12 Jan 2018 | Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Sorry, it’s going to be a long newsletter as I have so much information to tell you!

A warm welcome to our new joiners –  Logan, Sophia, Beatrix, Charlie and Brodie  – who have joined us and look forward to getting to know you and your families.

A big welcome to Denise our newly appointed Deputy Supervisor, it’s been a busy week and Denise has settled into our family Pre-School team very smoothly. Here’s a little information which Denise would love to share with you.

“Hi, my name is Denise Abbott, I’m 42 years old, married and have two children aged 11 and 15. We live in Woodcote but grew up in Goring. I have seven years’ experience in looking after children aged six months to five years. I hold a level 3 qualification in child care and also have lots of hands on experience including gardening and bug hunting in the garden. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that I love my career and believe children learn through play, whilst encouraging and supporting them to join in activities to build their confidence, self-esteem, and independence whilst having fun. I’m very excited and looking forward to being part of the preschool team and getting to know the children and their families.”

Our overarching theme this term is ‘our favourite’ and below is each weeks focus.

Date Topic My Favourite
08.01.18 Food
15.01.18 Toy
22.01.18 Song
29.01.18 Story
05.02.18 Colour

This week our adult focused activity was food. Children made sandwiches, spreading the butter and choosing from a choice of fillings, several were eaten straight away and some were taken home, we had cutting fruit and making fruit kebab rockets.

Next week is our favourite toy, a message from Charlotte ‘Does anyone have any old toy catalogues for cutting up please?’

Exciting news Goring and Cleeve Pre-School has signed up to Fair Share initiative which has teamed up with Tesco and offers local charities and community groups access to unsold food that would otherwise go to waste for free. This week we were fortunate to have a very big bag of bananas which were enjoyed at snack time.

Please continue to provide fruit and other snack as you see not everyone likes or can have bananas.

We have been busy practising our fire escape procedures, to ensure all the children understand that they have to listen when the whistle is blown. So far all the children have been superstars listening and lining up quickly, and telling us we need to phone 999! Brilliant!

Dates and Reminders

Dates for the coming year

First day of term 3 Monday 8th January 2018
Muffins for mums Tuesday 23rd January From 10-11am
Doughnuts for Dads Thursday 25th January From 10-11 Am
Gingerbread for grandparents and carers Friday 26th January From 10-11 Am
Topsy Turvy  lunch club and day Monday 5th Feb – 9th Feb From 11.50-12.50 And Topsy Turvy  Day Thursday 8th February
End of term 4 Friday 8th Feb
Half term Monday 12th Feb- Friday 16th Feb
First day of term 4 Monday 19th Feb
World book day Thursday 1st March
Goring 10 K Sunday 4th March
Last day of term 4 Thursday 29th March Finish At 13.50pm
Easter holidays Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April
Inset day – preschool closed Monday 16th April
First day of term 5 Tuesday 17th April
Public holiday preschool closed Monday 7th May
Last day of term 5 Thursday 24th May
Inset day preschool closed Friday 25th May
Half term Monday 28th May- Friday 1st June
First day of term 6 Monday 4th June
Last day of term 6 Wednesday 25th July Finishing At 13.50pm
Summer holidays Thursday 26th July – Monday 3rd September
Inset day –preschool closed Tuesday 4th September
First day of term 1 Wednesday 5th September
Last day of term 1 Friday 19th October
Half term Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October
First day of term 2 Monday 29th October
Last day of term 2 Thursday 20th December

Our muffins for mums, doughnuts for dads and gingerbread for grandparents and carers dates have been booked in! This is an great opportunity for you to pop into Preschool and see what we are getting up to, have a cup of tea or coffee a muffin, doughnut or even a slice of gingerbread when your there. It would be lovely to see you.

Something for the children!

Topsy Turvy Day- We would like to buy some new story sacks and story Cds for the children. To be as fair as possible to everyone so everyone can join in, we are going to have Topsy Turvy lunch club throughout the week, with a special Topsy Turvy day on Thursday 8th February. It’s will be a fun, exciting event.

The whole day will be the wrong way round or upside down, where we will have our goodbye song at the start of the session, children can dress up in PJ’s or wear clothes back to front or the wrong way round or upside down!  Say goodbye instead of hello and just get in a complete muddle!

There will be prizes for all and even the staff will be joining in! We will be opening up our donation page so you can get family and friends to donate to our Topsy Turvy event. Our last sponsored event raised a whopping £700 let’s see if we could match it. Invitations will be going out shortly.

Forest school starts next week the list is on the door along with the sign-up sheet.

Tuesday Forest school Thursday forest School
Purple group Red group


Remember we swap after half term.


P.E. begins Monday please ensure you provide a named PE kit for your child, white top, blue shorts and plimsolls.


Look out for our sign-up sheet for the 10K. We need volunteers to help on the day. The list includes baking cakes and biscuits (or even bought ones) for us to sell, sausages to be cooked before the event and several strong pairs of hands to help put up the gazebos on the morning. This fundraising event has been established for several years, we have a sub team led by Gemma and Anna who will organise the event but do need extra volunteers to help on the day. All funds raised go towards your child’s Preschool.


Next week it’s our favourite toy.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Pre-School Staff