27 November | Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had lots of children ill last week due to a viral infection- high temperature, cough colds and sickness. Just to ensure no further transmission of this infection can you please abide by our policy of 48 hours since last episode of sickness and diarrhoea or just diarrhoea or the starting of antibiotics. Please inform your child’s keyperson or Supervisor of any illness as we have children who attend the setting who have low immune system. They do not have the ability to respond normally to an infection so we need to be aware of any illness. The nature of the environment means bugs are spread very easily. If your child needs calpol or a similar medicine, then they really should not be at Preschool. They recover much quicker at home.  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.  Thank you.

What a fun week we’ve had this week!

Our adult led focused activity was air; we decorated and talked about the shape of vehicles such as hot air balloon, aeroplanes, gliders and helicopters.

  • On Monday in PE, we played the game of ‘What’s The Time Mr. Wolf’ counting aloud our footsteps.
  • On Tuesday at Forest School we followed a trail of arrows to the shelter where children were able to choose from activities such as playing with dinosaurs in the sand, using the trolley or using treasure boxes to collect sticks or leaves, or items of interest. Thank you Simon (Lyra’s daddy) for coming in to help at Forest School.
  • On Wednesday afternoon in our music session we listened to baby boom CD’s where we sang songs and listened to them in a different language of Polish and French.
  • On Thursday afternoon the children made sandwiches choosing different fillings.
  • On Friday we had our farewell tea party for Cheryl. Thank you Kat for bringing in our party food.

Important Notice

As Cheryl has left preschool we are very conscious to update you on the persons responsible for the Deputy supervisors’ roles. Charlotte Dyer has agreed to act as Deputy Supervisor until our new deputy starts in the New Year. Both Jenny and Lorna are splitting the additional deputy hours so we adhere to our ratios and have a pool of committee members on standby for any sickness/emergency cover. If any parent helpers are willing to be on standby in case of any emergency cover please let either Debbie or Rachel know. Thank you.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Debbie Lewington if you have any concerns or issues please don’t hesitate to speak to me.

Key Person Lead will be Debbie Lewington, the blue group parents should be receiving an email soon about their new key person and which groups they will be in.

 

Dates and Reminders

  • We are looking for a volunteer to help on the afternoon of the Christmas play for the older children. You will need to coordinate picking up mince pies and refreshments, help set up the hall and serve drinks in the afternoon for children and parents. Please speak to Debbie or Rachel if you can help.
  • A big thank you to Jacobs, Harry W, Jacks, and Dexter’s family for making and donating items for our fantastic mud kitchen which is taking shape.

We are in urgent need of volunteers to help sort out the grounds for the mud kitchen. It needs levelling off, a tree root digging out and the laying of carpet to combat the growth of weeds. We are also looking for sponsorship of any businesses or parents to support and maintain this area. Please let us know if you have contacts that would be willing to help. (It would be regular donations of bark and soil for the children to use in this area.)

  • You should all have received your raffle tickets for our fantastic Christmas raffle, please return your stubs and monies back to preschool or give to Ellie Sinka, we have lots more raffle tickets at preschool if you manage to sell yours.
  • Very last call for t-towel orders, they need to be in by 3pm on Monday.

Next week it’s all about space.

Kind Regards

Pre-School Staff

4 December | Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Zoom zoom zoom we’re going to the moon!

Our adult-led focused activity this week was rockets, children named shapes, they counted the number of letters in their names and wrote their name on the rocket.

  • Monday | our last PE session until next year, we practised our running, jumping and moving along the floor from one end to the other.
  • Tuesday | forest school we made dinosaur footprints in the sand, used binoculars to look around the site and pretended to launch rockets into the sky.
  • Wednesday | we had the musical instruments out and chose our favourite song.
  • Thursday | due to the small number of children we decided to all go to forest school which was on site. We made Christmas decorations out of leaves and placed them onto the Christmas tree drawn on the playground out of chalk. We also zoomed zoomed to the moon.
  • Friday | the children chose their favourite song to sing using a microphone.

I would like to say a massive thank you to our committee members who came in to help as we were short staffed, we couldn’t have run without you!

I would also like to say a big thank you to staff who have kindly volunteered to cover Cheryl’s hours until our new Deputy Supervisor starts in January.

Dates and reminders

Book club closes this weekend last chance to buy books for Christmas, for every book purchased preschool receives a donation towards books and this year we have been able to buy each child a book from Father Christmas for our Christmas party.

Don’t forget we need signed permission slips back for the Christmas party. We are also asking for a donation towards our entertainment the fabulous Bertie Slippers.

We still need a couple of volunteers to help with the mud kitchen, I’ve been showing your children the fantastic new area but unfortunately we are not able to use it yet…any volunteers?

When you sold your raffle tickets please can you return your monies and stubs to preschool, it gives us chance prepare for our Christmas raffle draw on Monday 18 December. If you need any more raffle tickets please ask a member of staff or Ellie (Oliver’s mummy) our Raffle Queen.

No PE until January 2018

Exciting news from our local Tesco store who have sent us this:

We are delighted to let you know that your application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and your project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January and February 2018.

Next week it’s all about road safety.

Have a good weekend

Kind Regards

Pre-School staff

20 November 2017 | Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Water, water everywhere!

Our adult-led focused activity was sea vehicles. Children used a variety of skills; we painted, traced, glued and floated boats. We talked about the shape of sails and scribed numerals.

  • Monday | In PE we practised our listening skills, following instructions to move like animals and played lifeboats.
  • Tuesday | At big forest school the pirates had arrived. We followed a trail of footprints, dug for treasure and used a pirate’s map to navigate around the Forest School grounds.
  • Wednesday | We used musical instruments and chose our favourite songs.
  • Thursday | In the afternoon the children made jam and lemon tarts.
  • Friday | The children sang songs. Using our singing bag the children chose songs for the items pulled out of the bag.

Request fro VOlunteers for Forest school on Thursdays please. The sign-up sheet is on the door into the classroom.

Date and Reminders

Christmas Dates

  1. Orders for our Christmas t-towel need to be in by Friday 24 November
  2. Christmas raffle tickets on sale now.
  3. Christmas party Wednesday 13 December (all children invited) 12:50 – 3:00 pm.  Invitations are going out for our Christmas party, thank you to Paulina and Anna who have volunteered to help and organise this event. Pick up will be from the PE hall. We are asking this year for a voluntary contribution towards our entertainment the fabulous Bertie slippers of £4. We need permission slips returned.
  4. Christmas play Monday 18 December (for the older children).  For the older children who leave July 18, we are busy practising our Christmas songs for our Christmas play and where we will be having our annual Christmas raffle. All children will be taking home an envelope of raffle tickets for you to sell to family and friends. We have some brilliant raffle prizes from a Miele vacuum cleaner to vouchers from all the local surrounding businesses. Thank you to Ellie, Katie and Sharon who have been busy sourcing the fantastic prizes.  

Snacks

Thank you for all your marvellous donations of snacks. Please can we remind you that we have children with allergies so we need details of ingredients so we can facilitate their dietary needs.

 

Recruiting

The committee, staff and children are seeking an Assistant (Bank Staff) to join the Pre-School team.  To receive an application pack or to arrange a visit to view the Pre-school, please email Jean Mitchell, Pre-School Administrator at administrator@goringandcleevepreschool.org.uk

We are looking for someone who:

  • has experience working in Early Years Settings
  • is approachable, with good communication skills and has a good rapport with children, staff, parents and committee
  • is flexible and adaptable in their approach to their duties

Farewell to Cheryl

Don’t forget we are having a goodbye tea party for Cheryl who leaves on Friday from 2.30pm on wards. We are all very sad that Cheryl is leaving; she is a fantastic lady who is a valued member of staff, keyperson and friend. We wish her lots of success in her new job. We have been busy interviewing new candidates to replace the deputy supervisor role.

Next week we are looking at vehicles in the air.

Kind Regards

Pre-school 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