21st September 2018-Weekly Update

ear Parents and Carers

Please ensure you contact us to inform us if your child isn’t attending the session, this is important due to health and safety regulations which we need to adhere too. 

 When providing packed lunch for your children please can we stress that grapes should be cut lengthwise in half. Uncut they are the perfect size for getting stuck in a child’s throat.

Have you seen our display board in preschool? The children have been busy drawing their faces and alongside are their baby photo so the children can understand how they have grown. There have been lots of discussions about the baby photos.

This week’s adult led focused activity was investigating our senses. The children identified and tasted many different fruits. We had a wonderful selection from pineapples to lemons. The children described how the fruit tasted and learnt new words such as sour, bitter and tangy. The children tasted noodles and selection of vegetables. We bought in herbs from our garden for the children to smell, describe and illustrate in their booklets.

In PE we played the bean game followed by the popular sharks and fishes.

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoon we visited little Forest school. The children played hide and seek with spot the dog, made a spot the dog flap book. It was very windy on Thursday so the children had the scarves out and threw them in the air to see how high they could fly. It was amazing! A message from Kate ‘It was really lovely to meet all the new forest schoolers, who really enjoyed little forest school. Please ensure you pop their wellies in their bag and have a long sleeved top in case it’s a little chilly. Thank you.

In our music session we took turns singing ‘what’s in the box?’ children chose something out of the box and sang about it.

Friday afternoon we dodge the showers and investigated the herb garden and all helped to weed the bed, they spotted snails and bee pictures and a bird house. They bought the snail in and put him in a tray with dirt. When they went back the snail and disappeared making an escape up the wall to the windows…. I wonder why? We harvested our potatoes that were growing in the pots at the front of preschool and counted out 19.

Dates and Reminders

Fundraisers for The Autumn Term

To ensure our fundraising happens we will be looking for volunteers to help


  • The photographer will be in on Thursday 16th October. A sign-up sheet will be going up soon for you to book your slot. Chris from Darmanin studio takes wonderful photos and they are great for Christmas presents. The preschool receives a percentage of all orders. – We need volunteers to help coordinate the orders/or help on the day for a couple of hours.
  • The children are busy drawing pictures of themselves or their hand prints for our annual Christmas t-towel another great Christmas present – We need a volunteer to coordinator the orders.
  • We have a table at the craft weekend of 24th/25th November- We will need volunteers to help on both days for a couple of hours, a sign-up sheet will be going up.
  • Christmas Party is on Tuesday 11th December- We need a couple of volunteer or help set up/clear the table for the Christmas party.
  • Christmas concert Thursday 13th December- We will be having our annual Christmas raffle. Raffle tickets will be coming home for you to sell to family and friends.

Each event has its own crib sheet to follow so it easy and simple to volunteer, just let staff know which event you would like to help with. Thank you

  • Term dates

Last day of term 1 Friday 19th October 2018

First day of term 2 Monday 29th October 2018

Last day of term 2 Thursday 20th December 2018 finishing at 1.50pm

First day of term 3 Tuesday 8th January 2019

Last day of term 3 Friday 15th February 2019

First day of term 4 Monday 25th February 2019

Quizco Preschool Fundraiser Saturday 30th March 2019

Last day of term 4 Friday 5th April 2019 finishing at 1.50pm

First day of term 5 Wednesday 24th April 2019

Bank holiday Monday 8th May 2019 preschool closed

Last day of term 5 Friday 24th May 2019

First day of term 6 Tuesday 4th June 2019

Last day of term 6 Wednesday 24th July 2019 finishing at 1.50pm.

  • Have you bought in a baby photo to go with our display?
  • We would love to do some planting with the children do you have any extra bulbs or winter flowering plants you would like to donate?
  • Do you have any top soil or wooden utensils for our mud kitchen?

Next week we are looking at our emotions and feelings, a good story to read to your child is owl babies or rainbow fish. A great starting point to look at different types of emotions.

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff


14th September- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

A message about the Primary School Carpark.

Please do not drive into the school grounds to drop off your child/children.  The only exception to this would be in a sickness or emergency situation. There is parking nearby on the adjacent roads to the primary school and please beware not to park over resident’s driveways. Thank you.

What a busy week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus this week was bodies and growing. Each child has been making their own little booklet about themselves. The children have been busy exploring colour and paint by painting their hands and feet, lots of counting toes and fingers.  We talked and discussed how old they are, who is in their family and some children have drawn their family in their booklet.

In PE this week we practised our running and listening skills not always easy thing to do together. We introduced sharks and fishes and felt for our heart beats whilst lying on the floor. For PE please could you provide a white polo type t-shirt (easy for children with large heads) navy shorts and plimsolls. For children arriving to the session please could they have their kit underneath their clothes. We have the hall from 1pm and like to make the most of our time there. Thank you.

Kate our forest school supervisor has been in and met the children and talked to them about Oliver bear and how we should dress for the weather. We had a forest school meeting on Thursday for parents to meet Kate. Little forest school starts next week, please provide a bag with wellies (if it’s raining). If its dry sturdy shoes will be fine, a long sleeve top. As the weather gets colder please make sure they have a hat and gloves and a warm fleece or jumper.

In music this week the children joined in with action songs.

Thank you for your donations of fruit and snacks, please keep them coming!

A big thank you to Logan’s family who have built and erected a fantastic busy board in the bat cave. The children love it!

Next week the children will start to take home their favourite bag to share at group time. Please no more than 5 objects in the bag, it could be a photo, toy or favourite book the choice is up to you.

Next week we’re investigating our senses.

Have a good weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff.

7th September 2018- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back!

I would like to say a big welcome to our newbies, Elena, Hattie, Willow, Isaac and Arthur. It was great meeting you all at our new parents evening on Wednesday. The children seem to have settled in well and we look forward to getting to know them and their families.

Thank you to all the parents who helped clean, mend and even donate new toys to preschool, it is a real benefit and the children have loved exploring all the new clean toys.

A massive thank you to Laura, Albie’s mummy who has handmade a stickman for a story sack which can be shared with the children. We are also on the lookout for any knitters or Sewers who could help expand our story sacks for the children.

We are starting our term with the topic of ‘Ourselves.’ Over the next few weeks the children will be drawing pictures of themselves. We ask if you could provide us with a baby photo to go with their creation to decorate the big board. Each week we look at a different element of the topic such as feelings, senses, birthdays and growing up.

How this week went:

On Wednesday afternoon the children chose their favourite song either to sing on their own or with the group.

On Thursday afternoon the children were busy in the home corner playing with our new dolls house.

On Friday afternoon the children were busy making birthday cakes out of playdough, singing happy birthday pretending to blow out the candles.

Lots of children have been super busy toilet training over the holidays, please could you still pop nappy sacks and wipes in their bags for any accidents. Thankyou.

For parents whose children attend Forest school on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. We have a meeting on Thursday 13th September at 2.30pm to meet Kate and find out about forest school and how we can support the children. Please lookout for the email with further details. Thank you.

Dates and Reminders

  • We would love any donation of bulbs or winter flowering pansies for the children to plant for the front garden.
  • Please can you ensure that your child has a named water bottle and sunhat. Thank you.
  • The staff are updating their first aid training in January 19 and have a few spaces left on the course. Would you or if you know of anyone who would like to complete our 12 hours paediatric first aid course please speak to Debbie who can give you further details on prices and timings.
  • Do you have a talent or hobby or wear a uniform for work? would you share, we always welcome parents or volunteers to share and enhance the children’s preschool experiences? After half term we are covering the topic of people who help us, and we would love some volunteers to come in.

Next week it’s all about growing and our bodies.

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff.

25th July 2018- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What an emotional week we’ve had.

We had our leavers’ concert on Tuesday and said goodbye to 23 children who are leaving us. It’s always a sad time of year, we’ve watched them grow and develop and become independent little people and they will always have a little place in our hearts. We wish them all lots of luck on their new adventures and would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to all for our lovely and generous gifts.

Please keep us up to date on all your emergency contact numbers.

Next term our topic is ‘ourselves’ a great topic to start with.  Please could all the children bring in a baby photo so we can make a display. (No precious ones please.)

Also we would love it if you let us know of any celebrations that your family celebrate, so we can share with the children.

Have a great summer holiday and see you all in September.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

13th July 2018- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Please can you check your child’s hair, we have a few cases been reported of nits. Please follow the NHS guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/ where it will give you the latest information about nits/head lice and the best treatment for them.

What a busy week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus for the next couple of weeks is builders. Thank you so much for all the wheelbarrows that have been kindly loaned, there is nearly a wheelbarrow for every builder! The children have absolutely loved it. Indoors we have been building using junk modelling, and of course outside we have our very own builders yard much to the envy of the primary school children.

In PE we have been busy practising our leavers songs with actions.

It was our last forest school this week, it was the big hunt for caterpillars and butterflies. Children listened to hungry caterpillar story, used story stones and played the butterfly and moth game. A message from Kate ‘ Good luck, you’ve all been super little forest schoolers and for those of you who are going to Goring I’ll see you soon in reception in September.’

In cooking this week, the children decorated cakes.

In our music session we had pass the parcel and ring games.

On Wednesday afternoon the older children had their school visits to Goring primary and their second visit is on Thursday.

Reports have been going out this week, please can you comment and sign and return to your child’s key person so a copy can be added to their file. Thank you.

There’s still time to donate to our fantastic superheroes sponsored summer parade. We’ve had £310 including gift aid donated so far which is brilliant but let’s see if can make our target of £500. You have until Wednesday 25th July to make a contribution.


Kind regards

Preschool staff

6th July 2018- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a super busy week we’ve had.

Our adult led focus this week was superheroes! Children made superhero masks, decorating with stickers and pens. Some fantastic creations were made and lots of children then used the masks in their role play.

In PE we practised our throwing skills. Children had a variety of objects to throw through different sized hoops.

On Tuesday we had our leaver’s summer trip to Sutton Courtney Education centre. Children bought their teddies and followed a teddy bear themed trail. A huge thank you to our parent helpers without you we wouldn’t have been able to take the children. It was just lovely.

On Wednesday in our music session we had the musical instruments out. Lots of noise, but very enjoyable!

On Thursday we had our Superheroes Summer Parade. Huge thank you to Vicky Weller who organised the parade and helped to time keep the event! You were fabulous! More Thank yous firstly to all staff and parents who helped collect the bouncy castle and set up and looked after all the activities. A special thank you to Sophie who was brilliant stepping in to help with the tattoos. It was a much organised fun event.

 You can still donate it’s not too late on 


We started to harvest our vegetables and fruit. So far we had beans, peas, courgettes and strawberries and shared them at group/snack times.

Outside on the easel is our annual toy cleaning schedule for the summer. Ask your child which is their favourite and pop your name down, if everyone takes a box of toys it makes it an easy job to complete. If you have extra toys in your box please put in a small bag so they can be put in the correct box when returned. Toys to be returned first day back in September. See below term dates:

Dates and Reminders 

First day of term 1 Wednesday 5th September 2018
Last day of term1 Friday 19th October 2018
First day of term 2 Monday 29th October 2018
Last day of term 2 Thursday 20th December 2018 @ 1.50pm Finish
First day of term 3 Tuesday 8th January 2019
Last day of term 3 Friday 15th February 2019
First day of term 4 Monday 25th February 2019
Last day of term 4 Friday 5th April 2019 @ 1.50pm Finish
First day of term 5 Wednesday 24th April 2019
Bank holiday Monday 6th May 2019
Last day of term 5 Friday 24th May 2019
First day of term 6 Tuesday 4th June 2019
Last day of term 6 Wednesday 24th July 2019 @ 1.50pm Finish

  • Its builder’s week next week, we’re after a couple of wheelbarrows to borrow.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

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: