14th June 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a wet week we’ve had! But it hasn’t stopped us from having lots of fun!

We would like to wish all those wonderful Daddies a Happy Father’s Day for Sunday.

A special welcome to Florie and her family who started this week. We hope you enjoy your time with us and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

The children have been busy this week either making a father’s day card or making trains with junk modelling. Lots of painting, sticking and mark making.  All very industrious!

In PE this week we practised our listening skills. Listening to the instruction and moving like different animals. We also practised our very fastest running. I can confirm all the children can run very fast!

In our music session this week we had the bells out. Children sat in a circle and all chose their favourite song to sing accompanied by the tuneful bells.

At little Forest School this week we had colour mixing (very popular), leaf rubbing and using treasure maps. At big Forest School we made either a log dog or log cat, giving them names and taking them for a walk around forest school. We had maps and the water chute. Children used spoons and pots to pour water down the chute seeing what could float and move with the volume of water. We also had lots of fun on the horse pretending to ride to the ice-cream shop!

Please can you let us know if your contact or collection details have changed. We need to abide by our policies and procedures. Don’t forget to let us know if your child is not attending the session. You can call us on 01491 875036 or email if it’s easier. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

Eloise has been in to start taking photos of the children for a Leaver’s montage.

Dates and Reminders

  • Goring Primary School visits Wednesday 10th July pm and Thursday 18th July am. If your child is attending the Goring Primary School visit on these dates and you would like Preschool to take your child across, please speak to your child’s key person. We will take over children on Wednesday afternoon but Parents or Carers will need to collect from the Primary School at the end of the session at 3pm. On Thursday we will be able to take the children across and collect to bring them back for lunch club. Without your permission we will be unable to take or collect.
  • Forest School trip Wednesday 17th July (for children who attend Forest School only.) Letters have gone out; please can you make sure you return your permission forms. Without completed permission forms your child can not attend the trip.
  • Farewell party on Friday 19th July, invitations and permission forms will be going out soon.
  • Farewell concert on Tuesday 23rd July from 2 pm in the PE Hall. invitations and permission forms will be going out soon.
  • End of Preschool Wednesday 24th July at 1.50 pm

Next week our topic is road looking at the vehicles and counting those wheels!

Have a wonderful weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff

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7th June 2019- Weekly update

Dear Parent and Carers

Welcome back and hope you’ve all had a lovely half term break.

Please can you check your child’s hair, there has been lots of scratching and follow the NHS guidelines for nits on   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/#    -thank you.

What a fun week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus this week has been air and space. Children have been busy making named rockets and cutting and sticking spaceships and astronauts. There has been lots of talk about what you find in the sky and in space.

Our music session on Tuesday was great fun. The children played party games such as musical chairs, musical statues, simple Simon and lots of dancing.

We were at little forest school on Wednesday where children used scarves. There was running and throwing them in the air and using them as blanket to pretend to be either sleeping tigers/dinosaurs or bunnies. Children practising weaving with willow to make a hanging wreath. At big forest school we practised our fire circle rules, played on the horse and in the pirate’s ship and used treasure maps to explore the environment.

On Friday what a wet day, but the children made the most of it exploring the properties of water! With lots of filling and emptying buckets using the rain water, mixing to make soup, pies and curries. In the afternoon we practised our letter sounds in our name.

Dates and Reminders

  • Please remember a named hat and drinks bottle especially in the hot weather, thank you for your cooperation.
  • Next week the lovely Eloise Radziwill will be coming in to take photos of all the children as a leaving/graduation themed photograph. She will try and take photos of all the children and once completed will bring in a sample copy.
  • The permission letter for our Forest School trip has gone out and needs to be returned as soon as possible please.
  • Look out for your invitation to our farewell party on Friday 19th July from 1-2.45pm, where we will have entertainment, party games and lots of fun. Children will need to provide their own plate of party snack, preschool will provide drinks. PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NO NUT POLICY WHEN PROVIDING YOUR CHILD’S SNACK, WE HAVE A CHILD WHO HAS A SEVERE NUT ALLERGY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Next week we are exploring rail, with lots of trains made from junk modelling, choo choo!

Have a lovely weekend,

Kind regards

Preschool staff

24th May 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a wonderful week we’ve had.

Our adult led focus was rectangles and Mr Grumpy. The children used potatoes cut into a rectangle shape to print with. The children decorated with sticker eyes and added a grumpy smile. Lots of talk about grumpiness and who is grumpy and who is happy. The children also made a rocket using rectangle shapes. Zoom zoom zoom!

In Pe this week we played ring games, I was very proud of the child who put his hand up to volunteer to be the farmer this week. He has refused on many occasions. This was the first time!  In group time we have been practising taking off and putting on our shoes and coats. Most children can do this just finding the zips a little tricky. Well done everyone!

In music session this week we played ‘what’s in the box.’ We have also been practising clapping out the syllables in our name.

We had Little Forest School this week, making shelters to keep us cool in the hot weather. We made stick men and friendship bracelets. A message from Selina ‘The children have had great fun building shelters with tarp, making stickmen then using them to act out the story. Friendship bracelets were very popular with one child making one for each member of his family. We are organising a Forest School trip before the end of term. It is on Wednesday 17th July in the afternoon. Look out for a permission letter which will be going out after half term.

On Friday we had our Topsy Turvy day. What great fun, we had snack on the floor, ate lunch outside, changed our names round and generally had a very Topsy Turvy day. Well done to the children you were all amazing especially the little ones who did find it hard at times.

We also had a special Topsy turvy tea party for our lovely Charlotte who is leaving us. She was a very highly valued member of the team and we will miss her and wish her lots of luck in her new job. Lorna and our bank staff Hilary and Jane are covering her sessions until the end of term. Good luck Charlotte on running the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday. You’ll smash it, wow…what an achievement!

Thank you for all the fruit and snack donations this term, you have been amazing!

Thank you to the committee who have been quietly sorting and clearing our sheds, don’t forget if you see a bag of rubbish please take it home to put in the bin. Thank you.

Dates and Reminders

  • Half term next week, we are back Tuesday 4th June
  • Date for your calendar, Friday 19th July 1pm-3pm for our Summer party! Everyone invited. Invitations will be going out after half term.

All the children have now been allocated their primary school places for September. We will continue to support them in their journey towards ‘school readiness.’ If you have any issues or questions or concerns, please speak to your key person. We will be taking over the children for their school visits on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, if your child isn’t in the session and would like to join us please speak to your child’s key person.

Next term its transport. The children have really been into the cars, diggers and rockets so we are starting off with air and space!

Have a great half term and see you all soon.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

17th May 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fun week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus was ordering different size triangles, using mathematical language to describe the position and making a Mr Rush on a lollipop stick. Lots of sticking, drawing and talking!

We were lucky with the weather on Monday and took PE outside, we played the very popular duck duck goose game, listening to the different instruction to move to different areas of the field. Plus, lots of running!

In our music session the children chose a singing card and something out of the surprise box.

At Forest School this week we looked for triangular brick in the spider’s web, climbing in and out of the web very carefully so not to wake the spider. There was lots of sharing using the trolley to collect different size pine cones and using the maps and pirate’s ship. On Thursday we stayed on site visiting little Forest School where we played fruit salad game, made potions/perfumes and soup, all had a go at leaf bashing and played the sticky weed game. A message from Selina ‘The children had great fun at Forest School carefully climbing into the spider’s web to collect different shapes, lots of interest in the maps and pirate’s ship and making soup. Please ensure the children have long sleeves tops and wellingtons, the stinging nettles are very vicious at the moment. Thank you’

On Friday we had a technology day, playing with the new bee-bots, programmable floor robots. Learning about programming, control and using directional language. We have new rules for them and the children were very good at telling the rules to each other. We used the sand timer to share the very popular silver bee-bot.

Dates and Reminders

  • Have you picked up an orange beaker by mistake? One of the children has lost his sippy cup.
  • Thank you for all your help last Sunday at the Hairy Legs manning the bouncy castle.
  • Friday 24th it’s Topsy Turvy Day a little celebration to say goodbye to Charlotte Smith who will be greatly missed. Children         and staff can dress up in pyjamas, clothes on back to front or the wrong way round, we’ll leave it up to you. We will have a         little tea party at the end of the day with yummy party snacks, if you would like to join us please let us know. 
  • Can you make sure your child has a named sunhat and drinks bottle please, it been very sunny this week, thank you.

Next week we are looking at rectangles, the colour green, Mr Grumpy and Little Miss Calamity.

Don’t forget we finish for half term on Friday 24th May, it’s half term the week after and we are back on Tuesday 4th June.

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

committee@goringandcleevepreschool.org.uk

26th April 2019- Weekly update

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back, we hope you all had a super Easter and made the most of the lovely weather!

We would also like to say a special hello and welcome to our newbies Albie and Annie who have started this term. We hope you will enjoy your time with us and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

This term we are focussing on numbers, shapes and colours. The children have been busy already making some Mr men and Little Miss’s for the board. This week we have started to look at 3D names for shapes. The children are superstars! A few wow moments have been given to some of the children who remembered and named a cuboid, cone, pyramid and cylinder! Absolutely amazing!

A huge thank you to Logan’s Daddy who has been busy putting up wooden numbers around the garden, and a big thank you to Josephine’s Grandad who made them. We have already observed child initiated games looking for the numbers. A great success!

PE starts back next Monday afternoon, please ensure your child has a named kit- white t-shirt, blue shorts and plimsolls. Thank you!

Our music session has moved to a Tuesday afternoon.

Forest school starts back next Wednesday/Thursday afternoon, please can you make sure your child has welly boots, leggings/tracky bottoms in their bag and a thin fleece. You know what the weather is like? very unpredictable and this way if it turns chilly they have the correct clothing. Please can you make sure all permission slips for Forest school are returned before Wednesday. Thank you.  Congratulations to Selina our Forest School Supervisor who passed her mini bus test! Once all the paperwork has been received we will be making our way to Withymead Nature Reserve, our big Forest School for our sessions. Can’t wait!

Dates and Reminders

  • The preschool is helping at the Hairy legs on Sunday 12th May. We have the bouncy castle at the event and need helpers on the day. We need a volunteer with a big/estate car to pick up/drop back and set it up in Sheepcote field. Please let staff know if you’re able to help, a sign-up sheet will be going up soon.
  • Next week we are looking a squares, red and cube shapes, get the children to see if they can identify any around the home.

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff.

Ofsted | Outstanding Status

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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:

http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/index.php?q=filedownloading/&id=2587811&type=1&refer=0