children. With free access to the garden please ensure that your child has suitable warm clothing for outdoor play.

Change of Information – Please keep us informed of any changes ~ such as mobile phone numbers for the texting system; change to emergency contacts; change of address; allergies, or other medical updates.

Absence – If your child is not going to attend for any reason such as sickness or holiday it is important that you let us know. Please telephone us on 01234 326685 (there is an answerphone), or advise a member of Staff.

Safety Please DO NOT park at the front of the Church which has double yellow lines, or, in the disabled spaces (unless you have a valid badge). With children entering and leaving the building at busy times we want their safety to be paramount. There is ample parking nearby.

Diary Dates

Monday 12th – Friday 16th February – CLOSED for Half Term Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st February – Chinese New Year Thursday 1st March – World Book Day Wednesday 28th March – Easter Concert (details to follow)

Thank You.

Laura Leggett

Hazeldene Heights Pre School has a statutory duty to Safeguard and Protect Children in their care