It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of term in just a couple of weeks. This half term is one of our busiest with the preparation for Christmas, so expect to hear Christmas songs and see lots of glitter.
We have lots of fundraising events taking place this term, from letter from Father Christmas to the Christmas Fayre. Many thanks must go to Lis and the Trustees who have arranged it and to Alex who has managed to get us some amazing draw prizes. There are posters in the small classroom asking for your support with help on the day, providing a cake and draw prize. If you can offer help in any way please speak to any Trustee, Bridget or Donna.
The staff will be organising a Christmas Hamper (to be drawn last day of term). So please watch out for notices in your children’s pockets, on the white board and on posters in and around the Preschool. It is vital that we have your support as without it we will struggle to carry on. Hamper prize draw tickets will be on sale in Preschool. Please consider bringing in something that we can put in the hamper, last time we were given so much we made two hampers!
The Bonus Ball will be restarting in December. If you want more details please contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who purchased photographs and Christmas cards, the children’s work looks spectacular, as do the children’s photographs. Please save the date for next year’s photographs Wednesday 11th October 2017 in the morning. Please bring along any family members if you would like a family group photograph.
Guess the Weight of Becky’s Baby was won by Leonie. Many congratulations to Becky and her family on the birth of her beautiful baby daughter!
Many thanks to Maddy, Leonie and Amy (and her daughter) for their hard work at the Silverton Baby Sale. Also to Harriet, Simon, Sarah M and Phil for representing the Preschool as marshals at the town firework display.
We have some exciting news to announce, we will be opening at 7.45 am for an early drop off session. At the moment it is an extra chargeable session. Should you wish to use this session please speak to Phil, Donna or Bridget.
The preference forms for next term will be out very soon, so please fill it in and return as soon as you can. If you would like a Friday please indicate this on the sheet, the more people who want it, the more chance we have of reopening on Fridays again.
Thank you for collecting your children on time, especially at the end of the day, it means that the Out of Hours children do not have to sit on the carpet for any longer than necessary waiting for the session children to be collected .
May I also remind all parents to remain in the hallway and not to come into the classrooms when collecting their child from Afterschool Club; this is purely for the safety of your children.
Our opening times are
OoH Breakfast 8.00am – 9.15am
Morning session 9.15am – 11.45am
Lunch 11.45pm – 12.45 pm
Afternoon session 12.45pm – 3.15pm
OoH session 1 3.15pm – 5.00pm
OoH session 2 5.00pm – 6.00pm
The Playdate sheet for next term will be going up in the next couple of weeks, please fill in the dates you would like to come and play, you can come along as many times as you want. You also do not have to wait until your rota date – if you would like to stay and play when dropping your child off please do, the more the merrier – and it is fascinating to see what children get up to when at Preschool. It is how the vast majority of us became involved in Preschool education. Also if you would like to have lunch with your child after a morning session please do just bring along a packed lunch.
We now have so many 2 year olds that we now give them a special outdoor playtime. While the 3-4 year olds have snack, the 2 years olds can go out and explore, climb and play. It has been fascinating watching them; we have noticed that they are all desperate to climb and stand on top of anything! So if you have toys or climbing equipment that we could use for these very special children we would be grateful to receive them. Our supply of toy cars has dwindled to just a handful, if you have any spare ones I can guarantee that they will be very much loved! We also need toys for our 2 year olds.
Thank you for your support, Preschool really does appreciate it and need it; without it we would not be able to have a preschool in the town. We need to do a lot of fundraising this term to ensure that we are be able to provide childcare for your amazing children. The Duchy Preschool and Playgroup is a very special place, the children are amazing and the staff are very experienced – between us we have nearly 100 years worth of it! We are proud to say that we work at the Duchy Preschool and Playgroup.
We have a good reputation for the standard of care given to our children by those within childcare services and the community at large. this is being shown by how many children we have, already we have sessions that are nearly full!
Finally, our Christmas Celebration will be on Thursday 8th December, our last day this year at 1.30pm in the Baptist Church. Please share our celebration, the children have been learning Christmas songs and would love to see family there.
Please note that photographs taken of the children at any Preschool event are not to be posted on social media if they include other children. This follows recommendations from the Children’s Safeguarding Team.
The staff and Trustees would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year. See you all next term, the week beginning the 9th January 2017.