Weekly Update 12th July 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fun week we’ve had!

There has been lots of interest in our adult led focused activity of builder’s vehicles. We set the outside area up as a builder’s yard with lots of sand, water, spades, bricks, hard hats, hi-vis vest and of course bob the builder vehicles. Lots of digging, building and generally moving the sand from one place to another. As it’s been so popular this week we will continue it outside next week.

PE this week we used the primary school playing field where we played what’s the time Mr wolf, practised our running and played football!

In our music session the children practised our leavers songs and played various musical instruments from a pretend electric guitar to the keyboard.

The children had no Forest School on Wednesday afternoon due to the primary school visits. On Thursday we were off to the nature reserve, pretending to be builder ants singing as we walked. we saw lots of stripey caterpillars which we were told would turn into the cinnabar moths. We had big spoons in the sandpit but most popular was using the ropes to be horses or the tree horse going off to Disneyland and the beach!

Dates and Reminders

  • We are still outstanding a couple of permission slips for our Forest School trip on Wednesday. If we don’t have permission slip returned we will be unable to take your child.

o   It’s a very busy week next week.

o   Wednesday forest school trip to Sutton Courtenay educational site

o   Thursday morning the older children visit Goring Primary School.

o   Friday our fantastic farewell party at Storton Lodge, again we need permission slips returned.

  • Please can you provide a name bag for your child’s learning journey and work.
  • You should have all received a summary/leavers report by the end of Friday session. Please can you sign, comment/feedback and return so a copy can be shared with school, or for their learning journeys thank you.
  • Please can you let us know if your child and family are coming to the farewell concert on Tuesday 23rd July. We need to inform the primary school of approx. number of parents/carers to expect.
  • Please help yourself to any of the toys at the front of preschool.
  • Does anyone have any pop-up tents we could borrow on either Monday or Tuesday (22nd/23rd) We asked the children if there is anything special they would like to do and a few of the children have asked to go camping!

Next week our adult led focus activity is Summer.

Have a wonderful weekend,

See you all next week.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

Weekly update 5th July 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

What a sunny week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus was farm vehicles where children experimented with colour mixing. Most children knew or could predict what yellow and red and blue and yellow would make, but a lot were unsure about red and blue. They drove their tractors in the paint and decorated paper or cut out a tractor shape and decorated with tyre patterns.

In PE this week, it was all about balancing, children used a tall and a low narrow beam to walk along. We also practised listening for our names before running from one end of the hall to the other.

In our music session the children practised our farewell concert songs with actions and chose their favourite song to sing.

Very exciting at forest school this week, we had our first real fire and toasted marshmallows. The children made necklaces from Elder tree bark, popping out the pith and threading on a string. We played hide and seek and played a ring game. In free play there were lots pretending to be at the beach dipping our toes in the cool water.

The children have enjoyed having the water outside. Lots of transporting pots of water to the sand tray where we now have wet sand ready to build sandcastles.

Dates and Reminders

  • Unfortunately, the printer is not working so our permission letter for the party will be ready next week, we also have a letter and invitation to our farewell concert again this will be going out next week. Once you have received please can you return as soon as possible, thank you for your cooperation.
  • Please look out for your child’s end of term report which shall be going out soon.
  • Remember you need to let us know your plans regarding children visiting school on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Please speak to me or Denise and let us know, thank you.
  • Please feel free to help yourself to the books and toys on the table outside preschool. We are started to slowly clear the toys and books. They all need to go and we would rather someone had use of them rather than binning them.
  • Can you ensure you provide a labelled hat and drinks bottle for your child? Many thanks.

Next week it’s builders! Lots of sand water and bricks.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

28th June 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Please can you ensure your child is picked up on time. We have to adhere to strict health and safety regulations. Please be prompt when picking up from the lunch time session, particularly Wednesday and Thursday when we are off to Forest School in the afternoon. The morning session finishes at 11.50am, lunch club at 12.50 pm and afternoon at 15.20 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Water, water everywhere what a wet week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus this week was sea vehicles. Children traced, painted and coloured in a sea vehicle. Oh and not forgetting playing in the tuff/water trays with the boats.

In PE this week we played team games, practising working together passing a ball over our heads and between our legs.

In our music session the children practice their leavers concert songs.

At Forest School this week we followed a trail of clues to the pirate ship, made soup and tea and explored using the treasure maps. We made a pulley system using rope and buckets and looked for bugs using microscopes. a message from Selina ‘ Please can you ensure your child has a long sleeved top and leggings/tracksuit bottoms in their bag. As the weather is hot it is too hot for our waterproofs at the moment and the nettles are nearly as tall as the children. Thank you.

The children have been super busy learning the songs to our farewell leavers concert.

The children have been extremely hungry this week and eaten all our snacks in our cupboards. Please could we have some extra snack for our cupboards next week.

Dates and Reminders

  • 17th July Forest School Trip
  • 19th July our Farewell Party 1-3pm at Storton Lodge (Scout hut next to fire station)
  • 23rd July Farewell Concert 2-3 pm.

Next week its farm vehicles. Please can you make sure your child has sun cream applied before their come to preschool. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

21st June 2019- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fun week we’ve had!

There is still lots of scratching, please can you check your child’s hair and follow the NHS guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Our adult led focus this week was road. Children sponge painted many cars, we talked about the number of wheels on a car, and different types of vehicles. On Thursday the children used clay and vehicle cutters to make either a bus, car or train.

In PE this week we practised our ball skills. the children had a go at throwing the ball over and underarm and some of the children were really good at dribbling! We certainly have a few budding football players!

In our music session the children used a microphone to sing to the group their favourite song. It was amazing how confident they were singing with a microphone!

At forest school this week we sang about different animals and the sounds they made, made clay models, we looked for treasure and pretend to be bunnies hopping around an obstacle course.

On Friday there was lots of outside play in our mud kitchen with lots of mixing and making tea.

Ellie our photographer has been in this week taking gorgeous photos of the children once they are ready she will send a link for you to view on her website.

The children have been busy sharing their favourite bags at group time. If your child has a favourite bag at home, please encourage them to fill it and bring in to share.

Dates and Reminders

  • The weather is getting warmer? Please can you ensure you provide a named drinks bottle and hat.
  • Thank you for all your donations of snack
  • We just need a few permission slips returned for our Forest School trip, without your permission your child with not be able to attend our Forest school trip to Sutton Courtenay Educational Center
  • The invitations will be coming home soon for our farewell concert and party.

Next week we are looking at sea vehicles. I guess we’re might get a little Wet!

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff

Closure of Goring and Cleeve Preschool

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with sadness that we need to inform you that the outcome of the pre-school charity members vote is to close the pre-school at the end of the Summer term (the last day will be 24th July 2019) and dissolve the pre-school charity soon after (once any obligations have been met).

The committee would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting and the members that voted.

The pre-school will remain open and we will aim to run the administration and day-to day operation of the pre-school as normal (including activities such as PE and Forest School) until the last day of term, Wednesday 24th July.

For parents and carers who require childcare after this date, your local authority Family Information Service can help you find alternative childcare. The details for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire are as follows:

Oxfordshire: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/familyinformation 01865 323332

West Berkshire: www.westberks.gov.uk/fis 01635 503100

We will keep you up to date on the process, but please contact the committee if you have any questions regarding the closure of the pre-school. The volunteer parent committee would like to thank you for giving us and our staff your ongoing support at this very difficult time.

Many thanks,

The Pre-school Committee


Ofsted | Outstanding Status


It is with great pleasure we wish to inform you that following the Ofsted inspection on 13 July 2016,our Pre-School was judged Outstanding across the board. The inspector commented that:

“The pace of change and rate of improvement in the pre-school has been rapid.”

“…the quality of teaching is now outstanding. Children’s different learning needs are meticulously and precisely planned for. As a result, children make excellent progress in their learning and development.”

“Staff work together as an exceptional team. They are dedicated, caring and highly professional. It is clear they consistently go ‘the extra mile’ to make sure every child’s needs are fully met.”

Read the full report here: